100 episodes

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.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 179 Ratings

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.

    Potty Training 101 with Allison Jandu

    Potty Training 101 with Allison Jandu

    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, signs your child is ready, developmental changes around the time of potty training, ways to support your child's readiness for potty training, supportive tools and language, and other actionable tips to help your child through this major milestone!

    Owner and founder of Potty Training Consultant, Allison Jandu, is a mom just like you. When it came time to potty train her oldest, she was quickly overwhelmed by all the conflicting information available online and was missing the support and guidance she was after. She didn't think it seemed fair for mamas to have to guess their way through potty training - toddlerhood is challenging enough!

    Follow @pottytrainingconsultant on Instagram for free potty training tips and tricks, and info on her online courses.

    For 10% off Allison's courses, use code DRCASSIDY10

    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

    • 46 min
    "Balance" and the Working Parent with Justine Carino

    "Balance" and the Working Parent with Justine Carino

    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, unpack the impact of societal expectations and share tangible tips for prioritizing your values in work and family life.

    For more from Justine:

    Thoughts from the Couch - Using Your Values to Guide Your Decisions in Your Twenties with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    Justine's WebsitePath to Peace courseFind Justine on Instagram

    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

    • 46 min
    Surviving Severe PPD with Dr. Jasmine

    Surviving Severe PPD with Dr. Jasmine

    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 decision to supplement, medication, seeking support, guilt, shame, and intrusive thoughts.

    If you are a new parent, expecting parent, or a person who has experienced PPD and PPA, we hope you find this episode supportive and walk away from this conversation feeling seen and with some tangible tools for seeking the support you so deeply deserve.

    Dr. Jasmine is a pharmacist and native Californian. She's a mom of one and a strong advocate for maternal mental health and normalizing postpartum depression and anxiety. She volunteered as a Peer Mentor for PSI and wholeheartedly supports their free resources for perinatal mood disorders. In her spare time (if she has any these days), she loves writing, calligraphy, watercolors, hiking, trying new foods, and traveling. She started her blog and IG page as a travel blog at first, but it has evolved into much more!

    You can find more from Dr. Jasmine:

    Blog: https://pearlsofjasmine.com/Instagram: @pearlsofjasmine

    RESOURCES:

    What am I thinking? Having a baby after postpartum depression

    Why We Sleep

    PSI Resources: https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/

    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    “I look fine, but I’m not fine” with Dr. Sahar Martinez

    “I look fine, but I’m not fine” with Dr. Sahar Martinez

    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 parenting.

    We're sharing personal stories and actionable tips of ways you can start to not only "look fine” but truly start to care for your needs. We hope you find some valuable tools in this episode to take into your own journey as a parent.

    Dr. Sahar Martinez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in California. She offers individual and couples therapy to support folks as they navigate relational issues, transitional phases of life, emotional pain, trauma, grief & loss. Dr. Martinez specialize in perinatal mental health, honoring the intense shift that occurs for couples and individuals when we enter parenthood. She approaches her work from a social justice, anti-racist lens, honoring and holding space for the lived experiences of the BIPOC community.

    You can find more from Dr. Sahar Martinez:

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    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

    • 49 min
    The Mind-Body Connection in Pregnancy & Postpartum with Krystle Howald DPT

    The Mind-Body Connection in Pregnancy & Postpartum with Krystle Howald DPT

    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 health connection with Krystle Howald from Expecting and Empowered. We're sharing our own experiences as parents, addressing the connection between physical and mental health symptoms, and discussing the ways physical therapy and being proactive about your mental health can be used to support your overall wellness in parenthood.

    Krystle Howald specializes in orthopedic and women's health- treating patients in her clinic Empower Movement Physical Therapy in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She also owns Expecting and Empowered- a prenatal and postpartum business aimed at helping women navigate both periods with safe and effective workouts.

    You can find more from Krystle here:

    https://www.expectingandempowered.com/

    Instagram: @expectingandempowered

    Expecting and Empowered App

    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

    • 52 min
    Friendships after Baby with Miriam Kirmayer

    Friendships after Baby with Miriam Kirmayer

    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 Miriam Kirmayer to talk all about friendships after baby on today's episode. We're talking about our personal experiences with friendship after baby, strategies for making and sustaining friendships, and the importance of meaningful and supportive friends in parenthood.

    Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is a clinical psychologist and leading expert on friendship and social connection. Grounded in over a decade of research on the science of friendship, her work focuses on helping people to cultivate resilience and build healthier relationships and more connected lives.

    You can find more from Miriam here:

    Website: www.miriamkirmayer.com

    Are you based in California and ready to take a step to get more support? You can learn more about Dr. Cassidy's private practice and therapy services here: https://www.drcassidymft.com

     

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

CateHall ,

Feel Seen

I share this with all new mamas so they can have a safe space. I didn’t feel seen until I found this podcast and dr Cassidy Instagram account. Promise you won’t regret listening in.

kaitsoule ,

Such a gift

This podcast is such a gift for me as a mom and fellow Therapist…it’s thoughtful, real and hits all the topics that are important to us as women!

klvred ,

Awesome podcast!

Dr.Cassidy has such helpful insight and great resources. She also isn’t afraid to talk about the more taboo topics, break down the walls and barriers for moms and help people stop feeling so alone! Very grateful she is willing to share her expertise!

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