Our mission is to ensure that everyone has access to the support and help they need to improve their own happiness and wellbeing in their family. We realise that to make this happen we need to offer a range of products and services to suit everyone.
Therefore we tailor our services directly to individuals and families as well as to family professionals and organisations in both the private and public sectors.
All these issues (and many more!) are common in stepfamilies - whether you're just going out with your partner, living with them or married to them. The issues are often just the same.
If you would like to find out how we can help you learn to cope better please see the products and services below.
For more details on the full range of professional products and services we offer please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
If you would like to speak to someone about these products and services please click here
Please click here or on the image above to be directed to a page where we have reviewed what we believe are the best books on stepparenting. This isn't a definitive list but these are all best sellers and really do give good advice to those embarking on or already in stepfamily life.
Please click here or on the image above to find details about my self help guide which has been designed to offer advice and support to individuals who prefer to learn at their own pace in their own home.
Please click here or on the image above to find out more about the 1 - 1 Coaching services I offer to individuals or couples in blended families. .
I've just started work on a series of short videos which I will be releasing on my instagram account (@happysteps_drlisa). Each video will address a common stepfamily issue and provide hints and tips to help families cope more effectively. Do follow me for the latest news or click on this image to take a look at the videos that have been released.
Please click here or on the image above if you would like to find out more about the Happy Steps Workshop which is specifcally designed to offer support and advice on a range of problems common to many stepfamilies. The workshop is now being delivered as a series of 4 webinars, designed to help you get you feel more confident and happier in your family. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to pre register.
Please click here or on the image above if you would like to find out more information on our mediation service designed to help families resolve ongoing disputes.
Professor Lisa Doodson is a chartered psychologist and an expert in stepfamily dynamics. Her extensive research with stepfamilies has given her a unique insight into the common issues faced by many families and individuals. Lisa is happy to work on a consultancy basis within your business to offer her expertise. Whether it's offering advice in the development of services, offering advice and support to families, or help in carrying our qualitative or quantitative research we are happy to talk to you about how we can support your business.
Click here to talk to us about how we can work together.
Individual support for employees can be offered through Employee Assistance Programmes to increase their psychological health and wellbeing. The coaching will focus on the issues that the individual perceives to be causing problems in the stepfamily and they will be given advice on how to effectively address the difficulties and so increase their own wellbeing. For more information on this programme please contact us.
This seminar has been designed to be delivered to an audience at the workplace, either over lunch or immediately after work. It lasts between an hour and an hour and a half and includes a Q and A session. Participants will learn the differences between stepfamilies and biological families as well as the differences between different types of stepfamilies. They are encouraged to consider their roles in their families and how to develop coping strategies aimed at reducing employee stress at home and at work. Individuals who have attended these seminars have found that the course increases their general awareness and understanding and helps them address some of the issues affecting their own family development. For more information or reference sites please contact us.
'We are opening up conversations around single parenting within our organisation and encouraging people to reach out to our committee for help and resources. The next logical step seemed to be to look at how we could support blended families and when we came across the Happysteps website we knew Lisa would be ideal! Her presentation style is very open, her statistics are surprising and her words are comforting. The Lunch and Learn presentation fitted well around colleagues' work commitments and there was time at the end for questions. Lisa certainly gave me some tips and ideas to work on and the feedback from others was really positive.'
Louise, Large international bank
'Lisa was very professional and knowledgeable on the subject and provided extremely useful advice in the seminar. The seminar was informative and interactive and we received very positive feedback from participants.'
Sarah Boddey, European Head of Diversity, Barclays Wealth.
This is a research based programme written by Professor Lisa Doodson that has been specifically designed for individuals who interact with stepfamilies in a professional capacity and need to understand their unique needs in order to provide effective ongoing support an advice. It will also help professionals plan different types of interventions with stepfamilies including 1-1 counselling, mediation and group workshops. The training course lasts for a full day and consists of group and individual exercises to encourage participation and encourage learning. All participants are given a comprehensive handbook which they use throughout the training course and can take away for future reference.
Topics Covered within the workshops
The course has been successfully delivered to a wide range of local authorities and National Charities. For more information or reference site details please contact us.
Understanding stepfamilies: A Practical Guide for professionals working with blended families
In this practical, evidence based guide published by McGraw Hill Education, Dr Lisa Doodson offers a valuable resource for professionals working with stepfamilies, giving insight into their unique nature and guidance on how to provide more effective support and advice. In addition to the wealth of research and knowledge that the book shares, there is a range of case studies which illustrate issues that the different types of stepfamilies frequently face. Each chapter also contains practical tools and exercises that professionals can use with their clients to help facilitate change in the family unit, as well las interventions including mediation and group workshops and more traditional counselling techniques.
To order please click on the book image above or click here to be taken to Amazon or order directly from McGraw Hill Education (http://www.mheducation.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/222284/)
How to be a Happy Stepmum
This is the first book written specifically for stepmums. It is packed full of practical tips and advice for all types of stepmum. Whether you look after your stepchildren all the time or just at weekends, or whether you also have children of your own or are new to the parenting job, the book offers specific help based on your unique family makeup. It covers all the common issues including understanding and developing your relationship with your stepchildren, dealing with resentment and ambiguity, developing an integrated family unit and learning to manage inevitable relationships with ex partners. The book is based on Lisa's extensive psychological research on stepfamilies and includes comments and case studies from stepfamilies across the UK who took part in her research.
To order a copy from Amazon today, just click on this link.