Welcome to the Awaken Your Wise Woman podcast with host Elizabeth Cush, licensed clinical professional counselor and women’s life coach. Every other week you’ll hear from Elizabeth and her guests as they explore women’s needs, desires, fears, hopes, and dreams—all that it means to be a wise woman moving through life's challenges and transitions.
Tune in to learn from Wise Women who know the struggles that come with being a woman today. We'll explore how to live with more authenticity, purpose, and compassion as we share stories that will help you find the path back home to you—your truest, most beautiful, messy self.
Awaken Your Wise Woman is the evolution of the Woman Worriers podcast.
Intimacy in Midlife
If you’ve reached midlife, you know that your body has changed. So has your partner’s. For one, things don’t work the same way they did in your younger days. How has that affected your sex life? And if your sex life isn’t great for one or both of you, how has that affected your relationship? And what can you do about it? In this episode of the Awaken Your Wise Woman podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist, founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and a mid-life women’s life coach, welcomes Dr. Deb Shine Valentine, a licensed clinical psychotherapist and a certified sex therapist for an open and unencumbered discussion about sex and intimacy as we grow older. They talk about challenges to physical intimacy that midlife couples face and how to address them in order to have a closer and more fulfilling relationship on every level at any age.
“You can tell your partner how to load the dishwasher. How come you can’t tell them what to do sexually?”
— Heather England
You can find the full show notes and links to all the episodes here.
Build a Relationship with All Your Parts
What do you know about “parts” work? If you listen regularly to Awaken Your Wise Woman, you’ll be familiar with Internal Family Systems (IFS). If you’re a new listener, this episode will open you to new possibilities. Host Biz Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist, founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and a life coach for highly sensitive women, recently attended the IFS conference, where she was trained in a variety of techniques for using IFS to help therapy and coaching clients get in touch with all their parts and create the compassionate and understanding relationships with those parts that lead to healing. Listen as she shares her experience and insights into this information-packed program.
“This is your opportunity to help you bring your body, your soul, yourself, your parts into the work to find a deeper level of healing, of understanding, of compassion, of curiosity, and to the next part of your journey.” — Biz Cush
You can find the full show notes for this and every episode here.
Healing the World Starts Within
Do you feel like if you suffer enough, the world around you will get better? In this episode of Awaken Your Wise Woman, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Deb Shine Valentine, PhD, about thriving while you work to change the world.
“It's a very fine line between saving and centering … whether it's a community or an individual.”
— Deb Shine Valentine
You can find the full show notes here.
Understanding our Belief Systems and Cultivating a Better World
None of us live in a vacuum. We live in families, in communities. In this episode of Awaken Your Wise Woman, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Catherine Quiring about healing systemic harms—for ourselves and the world.
We often talk about how our early family live has shaped how we think, feel and react to life. But what about the bigger systems we’re raised within—religion, for example, or the culture where we live. What is their impact? And how can we heal the wounds they might cause us? In this episode of the Awaken Your Wise Woman podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist, founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and a mid-life women’s life coach, welcomes Catherine Quiring, a fellow therapist and coach in Florida, for a discussion of the how our belief systems shape us and the world around us. They talk about the need for empathy and how breaking free from systems that burden us can help us get back to ourselves and our values—and maybe make a better world.
“We need to acknowledge the harm—and that's actually really healing for both sides, if we allow it.”
— Catherine Quiring
Find the full show notes and other episodes here.
Friendships in Midlife
Are your relationships changing as you reach mid-life? In this episode of Awaken Your Wise Woman, host Elizabeth Cush talks about our friendships and how they may change as we move through the healing process and grow into our authentic selves.
“Sometimes friendships and partners and our acquaintances shift and change over the years.”
You can find the full show notes and links to resources to all the spisodes here.
Sensitivity in Mid-Life
Welcome back! In this episode of Awaken Your Wise Woman, host Elizabeth Cush talks about lessons learned about sensitivity during the hiatus. Listen to find out what’s in store in this exciting new season of the podcast—and what you can learn from listening to Biz and her guests.
“The world needs more sensitive people showing up fully, especially sensitive women."
— Biz Cush
You can find the full show notes and all the AYWW episodes here!
Supportive and insightful
I love listening to Biz and her guests explore where to find wisdom, what is life-giving, and how to reclaim our embodied, empowered life.
As a recent empty nester with a career and finding myself in a new stage and new phases of my life, this podcast is a real find on my journey! Loving the insights, candor and truths. Thank you!
You are wise !
This podcast feel comforting and secure. You can feel Elizabeth Cush’s compassion, kindness, and skillful listening. Loved the episode on IFS and your retreat!