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Step Mom Support and Strategies - Surviving the holidays! 

The workshop will offer Step Moms 

• An opportunity connect with other step moms

• Learn some basic principles of sustainable step parenting

• Skills to keep the marital relationship loving and healthy

• A chance to have questions answered by knowledgeable facilitators 

• Time to brainstorm holiday strategies with other group members 


Where: Workshops are hosted in a warm and welcoming office on Bloor Street

(Steps to Christie Subway) Light refreshments supplied. 

When: Tuesday December 2,  7-10:00 pm

Cost: $75 including HST / 3-hour workshop

Payment options: cash, cheque or email transfer.

(Some extended health benefits may offer coverage, check with yours!)


To sign up: Contact: Samantha Sherer 

 expressive.arts.therapy@gmail.com 

416 459-1907

 The group will be a safe place to talk about the things that are coming up for many of you in your role as a stepmom.  As a stepmom myself, I have felt like a third wheel in my own family at times. The pressures of being a step mom can be very overwhelming and often women are left with a feeling of shame, rejection and failure.



Too often, women isolate themselves when they are feeling this way.  They want to hide from others and try to "fix" the problem themselves.  Too often they realize too late that the pressures of parenting have damaged their foundling marriage, leaving them without even their partner to share their difficult feelings.



This group offers a safe place to bring these and other feelings you may have about your position within your new family.  You will find emotional support for the journey as well as practical problem solving strategies from each other.  As facilitators, we will encourage you mom's to share your expertise with each other.  We will answer questions and share strategies that have helped many blended families and step families.

Samantha Sherer EAT C(OACCPP) is a step-mom, a certified counsellor and psychotherapist. She works with all members of families who are separated and re-partnering. Samantha truly understands the need for a safe place, where women can speak freely about their complicated feelings about being a Step-mom.   She looks forward to working with Raquel again.

Raquel Cader, MSW RSW is a separated mom of three children. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups.  Raquel believes that each person is an individual in their own unique life circumstances, and that much can be learned from sharing experiences with others.  Raquel is very pleased to be co-facilitating with Samantha again.

 





PAST GROUPS

Step Mom’s Strategies & Support Group - 6 Weeks


          Tuesdays, 7-9 pm   April 23 - May 28, 2013  

Co-facilitated by Raquel Cader, MSW RSW & Samantha Sherer EAT C(OACCPP) 

 


Many Step-mothers are surprised to learn that parenting their partner's child is hard! This is a place to share your challenges and joys as a Step-mom.  Join the group to learn new skills, give and get support.


This group offers Step-moms 

  • Emotional support for the complicated feelings of parenting their partner’s child, 
  • A chance to problem solve the challenges of being a Step-mother with other Step-moms
  • Skills to navigate co-parenting with their partner’s former partner
  • Skills to care for themselves while Step-parenting 
  • Skills for keeping the marital relationship loving and healthy 


Where: Groups are hosted in a warm and welcoming office on Bloor Street

(Steps to Christie Subway) Coffee, Tea and cookies will be provided.


When: Tuesdays from April 23-May 28, 2013 7-9 pm

 This is a closed group, so no drop-ins please.  

 An intention to attend all 6 meetings is required 

 (Exceptions made for illnesses and extenuating circumstances, of course!)



If you are a Step-mom in need of support please contact Samantha directly or visit her website for more information.  416 459-1907 or expressive.arts.therapy@gmail.com


Samantha Sherer EAT C(OACCPP)  is a step-mom, a certified counsellor and psychotherapist. She works with all members of families who are separated and re-partnering. Samantha truly understands the need for a safe place, where women can speak freely about their complicated feelings about being a Step-mom.   She encourages people to use their own inner wisdom and experience to make intentional choices about behavior and relationships in order to create the life they want.  She looks forward to working with Raquel again.


Raquel Cader, MSW RSW is a separated mom of three children.  She works with individuals, couples, families and groups. Raquel believes that each person is an individual in their own unique life circumstances, and that much can be learned from sharing experiences with others.  Raquel is very pleased to be co-facilitating with Samantha again.


Bloorcourt Therapy

www.expressive-arts-therapy.ca

expressive.arts.therapy@gmail.com

416 459-1907


 This group was a godsend. Sam & Raquel's education and experience are evident. They are sensitive & knowledgable leaders who offered the stepmoms in the group ample resources and strategic plans to deal with stepmothering issues—but we were also given individual time to share our stories, offer and receive feedback and support, and get to know one another. We were encouraged to explore our rights, roles and responsibilities as stepmothers, as well as women. We looked at our current circumstances as well as our family of origin strengths and weaknesses and how those play into our stepparenting. I particularly appreciated our clarifying examinations of boundaries and roles. I'd highly recommend this group to any struggling stepmoms out there who are feeling alone or have questions—it is so important to have support and mentorship when taking on this very unique and sometimes confusing role. I would absolutely participate in more step-events offered by Raquel and Samantha! Thank you! 

— Shara on Nov 30, 2012.



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