Our workshops are open to all members of the stepfamily community. We are in Ridgewood, NJ, which is a Northern New Jersey suburb of New York City, twenty minutes from the George Washington Bridge and adjacent to the shopping-paradise of Paramus, NJ.
Stepfamily living is frequently confusing, even in families that are functioning well. Sessions are designed to help you and your family navigate a few mild bumps in the road of life. The counseling is short term, with the focus on a specific issue that is in need of adjustment.
We regularly focus on working with the couple living in-step. Often, succeeding in developing a strong couple relationship can help resolve other issues of stepfamily life. In couples counseling we focus on how the relationship needs of both partners may be met in a more effective manner, including addressing issues of couple communication, loyalty binds, and unresolved baggage from previous relationships.
Bringing the family into a counseling session is an exciting and frequently scary idea. Each member will be heard and responded to by the stepfamily counselor and the other family members. We focus on resolution of current situations and try to empower each family member to work towards achieving more satisfaction in their daily stepfamily life.
Our focus in individual work is geared to understanding the issue from the client's perspective and developing coping skills, insight, and a clearer understanding of role confusions, loyalty conflicts, and other concerns that are causing new or reawakening previously experienced pain. We use a variety of counseling techniques that attempt to focus on current issues and issues from the past that block achieving greater satisfaction in the new relationship.
Each counselor at Stepping Stones is a licensed clinician and our staff averages over twenty years of clinical experience. All of our counselors either live in a stepfamily or have grown up in a stepfamily. Our counselors know stepfamilies from the personal and the professional perspective. Each clinician focuses on specific areas of stepfamily life. We match clients with the expert who best meets their needs.
We work with traditional insurance companies and a few H.M.O organizations
where our therapists are on panels. Some therapists have a sliding scale
for self-pay clients.