11 episodes

Join psychologist and author, Dr. Alison Cook, as she guides you through some of your toughest challenges with wisdom, humor, and grace. Together with friends and experts we'll unpack the best of psychology from a faith-based perspective. You’ll discover how to break free from painful patterns, mend your past, and discover what brings out the best of you.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 155 Ratings

Join psychologist and author, Dr. Alison Cook, as she guides you through some of your toughest challenges with wisdom, humor, and grace. Together with friends and experts we'll unpack the best of psychology from a faith-based perspective. You’ll discover how to break free from painful patterns, mend your past, and discover what brings out the best of you.

    Hidden Pain and the Power of Facing Your Fear

    Hidden Pain and the Power of Facing Your Fear

    This conversation is an absolute gift. Bianca is a powerhouse of wisdom who talks honestly about the hidden pain that both motivated her and almost got the best of her. She shares about the moment she passed out on her dorm room floor from carrying so much hidden pain—and how she began to face the fears that drove her.   

    You do not want to miss her encouragement for listeners with mother or father wounds and the commitment she made to herself to “die empty." We discuss these topics and more:  

    1. Will I struggle with feeling pain forever? 

    2. Why trying to “just be happy” doesn’t work. 

    3. How her first trip to counseling was a bust 

    4. How fear can motivate us in both positive and negative ways 

    5. The burdens of generational trauma that can add to our pain 

    6. The pressure she put on herself to heal so she wouldn’t pass on pain to her own children 

    7. How she learned to advocate for herself and “staffed” herself accordingly  



    Connect with Bianca at behindtheconfidentsmile.com or on 

    Instagram: @biancancotton & @behindtheconfidentsmile   



    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode here.

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection.

    • 45 min
    Overcoming Addiction and Learning to Ask for Help

    Overcoming Addiction and Learning to Ask for Help

    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 help.  

    Ashley speaks candidly about the pain in her life, how she tried to numb it, and the divide that nearly shattered her until she learned to ask for help. And do not miss the last part of this interview where Ashley talks about how she's been getting through a period of extended isolation and loneliness these past few years.  

    We discuss SO MUCH in this episode—here are just a few highlights:  

    1. The various big “T” and little “t” traumas that can lead to addiction and painful patterns of self-soothing. 

    2. Why carrying your pain silently doesn’t work. 

    3. How Ashley finally found healing in safe community 

    4. Why failure is our friend 

    5. How to be helpful (and what’s not helpful) to people who are struggling 

    6. The wisdom Ashley would give her 20-year-old self now.   

    Connect with Ashley on Instagram

    Ashley’s After Hours newsletter on Substack

    Books by Ashley: Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell It Like It Is, and Live with Holy Gumption Love Is the Resistance: Learn to Disagree, Resolve the Conflicts You've Been Avoiding, and Create Real Change  

    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode, at https://www.dralisoncook.com/overcoming-addiction-and-learning-to-ask-for-help/

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection. 

    Music by Andy Luiten 

    Sound editing by Kelly Kramarik

    • 50 min
    Why are boundaries so hard to set?

    Why are boundaries so hard to set?

    The #1 question I get asked about is how to set boundaries.  

    They are so important and so powerful, and yet they are 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 no matter what you are facing.  



    1. Why is it so hard to set boundaries? 

    2. What is the primary purpose of boundaries? 

    3. What 2 skills does boundary setting require? 

    4. What is the first step to setting boundaries? 

    5. What does the Bible have to say about boundaries? 

    6. An exercise to help you take a first step.  



    Key Take Away: Boundaries are not primarily about saying no to other people. Boundaries are first and foremost about safeguarding the heart, mind, soul, and body God has given you.  



    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode at www.dralisoncook.com/the-best-of-you-podcast/  

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection at www.dralisoncook.com  



    Music by Andy Luiten  

    Sound editing by Kelly Kramarik

    • 28 min
    Do I really have an inner child?

    Do I really have an inner child?

    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? Why does it matter? We’ll get into all of this today, including the power of memory in shaping who you are.  



    Here’s what we’ll discuss:  

    1. What is an inner child and do I really have one? 

    2. Is there any science behind it? 

    3. What is an internal family? 

    4. Who is the wise parent inside of you? 

    5. What does the Bible have to say about our inner child? 

    6. A 10 minute guided reflection to help you connect to a young part of yourself.  



    Key Takeaway: Like a wise parent, we can learn to parent the young parts of us. We can bring them to Jesus who invited the children always to come to him—without shame or judgment.  



    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode at www.dralisoncook.com/the-best-of-you-podcast/  

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection at www.dralisoncook.com/do-i-really-have-an-inner-child/



    Music by Andy Luiten  

    Sound editing by Kelly Kramarik

    • 30 min
    What is codependency and why does it matter?

    What is codependency and why does it matter?

    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 to take steps toward healthy dependence.  



    1. What is codependency? 

    2. What’s the difference between being kind and being codependent? 

    3. What are some examples of codependent behaviors? 

    4. 5 signs that you might have codependent tendencies.   

    5. 2 indicators you might be in a codependent relationship 

    6. 3 practical ways to move toward healthy dependence  



    Key Takeaway: There’s a difference between being kind—and caring for someone else while causing harm to yourself.  



    Questions for reflection:

     What keeps you from noticing and focusing on your own needs? 

    Which of the 3 steps offered at the end of this episode can you take to move toward healthy dependence?  



    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode at www.dralisoncook.com/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-trauma/

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection at www.dralisoncook.com 



    Check out the Human Hope Podcast here 

    Music by Andy Luiten  

    Sound editing by Kelly Kramarik

    • 31 min
    What do I need to know about trauma?

    What do I need to know about trauma?

    Trauma is a bigger player in our lives than you might think.

    It's the unacknowledged guest at every gathering of humans. 

    And if we could learn to understand it better, we'd create a kinder, more compassionate world.   



    In today's episode we discuss trauma:     

    1. What is trauma?     

    2. What are Big T and little T traumas?     

    3. How does trauma impact your relationship to yourself, others and God?     

    4. The shaming messages that often sneak in as a result of trauma     

    5. What does the Bible say about trauma and healing?     

    6. How do you begin to heal?  



    Questions to consider: 

    What if what happened wasn’t your fault? 

    What if you didn’t deserve that treatment? 

    What if there’s not something wrong with you? 

    What if you were created a beautiful soul made in God's image? 

    Is there any sliver of you that could believe that? 

    What if the heart of God is to heal?  



    You can find a list of all the resources mentioned in this episode, including trauma-informed care, at www.dralisoncook.com/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-trauma/ 

    Sign up to receive Dr. Cook’s weekly email and receive 2 free e-books and a guided prayer reflection. 

    Music by Andy Luiten 

    Sound editing by Kelly Kramarik

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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155 Ratings

155 Ratings

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Exactly what I needed!

These podcasts are the perfect snippets of truth, encouragement, and needed content. I listened to all 4 of her first podcasts in one afternoon, and I have even gone back to some of them for reference. I’m so grateful for the biblical definitions and explanations of certain psychological terms in ways that make sense and are relatable. I had several aha, confirming, and curious moments. I look forward to each new podcast to come and the continued clarification and insightful education they bring.

MbLindy ,

Excellent in every way!

So easy to understand and apply. Dr Alison is brilliant. This has helped me understand myself and in turn have conversations with others- and give them empathy and hope. How grateful I am for Dr Alison! Please continue to speak truth - you are empowering those that are listening! 🙏❤️ THANK YOU!

Chagall ,

Engaging and thought provoking

I have been a follower of Dr. Alison for about a year. Couldn’t wait for the podcast to come out so that her positive faith based messages could be explored more fully and reach more people. I’ve already listened to the narcissism episode twice as not only did I learn so much about a term that I heard so many times but never really understood, but it helped me put a somewhat toxic relationship that I have right now into greater focus and understanding. I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts and hers feels like new territory. Breaking down complex psychological terms and putting them into real life scenarios all with an emphasis on relaxing into the healing grace of God (and bonus IFS hints too!) - it’s nothing I’ve really heard before. Its like amazing free therapy. 🙏🏻 Can’t wait for each new episode!

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