Posts by Alison Cook

Episode 68: How *Not* to Lose Yourself—Remaining You While Raising Them with Alli Worthington

By Alison Cook | August 31, 2023

I absolutely loved this conversation with Alli Worthington. We get so real about the toxic traps all around and how to stay sane as a parent. From “parenting book trauma” to bad advice about friendships, we’ve got you covered. You’ll learn practical tips & fascinating research from Alli’s new book, Remaining You While Raising Them....

Continue Reading »

Episode 67: The Inextricable Link Between Faith & Emotional Healing—Gen Z & A Hidden Search for Meaning

By Alison Cook | August 24, 2023

Today’s episode is straight up . I got to know Cindy Gao last year, when she reached out to me about an internship. As a student at Harvard College, she experienced a crisis of meaning and found her way to faith-and-to emotional healing. I have loved getting to know Cindy, and I know you are...

Continue Reading »

Episode 66: The Truth About Anxiety & How to Become a Worry Free Parent with Sissy Goff

By Alison Cook | August 17, 2023

I am thrilled to be back this week, diving into an incredible conversation with beloved therapist, Sissy Goff! We’re tackling the topic of anxiety and its ripple effect on our kids and on our parenting styles. With 30 years of experience guiding kids and parents, Sissy brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Plus,...

Continue Reading »

Episode 65: Vulnerability, Parenting, and Letting Go of Control—Inside A Guy’s Perspective With Our Friends From Dadville

By Alison Cook | August 3, 2023

Research shows that many men are struggling and not sure how to get support. So I asked our friends from the Dadville podcast to come on and talk about how to encourage the guys in your life! What a joy to host this insightful and fun duo! Jon McLaughlin and Dave Barnes are best known...

Continue Reading »

Episode 64: Women’s Health—Menopause, Hormones, Depression and How to Advocate for Yourself Through Your Body’s Changes

By Alison Cook | July 27, 2023

This episode is an absolute must-listen! If you’re a woman journeying through your 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, or if you’re parenting a daughter, you don’t want to miss this conversation. We dive into women’s health, including menopause, perimenopause, hormone shifts, reproductive health, and ways to empower young women and girls. Dr. Leslie Appiah is...

Continue Reading »

Episode 63: Spiritual Direction, the Power of Listening, & How to Attune to Yourself and to Others

By Alison Cook | July 20, 2023

Imagine if someone sat with you and listened to you attentively for as long as you needed. That’s what I experienced through a series of spiritual listening retreats. And today, I invited the Rev. Dr. Stephen Macchia and a spiritual director in training, Rowena Day, to talk with us about the practice of spiritual direction...

Continue Reading »

Episode 62: Your Questions About Friendship—How to Test a New Relationship, Manage Your Capacity Through Different Life Seasons, & Become a Friend to Yourself

By Alison Cook | July 13, 2023

Today we’re trying something new! We’ve gathered up your most-asked questions about friendship and discuss them on the podcast. These are such thoughtful and real questions, and I love thinking through them with you. Here’s what we cover: 1. The mother wound and female friendships 2. Managing expectations through your own healing season 3. Assessing...

Continue Reading »

Episode 61: Reconnecting With Old Friends—Healing the Past, Naming Regret & Bringing Your Whole Self into the Future

By Alison Cook | July 6, 2023

This episode is so special to me. I sit down with my 3 childhood friends, including my older sister, as we describe what it was like to bring our past selves into our present. We were close all through high school, but life took us on different paths, to different cities, and through different experiences...

Continue Reading »

Episode 60: How to Make New Friends, Identify Red and Green Flags, & Extract Yourself From an Unhealthy Situation with Aundi Kolber & Dr. Monique Gadson

By Alison Cook | June 29, 2023

Making new friends is hard as an adult! We’ve been hurt. We’ve changed and outgrown old ways. So how do we find new friends? And how do we learn to trust after trust has been broken? Today, I’m joined by 2 of my new friends, Aundi Kolber and Dr. Monique Gadson, as we discuss how...

Continue Reading »

Episode 59: Overcoming Past Hurt & Deepening Friendships Through Intentional Community with Jennie Allen

By Alison Cook | June 22, 2023

I loved this beautiful and honest conversation about friendship with Jennie Allen, bestselling author of Find Your People and founder of IF:Gathering. She shares candidly about a painful season where she felt alone and how she’s learned to lean into deep community, even when it’s messy. If you’ve ever struggled with feeling lonely, misunderstood, or...

Continue Reading »

Episode 58: Friends on Friendship—How to Find Friends Who Bring out the Best of You with Dr. Curt Thompson, Amy Cella, and Pepper Sweeney

By Alison Cook | June 15, 2023

I’m so excited to announce our brand-new series, “Friends on Friendships”! Join us over the next 5 weeks as we learn together how to forge transformative, healing, and life-giving friendships. We are kicking things off with an incredible conversation with Dr. Curt Thompson, Amy Cella, and Pepper Sweeney, who are real life friends and hosts...

Continue Reading »

Episode 57: Should I Turn the Other Cheek? Why It’s the Opposite of Being a Doormat & How to Stand Firm in the Face of Gaslighting, Manipulation, and Toxicity

By Alison Cook | June 8, 2023

Phew! Today’s episode gets fiery 🔥🔥🔥! Many of us were taught to “turn the other cheek” as a call to be a doormat or to naively “love someone” into change. In today’s episode, I’m not holding back as I paint a picture of what I think the Bible really teaches about standing firm against toxicity....

Continue Reading »

While Dr. Cook is a counselor, the content of this website and any of the products provided by Dr. Cook are not specific counseling advice nor are they a substitute for individual counseling. The content and products provided on this website are for informational purposes only.

Join my online community of over 60,000 people today!

Subscribe to my e-newsletter and get two FREE e-books and a guided audio exercise as my gifts.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 614
Big Horn, WY 82833