About Mary Luard Molnar – Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist/Psychotherapist

I started working with mothers in 1975 when I was a new mother myself,  first training in the role of counsellor through La Leche League International with mothers and nursing babies. This evolved naturally into midwifery training and practice between 1978-2002, attending about 1000 births.

In the course of shifting focus while preserving my best use of self, experience and skills, I attended teacher training at Western University 2002-2003 in secondary school English and Music.  I went straight on to be accepted to study for a Master’s degree at WLU and have worked full time in mental health with individuals, couples and families since 2005.


I work part-time on a Family Health Team in an interdisciplinary setting providing therapy to clients across the age spectrum,  working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, parenting issues, trauma, domestic abuse and addictions.  I lead the first Hold Me Tight workshops on a Family Health Team in Ontario starting in the spring of 2017.  My private practice is primarily couples and I work exclusively from an EFT (emotionally-focused therapy) model.   I read widely in my field and attend regular professional development workshops and conferences.


I raised five children and lost one adult child in a sudden tragic death. I have two adult step-children and three small grandchildren.  I have worked in several countries abroad on medical teams (Burkina Faso and Ghana, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Haiti) and as a teacher (Tanzania) of English and Music and providing HIV awareness workshops to secondary school students. In spring of 2015 I travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam where I introduced EFT and provided mental health trainings to professionals.  During my journey I studied at U of Waterloo for an Hons. B.A. in English literature (1972) and at WLU for an Hons. B. Music degree in Voice (piano second study – 1996).   I am also an active musician (voice, piano and flute), seamstress and avid reader.


Working with couples and families is of special interest to me. I learned early in my adult life the value of a solid and loving relationship as the foundation of a family and a protective feature in development of resiliency and overall well-being. Conversely, a distressed relationship contributes to poor mental, emotional and physical health.  I had the privilege to watch the seeding and growth of families as a midwife.


It is a joy for me to be part of restoring and enhancing healthy couple and family relationships. I have been trained in the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) approach based on adult love attachment theory developed and researched by Dr. Sue Johnson  (www.holdmetight.com). I am Certified with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have attended a Hold Me Tight couples retreat with my husband and have lead HMT weekends in Waterloo-Wellington since February, 2015.   I have experience with and feel very comfortable working with couples from different cultures, cross-cultures, same gender couples, couples of all ages.  I am preparing to lead the first Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go for parents and teens.  I find meaning in fostering and restoring connection in this world, one relationship at a time.

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