Relationships

Episode 13: Dr. Alison Answers Your Questions: Criticism, Narcissism, and Boundaries

By Alison Cook | July 28, 2022

This week on the podcast, I’m answering 3 of your questions! All of these questions relate to dealing with our parents as adults: 1. How do I cope with an internal critical voice that came from a parent? 2. What is the next step after recognizing that my parents were narcissistic? 3. Am I disrespecting...

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Episode 12: Overcoming the Pain of Divorce

By Alison Cook | July 21, 2022

If you struggle with body image or how to make wise decisions on behalf of what you *actually* want out of your life, please do not miss this episode. Christy Meeks provides such grounded, thoughtful, and focused insight into how she overcame the pain of weaponizing her body and learned to work with her body...

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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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Episode 7: Why are boundaries so hard to set?

By Alison Cook | June 16, 2022

We dive into the power of boundaries in this episode and I guide you through a real time exercise on taking that first step.

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Episode 6: Do I really have an inner child?

By Alison Cook | June 9, 2022

What is this “inner child” we see everywhere on social media and in pop psychology trends? Do I really have one? Is this just woo-woo psychology or is there science behind it? In today’s podcast episode we’ll discuss this buzzword “inner child” and why it matters. We’ll get into what it means to have an...

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Episode 5: What is codependency and why does it matter

By Alison Cook | June 2, 2022

Do you get so consumed with the needs of others, that you lose sight of your own? Do you struggle with focusing on caring for yourself? There’s no shame in codependency-I’ve struggled with it for years. And I believe nearly everyone struggles with it on some level. Learn the surprising antidote to codependency and how...

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The Secret to Setting Boundaries

By Alison Cook | November 4, 2021

My client, Kay, was facing bullying at work. One colleague in particular was taking advantage of her. She didn’t like the way he treated her, but she didn’t know how to get it to stop. Each week, she would come into my office filled with anger, guilt, and shame. She’d fume about her colleague, and...

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The Hidden Root of Toxic Behavior

By Alison Cook | October 5, 2021

You don’t really care about me. You only care about yourself. These words lingered in Mya’s mind as she came to my office for counseling. Earlier that week, her mother had lashed out at her—again. The truth was that Mya was trying to help her arrange for transportation to and from the hospital. But, her...

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How do I get my spouse to change?

By Alison Cook | May 27, 2021

Have you ever felt these ways? “I don’t want to leave my marriage, but I want my husband to stop losing his temper.” “I love my husband, but I wish he would stop working so much and spend more time with our family.” “My marriage isn’t terrible, but I feel like everything we do is...

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When you lose yourself in love

By Alison Cook | April 29, 2021

It happens all the time. At first, your new love relationship felt great. But, over time, you started to notice cracks in the foundation. Maybe your spouse changed, or started to show true colors that were there, but hiding, all along. Or, maybe you are the one who is changing. Maybe you committed to someone...

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Why are relationships so hard?

By Alison Cook | April 22, 2021

Most things worth having are challenging at first. Think about any hobby that you love, such as sports, painting, woodworking, or playing a musical instrument. How did you learn to do it well? Someone likely taught you the key skills. Then you started practicing. At first, your efforts were probably a little messy. If you...

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Am I a Bad Person if I Say “No” and Hurt Someone?

By Alison Cook | January 28, 2021

Many of us, if we’re honest, tend to base the criteria for whether we feel good about ourselves on how other people respond to us. Without realizing it, we operate a little like this: I am a good person if I make other people happy. I am a bad person if I hurt other people....

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