Create a strong and healthy stepfamily,   one STEP at a time

Dr. Mary Anne Gunter, PhD, LMFT, LPC is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, and a trauma therapist who works with blended families and couples.

As a seasoned stepmom herself for over thirty years, if you've experienced it, you can bet she has, too. Dr. Gunter understands grief, anger, hurt, alienation, disappointment, fear, and the often-overwhelming questions blended families face in these uncertain times.

She is a Certified Facilitator in the "One Heart, Two Homes" coparenting curriculum, and is a "Recognized Provider" in the "Smart Stepfamilies" blended families program created by Ron Deal, LPC, LMFT, one of the nation's premier experts on the blended family.


Here are some of the main points from Dr. Mary Anne's interview:

  • The importance of setting a strong foundation and ways to do that
  • Discussed trauma, abuse, and PTSD in blended families and signs to look for
  • How parents can help children overcome feelings of guilt and self-blame after experiencing trauma
  • Some common behaviors or signs that indicate a child is being parentified
  • The role grandparents play in stepfamilies
  • (the full version of this session runs 0:42:20)

    Create a 
    strong and healthy stepfamily, 
    one STEP at a time