50 episodes

Welcome to the Honest Women podcast, a no b.s. space for women who have had their fill of hearing from experts on how to do better and be more, and are ready to connect in the right here, right now mess that is modern womanhood. We are a couple of women, who just happen to be therapists, sharing honest conversations, moments of recognition, a few f-bombs, and the truth that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. 

Join the honest conversation, every Tuesday!

Honest Women Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 82 Ratings

Welcome to the Honest Women podcast, a no b.s. space for women who have had their fill of hearing from experts on how to do better and be more, and are ready to connect in the right here, right now mess that is modern womanhood. We are a couple of women, who just happen to be therapists, sharing honest conversations, moments of recognition, a few f-bombs, and the truth that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. 

Join the honest conversation, every Tuesday!

    50. Hey Parents; Social Media really IS Harming your Kids!

    50. Hey Parents; Social Media really IS Harming your Kids!

    Today, we're shining a light on a topic that's more urgent than ever: the impact of social media on our youth. Many of us are unaware of the dangers lurking online, and as mothers, we're constantly trying to navigate this digital landscape with our kids. In today’s episode, we get honest about the challenges we face and the strategies we're employing to protect our children. Every parent needs to hear this episode!
    Listen to learn more about:

    Why the Surgeon General of the United States is calling youth mental health "The defining public health issue of our time."

    Recent reports and decade-long research that is calling attention to the growing concerns about the effects of social media use on children and adolescent's mental health.

    The history of social media: Then vs. Now.

    What we as parents need to consider when it comes to putting smartphones in our children's hands.

    And more alarming stats that might make you rethink everything!


    Read the book referenced in this episode, written by Jean M Twenge, PhD
    Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents.

    Resources (in the event you want to dive deeper!):

    Social Media and Youth Mental Health (The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory)

    The History of Social Media

    NBC News: Social Media is Driving Teen Mental Health Crisis

    American Psychological Association: Health Advisory on Social Media Use in Adolescence

    Teens, Social Media and Technology 2022 (Pew Research Center)


    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcast
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
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    • 38 min
    49. This One Skill Can Make or Break Your Relationships

    49. This One Skill Can Make or Break Your Relationships

    If we had to pick one skill that is vital to the health and longevity of our relationships - with spouses, kids, friends, and the world at large - it would be apologizing well. But, if we’re being honest? Many of us really suck at doing this when it counts! Today, we dive into the art of saying “I’m sorry,” - why it’s so dang hard to do, how to do it well, and even when and if we should accept an apology.
    Listen to learn more about:

    How we learned to apologize

    How our relationship history with someone can make it impossible to apologize to them

    How shame and guilt show up in apologies

    Why saying "I'm sorry" can feel - and be - so vulnerable

    The most common kinds of bad apologies

    How to apologize like a pro

    Why you truly have to feel remorse to deliver a good apology


    Plus, Jess shares a truly painful story of a good apology gone bad; Andrea reveals a pet peeve; and we discuss how we got REALLLL tan for you guys cause WE'RE ON YOUTUBE THIS WEEK!
    Where on Youtube, you ask? https://www.youtube.com/@HonestWomenPodcast
    Like this episode? Check out these:


    Reframing Regret: How this Difficult Emotion Can Help You Grow (December 19, 2023) - regret can point us to places we need to apologize... plus, this episode can help you differentiate between guilt and shame.


    How to be a Better Communicator (October 4, 2023) - in case you were feeling low-key passive aggressive when you went to send this episode to a frenemy (still send it... just be straight up assertive about it!)


    41. The Complicated Relationship Between Mothers & Daughters (February 6, 2024) - did that example of the "apology" that turned into emotional caretaking hit a little too close to home? I'm just going to leave this right here, then.


    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcast
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    DID WE MENTION WE'RE ON YOUTUBE? https://www.youtube.com/@HonestWomenPodcast
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min
    48. Aging Gracefully: How Our 20s and 30s Prepared Us for Today

    48. Aging Gracefully: How Our 20s and 30s Prepared Us for Today

    Today, we're celebrating a special occasion – our birthdays! As women, we have been repeatedly told (and led to believe!) that aging is a bad thing. But is that accurate? As we blow out the candles, we thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our experiences, lessons learned, and growth over the years. So grab a slice of cake, settle in, and join us for a heartfelt and honest conversation about the journey from our younger selves to the women we are today.
    Listen to hear more about:


    Health: How our relationship with our bodies has changed over the years, including what we have learned about our health as women.


    Relationships: How our expectations have changed within our own marriages.


    Career and Passions: How they have evolved as we have gotten older, including significant milestones and achievements (and failures!) that happened along the way.


    Our Personal Growth: How we have changed since our 20s and 30s, including experiences that shaped us, and how they impact us today.


    Plus. Andrea shares how she took her relationship with Jessica to a new level, and Jessica shares one of her many dating horror stories from her early 20s!

    Like this episode? Check out these:
    (March 12, 2024) - Invisible Labor and the Weight of the Mental Load
    (November 28, 2023) - Redefining Happily Ever After
    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcast
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 31 min
    47. Attacked by an Angry Man - What Would YOU Do?

    47. Attacked by an Angry Man - What Would YOU Do?

    From the time we were little girls, we’ve been given a list of things to do and not to do in order to stay safe. But what are you supposed to do when you are attacked out of the blue? Today we get honest about a recent scary situation that Andrea found herself in and work through the loaded question - what would you do?
    Listen as we dive into:

    Our cultural obsession with true crime

    Why you might want to post about a scary situation online

    If publicly shaming people for their bad behavior is a good idea

    What fight / flight / freeze really feel like

    Why "What would YOU have done?" is a terrible question

    What you will likely feel in the aftermath of being threatened

    What you SHOULD say to someone who has been attacked


    Plus, Andrea is activated the whollleeeeee episode; Jess is emotionally - though not literally - rendered speechless; and Andrea and Jess reminisce about the good olde days of carrying keys between their fingers, just in case you need to fight off an attacker (what the hell are we going to do now with our fobs?).
    And we swear... we swear a lot. You have been warned.
    Like this episode? Check out these:


    45. You've Got Friendship Questions? We've Got Answers (March 5, 2024) - another episode where we share our hot takes on real-life scenarios submitted by our listeners!


    The Ripple Effect of Loss: How Tragedy Touches Us All (January 30, 2024) - thank goodness this incident didn't end in tragedy, but... we hear about tragic things that happen to women every day, and those can have a big impact on us. This episode will help you understand why.


    When Your Partner is Struggling with Addiction or Mental Health (November 7, 2023) - if this story felt too close to home... because you have a partner who behaves this way as they are struggling with addiction or mental health... this episode is for you.


    Want to share your story with us? Have a scenario you want us to work through on a future episode? Email us!! hello@honestwomenpodcast.com
    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcastb
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 36 min
    46. Invisible Labor and the Weight of the Mental Load

    46. Invisible Labor and the Weight of the Mental Load

    “Nobody understands everything I do around here!" Does this statement sound familiar?  The invisible work, often going on inside our heads, is unrelenting and never-ending. Today, we get honest about the mental load and explore where it came from and how in the heck we got here.
    Listen to learn more about:

    What the mental load (also called "invisible labor") is.

    What falls into the category of mental load.

    How and perhaps why, the mental load seems to fall more on women than men.

    The role of over and under functioner within our marriages, and how this contributes to the mental load.

     Assigning tasks vs. responsibilities.

    How to create a "minimum standard of care" through taking ownership AND collaboration with your partner.

    Jessica talks about a seemingly random pet peeve that she has, and Andrea talks about having to repair it with her children after a heavy mental load-baring day.
    Like this episode? Check out these:
    Episode 41: The Complicated Relationship between Mothers and Daughters (February 6, 2024)
    Want to do a deeper dive into Mental Load? Click here to learn more about Eve and Fair Play.
    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcast
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min
    45. You've Got Friendship Questions? We've Got Answers!

    45. You've Got Friendship Questions? We've Got Answers!

    But first... GIVEAWAY: Want free coffee from your friends Andrea & Jessica?? Take a screenshot of this episode, post it on Instagram, and tag us @honestwomenpodcast, and you’ll be entered to win! Winner will be drawn and notified on Monday, March 11, 2024.
    When we think about friendship, we often imagine a relationship that is easy, positive, and lasts through the seasons of life without interruption. But in our experience, friendship is just not that simple. Today we give our honest opinions on some of the most common challenges in friendship, including how to handle big transitions, slow fades, and even bitter, bitter ends.
    Listen as we discuss:

    Why friendship gets so little billing compared to romantic relationships

    The reason that friendships can fall to the wayside after college

    The high expectations we have for our friendships

    Listener question: I don't want our friendship to change when my friend has a baby!

    Listener question: How do I slow fade a friendship when I see this person all the time?

    Listener question: How can I grieve the loss of a long-term friendship?


    Plus, Andrea reveals that one of these questions IS HER OWN QUESTION; Jessica fights off a spring cold (thank God it's not a man-cold!); and we both admit to being avid listeners of our own podcast (Honest Women! It's so good, even we listen to it!)
    Like this episode? Check out these:


    When Your Partner Is Struggling with Addiction or Mental Health (November 7, 2023) - the first time we answered a listener question!


    Rethinking the 'Girl Squad' (September 6, 2023) - for obvious reasons...


    Is a 50-50 Split of Domestic Labor Realistic? (July 5, 2023) - because friendships are the only relationships we expect to be 50-50


    We LOVE answering your questions! Keep 'em coming to: hello@honestwomenpodcast.com or DM us on instagram!
    Connect with Us:
    Follow Honest Women Podcast @honestwomenpodcast
    Follow Jessica: @jlhutchisonlcpc
    Follow Andrea: @andreaburkly
    Learn more about the Honest Women Podcast: www.honestwomenpodcast.com
    Honest Women is the podcast for every woman juggling the demands of modern life (while trying to keep her shit together) and finding that it’s all just a little more difficult than she thought it would be. Your hosts, Andrea Burkly and Jessica Hutchison, are two very real mental health professionals who are taking honest conversations from inside their offices to the outside world.
    Disclaimer:
    Please note while this podcast features two therapists, and may feel very therapeutic, this is not therapy! Please be entertained, and know that through our creative content, we are not providing mental health care. No diagnosis. No treatment. No medical advice. Just creative content. Please seek appropriate mental health support in the real world.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

JessBest21 ,

Great podcast

A mom I follow on Instagram did a small shout out to your show. So I decided to listen. So glad I did! I live near y’all so the content feels super relatable!

siegal.4 ,

Therapy at its finest

A breath of fresh air - these women are authentic, inspiring, and entertaining.

MinnieFlora ,

Great Podcast!

Thank you Andrea and Jessica! This podcast is great. You two are able to tackle serious topics, and also, make me laugh! Every time I listen, I end up feeling better.

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