49 episodes

Welcome to Holding Space Podcast with Dr. Cassidy Freitas, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a licensed therapist, it is my job to hold space for stories, questions, pain, joy, growth, and change. The following episodes will offer a space to de-mystify mental health and therapy, share stories of struggle and joy, and discover connection through our human experiences.

Holding Space Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8, 94 Ratings

Welcome to Holding Space Podcast with Dr. Cassidy Freitas, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a licensed therapist, it is my job to hold space for stories, questions, pain, joy, growth, and change. The following episodes will offer a space to de-mystify mental health and therapy, share stories of struggle and joy, and discover connection through our human experiences.

    Calling all Mamas: Let's Talk about Race, Mental Health, and Motherhood with Dr. Angel Montfort

    Calling all Mamas: Let's Talk about Race, Mental Health, and Motherhood with Dr. Angel Montfort

    In this episode I'm sharing my conversation with Psychologist Dr. Angel Montfort. Together we explore the impact of racism on mental health, physical health, and relationships. We discuss ways we can begin to talk to our children about race, why raising "color blind" children is not the answer, and navigating difficult conversations about privilege. Dr. Montfort shares the disparities that continue to exist in the peripartum wellness world for people of color. We identify resources and Dr. Montfort shares ways that we can begin to take steps TODAY to address the racial disparities experienced in our communities. You can continue to follow Dr. Angel's work on social media @drangelmontfort and at www.cfmmh.com.
    Here are some of the resources shared in the episode:
    Mental health care resources:

    Therapy for Black Girls @therapyforblackgirls
    The Loveland Foundation @thelovelandfoundation
     
    Education resources:
    Black Mamas Matter Alliance @blackmamasmatter
    The Great Unlearn @thegreatunlearn
    The Next Question @tnqshow
    Dr. Jazmine @themompsychologist
    Dr. Annlouise Lockhart @dr.annlouise.lockhart
    The Conscious Kid @theconsciouskid
     
    Opportunities for advocacy:

    Until Freedom @untilfreedom
    Color of Change @colorofchange

    • 54 min
    Postpartum Sleep and Mental Health with Cara Dumaplin of Taking Cara Babies

    Postpartum Sleep and Mental Health with Cara Dumaplin of Taking Cara Babies

    If you're pregnant or postpartum or hoping to have a baby in 2020, I am SO glad you're here listening to this episode! My guest today is the queen of newborn sleep, Cara Dumaplin of Taking Cara Babies, but in this episode we talk about SO much more than sleep. We explore the relationship between sleep, mental health, the common experience of scary/anxious thoughts in postpartum, schedules, and honoring the needs of the WHOLE family (including yourself) when you're postpartum. You can follow Cara on instagram at @takingcarababies or at https://takingcarababies.com/. To find the article written by Dr. Cassidy for Cara's blog about scary thoughts mentioned in the episode, click here.
    Are you expecting in 2020? I've teamed up with board certified ObGyn Dr. Christine Sterling to create a free masterclass that we will be offering starting next week, January 15th! In this masterclass, we bring the expertise from both our fields to offer The 4 to a Restful and Supported Postpartum. Click here to reserve your seat for the free live event, we have a few day/time options to fit your schedule!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Preparing Siblings for Baby

    Preparing Siblings for Baby

    In this episode of Holding Space Podcast I invited Dr. Christine Sterling, board certified OBGYN, back on the podcast! In this episode we flip the script. Dr. Sterling is pregnant and in this episode she asks me questions about how she can prepare her daughter Celeste for their new baby. I share our family's personal story and the challenges we faced in the transition to adding a new baby to our family system. I offer tangible ways you can be preparing your older children for becoming a big brother or sister.
    Our comprehensive digital course, Prepared Postpartum is launching January 15th! This is your step-by-step to a restful, loving, and supported postpartum for the whole family created by two doctors, a licensed family therapist (me!) and a board certified OBGYN (Dr. Sterling!) To take the postpartum preparation quiz and to receivce a custom response based on your answers on what steps to take next, click here! Want to join our Prepared Postpartum waitlist? Click here to be the first to know when the course enrollment opens! To follow Dr. Sterling on instagram, you can find her @drsterlingobgyn.

    • 56 min
    My Birth Stories

    My Birth Stories

    In this personal episode, I'm sharing my two cesarean birth stories...what I learned, what I changed, and what I wish I had done to prepare. In the sharing of my first belly birth, I explore the ways that Fear showed up and led to rigidity around my birth plan and ultimately a disconnection from truly listening to my body. I unpack the challenges around healing that followed, and the key ways I changed my birth preparation the second time around. In sharing my birth stories, I hope to empower you to connect with YOUR personal values as you prepare for the intense and incredible experience of birth.
    Download the birth meditations mentioned in the episode by clicking here.
    Preparing for postpartum? Take our Postpartum Prep Quiz now by clicking here, when you enter your e-mail you'll join our Prepared Postpartum course waitlist!

    • 33 min
    Body Love in Pregnancy and Postpartum with Chrissy Powers, LMFT

    Body Love in Pregnancy and Postpartum with Chrissy Powers, LMFT

    In today's episode I'm welcoming back Chrissy Powers, LMFT to Holding Space Podcast! In our last episode we discussed Anxiety in Motherhood, and in today's episode we're exploring body image and body love during pregnancy and postpartum. Chrissy shares her history with an eating disorder and the journey she took to honor and care for her body through her experiencing of becoming a mother.
    A few resources were mentioned in the episode, including Chrissy's Body Love blog post with an included guide which you can find here. She also mentioned Christa Black Gifford's meditations and the book The Wild Woman's Way. Chrissy is offering a free Masterclass this Friday December 6th at 9:30 am called The 3 Step System to Finding Your Passion, which you can register for here! To continue to follow Chrissy's work you can find her at @chrissyjpowers and https://chrissypowers.com/.

    • 35 min
    Breastfeeding for the Working Family with Robin Kaplan, IBCLC

    Breastfeeding for the Working Family with Robin Kaplan, IBCLC

    In this episode I sit down with Robin Kaplan, founder of the San Diego Breastfeeding Center and author of Latch. Robin has her Masters in Education and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In this episode we explore the experience of going back to work for breastfeeding families from an emotional, relational, and logistical perspective. Robin shares some incredible resources in the episode, here are links to the resources mentioned:
    Free Guide to Going Back to Work for Breastfeeding Parents
    Breastfeeding for the Working Parent E-Course (with $15 discount code for Holding Space listeners)
    Resource for laws that protect breastfeeding and pumping parents' rights for pumping at work
    Amazing resource for thinking outside of the box for pumping locations
    DIY Breastfeeding video on baby-led bottlefeeding
     
     

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

cupcakesobrien ,

So essential

I love this podcast! The variety of topics combined with Dr. Cassidy’s soothing voice are the perfect match. Can’t wait to hear more!

annieb3000 ,

So wonderful

I cannot get enough of Dr. Cassidy’s soothing, intelligent and compassionate podcast. It is a touchstone for me as a fellow clinician, mother, woman and human. 💖

alainabru ,

Insightful and powerful

This is a wonderful, powerful podcast. Dr. Cassidy has such rich and challenging conversations in each episode. She brings such insight into every conversation, I always go away with so much to reflect on. I love how she is able to weave such a tapestry through her questions and conversations with her guests. Truly a gem here.

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