Episode 45. When You’re Called to Serve High Conflict Families: How to Manage a Niche Practice with Jenni McBride McNamara

I’ve got a heck of an episode to share with you today...

But let’s start with a question.

What  would happen if you took on one of the toughest areas of practice there is, all by yourself, in your one person office?

What if you tried to ignore it, but the calling to serve these people was too strong, and you had to say yes to this work?

Can you even do that and make a living?

Or have a life?

Turns out, you can.

Working with high conflict families is not easy. But Jenni McBride McNamara is proving it can be done, and in a way that is profitable and meaningful for her, while incredibly helpful for her clients.

And the need is great.

We’re exploring the in’s & out’s of her niche practice in today’s episode - with some real gems at the end.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

     …how to show  clients you get them without having to share your own story

     …how  to use a course to work with  courts, build community and make a bigger impact

     …the challenge of boundaries and how not to take this home

     …how learning to lead our selves is the hardest work of all

 …and what she’s re-thinking now.   

Give it a listen.

P.S. “Okay Wendy - this is super interesting…“ If that’s what you think as you listen to this episode, please share a little love with a 5 star review and a few words over on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. You will make my day!



Jenni is a Minnesota-based therapist, coach, mediator, and parenting consultant who specializes in high conflict relationships. She is also the author of several non-fiction books including Outsmart Your High-Stress Divorce.

Recently, Jenni created the High Conflict Relationships: Rescue, Recovery, and Restoration program for individuals interested in managing or getting out of high conflict relationships with partners, family members, friends, and coworkers.

She has presented for local legal and therapy professionals, as well as at a national conference for the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts and is starting a training program for professionals.

Learn more about her work at:

https://jennimcbridemcnamara.com (Her programs.)
https://touchingtrees.com (Her therapy practice.)

Or contact her directly at:
[email protected] or by phone at 612-888-2522



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