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The Concept of "Holding Space"

We're exploring the concept of holding space -- both personally and professionally -- in this four-part series. 

Author: Cydney Swadinsky, LPC

Cydney is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a National Certified Counselor certification through NBCC and is working with Vita as a mental health therapist. 

Chances are that, at some point, you’ve been told to “hold space” for someone else. This two-word concept — ”holding space” —  is sold as the key to happy, successful relationships with others — from professional partnerships to romantic connections. 

But what does this vague term actually mean? 

My job is to hold space for my patients. To walk alongside them during times of difficulty or distress. To be a safe harbor in the storm. 

And I do believe that successfully holding space for others can do wonders for relationships and our overall mental health. 

So, this week, I’m going to help you learn how to “hold space” for your friends, family, children, colleagues, and romantic partners. 

And I promise not to be vague about it. 

Circle back tomorrow for more. 

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