Ep 106: Holding Space & Feeling Our Feelings

Discover the transformative impact of holding space as Marie Vakakis, a highly skilled Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Family Therapist and Educator dispels myths and shares practical insights to help you uncover the keys to genuine relationships, emotional intelligence, and personal growth.

In this enlightening podcast episode, Marie shares invaluable insights on the transformative power of holding space for yourself and others. She illuminates the path to emotional intelligence, urging us to embrace vulnerability and presence.

Marie showcases the profound impact of active listening and clear communication. Her narrative is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability, reminding us that empathy and understanding pave the way for true growth and meaningful relationships.

Press play to find out how to deepen your connection with others and yourself.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ What holding space looks like.

▫️ Why it can be so difficult to feel our feelings.

▫️ How to improve the quality of our relationships.

▫️ And so much more.

You can quote us on that…

“Sometimes the desire to help, to fix, to problem solve actually creates disconnection.”

Marie Vakakis

“The outcome’s irrelevant; it’s actually in that process that you build the connection.”

Marie Vakakis

“We’re not trying to get rid of the emotion. We want psychological flexibility. We want appropriate emotions for appropriate situations.”

Marie Vakakis


Marie Vakakis – Website | LinkedIn

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