Maggie Hollinbeck, M.A., LMFT

Maggie Hollinbeck, M.A., LMFT

I'm passionate about helping high-achieving women who have set aside their true selves in order to bring home the bacon and kill it in the workplace...

…because I know first-hand what is costs us. When our creative fire dies back to embers. When we feed the beast of perfectionism and people-pleasing and ignore our inner truth. When we get myopically focused on success and lose sight of the relationships and richness of life that really matter most at the end of the day.

Been there, done that. Not going back.

It took me years of grief and struggle.

I left New York in 1999, feeling disenchanted with the theatre industry and wanting to do something “more important” with my life. Those were my reasons on the conscious level, anyway. Looking back, I can see how significantly my trauma history filled me with the doubt, fear and insecurity that led me to turn my back on my heart’s desire.

Ironically, the path led me to become a therapist, probably as much out of a desire to do my own healing as to help others. It is important work, and I do derive a lot of meaning and fulfillment from this work. 

But my creative voice longed to have her time to shine. And honestly, she was mad at being ignored, quieted, and improperly used for so long. And I never stopped feeling that I wasn’t really on the path I was meant to be walking.

It took a long time, and a lot of healing, but today I have reclaimed my creative voice and I happily (though not always easily) nurture two careers. My psychotherapy and coaching work is just as important as my acting, singing and writing are to my full self-expression. 

If you want to know more about my creative work, it can be found here

I’ve dedicated myself to helping other women reclaim whatever dream they set aside in the pursuit of success.


  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
  • Antioch University, Los Angeles – 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts
  • San Jose State University – 1995
  • Deep Coaching Intensive
  • Center for Transformational Coaching – 2021


  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (NJ and CA)
  • Certified Brainspotting Therapist
  • Certified Deep Transformational Coach
  • Trained in Advanced Integrative Therapy
  • Trained in Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Trained in Trauma-Sensitive HeartMath
  • Trained in Gottman Method, Level 1

My Favorite Things

hiking among redwoods

hand knitting gifts

cuddles with my sweet pup

brunch with friends

a perfect autumn sunset

what i'm about:

I believe that creativity is an essential nutrient, and if you’re too busy and burned out to tend to your creative fire, it’s a big deal. The world needs the gifts you have to give.

what i value most:

I value connection, vulnerability, empathy, having hard conversations instead of sweeping things under the rug, allowing, accepting, releasing expectations, keeping my commitments, and loving even when it’s hard. 

my most important daily rituals:

My mornings are sacred. I prioritize time in the morning to meditate, write morning pages, drink water, and take my pup for a walk outside to greet the day. 

About Maggie Hollinbeck | Top Brainspotting Therapist specializing in womens childhood trauma