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Stepfamily Central

Rachelle Katz, Ed.D.

Stepfamily Central – Special Occasions and Vacations

Special occasions, like weddings and graduations, are wonderful and joyous milestones that deserve to be celebrated. Vacations are also fun times to spend with family members. For stepfamilies, however, these can be extremely awkward events and can cause a lot of pain and anxiety. Rachelle discusses how stepfamilies can navigate both special occasions and vacations with Brenda Snyder, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Peoria, Illinois and a writer for Stepmom Magazine. Brenda has been a stepmother for fifteen years, and has had two stepchildren get married in the same year and another one is getting married this month.
Brenda not only specializes in individual and family therapy for stepfamilies, she is also available for stepfamily coaching by phone or on the web. She maintains a blog at and can be contacted at Glen Manor Counseling in Peoria, IL (309) 693-2749. Look for her on Facebook at
Rachelle Katz is also available for stepfamily coaching and can be contacted at