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Holding Space

Dr. Cassidy Freitas

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Hey parents, tune in as Dr. Cassidy Freitas holds space for conversations with experts from around the world and parents who have been through it. With a background in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Cassidy offers education in topics ranging from pregnancy, fertility, postpartum, parenting, partner relationships, emotional wellness, creative living and more! This podcast is not a substitute for therapy and if you're struggling you should seek help from a licensed provider in your area. Fol ...
 
This podcast is for all the therapists out there, the healers and holders of space, who are hoping to build or grow a modern private practice. Dr. Cassidy Freitas and her guests hold your hand as you navigate owning a business as a clinician and support you in building a profitable, sustainable, and meaningful private practice, all with a modern twist!
 
Rachel Rainbolt is the mama behind the Sage Family Podcast, where we gather around a virtual campfire to share meaningful conversations with inspiring and insightful friends around Gentle Parenting, Natural Homeschooling, Simple Living, and Family Adventure. Are you ready to live the family life of your dreams?
 
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In this episode we are shedding light on the often misdiagnosed experience of Postpartum OCD. I invited Licensed Therapist Jenna Overbaugh to share her professional (and personal!) experience with postpartum OCD. Together we open the door to the internal experience of living with OCD and discuss the symptoms, impact, treatment and how to get the su…
 
“How will you know when you’re done?” Ash Brandin joins me in today’s episode about video games. Ash is a middle school teacher who has been putting gaming principles into practice for over ten years. A gamer, educator, and parent, they help families raise kids with a balance of gaming, responsibilities, and other hobbies. We discuss research, blam…
 
Am I screwing up my kids? I've laid in bed wondering this and I know I'm not alone. In this episode I invited Dr. Sumi Raghavan to help us explore the answer to this question. Together we discuss steps we can take today to begin the work of breaking generational cycles as parents, unhook from unrealistic expectations of perfection, and tap into our…
 
“It’s a great thing to always have someone to rescue you, but to always need to be rescued is such a vulnerable way to live, such a limiting way to live. You don’t want your child to feel like they always need to be rescued.” Dr. Eli Lebowitz joins me in today’s episode about childhood anxiety. He studies and treats childhood anxiety at the Yale Ch…
 
The toddler years...somehow one of my favorite stages and simultaneously so exhausting and triggering. In this episode I invited my colleague Gayane Aramyan, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and fellow mother to a 2 and half year old, on to the podcast to talk about the challenges of the season and how we can move beyond survival. We discuss …
 
Gentle parenting is a journey, not a destination, and it’s one that did not start with you and will not end with you. Mr. Chazz joins me in today’s episode about caring for kids. His mission is to help adults truly see, guide, and trust children. We discuss his journey into conscious discipline, intergenerational trauma, perfection, and calling in.…
 
The coughing, the sneezing, the snot, the sore throats...this viral season has been A LOT. I invited Dr. Krupa Playforth, board certified pediatrician and mom of 3 back on to the podcast to help us navigate the load of caring for our sick kids while navigating all the stress of being a parent (and possibly sick yourself!) We discuss: *Proactive ste…
 
Finally, an episode fully dedicated to EMDR! In this episode we're taking you behind closed doors to demystify this powerful and evidence-based approach to processing your trauma and triggers. We walk you through what EMDR is, who it can help, and how to find an EMDR trained therapist. I'm also thrilled to introduce you to EMDR certified therapist …
 
This episode has been a long time coming. I've shared my birth stories on this podcast before, but I've wanted to do a deeper dive into birth trauma for a long time now. When planning this episode there was no better person to dive deep with than my colleague Dr. Alexandra Shrake. Her own traumatic birth was the muse for her research and her desire…
 
You have a million tabs open in your brain, you're the one keeping track of all the family appointments, the school emails, the grocery list, each child's current preferences, and when your kids need something....they come to you first. Can you relate? If you can, there's a word that might resonate...the default parent. In today's episode I invited…
 
Let's talk about tongue ties! In this episode I share my conversation with pediatric physical therapist Brita DeStefano to demystify tongue ties. Brita shares both her personal and professional experience with tongue ties and the stressors and emotions that can come with this experience. Together we discuss: *What exactly is a tongue tie? *What are…
 
In this very personal episode, I sit down with Kristin Gallant, co-founder of Big Little Feelings. We are getting real, raw, and vulnerable as we discuss our own pregnancy loss stories. This episode discusses the physical, emotional, relational, and mental toll of pregnancy loss as well as the ways we individually processed these experiences. We ta…
 
Today I am SO excited to be talking all about potty training with Allison Jandu! Personally, I was thrilled to sit down with Allison to ask all of my questions as I enter the potty training stage with my youngest. I am thrilled to share this episode with all of you to support and de-mystify the potty training journey. We're talking all about timing…
 
Today I am so excited to welcome Ann Garland, Ph.D. on to the podcast to talk about pursuing a career in mental health. Dr. Ann Garland is a professor at both USD and UCSD and has taught across disciplines to support students in all areas of mental health. Dr. Garland is also the author of Pursuing a Career in Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide f…
 
Let's unpack the idea of "balance" for the working parent! In this episode we explore the relationship we have with our work while holding space for our relationships and family life. I invited New York based therapist Justine Carino on to the podcast, and together we share our personal journeys in navigating the challenges of being working parents…
 
Today I’m here with Amy Lang talking about Sexuality. Amy has been a sexual health educator for over 25 years. We go over preparing ourselves for conversations about sex with our kids, setting our kids up to have a healthy relationship with their bodies, handling nudity in the house, responding to masturbation, explaining menstruation and where bab…
 
In this episode I am honored to sit down with Dr. Jasmine to talk about her real-life experience with severe PPD (postpartum depression), which happened to show up for her alongside PPA (otherwise known as postpartum anxiety.) We are diving deep into what PPD and PPA can really look like. Together we explore sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, the de…
 
Today I’m here with Dr. Cassidy Freitas talking about Boundaries. Cassidy is a mom to three, California based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice and host of Holding Space podcast. We go over what boundaries are, the distinction between requests and boundaries, the essential role of acceptance, when a boundary is warranted, n…
 
Today I’m here with Julie Bogart talking about Critical Thinking. Julie is a mom of 4 grown homeschoolers, creator of the online writing program Brave Writer, and author of the books The Brave Learner and Raising Critical Thinkers. We go over what critical thinking is, why it’s important, what gets in the way, how we can get there, how we can raise…
 
Does the phrase "I look fine, but I'm not fine" sound anything like you? If is does, you're not alone. I invited my friend Dr. Sahar Martinez to talk all about this idea on this week's episode. We're talking all about anxiety, the tough moments of parenting, healing as parents, and connecting with your own inner child through the experiences of par…
 
When you're going through the challenges of TTC, pregnancy, and postpartum, we often hear about the physical challenges and mental health - but how are those things connected? If you find the challenges of becoming a parent difficult both physically and mentally, you are definitely not alone! Today, we're talking all about that physical and mental …
 
Today I’m here with Dr. Diana Hill talking about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Diana is a modern psychologist, mom, co-author of ACT Daily Journal, and host of the Your Life in Process podcast. We go over what ACT is, contacting the present moment (mindfulness), acceptance (in contrast to experiential avoidance), defusion (unhooking from our t…
 
Friendship in motherhood and parenthood is life-giving -- but it's also really challenging! Do you find yourself struggling to balance your friendships with your new role as a parent? Or feeling awkward trying to meet new friends after baby? If so, you're not alone. This is an all-too-common challenge of parenthood which is why I invited my friend …
 
Is there a book brewing in your heart, and yet you find yourself staring at a blank page with that dreaded blinking cursor... Sound familiar? You're not alone! The process of writing a book is overwhelming! Today, we're talking all about how to co-write a book with published author, psychologist, and my former professor, Dr. Rebecca Williams! In th…
 
Today I’m here with Miriam Kirmayer talking about Friendship. Miriam is a clinical psychologist and leading friendship expert who has studied the science of social connection for over a decade. We go over the importance of friendship, how we make new friends in motherhood, how we can cultivate closer connections, having different friends who add va…
 
Parenting can be...A LOT, and today we're talking all about PARENTAL BURNOUT. We often hear about burnout in the context of work or career, but burnout and exhaustion can absolutely show up in parenting. If you find yourself dreading the end of naptime because there wasn't enough time, feeling depleted, struggling with the idea of attaining perfect…
 
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