Premarital Counseling Special $85 per session for six sessions!

7545 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 200 Irvine, California 92618

(949) 393-8300

Amanda McDaniel, M.A., Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Families

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Parenting

Being a parent is one of the most beautiful gifts one can embrace. However, it does not come without its challenges. I work to embolden you with a greater understanding of the family system, which leads to some practical strategies for a healthier family structure.  

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Blended and Step-Famiies

Our world is proving to show that blended and step-families are becoming more common than ever since many remarriages include children from previous relationships. Things rarely progress smoothly when  families "blend". Children  might resist changes, while you as a parent grow frustrated when  your new family doesn't function in the way you had hoped.  Blending families requires adjustment for everyone involved, and I can help your new family work through the growing pains. Although things might seem strained initially, with open  communication, mutual respect, and plenty of love and patience, you can develop a close bond with your new stepchildren and form an affectionate and buoyant blended family.  

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Adult Family Relationships

 As children grow into adulthood, families have a paradigm shift . Our kids enter  the next phase of lives as they create their own families. When our  families grow, it’s up to us to navigate new and different  relationships, and to embrace the challenge of recreating and  maintaining close adult relationships ... while allowing freedom for  individuality.