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List of therapists has been posted - All, A list has been posted on the "pages" portion of this website with names of therapists and couples counselors, divided by location.  Some provide only individual therapy, some provide couples counseling and some have experience with stepf Debra Aug 14, 2016 10:11 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meetup payments - Thanks! I will bring $ on the 21st! Sent from my iPhone On Jul 15, 2016, at 7:27 PM, Debra < Valerie Jul 15, 2016 8:02 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meetup payments - Thanks for handling! On Jul 15,[masked]:09 AM, "Angela McHaney Valavanis" < [address removed] > wrote: Debra Jul 15, 2016 7:27 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meetup payments - Hi Angela, I am moving an hour and half south and won't be able to attend meetings.  I'm grateful to have been a part of the group when I was. Could you please remove me? Thanks! O Kelly K. de C. Jul 15, 2016 12:06 PM
Meetup payments - Hi, ladies. I'm replacing Amy Ramirez Diaz as the main contact on the site, particularly in regards to payments. She has kindly paid the $20/mo fee to keep this site going--even though she hasn't been able to attend meetings--and we all forgot Angela McHaney V. Jul 15, 2016 10:09 AM
request for referrals for marriage counselors - Hi fellow stepmoms, As you know, those of us in stepfamilies need a lot of support! Therefore, we are trying to put together a list of good marriage/couples' counselors (especially those with experience in stepfamily issues) as a resource for Debra Jun 28, 2016 11:21 AM
Oops! - Stepmom Friends, I'm sorry to bug you again! I realized I forgot an important piece of information re: my coaching program. You can use your HSA/FSA to pay for the program. Or we can set up health insurance re-imburse Jamie May 25, 2016 9:45 AM
Stepmom coaching - Hi Friends! I have finally decided, after much encouragement (read: hounding) of family and friends to synthesize my clini Jamie May 24, 2016 5:01 PM
Therapist-Led Support Group for Stepmoms - Hi friends, Just got the following message from Dr. Amy Wagner at the Family Institute in Evanston: Anne Jun 19, 2015 10:14 AM
Hi everyone! - I just wanted to send a quick note saying hello - I miss being able to attend regular get-togethers and I think of all of you often. I hope to be able to attend a meeting real soon! I also wanted to share with you a new development in my professional Jamie May 13, 2014 5:03 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Let's do that. I've never been to one of these events before so I was unaware that people will bring food and drinks and such. Let's do Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm at the space at DePaul's Loop ca Nikki N. Oct 23, 2013 2:52 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - That location works for me at DePaul. Sent from my iPhone On Oct 22, 2013, at 3:56 PM, Amy Ramirez-Diaz < Cathy O. Oct 22, 2013 5:13 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Many of our evening meetings have been at that time and people usually bring munchies to share and wine/beverages. Whatever the majority prefer, just wanted to offer the space in case you needed a venue.  No worries. Amy R. Oct 22, 2013 3:56 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Thank you Amy for suggesting the DePaul Loop campus space. That might work but since we are meeting at 7pm - I'm wondering if a restaurant/bar would be better in case people would like to eat dinner. Thoughts? Nikki N. Oct 22, 2013 3:51 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - If you are looking for a downtown location for a meeting, I can again offer space in the DePaul Loop campus (State/Jackson) or are you looking for a social type space such as a restaurant or bar? Amy R. Oct 22, 2013 3:49 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - We have decided that Tuesday, November 19 will work. So far those that have responded with locations would prefer somewhere close to downtown. Does anyone else out there have any suggestions? I'm not that familiar with the loo Nikki N. Oct 22, 2013 3:43 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] StepMoms Plus Private Facebook Page - Julie, The way I see it is that the Facebook group will allow for an easier way to communicate and offer support to one another outside of the meet ups. Since it is a private group, our conversations there will only be see Shari P. Oct 18, 2013 11:17 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] StepMoms Plus Private Facebook Page - What's the difference between Stepmoms Plus and Stepmoms Plus Private Group? On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Amy Ramirez-Diaz < Julie Oct 17, 2013 6:25 PM
StepMoms Plus Private Facebook Page - Ladies, I've just created the FB page.  There is literally nothing on it as of yet.  Here is the link­s/124757194871 Amy R. Oct 17, 2013 12:05 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I work downtown and live in Streeterville. I'm flexible. Sent from my iPhone On Oct 17, 2013, at 11:08 AM, Nikki Nigl < Cathy O. Oct 17, 2013 11:59 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I can make  Tuesday the 19th.  I'm flexible as to location.  On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM, Nikki Nigl < Michelle H. Oct 17, 2013 11:10 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Hello everyone, I have heard from 3 women so far that can get together on a Tuesday in November in the city. I feel this is a great start... So far there have been confirmations from... Cathy Nikki N. Oct 17, 2013 11:08 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I can do the 5th or the 19th of November--thanks for organizing! Janet T. Oct 17, 2013 11:00 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I can meet on either. On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM, Cathy Ostrander < [address removed] > Julie Oct 16, 2013 6:25 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I can meet on any of those days! Sent from my iPhone On Oct 16, 2013, at 5:25 PM, Nikki Nigl < Cathy O. Oct 16, 2013 5:27 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Hello everyone, I sent out this email a couple days ago. If November 5th doesn't work - how about November 12th or the 19th to meet in the city? Nikki. Email s Nikki N. Oct 16, 2013 5:25 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Thank you Amy for recommending the space at DePaul at the downtown campus. And thank you to Michelle for recommending Doc's Wine Bar and Uncommon Ground in the Lakeview area. Lakeview might be more co Nikki N. Oct 14, 2013 10:43 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I can reserve private space at DePaul's Loop campus (Jackson and State) rather easily. It's easily accessible to public transportation. . Perhaps t Amy R. Oct 11, 2013 10:26 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I would love to meet up in the city also! Sent from my iPhone On Oct 9, 2013, at 9:49 AM, Nikki Nigl < Cathy O. Oct 11, 2013 10:21 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I'd be interested in a downtown meeting also   Janet T. Oct 10, 2013 3:47 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Announced! Sent from my iPhone On Oct 9, 2013, at 10:44 AM, Angela McHaney Valavanis < Jamie Oct 9, 2013 11:47 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - I added the Evanston meeting under Suggested Meetups on our page. I think it will collect RSVPs now. Glad you can make it, Michelle!­-Plu Angela McHaney V. Oct 9, 2013 10:44 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Hey Nikki - Tuesday evenings work fine for me.  I live near Diversey and Sheridan so anywhere in Lakeview or Lincoln park is fine.  I'd see something like Doc's Wine Bar or Uncommon Ground would be good.  The place you mentioned sou Michelle H. Oct 9, 2013 10:03 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Tuesday is great for me but closer to downtown would be better. — Julie Schaeffer orangeMOSAIC LLC� Julie Oct 9, 2013 10:00 AM
Meet-up in the city? Any takers? - Hello wonderful women, I am new to this group and I haven't met anyone yet. I would like to meet other step-moms. I'm trying to find step-moms that live in the city or are willing to come to the city. Nikki N. Oct 9, 2013 9:49 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Evanston meeting November 14! - I live in rogers park and work in lakeview Nikki. Sent from my iPhone On Oct 8, 2013, at 10:27 AM, Nikki Nigl < Valerie Oct 8, 2013 5:38 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Evanston meeting November 14! - I'm in the city also. We live in Streeterville so I'm open to a city meeting. Sent from my iPhone On Oct 8, 2013, at 10:36 AM, Cathy O. Oct 8, 2013 11:12 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Evanston meeting November 14! - I'm on the northwest side, so city-dweller here, too! It appears that what may be best for all is to have our main, Jamie Oct 8, 2013 10:52 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Evanston meeting November 14! - I live in the city - in Lakeview - so I'd be open to meeting up anywhere in the city, as well.   On Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM, Nikki Nigl < Michelle H. Oct 8, 2013 10:36 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Evanston meeting November 14! - Hello everyone, Thank you to the Evanston ladies for setting something up. Unfortunately Thursday evenings do not work with my schedule so maybe I'll catch it the next time it comes around. Nikki N. Oct 8, 2013 10:27 AM
Evanston meeting November 14! - Hi, all: Anne Oct 7, 2013 10:51 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Hi again, friends! Thanks for all of your great feedback. Looks like there is a meetup or 2 already in the works. Love it! I have a few ideas in re Jamie Oct 7, 2013 10:04 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Suzanne Oct 7, 2013 9:50 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Michelle H. Oct 7, 2013 9:45 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Hey Valerie, watch this space--another member and I are planning an Evanston meeting soon. Should have details this week. I have te Anne Oct 7, 2013 9:41 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I am in! Valerie Sent from my iPhone On Oct 7, 2013, at 8:07 AM, Julie < Valerie Oct 7, 2013 8:18 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I'm happy to host or arrange a place for a meeting on a Monday or Tuesday evening in late October in the West Loop -- good for those who live or wo Julie Oct 7, 2013 8:07 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Hi! Valerie Oct 7, 2013 7:55 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Shari P. Oct 3, 2013 6:45 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Debra Oct 3, 2013 10:41 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Yolanda Oct 3, 2013 10:30 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Shari P. Oct 3, 2013 10:25 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I think the Facebook group would be great!!! I would use it a lot for support :) Sent from my iPhone On Oct 3, 2013, at 10:22 Cathy O. Oct 3, 2013 10:24 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Preview not available Amy R. Oct 3, 2013 10:22 AM
Follow-up / Oak Park area Stepmoms.... - Hi Everyone, This is a follow-up to Jamie's recent post about the status of the stepmom's group. Sorry, I deleted the or Sharon Sep 29, 2013 2:15 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Maybe it's time to break off into some smaller groups, based on geography? Say, a north-suburbs group, a city group, etc.? The smaller grou Anne Sep 26, 2013 10:24 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I second what Valerie said! I joined last year and then had some medical setbacks so would love to meet everyone and get together monthly. Cathy O. Sep 25, 2013 9:59 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Hi! I would love to hear what other moms are experiencing as stepmoms. I joined the meetup at a point in which you had stopped meeting Valerie Sep 25, 2013 7:10 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I agree with others who like the unstructured approach. I'd be happy to host for those who could to a West Loop location on Mondays, Tuesdays, or W Julie Sep 25, 2013 4:41 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I'd love to get involved with group again, and think the unstructured approach is a good one. I greatly benefited from just being around others who "got it" and and understood how crazy/wonderful this life can be.  Suzanne Sep 25, 2013 4:11 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I think that's a great idea! I'm Nikki. I have not had a chance to meet everyone yet. The previous times did not work with my schedule. I'm looking forward to meeting other step-mothers and hearing your stories. I' Nikki N. Sep 25, 2013 3:59 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Good idea, Alisa! Sent from my iPhone On Sep 25, 2013, at 3:54 PM, Alisa < Jamie Sep 25, 2013 3:55 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I personally enjoy just getting together and discussing whatever challenges people are experiencing at that time. I think it's really helpful to be able to ask advice from someone that is in a similar position.  I'd be interested in Michelle H. Sep 25, 2013 3:54 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - We could try more unstructured meetings that don't have a topic or speaker....I'm sure many of us have experiences or questions we'd like to bring to the group to discuss :)  Just a thought.... Alisa Alisa Sep 25, 2013 3:53 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - Thanks, all. Hosting hasn't been so much a problem as leading and the planning involved in that. Do we have any interested parties for that? Jamie Sep 25, 2013 3:47 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Hello! - I am happy to host at Creative Coworking in Evanston on a semi-regular basis. Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday evenings would work for me. I know the northside doesn't work for everyone, though, so we might need a southside Angela McHaney V. Sep 25, 2013 2:36 PM
Hello! - Hello, Friends, It has been too long! I hope you and your families are thriving. A few of you have reached out inquiring about the status of the group, so I thought I would send an email update especially since StepMoms Plus' Jamie Sep 24, 2013 5:21 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Advice/Suggestions/help needed - Nancy May 28, 2013 3:26 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Advice/Suggestions/help needed - Bethany, I'm so sorry that you and your family are experiencing this, I truly am.  Let me begin by saying I am not a mental health professional nor an attorney, but I sure have opinions :-P Amy R. May 21, 2013 4:56 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Advice/Suggestions/help needed - Hi Bethany, I'm sorry you are dealing with such a difficult situation. It sounds like much (if not all) of the information you and your husband are getting about your step-daughter is through her mother. If that&# Shari P. May 21, 2013 4:27 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Advice/Suggestions/help needed - Bethany, I really feel for you. That's an awful situation. I'm no expert, but I'd say the biggest problem is that your stepdaughter is in 7th grade. That's when m Angela McHaney V. May 21, 2013 3:14 PM
Advice/Suggestions/help needed - Hi All, It has been a very long time since I have seen most of you and I am sure there are some new faces. I'm hoping to get back to our meeting now that life/my schedule has ret Bethany B. May 20, 2013 4:26 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Happy Stepmothers' Day! - Beautiful message, Jamie. Thank you for your positive leadership. I didn't even know there was a Stepmother's Day! Hope everyone navigated Mother's Day well. Look forward t Angela McHaney V. May 20, 2013 3:39 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Happy Stepmothers' Day! - Thank you for the lovely message, Jamie! I really can't thank you enough for bringing this group together. I've learned a lot about myself and my family through meeting other stepmoms (previously I knew none) and Shari P. May 19, 2013 9:49 AM
Happy Stepmothers' Day! - Good morning, Friends, I am sitting outside drinking a cup of coffee to obtain a little peace and quiet (the kids have been raucous since 6:30). The breeze is gentle and and the coffee is strong and my sanity is slowly creeping back. ;) As I sit Jamie May 19, 2013 9:21 AM
Meeting cancelled - Hi Friends, Due to low response, we have cancelled tonight's meeting. I will shoot for a non-Thursday meeting time for our next meeting as I know a lot of folks are unable to meet then. Enjoy your families tonight and hope to see you soon! Jamie S Jamie May 9, 2013 5:09 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Thursday's meeting - Congratulations Angela!  Best wishes to you and your new baby!    On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM, Nikki Nigl < Yolanda May 9, 2013 3:18 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Thursday's meeting - Hello everyone, First of all, Angela - I may not know you but I would still like to say congratulations on the little one! Very exciting!!!!! Also, I cannot make it tomorrow nigh Nikki N. May 8, 2013 8:35 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Thursday's meeting - !!!!! Angela! Congratulations! This is so exciting! Hope all is well with your recovery. P.S., I am a great babysitter and I love babies. when you are ready for a night on the town in a few months. ;) Jamie May 8, 2013 4:37 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Thursday's meeting - I was looking forward to reconnecting with all of you before the baby came, but he came early! Still at the hospital. Maybe the next meeting.... On May 8,[masked]:13 PM, "Jamie" < Angela McHaney V. May 8, 2013 4:35 PM
Thursday's meeting - Hi, Friends,   Looking forward to our chat on Balance tomorrow night! It's not too late to RSVP if you have not yet already.   If attending, please bring a beverage or snack to share. So excited! All the best, Jamie May 8, 2013 4:13 PM
Family Barn Dance Tonight! - Hello Gorgeous Stepmoms! Jamie May 3, 2013 8:04 AM
Update on Meetups - Hello Fellow Fearless Stepmoms! A quick note in the way of an update on our group's meeting schedule. As attendance has been low for the past few months, we are trying out bi-monthly meetings instead of monthly me Jamie Apr 24, 2013 10:13 AM
Happy hour cancelled - Hi friends, I'm receiving lots of cancelation texts for tonight, so we are going to go ahead and cancels tonight mtg. Stay tuned for more March fun! Sent from my iPhone Jamie Mar 18, 2013 3:07 PM
Meeting this week - Hi friends! I just wanted to tell you that I have been thinking of you and can't wait to see you on Thursday night. It has been too long! If you cannot make it, please know that you will be missed. Lots of love, Jane Sent from my iPhone Jamie Feb 19, 2013 6:19 PM
Meetup Cancelled: Monthly Meeting - Night "In" - Monthly Meeting - Night "In", scheduled to occur on Saturday, January 19,[masked]:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly. If you have further questions, you can email me through the Jamie Jan 16, 2013 9:14 AM
New Year’s Resolution for Stepmoms | StepMom Magazine - Thinking of you all. Happy New Year! The below article inspired me - I hope it inspires you, too!­/12/31/new-years-resolution-fo­r-stepmoms/ Sent from my iPhone Jamie Dec 31, 2012 12:53 PM
Part-time, temporary work for the Holidays - Hello friends! I am writing to let you know that I am in the market for a part-time, temporary position to supplement my counseling practice income through the holidays.If you are aware of an opening, may I ask that you consider me? I am open to cl Jamie Nov 12, 2012 11:39 AM
Fwd: Thank you again - Hi All, Please find below an email from Dr. Barsano to our group. She also urged me to let you know to email her anytime i Jamie Oct 29, 2012 6:03 PM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Reminder re: tonight's Meetup and ride request - And in case anyone needs the address, it's Creative Coworking at 922 Davis Street in Evan Anne Oct 24, 2012 11:56 AM
Personal Update: Last email of the day, I promise! - Dear Friends, I am sorry for the many emails you have received today from me/us. I do believe this is the last one! Many of you know I have been in graduate school these last few years working toward a degree in Clinical Psychology and a lic Jamie Oct 24, 2012 11:00 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Reminder re: tonight's Meetup and ride request - I've got the wine covered, but snacks are welcome! Looking forward to seeing everyone here at Creative Coworking. ~ Angela On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Jamie < Angela McHaney V. Oct 24, 2012 10:59 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Reminder re: tonight's Meetup and ride request - Jamie, I live near you and I could pick you up. Just remind me of your address. Shari On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Jamie < jamie.simkin Shari P. Oct 24, 2012 10:33 AM
Reminder re: tonight's Meetup and ride request - Hi there, Step-moms! I am so looking forward to our meeting tonight. If anyone is able to bring a snack to share and/or a bottle of wine or other beverage, that would be most helpful!  I will be bringing cheese and crackers. Also, would s Jamie Oct 24, 2012 10:01 AM
Meetup details changed: October Meeting - Behavioral Issues with Dr. Carolyn Barsano - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­-Plus/events/84557642/ When : Wednesday, October 24,[masked] Jamie Oct 17, 2012 2:53 PM
RE: [Stepmoms-Plus] Therapist referral needed - user 9. Oct 9, 2012 10:24 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Therapist referral needed - He was willing to read it, after I told him a bit about it (he liked the sound of LESS talking about things), but in the end, I just told him everything about it. It was mostly me learning stuff about him (a user 1. Oct 9, 2012 9:31 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Therapist referral needed - Hannah, did you read that with your husband? On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Hannah < [address removed] > wrote: Jamie Oct 9, 2012 12:19 AM
Re: [Stepmoms-Plus] Therapist referral needed - On that note, I'd also love to recommend "How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It" which is my absolute favorite! Sounds like a similar line of thinking. It changed my marriage. user 1. Oct 8, 2012 4:55 PM
RE: [Stepmoms-Plus] Therapist referral needed - Hey Jamie, I'm not knocking The Fa Alice J Oct 8, 2012 4:51 PM

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