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If you’re an individual or a couple in New York City seeking a world-class therapist, we are here to help. Take the first step toward a happier, healthier you today by scheduling a free phone consultation with us.

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Discover the difference.

Welcome to Holding Hope MFT, where we are dedicated to providing exceptional therapy to individuals and couples, and families seeking healing and growth in their relationships with others. We understand that the decision to seek therapy can be daunting, and we’re honored that you’ve taken the first step towards a brighter future by considering our practice.

Holding Hope MFT - Your Journey to a Stronger Relationship Begins Here

What sets us apart?

Ten Minds, One Mission

We are a very collaborative team. Every therapist at the practice meets for weekly group supervision, which allows us to draw on each other’s strengths and insights, creating a comprehensive and dynamic approach to your care.

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Evidence-Based Therapy

We practice methods of therapy that are backed by research, such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and more attachment based models, to help you create meaningful and lasting change in your life and relationships.

Highly Skilled Therapists

Our therapists have many years of experience in helping individuals and couples navigate through various relational challenges. They are experts in tailoring their therapeutic approach to your unique needs, ensuring you receive the most effective, personalized care possible.

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LGBTQ+ Affirming and Multicultural Care

We celebrate and support people of all backgrounds and orientations. From our experience, therapy does not work without a safe and trusting relationship between therapist and client. All parts of you are welcome and will be met with curiosity and compassion. Our therapists are trained in LGBTQ+ affirming models of therapy, ensuring a safe and inclusive experience for every client.

We empower individuals, couples, and families.

We believe in fostering growth, understanding, and resilience in all aspects of life. We work with a wide range of clients to address their unique emotional and psychological needs. We are dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families overcome challenges, strengthen connections, and unlock their full potential.

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Real stories of transformation.

Their stories of transformation are a testament to the compassionate care, expertise, and dedication we bring to each session. We are honored to have played a role in empowering these clients to overcome challenges and discover newfound resilience and strength in themselves.

After months of searching for the right fit with a therapist, I could not have been luckier to meet Brittani. She has patiently guided me through a very difficult, transitional year, and has given me confidence in my ability to navigate the future. Brittani is professional, kind, and always takes an open-minded approach to our sessions. I am so grateful to work with her.

Client of Brittani Ulloa

I am eternally grateful that I have had the privilege to work with Melissa for the better part of three years. She has helped me grow and change my behavior in ways I thought were impossible due to deep rooted bad habits and some role models that haven’t been so positive. I sincerely recommend her guidance and friendship to anyone- but get ready for some deep (and sometimes difficult) introspection!

Client of Melissa Pennica

When I first met Mara, I immediately felt comfortable and at ease during what was a very tumultuous time in my life. Over the past few years, she has guided me on a productive and exploratory journey that has deeply affected the way I approach my life on a daily basis. Mara also helped me to fully understand the true value of therapy — in my own life and the lives of others.

Client of Mara Hirschfeld

Working with Nicole has given me a greater understanding of myself and my thought process. Our conversations have created clarity around emotions and experiences I’ve struggled to comprehend. I am proud of the work I’ve done with Nicole and am grateful for her patience, compassion and support.

Client of Nicole D. R. Diaz

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We’re more than a practice.

At Holding Hope, our team goes beyond being seasoned experts in relationship counseling in New York City; we are compassionate, attuned, and deeply dedicated to fostering a warm, collaborative, family-like atmosphere. United by our belief in the power of unity and family, we strive to create a truly remarkable experience for all our clients. We invite you to get to know our talented team and discover how we can support you on your journey towards healing and growth.

Mara Hirschfeld, LMFT

Mara Hirschfeld, LMFT

Certified EFT Couples Therapist
IFS Trauma Therapist

Melissa Pennica, LMFT

Melissa Pennica, LMFT

Certified Sex Therapist
LGBTQ+ and Non-monogomy

Nicole D. R. Diaz, LMFT

Nicole D. R. Diaz, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
Grief & Loss Counseling

Brittani Ulloa, LMFT

Brittani Ulloa, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
EMDR Trauma Therapist

Kate McConnell, LMFT

Kate McConnell, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
Perinatal/Postpartum Counseling

Allise Galeano, LMFT

Allise Galeano, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
Sex Therapist

Kerri Chiaravalle, LMFT

Kerri Chiaravalle, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
LGBTQ+ and Sexuality

Caitlin Grasson, LMFT

Caitlin Grasson, LMFT

EFT Couples Therapist
Somatic Trauma Therapist

Dana Blackwood, MFT

Dana Blackwood, MFT

EFT Couples Therapist
Premarital Counseling

Support beyond therapy. 

We are committed to supporting you on your journey, both inside and outside of our therapy sessions. We are actively writing articles on The Holding Hope Blog that span from mental health, relationships, personal growth, self-care, and more. Check out some of our recent blog posts below.

Unrealistic Relationship Expectations and How to Overcome Them

Unrealistic Relationship Expectations and How to Overcome Them

Love stories fill our imaginations, promising whirlwind romances and happily-ever-afters. But when the glow of infatuation fades, what remains? Often, a stark contrast between these unrealistic relationship expectations and the messy, beautiful reality of partnership....

Marriage Expectations: Everything You Need to Know

Marriage Expectations: Everything You Need to Know

Marriage is a beautiful journey with the potential for immense growth, love, and fulfillment. But even the strongest marriages can be challenged by the weight of marriage expectations—both spoken and unspoken. Understanding what we expect from our partners and...

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