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Honest Mamas Podcast

Supporting women emotionally & spiritually on the motherhood journey.
Three psychotherapists, moms, and friends share stories & interviews about pregnancy, fertility, parenting, motherhood and much more. The Honest Mama founders are Sophie Darch McEntee, LMFT, Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT and Claire R. Colaço, LMFT.

Podcast produced by Pete Bailey.

Apr 10, 2018

Welcome to episode thirty-six of the Honest Mamas Podcast! Today, we speak to Mara Hirschfeld about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), how it can be used to help couples reconnect, and figuring out the best way to repair. 

Mara Hirschfeld is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of New York and the founder of Holding Hope Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC. Holding Hope was created to give people a safe place to explore their internal world, while helping them achieve their highest potential. Mara believes that everyone has the power to change when given the opportunity to do so. Her goal is to help her clients identify the parts of themselves that need attention and work collaboratively with them to change negative patterns so they feel closer to those around them and live a more fulfilling life.

Mara Hirschfeld earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech where she worked at The Center for Family Services with individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of issues. Mara also received training at Family Connections, a community agency where she conducted family therapy sessions and co-facilitated groups to help parents and high-risk teens decrease stress and cope with crises at home. Since moving to New York, Mara has worked in private practice, helping people manage their anxiety and depression. She has a special passion for relationships and helping partners increase their trust and safety with one another.

Mara uses her optimism, positive energy, and enthusiasm to foster hope while supporting her clients in reaching their therapeutic goals. She is actively engaged and will help you explore how your story may play a role in shaping your beliefs and behaviors today. Mara views therapy as a journey to explore the past, talk about the present, and shape a better future.

What you’ll hear in this episode

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)—what it is and how it’s used
  • How EFT can be used to help couples reconnect
  • The need to be vulnerable with your partner and see each other with fresh eyes
  • Techniques you can use if you’re not able to afford therapy
  • Improving communication to reconnect
  • Carving out your own personal time in a way that works with your partner
  • Learning how to de-escalate yourself
  • Knowing what your partner's triggers are
  • Being grateful and thankful to each other for the little things in life
  • Figuring out the best way to repair