Dr. Alison Cook is a therapist and the author of two books, including her new book, The Best of You (Thomas Nelson 2022) and Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2018). For 20 years, Alison has helped women, ministry leaders, couples, and families learn how to heal painful emotions, develop confidence from the inside out, forge healthy relationships, and fully live out their God-given potential.
Dr. Alison Cook is a therapist, author, and podcast host who empowers individuals to heal from past wounds, develop a strong sense of self, forge healthy relationships with others, and experience a loving God who is for them. Her podcast and email reach more than 60,000 people each week. She specializes in bringing faith and psychology together to create real change in people's lives.
Her first book, Boundaries for Your Soul, is a faith-based adaptation of the fast growing, evidence-based Internal Family System (IFS) model of therapy. It provides a step-by-step approach to managing emotions in partnership with God. Her newest book, The Best of You, explores how to develop a strong sense of self, set wise limits, and forge healthy relationships with others.
Originally from Wyoming, Alison studied at Dartmouth College (BA), Denver Seminary (MA), and the University of Denver (PhD),. Alison’s doctoral dissertation centered on the relationship between religion and prejudice. She is certified in Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Prior to her work in counseling, Alison was a congressional aid on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, Denver Seminary, and the Wyoming State Girls’ School for adjudicated teens.
“It requires an immeasurable amount of hard work to become a therapist. It requires an altogether different kind of work—albeit no less rigorous—to become an effective translator of that work for others in a written form that is as accessible and compelling as it is beautiful. But far and away, to do both of these things with grace and vulnerability is a rarely cultivated gift, one that empowers the reader to undergo transformation even in the very act of ingesting what falls upon their eyes. In Alison Cook we have someone who embodies and offers all of these. And with The Best of You she delivers, along with so much goodness and beauty, the best of herself. And when that is what you are receiving—trust me—finding the best of you is just around the corner.”
psychiatrist and author of The Soul of Desire and The Soul of Shame