Real Stepfamilies:  Simple Solutions

Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

Mary is a psychotherapist practicing in Boulder, Colorado.  Mary has been working with stepcouples and stepfamilies for over a decade.

Mary is a contributing writer for Huffington Post 

Mary is a contributing writer for Stepmom Magazine and Wednesday Martin’s blog, “Stepmonster”. Martin wrote the ground breaking and go-to book on the realities of stepfamilies, “Stepmonster”. 

You may be remarried, considering remarriage or are in a partnership or dating relationship. You could be divorced with children, with someone who has children, or you both have children. Maybe you're just considering dating someone with kids. Whatever the situation, this website is for you.

Many in remarriage or re-partnership with children find themselves 
  • "Am I really supposed to love his/her children?"
  • "What does being a step-parent mean? 
  • "Do I really parent a child who isn't mine?"
  • "Why am I being treated like the spawn of Satan?"
  • "I feel torn between my children and my spouse."
  • "How do we figure out finances?"
  • "How much contact do we have to have with the exes?"
  • "I've lost all sense of privacy. What do I do?"
  • "Just because I don’t have kids, doesn’t mean I don’t have a valid opinion.”
  • "My marriage has been swallowed up by these kids and ex-spouses. Help!"
My practice is full of solutions and hope for all of you who are trying to figure out your way through the maze of combining families or considering combining families.

I've been working with couples who've had previous relationships that involve children for over 15 years. I run support groups in the Denver/Boulder area, teach a workshop: Real Stepfamilies: Real Solutions, and coach stepparents and stepcouples through Skype and Facetime. 

I've helped thousands of couples stay together, many when they were at the end of their ropes.

I work in direct, educational, and research based ways. I offer solutions that work, often quickly and effectively.

Many of you come to me saying, "We had no idea it would be this hard!" It is hard, complicated and often painful. But there is hope!

Call me at (303) 594-5240 or email me at to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation.

Don't suffer a minute longer. I look forward to hearing from you! Married With Baggage Events

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