Stepmom Support

Tools, Skills & Support for surviving Stepmotherhood


Group Leader

Karen King MS LMHC
At age 39, Karen King married a man with two children aged 9 and 12. Her eyes were opened to the intricacies, difficulties and complexities that being in a stepmother role holds and the particular challenges of attempting to coparent within the dynamics of the former partnership. (Not to mention the legal system!) When looking for support and insight, Karen found a lack of resources. For the past 7 years she has been immersed in studying, researching and reaching out to national experts in Stepfamilies and the very unique dynamics of this very common family configuration. She is excited to offer this group as Bellingham's only support group geared especially for Stepmothers to share their common problems and to honor the miraculous solutions we create every day.

How It Will Help You

Tools, Skills & Support for surviving Stepmotherhood

Are you a step mom looking for others like yourself? Being a stepmother is no easy task. All the therapy, advice or books in the world couldn't prepare you for this real-life experience. Partnering with your mate, their kids and their bio-mom can be overwhelming. Whether you're a stepmom with kids of your own or a stepmom with only stepchildren, there are women just like you looking for support. Join this group of new and experienced stepmoms looking to share experiences, difficulties, and triumphs with other stepmoms in the Bellingham area. We are headed into the Holiday season, which can be an interesting time to navigate in a blended family- issues of loyalties, boundaries and expectation can arise quickly. With this group, you will have a guide to help you negotiate all of those challenges successfully!

This is a group where we formulate positive solutions, hear each other’s stories and experiences, and collaborate to make our step-worlds better to live within. We may discuss readings from great books and articles on the subject of  step-mothering, or we may simply support a member who is having a challenging week. The group is designed to help Stepmothers learn useful skills and practical tools to use on the perilous adventures of being a "stepmonster", as well as learn to reach out and ask for help.

Whether you're a new stepmother or an old pro, join this group to benefit, learn and grow with other women.

If you are new to the group, please email my office at and we will arrange a time for you to have a brief phone call with me to make sure the group will be a good fit. 


Some Topics we have addressed:

●  Anger and Resentment
●  Dealing with a difficult Bio-Mom
●  Finding your role in the family
●  Parallel Parenting when Coparenting isn't an option
●  When to “disengage”, and the resulting relief and benefit it provides
●  Lowering expectations & the accompanying grief and relief
●  How to speak positively to your children so they are free of triangulation
●  How to successfully communicate with your partner when your values and needs seem to be at odds


Our NEW Location as of February 1st, 2017

21 Bellwether Way, Suite 107
Bellingham, WA 98225

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every 3rd Wednesday of the month 6:30-8:30pm

September 20, 2017 

October 18, 2017

November 15, 2017

December 20, 2017

Join us as a way to deepen and revitalize your Stepmom skills and connections.



How To Register and Pay

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Email to set up a call with Karen.
Fee is $40 per session,
Fee payable per group and we take debit,credit, cash or check.

What To Do Next

Call or email to express your intention to get the support you need and deserve! Our office manager will schedule a call with Karen to see if it is a good fit.

  call 360-329-2055  text 360-329-2055

Or click to download a PDF and print out a flyer for this group.

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