Brenda and Steve were married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in May 1998. On Sunday, after spending the night in a hotel, Brenda and her dog Lucy went from living alone, to living with Steve, his four children: Jason, 14, Laura, 12, Shannon, almost 10, Amanda, 8–and their dog Phoenix. They added Alexandra, a fifth child for Steve, and a first for Brenda, in 2000. Having read every book on stepfamilies she could find, Brenda–a therapist, educated woman, and all-around nice person–figured she could handle whatever this life brought. Brenda remains happily married, has mourned the losses of both Lucy and Phoenix, (who have been replaced by a goofy English Setter named Jax), and is currently amused when she remembers her former naivete. Her stepfamily has grown to include three stepkids-in-law ,three stepgrandsons and three non-residential stepdogs.
This website, and Brenda’s decision to go into private practice in 2011, are results of her desire to provide guidance and support for the unique perspective of stepmothers.
Brenda Snyder, LCSW sees individuals, couples and families in her practice, located in Peoria, IL. To schedule a local appointment with Brenda, call (309) 693-2749. Brenda offers stepfamily coaching by phone and on the web. For more information about or to schedule a coaching session by phone or internet, email Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.