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How can a family have a relationship with a new husband when his domineering wife doesn't want to
have anything to do with the family?
Family conflicts like the above example can be very disturbing to many people. The first year of marriage contains
major adjustments for the new couple and extended family members. A guideline for all connected to this couple is
to stay away from deciding who is to blame and continue extending invitations to them. The more complicated and
destructive this problem is, the more you may wish to consider professional intervention with someone who has
experience in marital and family therapy and/or mediation.
Connie Saindon, M.A., MFT, has been a Licensed Marital and Family
Therapist since 1979. In addition to providing services for
Individuals, couples and families, Ms. Saindon is among the few
specialists in the field of violent death bereavement. Founder the
Survivors of Violent Death Program and volunteer faculty at the
University of California Medical School Department of Psychiatry, she
is author of The Journey, Violent Death Bereavement: Adult Survivors
Workbook and contributing author of Violent Death: Resilience and
Intervention beyond the Crisis. To reach her, please see this page.