The Best Of You Podcast with Dr. Alison Cook
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Dr. Alison is an author and therapist who has counseled women for over two decades. A former teacher, she loves taking complex topics and breaking them down into practical tools you can apply in your everyday life. Together, you'll learn how to break free from painful patterns, mend your past, and discover your true self in God.
Episodes come out every Thursday!
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Episode 71: All About Therapy—Do I Need a Therapist, How Do I Find One, and What Type of Therapy Works Best?
Episode 70: Mastering the Art of Emotional Intelligence—How to Harness the Power of Your Emotions to Improve Your Relationships
Episode 69: Your Future Self—8 Challenges to Resolve As You Become the Person You Were Meant to Be
Episode 68: How *Not* to Lose Yourself—Remaining You While Raising Them with Alli Worthington
Episode 67: The Inextricable Link Between Faith & Emotional Healing—Gen Z & A Hidden Search for Meaning
Episode 66: The Truth About Anxiety & How to Become a Worry Free Parent with Sissy Goff
Episode 65: Vulnerability, Parenting, and Letting Go of Control—Inside A Guy’s Perspective With Our Friends From Dadville
Episode 64: Women’s Health—Menopause, Hormones, Depression and How to Advocate for Yourself Through Your Body’s Changes
Episode 63: Spiritual Direction, the Power of Listening, & How to Attune to Yourself and to Others
Episode 62: Your Questions About Friendship—How to Test a New Relationship, Manage Your Capacity Through Different Life Seasons, & Become a Friend to Yourself
Episode 61: Reconnecting With Old Friends—Healing the Past, Naming Regret & Bringing Your Whole Self into the Future
Episode 60: How to Make New Friends, Identify Red and Green Flags, & Extract Yourself From an Unhealthy Situation with Aundi Kolber & Dr. Monique Gadson
Episode 59: Overcoming Past Hurt & Deepening Friendships Through Intentional Community with Jennie Allen
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
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
Episode 56: Am I Really Supposed to Die to Myself? Misconstrued Messages and How to Disentangle From Them
Episode 55: Am I Supposed to Distrust Myself? Why Trusting Yourself is Necessary to Establishing Healthy Relationships With Other People
Episode 54: Can I Pray My Anxiety Away? A Surprising Approach to the Anxiety Pandemic & How to Walk Yourself & Your Kids Through It
Episode 53: StrengthsFinder—How to Claim Your Strengths, Lean On Others & Thrive at Home and Work
Episode 52: The Enneagram—9 Ways to Uncover the Best (and Worst) of Who You Are, Get Honest With Yourself, & Improve Your Relationships
Episode 51: The 12 Common Thinking Traps, Mind Reading, Mental Filters, and How To Stop Taking Things Personally
Episode 50: 9 Types of Intelligence, the Trap of Comparison, and 9 Ways to Connect with God
Episode 49: Personality, the Big Five Traits, and Why Are We So Obsessed With Personality Types?
Episode 48: Loving Your Body as a Spiritual Practice, Why the Flesh Isn’t the Body, and 3 Heresies We Kind of Believe
Episode 47: Spiritual Bypassing vs. Embodied Faith & How Not to Harm Those Who Are Hurting, Including Yourself
Episode 46: People Pleasing as Survival, How Jesus Regulated Emotions & the Problem With Toxic Positivity and Spiritual Bypassing with Aundi Kolber
Episode 45: Strong like Water—Finding the Freedom, Safety, & Compassion to Move through Hard Things & Experience True Flourishing with Aundi Kolber
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
Episode 43: How to Tame Your Inner Critic, Why All Parts are Welcome, and How to Resolve Conflict in Your Relationships
Episode 42: How to Honor Sadness, Set Boundaries with Loneliness, and What to Do When You Don’t Have Time for this Work
Episode 41: Boundaries With Fear And Anxiety—How to Calm the Chaos Within and the Joy of Internal Boundaries
Episode 40: 5 Steps to Healing Painful Emotions & Why Parts of Us Get Stuck in the Past
Episode 39: Boundaries for Your Soul—How to Navigate Your Overwhelming Thoughts & Feelings
Episode 38: Taking a Risk on God—How to Stay Standing with Alli Patterson
Episode 37: The Problem With Toxic Thinking & How to Name, Tame, and Transform the Messages You Tell Yourself
Episode 36: An Update on My Social Media Detox & How to Create Boundaries With Toxic Distractions, Numbing, & Unhealthy Coping Tactics
Episode 35: Change is Hard: Why We All Need to Detox From Unhealthy Dependencies From Time to Time
Episode 34: Why We Avoid Our Own Power & How God Calls Us to Step Into It
Episode 33: People Pleasing & Developing Your Own Inner Compass: Thoughts on Depression, Mental Health & the Church, and Finding Hope in Dark Places
Episode 32: Productivity and the Never Ending To Do List: How to Stop Hustling & Embrace the Joy of Enough
Episode 31: Peace-Keeping, Anger Avoidance, and How to Start Using Your Voice
Episode 30: Protecting What’s Good Without Denying What’s Hard at the Holidays
Episode 29: Perfectionism and Proving Your Worth: How to Stop Chasing Approval and Start Living the Life You Actually Want
Episode 28: The Pain of Performing For Others and How to Claw Your Way Out with Toni Collier
Episode 27: 7 Ways We Manage Perceptions Instead of Forging Real Connections
Episode 26: Types of “No” Part 2—How to Say “No” to Toxicity, The Real Meaning of Turn the Other Check & How to Form a Boundaries Committee
Episode 25: Types of No Part 1—How to Say “No” in Healthy Relationships
Episode 24: Boundaries, the Spectrum of Toxicity, and a Note About Evil
Episode 23: Am I wounded or am I sinful?
Episode 22: How to Build Trust with Yourself
Episode 21: Making and Keeping A Promise to Yourself
Episode 20: Making Peace with Yourself (& Facing Your Fear of Disappointing Other People)
Episode 19: My Stroke, A Process of Healing, and How I Began to Write The Best of You
Episode 18: Selfhood vs. Selfishness
Episode 17: What is Church Hurt and How do I Heal?
Episode 16: What are attachment styles and why does it matter?
Episode 15: CPTSD—The Pain of A Million Paper Cuts
Episode 14: The Fawn Response & The Hidden Root of People Pleasing
Episode 13: Dr. Alison Answers Your Questions: Criticism, Narcissism, and Boundaries
Episode 12: Overcoming the Pain of Divorce
Episode 11: How to Start Loving Your Body
Episode 10: What are limiting beliefs and how do I overcome them?
Episode 9: Hidden Pain and the Power of Facing Your Fear
Bianca is a powerhouse of wisdom who talks with Dr. Alison honestly about the hidden pain that both motivated her and almost got the best of her.
Episode 8: Overcoming Addiction and Learning to Ask for Help
Episode 7: Why are boundaries so hard to set?
We dive into the power of boundaries in this episode and I guide you through a real time exercise on taking that first step.