Former Shows & Episodes

Stepfamily Central

Rachelle Katz, Ed.D.

Stepfamily Central – The Pros and Cons of Joint Custody

Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle continues her conversation with Dr. Jeannette Lofas, and talks to her about the pros and cons of joint custody when couples divorce. Jeannette is affectionately considered to be the wise woman of the stepfamily community and is a leading authority on stepfamilies. In fact, she won a presidential award for her work. She has written five books: among which is Living in Step, Stepparenting: Everything You Need to Know to Make It Work, How to Be A Parent, and He’s OK, She’s OK: Honoring the Differences Between Men and Women. Jeannette is the President and Founder of Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. Besides working with stepfamilies to help improve their lives, Jeannette trains mental health professionals to become stepfamily coaches and counselors. She is offering another certification class the weekend of April 26 & 27th of this year. You can find out more about Jeannette and her certification program by going to her website, http://www.stepfamily.org.

Stepfamily Central – with Dr. Jeannette Lofas

Kids are vulnerable when their parents divorce and can be effected by it for many years. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle discusses what children can experience when their parents divorce, as well as how they can be helped, with Dr. Jeannette Lofas. Jeannette is affectionately considered to be the wise woman of the stepfamily community and is a leading authority on stepfamilies. In fact, she won a presidential award for her work. She has written five books: among which is Living in Step, Stepparenting: Everything You Need to Know to Make It Work, How to Be A Parent, and He’s OK, She’s OK: Honoring the Differences Between Men and Women. Jeannette is the President and Founder of Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. Besides working with stepfamilies to help improve their lives, Jeannette trains mental health professionals to become stepfamily coaches and counselors. She is offering another certification class the weekend of April 26 & 27th of this year. You can find out more about Jeannette and her certification program by going to her website, http://www.stepfamily.org.

Stepfamily Central – A Biological Dad’s Perspective of Stepfathers

In stepfamilies, it’s common for biological mothers and stepmothers to compare themselves to each other; sometimes intense rivalries can develop. Biological dads and stepfathers are not immune to competitive and jealous feelings. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle talks to Joel Schwartzberg about a biological dad’s perspective of stepfathers. Joel is a father of three, and is an award winning humorist and essayist. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, the NY Post, Stepmom Magazine among many other publications. His book, “THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION: HUMOIRS OF A DIVORCED DAD” can be found on Amazon.com where it’s in paperback or kindle, and has just been turned into an audio book as well. To find out more about Joel, go to his websites, bookfordad.com. or joelschwartzberg.net.

Stepfamily Central – Advice for the non-custodial dad

Divorce is a tough situation, especially if you have kids. It’s difficult to be away from them, whether it’s for a small or large amount of time. Since non-custodial parents spend less time with their children, they have fewer opportunities to get to know what makes them tick. This can be extremely frustrating for that parent. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle talks to Joel Schwartzberg, a father of three, and an award winning humorist and essayist, about being a non-custodial parent, and how to make the most of the time you do have with your children. Joel’s work has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, the NY Post, Stepmom Magazine among many other publications. His book, “THE 40-YEAR-OLD VERSION: HUMOIRS OF A DIVORCED DAD” can be found on Amazon.com where it’s in paperback or kindle, and has just been turned into an audio book as well. To find out more about Joel, go to his websites, bookfordad.com. or joelschwartzberg.net.

Stepfamily Central – Bringing a new baby into a stepfamily

Babies are such wonderful additions to any family. Before their births, they can bring up a host of emotions for families to experience, ranging from excitement to anxiety. While babies are welcomed with as much love into stepfamilies, these family members can experience a more diverse set of emotions. Rachelle talks about the variety of emotions a new baby can trigger for stepfamily members with Susan Davis Swanson, a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples specializing in stepfamilies. Susan is the Executive Director and Founder of The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills, California. She teaches therapists about how to work with stepfamilies and she publishes her own quarterly newsletter. She is a frequent contributor to Stepmom Magazine and appears quarterly on their “Ask the Experts” forum. In addition to her work with stepfamilies, Susan is a trauma therapist since 1998 and experienced in the use of EMDR and Somatics. You can find out more about Susan by going to her website, stepfamilycenter.com.

Stepfamily Central – Bringing a new baby into a stepfamily

Babies are such wonderful additions to any family. Before their births, they can bring up a host of emotions for families to experience, ranging from excitement to anxiety. While babies are welcomed with as much love into stepfamilies, these family members can experience a more diverse set of emotions. Rachelle talks about the variety of emotions a new baby can trigger for stepfamily members with Susan Davis Swanson, a psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples specializing in stepfamilies. Susan is the Executive Director and Founder of The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills, California. She teaches therapists about how to work with stepfamilies and she publishes her own quarterly newsletter. She is a frequent contributor to Stepmom Magazine and appears quarterly on their “Ask the Experts” forum. In addition to her work with stepfamilies, Susan is a trauma therapist since 1998 and experienced in the use of EMDR and Somatics. You can find out more about Susan by going to her website, stepfamilycenter.com.

Stepfamily Central – Skirts at War

On this show Rachelle talks to Jenna Korf about her new book, Skirts at War: Beyond Divorced Mom?Stepmom Conflict. This book is an exciting addition to the stepfamily field. It focuses on how you can help yourself when the biomom or stepmom in your life doesn’t meet you halfway. Jenna and coauthor, Jennifer Newcombe Marine help women identify what is creating their unhappiness and provide them with tools to feel empowered again. Jenna Korf is a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach working with stepmothers and stepcouples at www.StepmomHelp.com. Besides co-authoring Skirts at War, she writes a regular column for Stepmom Magazine and is a blogger for the Huffington Post and No One’s the Bitch.

Stepfamily Central – Characteristics of happily re-partnered couples

Stepfamily life can be very challenging as anyone who has been part of one can attest. However, many relationships do endure the complexities and challenges of stepfamily life, and in fact thrive. What characteristics do these couples share? Rachelle discusses some of the qualities that happy, healthy re-partnered couples possess with Dianne Martin, a certified stepfamily counselor and social worker. Diane has a private practice in Canada where she works with individuals and couples, and also runs workshops and seminars for stepfamilies. She is a regular contributor to Stepmom Magazine.

Stepfamily Central – Overcoming Anger and Resentment in Your Stepfamily

Many of us spend a good portion of our day feeling anger and resentful as a result of the challenges in our stepfamilies. Even though our feelings may be justified, they aren’t doing us any good. They may be contributing to all kinds of physical problems, such as heart disease and stomach ailments, and harming our relationships. Today on Stepfamily Central, Rachelle talks to psychotherapist and stepfamily coach, Susan Davis Swanson, about how you can overcome anger and resentment.

Susan is the Executive Director and Founder of The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills, California. She is a licensed psychotherapist working with individual and couples. As an expert on stepfamilies issues, she teaches therapists about how to help stepfamilies, and publishes her own quarterly newsletter. Susan is a frequent contributor to StepMom Magazine and appears quarterly on their “Ask the Experts” forum. In addition to her work with stepfamilies, Susan is a trauma therapist since 1998 and experienced in the use of EMDR and Somatics. You can find out more about Susan by going to her website, stepfamilycenter.com.

Stepfamily Central – Establishing Clear Boundaries in your Stepfamily

To protect our privacy and personal space, we all need to establish clear boundaries by being able to say no to certain requests that are too difficult for us to complete. Boundaries are important in all areas of life, at work, in friendships, but they are especially important in stepfamilies, since there are so many members involved, each with a different set of potential issues. Rachelle discusses how to establish clear boundaries with Jenna Korf, a certified Stepfamily Foundation coach who works with stepmoms and step-couples. Jenna is the co-author with Jennifer Newcombe Marine of a brand-new book, Skirts at War; Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict. In addition to her new book. Jenna writes a regular column for Stepmom Magazine and is a blogger for The Huffington Post and No One’s the Bitch. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, two teenage stepsons and her adorable pup, Astro. You can find out more about Jenna by going to her website, stepmomhelp.com.