Episode 70: Mastering the Art of Emotional Intelligence—How to Harness the Power of Your Emotions to Improve Your Relationships

By Alison Cook | September 14, 2023

Get ready to level up your emotional intelligence! In this week’s episode, we’re diving deep into the heart of emotional intelligence, revealing why it’s an absolute game-changer. We’ll break it all down: 1. Fascinating research on emotional intelligence 2. 3 powerful strategies for mastering your emotions 3. 5 ways to express your emotions effectively 4....

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Episode 45: Strong like Water—Finding the Freedom, Safety, & Compassion to Move through Hard Things & Experience True Flourishing with Aundi Kolber

By Alison Cook | March 16, 2023

What an honor to have my friend and fellow therapist, Aundi Kolber on the podcast today for Part 1 of our two-part conversation on her brand new book, Strong like Water: Finding the Freedom, Safety, and Compassion to Move through Hard Things–and Experience True Flourishing Aundi and I connected through social media, and she has...

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Episode 44: Why Anger is a Surprising Friend, What Happens When You Avoid It, and How to Create Space for Healthy Expression of Anger in Your Family

By Alison Cook | March 9, 2023

Today’s episode is all about how to befriend anger. It’s an emotion that can do great harm and one that also has great benefits. Whether you thrive on anger or try your best to bury it, one thing’s for sure-we all have to reckon with it. When you learn to work with your anger, it...

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Episode 43: How to Tame Your Inner Critic, Why All Parts are Welcome, and How to Resolve Conflict in Your Relationships

By Alison Cook | March 2, 2023

Today, I am joined by my friend and co-author of Boundaries for Your Soul, Kimberly Miller, to discuss the almighty inner critic, how to get space from it, and how to bring this work into your relationships. Kim describes how she first encountered Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how combining it with Christian faith and...

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Episode 42: How to Honor Sadness, Set Boundaries with Loneliness, and What to Do When You Don’t Have Time for this Work

By Alison Cook | February 23, 2023

You need your pain. Grief makes you real, and disappointment can inspire creativity, change, and growth. Sadness brings texture to the joys we experience. And yet, it’s also not wise to let sadness take us over. In today’s episode, we discuss how to set healthy boundaries with emotions like sadness and loneliness. Here’s what we...

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Episode 41: Boundaries With Fear And Anxiety—How to Calm the Chaos Within and the Joy of Internal Boundaries

By Alison Cook | February 16, 2023

So many of us live at war with ourselves. We hate our anxiety or battle with fear. We beat ourselves up or try to get rid of these parts of us. But this approach only makes things worse. One of the most surprising ways to calm your anxiety is to stop waging war against it....

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Episode 40: 5 Steps to Healing Painful Emotions & Why Parts of Us Get Stuck in the Past

By Alison Cook | February 9, 2023

Do you ever feel like a part of your soul is trapped in the past, holding you back from fully embracing the present and moving forward? Pain, fear, worry, or even bitterness can weigh heavy on our hearts and minds. This is a common experience for all of us at times. In today’s episode, I...

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Episode 39: Boundaries for Your Soul—How to Navigate Your Overwhelming Thoughts & Feelings

By Alison Cook | February 2, 2023

We all need a map to our soul. A way to understand the emotions, the wounds, the areas that feel broken. That’s what I love about the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy-it provides a map that everybody can incorporate into their daily spiritual practice. It’s your guide to navigating overwhelming thoughts and feelings....

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Episode 8: Overcoming Addiction and Learning to Ask for Help

By Alison Cook | June 23, 2022

Real People Overcoming Real Problems We are launching a new series on the podcast this week-Real People Overcoming Real Problems. You do not want to miss this very first episode with author, speaker, podcaster, and new friend of mine, Ashley Abercrombie, who shares with me her story of overcoming addiction and learning to ask for...

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3 Hacks to Feel Better Fast

By Alison Cook | December 5, 2019

The day after Thanksgiving, I found myself in a panic. For a moment, I couldn’t figure out why. The oven was off; the dogs were inside. All loved ones were accounted for. Then, I remembered: I was giving a major talk that night. And, a part of me was terrified. Sure, I knew what words...

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Dealing with Toxic Behavior

When self-doubt battles with desire

By Alison Cook | April 10, 2019

I ripped off some band-aids these past few weeks. Numbing band-aids. Long story short: I had made a decision that was based on fear. I didn’t realize it in the moment, but I had decided to participate in a project to stave off self-doubt. God’s Spirit is funny how it works with us. I knew...

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The importance of play

By Alison Cook | April 3, 2019

I planned to write about weariness today. And honestly, all I want to do is go outside and play. It might be because the hope of spring is finally descending on us here in New England. (There’s a reason we have Tom Brady, guys. Have you spent a winter in New England? We need *something*...

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