About The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies
The Bridge Across for Single Parents and Stepfamilies is for single parent families, stepfamilies, those who work with them (therapists, counselors, community and church organizations, human resources/EAP), and those who love them.
Founded in 2006 by Jayna Haney, The Bridge Across has helped many parents and stepfamilies by providing them with practical strategies, tools, and programs specifically designed for single parents and stepfamilies.
The Bridge Across partners with many community organizations to assist them in offering programs and services especially for single parent and stepfamilies.
Jayna is on the board of Home Encouragement, and a member of the Stepfamily Foundation, Bay Area Mental Health Network, EMDR International Association, Houston Employee Assistance Program Association, Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (HAMFT), Texas Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, Council on Contemporary Families, and the National Stepfamily Resource Center.
About Jayna Haney
Jayna Haney, MS
Jayna Haney and The Bridge Across are on a mission to help stepfamilies and single parents find a better life for themselves and their children. Building a new dream takes time, but single parents and stepfamilies don’t have to linger for years with overwhelm, struggle, and lack of support while trying to figure it all out.
Single parents and stepfamilies benefit in big ways from our proven programs and focused solutions. In doing so, they can enjoy their lives and avoid needless battles like pros, even if their family life or “ex” drama is new.
Since 2002, Jayna’s coaching, workshops, and programs have made a profound and lasting impact for thousands of stepfamilies and single parents.
First married in 1986, a mom since 1993, divorced mom since 1998, and remarried mom and stepmom since 2001, Jayna has walked a lot of miles along the same road her clients find themselves traveling. She knows what it is like to be in a place a million miles away from where you want to be (or ever thought you would be), lose your dream, struggle, face new challenges, and feel like a crazy person while trying to cope and manage the changes from married parent to single parent to stepfamily over the past 20 years.
Having faced her own situations of drama, trauma and family court, Jayna shares her real-world experience, “here’s how you do it” straight talk, and truth telling from the trenches (one of her secrets is keep a sense of humor) and proven programs- Stepfamily Program Intensive, Powerful Single Parent Wisdom, and Exes and Answers.
Professionally, Jayna uses best practices to guide stepfamilies and single parents including an MS in Counseling, Post Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and certified as a Master Stepfamily Coach by the Stepfamily Foundation as well as extensive training in the areas of trauma and attachment, marriage, parenting, and high conflict dynamics/alienation issues- see below for more information. Fueled by personal experience and the encouragement of her single parent and stepfamily clients to teach others, she shares how to take the road less traveled by but one that makes all the difference in the confidence, calm, and enrichment of new skills and empowerment learned.
Known for her creative speaking style imbued with energy, personal stories and humor, Jayna speaks to organizations, places of worship, and businesses …inspiring couples to be intentional in their marriages, and parents to be in tune with their children.
Passionate stepfamily and single parent advocate, Jayna Haney and her husband, Mike, have four grown children and live in Houston, Texas.
About Mike Haney
Coach and Mentor for Divorced Men, Husbands, and Fathers
A married dad since 1993, a divorced dad since 1998, and a remarried dad since 2001, Mike Haney has worn many hats in his journey though fatherhood, and discovered much about himself and how to build a successful family.
Born into a traditional nuclear family in the 1960s, his parents celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2013. He had never experienced divorce or stepfamilies and had no idea how to deal with the issues he faced. A strong, educated, capable person, he realized he had a lot to learn – and his family was anything but “traditional” by 1960s standards.
He is intrigued with the tools he and Jayna have discovered in building their successful marriage. He is thrilled to support and work with Jayna in The Bridge Across. He and Jayna worked with single parents together in from 2002 to 2004 in “Just Me and the Kids” helping to develop healthy single parent families. Jayna and Mike speak, individually and together, on a number of topics regarding the importance of building a strong bond in marriage and for pre-marriage sessions, and offer guaranteed ways to have an intentional and loving marriage. Mike also works with many fathers in their struggle to become successful dads as parents and stepparents, and he is certified as a stepfamily coach through the Stepfamily Foundation.
Mike is an international consultant with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Managerial Studies from Rice University, and an MBA from the University of Texas. Mike began his business career as an investment banker, and has served in corporate development, consulting capacities and founded two companies. Mike’s was famous among his children’s friends when they were younger for leading fun activities. His involved parenting style led him to bike ride, swim, and play with his children including coaching each of them for many years in soccer and basketball.
Married in 2001, Jayna and Mike enjoy a loving marriage, a satisfying stepfamily life, and the latest change in their family as empty nesters with 4 grown children.
We help you achieve more of what you dreamed about and provide a better life for you and your children.