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Starting Blended family counseling

What is Blended family counseling?

Blended family counseling from our therapists at Thriveworks in Knoxville, TN helps families who have come together through marriage work through changes, accept differences, ease tension, and form bonds. It enables parents to set boundaries and expectations around finances, parenting, and other areas. In addition, it offers all family members a safe space to voice their thoughts and feelings.

How does Blended family counseling work?

Blended family counseling will likely involve attending sessions as a group, but it might also involve individual sessions with each family member. It works by encouraging the group to share any emotions or concerns or challenges they might be experiencing, as relates to the family, and then offering tailored solutions.

Is Blended family counseling conducted in person or online?

Blended family counseling at Thriveworks in Knoxville, TN is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Blended family counseling last?

Blended family counseling from one of our providers at Thriveworks in Knoxville, TN be short- or long-term, lasting for weeks, months, or years. The length is dependent on the family's areas of concerns, whether they're more immediate or they're more complex. Together with your therapist, you can determine how long you should plan on attending therapy for best results.

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In The Brady Bunch, when Mike met Carol, they were the perfect match. Mike had three boys from a previous marriage. Carol had three girls. As the theme song explains, “they knew that it was much more than a hunch; That this group must somehow form a family.” The Bradys made it look easy. Everything aligned, and just like that, they were a family. Bobby would sometimes pull Cindy’s curls, and Greg and Marcia would compete to be the boss. However, whatever tension they had quickly resolved, and before long, they were one, big, happy family again. The Brady’s gave American a picture of what it was like to be a blended family, but most families experience significantly more challenges as they bring two families together. More and more, blended families are meeting those challenges by reaching out for help and going to counseling.

“Live one day at a time (or one moment if you have to).
Blend little by little and celebrate even the smallest breakthrough.”
—Dani Parker-Kimbrough, mom and stepmom

Bringing two families together has a number of challenges, but there are untold benefits as well. Within a blended family, both parents and the children have the opportunity to learn about deep and different kinds of love. They often build resiliency and grow personally. These benefits, however, do not come without making sacrifices and working hard. Many people also need outside help, particularly from a therapist. When blending a family, it is important to take one step at a time, but what is the right next step? Skilled therapists understand the process of making a home, and they can often guide two families on how to come together well.

Whether you are starting to blend your family or whether you have been working at it for some time, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Knoxville. We have worked with a number of step families. We know that the process is not as easy as the Brady Bunch made it seem, but we also know that it is possible to live as one, big, happy family.

What Is a Blended Family?

Sometimes called stepfamilies, there is no limited to the form a blended family can take. Here are only a few examples of blended families:

  • Divorced parents with children. Often, the children live with one parent but visit the other. One or both parents may be dating.
  • Remarried parents or re-coupled parents where the new partner steps into the role of step-parent without children of their own (hence, the terms stepmom, stepdad, stepsister, stepbrother, and step-family).
  • Remarried or re-coupled parents where a new partner steps into the role of step-parent and also has children from a previous relationship.
  • Remarried or re-coupled parents whose new partners do not step into a parenting role with their children.

When The Brady Bunch first aired in 1969, 30 percent of all first marriages ended in divorce. Today, 40 percent of all time-time marriages end in divorce, and the percentages rise for second and third-time marriages. It is no wonder that the US Census Bureau showed that 1300 new families are blended every day. Of the 60 million children under the age of 13 in the US, half are living with one biological partner and that parent’s partner. Many people are facing similar challenges, and those challenges are unique from the couple’s perspective and from the children’s perspective.

Challenges for Children in a Blended Family
Changes in their home can be stressful for children. Many times, children experience the most changes while they are able to exert the least amount of control. They may have to deal with their parent’s divorce or break-up. They may be navigating different rules in different homes. They often experience behavioral and emotional problems as they are trying to process grief, frustration, and loss.

Interacting with a new parent or new sibling can also be confusing. Children may have to navigate being in a different birth order (no long the oldest or the baby). Children may also not know what role the new parent will play in their lives. Is it ok to like their new stepparent or is that betraying the parent they do not live with? Is this new adult taking on a parenting role or are they taking a less hands-on role? Without clarity and structure, children may have difficulty within a new stepfamily.

Challenges for Couples Who Are Blending a Family
Just as children have many difficulties to navigate, so do adult. Not only are they working on their own marriage or partnership, but adults are also leading their families through the transition as well. If one partner has never been a parent before, they will be learning a whole new set of social skills and forging new expectations. If both partners have children, they may have to navigate different parenting styles between themselves and between their former spouses and/or partners. There are many roadblocks that can trip a family as they are blending these differences.

Scheduling Therapy for Blended Families at Thriveworks Knoxville

As you read about blended families, you may have recognized something that is happening in your own home. If so, you are not alone. These are common challenges, but they are also common opportunities. Many people work with a therapist to work through the challenge and experience the deep love that can be cultivated in a blended family. If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional, the therapists at Thriveworks Knoxville are ready to meet with you. When you contact our office, your first appointment may be within 24 hours. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and many forms of insurance are accepted. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Knoxville
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
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★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
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★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

Phone number

(865) 290-2278

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