44 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 Wednesday!

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 Wednesday!

    44. Isn't this Supposed to be Fun?

    44. Isn't this Supposed to be Fun?

    Society has this sneaky way of making us believe that we should actually be relishing every moment of the daily grind. Well, spoiler alert: that's not always the case. Today, we have an honest conversation about the myth of "loving every minute" and explore why it's okay not to be head over heels for the daily grind.  

    Listen to learn more about:

    Cultural norms that led us to believe that the daily SHOULD be fun.

    The crushing feeling of never feeling DONE with that to-do list.

    The double binds that keep us stuck.

    Guilt associated with questioning the daily grind and our relationship to it.

    How the daily grind can lead to feelings of depression or actual depression.


    Like this episode? Check out these:
    May 3, 2023: Your Hard is Hard Dealing with the Responsibility and Stress of Life
    May 3, 2023: Honey, I lost my village! Feeling Lonely in a Connected World
    September 20, 2023: So You Lost Your Shit...
    January 23, 2024: Is it Time to Break Up with Your Phone

    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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    • 31 min
    43. Let's Hear it for the Boy (Moms)!

    43. Let's Hear it for the Boy (Moms)!

    Raising a child is challenging, no matter their gender... but raising boys just hits different than raising girls! Today, we get honest about all things #boymom: the cultural narratives around raising as on, our own hopes and fears for our sons, and how the relationship we have with our sons is different than the one we have with our daughters.
    Listen to learn more about:

    the cultural norm of the "wild boy"

    a possible origin story for the #boymom trend

    how we both felt about having sons

    how we identify - as boy moms or girl moms

    the cultural narrative about the relationship between boys & their moms

    how we REALLY feel about becoming THE mother-in-law

    our fears and hopes for our own boys

    how our goals for our sons impact how we parent them today


    Plus, Andrea cringes at her own (former) traditionalist stance on why she wanted a boy first; Jessica seems unsure about how many children Andrea has; and we both wade deep into how our relationships with our sons are shaped by our relationships with the other women that will be in their lives.

    Like this episode? Check out these:


    41. The Complicated Relationship Between Mothers & Daughters (February 6, 2024) - it's practically required listening after this one!


    Feel Like You Can't Get it Right? Here's Why (August 30, 2023) - this episode, and the one on mothers & daughters, are FULL of binds. If you want to hear more of the binds that we're in as women, this is your episode!


    Connect with Us:
    Have something you want us to talk about on the show? Or want to tell us what you think about it? Have a good recipe or meme you want to share? EMAIL US! hello@honestwomenpodcast.com
    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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    • 32 min
    42. Transform Your Marriage Today: 10 Tips You Can't Afford to Miss!

    42. Transform Your Marriage Today: 10 Tips You Can't Afford to Miss!

    As couples therapists, we've seen it all, and we know that love doesn't come with a manual. But hey, where's the fun in that, right? So today, we're sharing some lighthearted (slightly questionable) marriage tips peppered with a healthy dose of humor and a dash of honesty. Plus, we're throwing in some insights from our own experiences as wives because, let's be real, sometimes life teaches you more about love than any textbook ever could. 

    Listen to learn about Andrea and Jessica's top tips:

    Stop attacking; stop defending.

    Go to bed angry, yep, we said it!

    Rewrite date night.

    Be ok with them NEVER liking to do the dishes.

    Acknowledge one another in passing.

    Give what you want.

    ASK for what you want; don't just assume.

    Increase non-sexual touching...like, a lot!

    Repair quickly.

    Try not to fall out of love at the same time.


    Yes, we know the irony here. The two of us giving tips when we are entirely against dishing out tips! We promise you this is not one of those episodes. Marriage is hard! In fact, we even did a couple episodes on the topic:

    June 14th, 2023: Redefining Happily Ever After
    June 21st, 2023: 3 Universal Reasons Why Being Married is Hard!

    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
    41. The Complicated Relationship Between Mothers & Daughters

    41. The Complicated Relationship Between Mothers & Daughters

    All relationships are complicated… but perhaps none are more complicated than the relationship between mother and daughter.  Today, we get honest about some of the factors that make the mother-daughter relationship so loaded… things we’ve learned both as therapists, and have experienced in our own lives. 
    Listen as we discuss:

    The messages we receive as women about having a daughter:  

    That we will either be best friends or have a lot of conflict with our daughters

    That we are not complete unless we have a daughter

    The ways that societal expectations for little boys and little girls are different

    How trying to change the roles and expectations for women make parenting our daughters complicated

    How our own experiences with female friendships and with our own mothers shape our relationships with our daughters

    How our own insecurities show up in our relationships with our daughters

    How we can sometimes try to correct things that we see in our daughters because we see them in ourselves, and how it can be really hard to separate what is ours from what is hers

    The elephant in the room... how our relationships with our own mothers shapes our relationships with our daughters


    Plus, Andrea channels her inner Freud; Jessica models receiving a compliment; and we both step into the confessional a record number of times as we discuss our raw thoughts and feelings about the complicated relationships we have with the relationship we have with having daughters ( did you catch all of the layers here??).
    Like this episode? Check out these:


    Feel Like You Can't Get it Right? Here's Why (August 30, 2023) - all about the double binds we face as women!


    Rethinking the 'Girl Squad' (September 6, 2023) - because our relationships with other women totally shape our expectations for our relationship with our daughters.


    You Asked, we Answered! (October 18, 2023) - another episode where we spent a lot of time... maybe the whole time...in the confessional, as we answered the questions you have about therapists.


    We want to hear from YOU! Email us at hello@honestwomenpodcast.com with your deep thoughts, kind words, or questions you'd love us to discuss on the show!
    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

    • 32 min
    The Ripple Effect of Loss: How Tragedy Touches Us All

    The Ripple Effect of Loss: How Tragedy Touches Us All

    The impact of a sudden loss can be profound, leaving us grappling with a range of emotions we may not fully understand. Moments like these remind us of life's fragility and the interconnectedness of our human experience. We're reminded that loss, in any form, touches us all in unexpected ways. Today, we're having an honest conversation about why tragic loss hits us so hard, even when we don't have a personal connection to the individual involved. We'll explore the complexities of grief, the ripple effects of loss, and how we can navigate these emotions with compassion and understanding.
    Listen to learn more about:

    The complexities of grief

    The ripple effects of loss

    How we can navigate these emotions with compassion and understanding


    Like this episode? Check out these:


    Breaking the Silence During Suicide Prevention Week (September 13, 2023)


    Living and Parenting in the Age of School Shootings (October 11, 2023)


    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
    Is it Time to Break Up With Your Phone?

    Is it Time to Break Up With Your Phone?

    We hate to say it, but one of the most significant relationships we have as modern women is the one we have with our phone. But while we have many good reasons for using them, we have to admit that our phone usage has an impact on our relationships and on our mental health. Today, we get honest about those impacts, and ask the practical question - short of building a time machine to the 1990s, is there anything we can do to improve things?
    Listen to learn more about:

    how our phone usage harms our most important (and even very casual) relationships

    a few of the ways our phones damage our mental and physical health

    some practical suggestions to change your relationship with your phone


    Plus, Jess ruins everything for everyone by making a plan (and thereby causing a blizzard which kept her kids at home which wrecked the plan); Andrea and Jessica wrestle with the word ironic (thanks, Alanis!); and we reveal how we discover Tik Tok trends (via MSNBC articles about 3 months later… tell me you’re a millennial without telling me you’re a millennial!)

    Like this episode? Check out these:


    Exploring Mommy Wine Culture During Dry January (January 9, 2024) - if you want to explore another tricky cultural topic that has pretty straightforward research about it


    So You Lost Your Shit... (September 20, 2023) - if you're looking for the episode where we discuss the difference between guilt and shame.


    New Year, New You? (January 2, 2024) - cause we mentioned that Jessica has some feelings about New Years Resolutions


    Connect with Us:
    EMAIL US: hello@honestwomenpodcast.com
    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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