Elizabeth Bonet on Hypnosis & Perinatal Anxiety

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Can Hypnosis Help Anxiety?

Sometimes motherhood can feel overwhelming. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews Elizabeth Bonet, a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety and perinatal mood disorders, about new moms, anxiety and depression — and how hypnosis can help.

“Something like 80% of women had compulsive fears in the first 6 months after the baby was born.”
— Elizabeth Bonet, PhD.

Show Notes:

From “the glow of pregnancy” to “being a mom will come naturally,” our culture paints a rosy picture of motherhood, but says little about the anxiety, depression and overwhelm that so many women experience. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Elizabeth Bonet, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist from Hollywood, Fla., who works with couples and pre- and post-natal moms, especially those who experience anxiety or perinatal mood disorders. “Dr. Liz” as she is know to clients and listeners, talks about navigating what can be a challenging time in life and how she uses hypnosis in her practice to help women reduce their anxiety.

Listen and learn:

  • How hypnosis and meditation are similar and how they’re different

  • How hypnosis is — and isn’t — different than the way you might have seen it portrayed

  • How different types of hyponosis are used in counseling

  • The biggest advantage of using hypnosis vs. talk therapy alone

  • How hypnosis helps heal childhood trauma

  • Why women with no history of depression have a harder time asking for pre-/postnatal help

  • How to distinguish between “baby blues” and post-partum depression

  • Why you might not be head over heels in love with your baby immediately

  • Quick Tip: How rolling your eyes can help relieve anxiety

Learn More

> Dr. Elizabeth Bonet’s website

> Dr. Elizabeth Bonet’s biography

> Conversations for Effective Living on YouTube

> Hypnotize Me podcasts

> Dr. Elizabeth Bonet’s newsletter/free downloads

> There goes the Brainstem: Tales from the Trenches of Early Motherhood by Elizabeth Bonet, Ph.D.

> Postpartum International website

> Progression Counseling


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Kristen Ulmer on Fear

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How To Make Friends With Your Fear

Have you been trying to conquer your fear and anxiety? Maybe it’s time to stop. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews Kristen Ulmer, a former extreme skier who is now a master facilitator, fear specialist and author of The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead.

Anxiety IS fear. We started calling it ‘anxiety’ because we have this stigma around the word ‘fear.
— Kristen Ulmer

Show Notes:

Overcoming, rationalizing, letting go… That’s how conventional wisdom talks about fear. Kristen Ulmer, who was once voted the most extreme woman athlete in North America, says we’re going about it all wrong. After studying with a Zen master for 15 years, she has developed a new approach to fear and anxiety and all their related problems. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Ulmer about how to step out of the dark and into your best life by shifting into fear.

Listen and learn:

  • How what most people are teaching about fear is hurting us, rather than helping us

  • Why we need to change the language we use around fear — and the words we need to eliminate

  • Signs that the “war” against fear is unwinnable

  • The relationship between anxiety and fear

  • The role of the amygdala — a primitive structure at the base of the brain — in processing our experiences

  • Why modern life provokes so much fear

  • How repressing fear or trying to ignore it can lead to panic attacks, depression, rage and other problems

  • Why we can’t think our way out of fear and anxiety

  • Why fear is one of the best parts of life — and what it can teach us

  • What insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout have in common

  • What fear is — and it’s NOT in your mind

  • Why your relationship with fear is the most important relationship in your life — and what takes to become intimate with fear

  • Questions to ask yourself about your fear

  • Why we need a new definition of emotional intelligence

  • The four levels in the shift toward a new way of looking at fear

  • Why we need a little anxiety in our lives

  • How to start a “fear practice” in your life

Learn More

> Kristen Ulmer’s website

> The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer

> Kristen’s at-home courses

> Progression Counseling


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April Snow on Highly Sensitive People

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How Highly Sensitive People Can Manage Anxiety

If you’re always in tune with the vibe around you, and often overwhelmed by it, your brain may be wired differently. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews April Snow, a psychotherapist, about what it’s like to be a highly sensitive person (HSP) and how HSPs can manage the anxiety and overwhelm that come hand in hand with the trait.

How are we to take care of others if we don’t have the energy and capacity to just get through the day?
— April Snow, AMFT

Show Notes:

Maybe you’re easily overstimulated and quick to feel anxious. Maybe you’ve been told you’re “too emotional.” Maybe you’re the first to know that something’s not quite right with a friend. If so, you may be highly sensitive — and you’re in good company. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and her guest April Snow, a San Francisco-based psychotherapist and highly sensitive person talk about what it’s like to live with this common and often-unrecognized trait, how to recognize it in yourself and tips and tools you can use to stay ahead of the anxiety and overwhelm so you can take care of yourself.

Listen and learn:

  • The characteristics that make you a highly sensitive person

  • How being a highly sensitive person is different from being an introvert or from having social anxiety

  • Why you struggle with anxiety if you’re an HSP

  • The bright side of being an HSP

  • What happens in the brain of an HSP

  • Whether women are more likely to be HSPs than men

  • The unique challenges that face women who are highly sensitive

  • Why highly sensitive women often feel guilty

  • The test you can take to determine whether you might be highly sensitive

  • The most important thing that you should do for yourself if you are highly sensitive

  • A simple technique that can help reset your nervous system when you’re anxious or overwhelmed

Learn More

> April Snow, AMFT, bio

> April Snow’s Expansive Heart website

> Dr. Elaine Aron’s The Highly Sensitive Person website

> Elaine Aron, PhD, bio

> Highly Sensitive Person test

> Brain Training For The Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions by Julie Bjelland, LMFT

> Self-compassion exercises

> Progression Counseling


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Mercedes Samudio, LCSW on Shame-Proof Parenting

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How To Parent Without Shame

If you’ve ever wondered how those other mothers seem to keep it all together, this week’s episode of the Woman Worriers podcast is for you. Host Elizabeth Cush interviews Mercedes Samudio, LCSW, a parent coach and author of Shame-proof Parenting: Find your unique parenting voice, feel empowered, and raise whole, healthy children.

You have to heal — and that’s something I don’t think we give parents enough space to do.
— Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Show Notes:

Do you find yourself asking how some families are posting beautiful photos of themselves at Disneyland or Chuck E. Cheese’s when you can’t seem to get your kids together for a selfie? Or second-guessing your parenting skills when the stranger in the grocery store offers advice you didn’t ask for? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Mercedes Samudio about how woman can develop more confidence in their own parenting and better support the parents in their lives.

Listen and learn:

  • What parent shaming is and why it happens
  • How parent shaming impacts anxiety
  • Why parenting advice can be a problem even when it’s well intentioned
  • Why the urge to advise is so strong
  • Ways to approach a parent who seems to be struggling without shaming them
  • How shaming women who don’t have children affects their parenting when they do become mothers
  • Why telling a woman that she’s going to be a great mom might not help
  • What needs to happen before you can be a better parent than your parents
  • How your healing benefits your relationship with your child
  • The questions you need to ask yourself to start to understand how shame affects your parenting and what you might need to do to change it
  • How journaling can jump start your journey to healing
  • How social media has magnified the problem of parent shaming
  • The professional photographer’s insight that will make you feel better about your family
  • Why we can’t completely escape parent shaming
  • Things you can say to the parent-shamers in your world
  • Where you will find your strongest source of support

Learn More

> Shame-proof Parenting: Find your unique parenting voice, feel empowered, and raise whole, healthy children

> Mercedes Samudio’s website

> About Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

> Dan Siegel, MD’s books & DVDs

> Tina Bryson, PhD’s books & DVD’s

> Shefali Tasabary, PhD’s books

> Progression Counseling

> Woman Worriers podcast


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Episode 24: Rebecca Wong on Anxiety, Intimacy and Relationships

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How To Show Up For Your Relationship

Relationship skills don’t always come naturally. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews Rebecca Wong, LCSW, a relationship therapist, about relationships, intimacy, anxiety, building healthy boundaries, communicating effectively, bringing mindfulness into the moment and more.

The truth of it is that most of us have had a relational trauma.
— Rebecca Wong, LCSW

Show Notes:

Feeling intimately connected with yourself and others is an important part of feeling safe and secure in the world. Unfortunately, not everyone grows up being taught effective communication skills and how to build healthy boundaries—but it’s never too late to learn. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and her guest Rebecca Wong, LCSW, a relationship therapist from New Paltz, N.Y., explore how anxiety affects intimate relationships, how it shows up and the tools and techniques you can use to start healing.

Listen and learn:

  1. Why anxiety is hardwired into our brains—especially for new mothers
  2. The two kinds of self-esteem: which is helpful and which may sabotage our happiness
  3. The two kinds of boundaries and why we need to bring them into balance
  4. How a “feedback loop” can be the key to reworking your relationship
  5. What each step in a healthy feedback loop sounds like and what it achieves
  6. The 8 basic emotions and how to talk about them with your partner
  7. How our “relational lens” colors how we see the world — and our relationships
  8. Why the practice of Relational Life Therapy can be incredibly healing
  9. The 3 versions of your Self — and which one you want to show up
  10. The important role that re-parenting yourself plays in improving your relationship
  11. How the three qualities of good parenting can serve your adult Self
  12. The range of support — from new tools to intensive exploration — that is available in couples therapy
  13. Who needs to do the work in couples therapy

Learn More

> Rebecca Wong’s Connectfulness® website

> Rebecca Wong’s bio

> Practice of Being Seen podcast

> Terry Real

> Pia Melody

> Progression Counseling


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Episode 23: Laurie J. Cameron On Mindfulness

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How To Make Your Day More Mindful

Can mindfulness make a difference in your life? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush interviews author and mindfulness leadership coach Laurie J. Cameron about her new book, The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening.

We can’t be free from things we don’t see.
— Laurie J. Cameron

Show Notes:

Why are some people so adaptable and resilient while others don’t always bounce back from a challenge? Why do some people flourish and thrive while others accept limiting beliefs, anxiety or stress? Those are the questions that intrigued leadership coach Laurie J. Cameron when she started exploring mindfulness 20 years ago. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Cameron about her new book, The Mindful Day, about incorporating mindfulness practices that allow us to access joy amidst the chaos.

Listen and learn:

  • How you can use your mind to develop skills to navigate life
  • What new research into mindfulness shows about working with thoughts and emotions
  • Why mindfulness is called a “practice”
  • Whether biology truly is destiny — or whether we can offset our genetics
  • How mindfulness frees us to be more resourceful, skillful and wise
  • Why choosing our thoughts makes a difference
  • How a simple change in the morning can improve how you start your day
  • How the stories we tell ourselves affect our outlook
  • Why the words we use in our self talk matter
  • The difference between pleasant moments and deep happiness
  • Why purpose in life is so important — and how to find yours
  • How to stay connected to your purpose in your daily life
  • How mindfulness shifts your mindset
  • Why you can’t escape old patterns completely — and why you should try anyway
  • The easy, three-breath practice that can help you when you’re faced with anxiety or stress

Learn More

> The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy from Morning to Evening by Laurie J. Cameron

> Laurie Cameron’s website

> Laurie’s mindfulness blog

> Purpose Blue corporate mindfulness website

> Author talks and keynote addresses

> Progression Counseling

> Mindfulness Groups


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Episode 22: Elizabeth Cush On Managing Anxiety

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Managing Anxiety: A Real-life Example

Sooner or later, you’re going to hit your anxiety head on. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush shares her personal experience with managing anxiety in a triggering situation.

We all struggle with anxiety in moments of our lives when we just have to call a truce.
— Elizabeth Cush, LCPC

Show Notes:

Imagine yourself at an out-of-town convention with thousands of strangers. If you think you’d feel anxious in that environment, listen to this week’s episode of the Woman Worriers podcast. Host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., recently put herself in that exact situation. This week she shares what it was like to be in an environment where she often felt anxious, but didn’t want to let her anxiety take over — and the benefits she enjoyed from facing her fears.

Listen and learn:

  • How a therapist manages her own anxiety
  • That you are not alone in struggling with anxiety
  • What we can learn from each other’s anxiety stories
  • Why you might choose to be in a situation that makes you anxious
  • How recognizing what triggers your anxiety helps you manage it
  • What you could miss by putting anxiety in the driver’s seat
  • Quick ways to feel connected in social situations
  • How to enjoy the experience even though you have anxiety
  • Where to connect with other women who are working on managing their anxiety

Learn More

> Women Mindfully Managing Anxiety groups in Annapolis, Md.

> Request a free guide to starting a meditation practice.

> Guided meditations from Progression Counseling

> Progression Counseling


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Episode 21: Lindsey Ellison on Narcissistic Partners

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Of Course You’re Anxious — You Live With A Narcissist

If you’re never quite living up to your partner’s expectations, it’s a problem — and the problem isn’t you. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, relationship coach Lindsey Ellison, talk about women in relationships with narcissists.

How you were raised is often the blueprint for how you’re managing the people and circumstances and existing anxiety around you.
— Lindsey Ellison

Show Notes:

Does the person you love love you unconditionally, or are there strings attached? Do you feel like you always need to try harder to win the love of your partner or parent, the approval of your boss or a friend? If you’ve lowered the bar and stopped asking for what you need, you may be in a relationship with a narcissist. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Lindsey Ellison, a relationship coach, about identifying and breaking free from narcissistic relationships and what it takes to start over and find happiness.

Listen and learn:

  • Why narcissism is less about looking in the mirror than you might think
  • Why narcissists rage when you try to set boundaries
  • What is gaslighting and what happens when narcissists use it against you
  • Why you might feel like a narcissist magnet
  • The connection between co-dependency and narcissism
  • How owning someone else’s behavior — or anxiety — harms you
  • How to break the cycle of manipulation or emotional abuse and anxiety
  • Why the real question isn’t whether the narcissist is lying to you
  • How to face the fears that keep you in a relationship with a narcissist
  • Who is more likely to be a narcissist — a man or a woman?
  • How narcissists of different genders use manipulation differently
  • Why the term “narcissist” confuses so many people
  • How a narcissistic parent can set you on a pathway of toxic relationships
  • How release the narcissist’s anxiety and its hold on you
  • How to talk to yourself to get grounded again

Learn More

> Lindsey Ellison’s Start Over. Find Happiness website

> Brené Brown’s website

> Wayne Dyer’s website

> Narcissistic Lovers: How to Cope, Recover and Move On by Cynthia Zayn and Kevin Dibble, M.S.

> The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

> Insight Timer meditation app/website

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 20: Jennifer Weeks, PhD, on Problematic Sexual Behavior

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Recovering From Sex Addiction — Yours or Your Partner’s

What happens when someone’s sexual behavior becomes a problem? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Jennifer Weeks, PhD, talk about sex addiction and its impacts on the individual and the primary partner.

Sex addiction has nothing to do with sex. It’s really an intimacy disorder.
— Jennifer Weeks, PhD

Show Notes:

Sometimes, sexual behavior can be a problem. Maybe you wake up feeling bad about yourself after yet another one-night stand. Maybe you feel hurt and betrayed because your partner can’s stop turning to porn or escorts. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Jennifer Weeks, PhD, a certified sexual addiction treatment specialist, about the complex relationship between compulsive sexual behavior and anxiety — on the part of the individual and the partner — the stigma around asking for help and the possibilities for recovery.

Listen and learn:

  • When sexual behavior crosses the line and becomes a problem
  • How problematic sexual behavior (PSB) affects the individual
  • How PSB affects the primary partner
  • Why internet porn is so addictive
  • Why it’s so hard to ask for help — and even harder for women
  • Why therapy is important even if you’re not the one acting out
  • The best way to approach therapy if you or your partner is struggling with PSB
  • How childhood trauma contributes to PSB in women
  • Therapeutic techniques that can help heal the trauma that drives PSB
  • The role of emotional regulation — learning to sit with your feelings
  • How to break the anxious cycle of checking, checking, checking on your partner
  • How to learn to accept and trust — or move on
  • Why it’s important to find the right therapist — and what to look for
  • Support groups that can help individuals with PSB
  • How coaching can help begin to address challenging sexual behaviors

Learn More

>  Sexual Addiction Treatment Services website

>  Dr. Jen’s blog

> Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) 12-step fellowship

> Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) 12-step fellowship

> Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) 12-step fellowship

> S-Anon International Family Groups 12-step fellowship for family and friends of sexaholics

> International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (scroll to bottom for Therapist Directory)

> The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) member directory

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 19: Nazanin Moali, PhD on Sexuality, Addiction and Anxiety

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How Anxiety Affects Your Sex Life

Does anxiety affect sexual relationships? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Nazanin Moali, PhD, talk about the different ways that anxiety might shape your sex life.

With the women I see, there is no shortage of arousal. The challenge is, our brakes are on.
— Nazanin Moali, PhD

Show Notes:

Sex. Too often, we don’t talk about it — especially when we’re having problems with it. We struggle alone with no hope for a solution. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Nazanin Moali, PhD, a psychologist in Torrance, Calif., and host of the Sexology podcast, about anxiety, the role it can play in both lack of arousal and compulsive sexual behavior, and solutions that can help.

Listen and learn:

  • How the disconnect between our body and our brain affects arousal
  • Why lingerie and losing weight aren’t the answer
  • Why focusing on “pressing the gas” increases anxiety and frustration
  • How understanding what is causing your anxiety can help your sex life
  • What happens when your body remembers sexual trauma
  • Why the pull of porn can be so powerful — especially in the Internet Age
  • Why porn is to sex like romantic comedies are to relationships
  • What women with compulsive sexual behavior have in common with women with addiction — and most women with anxiety
  • Why it’s important to talk about sexual problems
  • Which evidence-based intervention is shown to help with both sexual dysfunction and mental health challenges
  • How 15 minutes of mindfulness a day can change your sex life

Learn More

> About Nazanin Moali, PhD

> Dr. Moali’s website

> Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire by Laurie Brotto

> Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski, PhD

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 18: Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC, on Anxiety & Essential Oils

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How To Ease Anxiety In 15 Seconds

Could lavender or other essential oils help calm your anxiety? In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC, talk about mindful breathing, brain chemistry and a unique way to feel better fast.

When the brain is anxious, hypervigilant or even escalating toward panic, it’s not online in a rational way.”
— Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC

Show Notes:

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, trauma specialist Deb Del Vecchio-Scully supported students and teachers who had survived the shootings — and tried to find effective ways to help them get their anxiety under control quickly. In this episode of Woman Worriers, the Connecticut-based trauma specialist talks with podcast host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about how incorporating essential oils with talk therapy or mindfulness and create a powerful emotional, mental and brainwave shift in as little as 5–10 seconds.

Listen and learn:

  1. What essential oils are and why they work on the brain
  2. The connection between sense of smell and the emotions
  3. Whether you can use essential oils if you have allergies or don’t like perfumes
  4. Why not everyone should reach for lavender for calming
  5. How oils from different parts of plants work differently
  6. Why essential can reground you when you feel hypervigilant
  7. Three ways to use essential oils — and which works fastest for anxiety
  8. How to use essential oils to short-circuit a meltdown
  9. How to use essential oils with breathing and mindfulness for powerful results
  10. What to consider when buying essential oils
  11. Where to learn more about essential oils

Learn More

> Deb Del Vecchio-Scully’s Empowered Entrepreneur website

> Deb Del Vecchio-Scully’s Mindfulness in Every-Moment website

> Dr. Andrew Weil’s website

> Article: Aromatherapy

> Article: How Do I Determine the Quality of Essential Oils?

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 17: Sharon Martin, LCSW, on Co-dependence

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Codependence, Perfectionism & Anxiety

Always focusing on others can add to your anxiety. In this episode of Woman Worriers, creator and host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Sharon Martin, LCSW, talk about the relationship between codependence, people-pleasing, perfectionism and anxiety.

We all have a lot more choices than we think we do.
— Sharon Martin, LCSW

What do you want for dinner? If you can’t answer that question without first thinking about your partner’s or your children’s favorite foods, then you need to listen to this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast. Creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and Sharon Martin, a San Francisco Bay-area counselor and author of the Happily Imperfect blog, talk about codependence and its costs — including how constantly worrying about others can cause you to lose your sense of self. They also talk about what’s necessary to move past codependency and offer tips to help you get there.

Listen and learn:

  • How our childhood family dynamic shaped our personalities — and our personal struggles — why leaving the childhood home isn’t enough
  • How codependency serves as a coping mechanism
  • What happens when coping skills to deal with chaos are no longer useful
  • Why emotional safety is the Holy Grail of codependency
  • How the drive toward self-preservation protects — and causes its own set of problems
  • Why being codependent sometimes feels so good (for a while)
  • How society sets up women to be codependent
  • How people-pleasing fuels resentment — and what happens when you ignore your negative feelings
  • Why learning to set boundaries is so important — and so difficult
  • Why setting double standards for expectations of yourself and others sets you up for unhappiness
  • Why “How do I feel?” is a critical question
  • The communication skills you need to practice to regain balance in your life
  • The shift in perspective that can make it easier to set healthy boundaries
  • Why what you’re having for dinner matters
  • How meditation can help

Learn More

> Sharon Martin’s website

> Happily Imperfect blog

> Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

> Calm meditation & breathing apps

> Progression Counseling

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Elizabeth Cush, LCPC on Mindful Meditation

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Mindful Meditation Made Easy

You’ve probably heard about mindful meditation — and the positive impact it can have on your physical and mental health. Elizabeth Cush, creator and host of Woman Worriers, takes the mystery out of mindfulness and offers an easy “how-to” on mindful meditation.

A meditation can be as short as one minute.
— Elizabeth Cush, LCPC

Show Notes:

You’ve heard that mindful meditation could help you manage your anxiety and stress. It could have a lot of other benefits, too. So what’s keeping you from trying it? Maybe you think it’s difficult to do. Maybe you don’t think you could sit still “that long.” In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., takes the mystery out of mindful meditation. She explains what it is and how to get started and offers a brief guided meditation so you can experience mindfulness for yourself.

Listen and learn:

  • A simple definition of mindful meditation
  • Different “anchors” you can use to focus your attention
  • How eating can be a form of mindful meditation
  • Advantages of using the breath as your anchor
  • Why you can’t expect to clear your mind
  • What you’re doing for your brain when you meditate
  • How to make time to meditate

Learn More

> Request a free guide to starting a meditation practice.

> Guided meditations from Progression Counseling

> Progression Counseling

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Adriana Alejandre, LMFT on Women and Trauma

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Experiencing Trauma as a Woman of Color

Lack of money… Guilt over family left behind… The stigma of seeking counseling… Latina women, particularly immigrants, face many fears. In this episode of Woman Worriers, creator and host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Adriana Alejandre, MA, LMFT, talk about anxiety and women of color.

There’s that layer of stigma in our culture that they can’t go to a therapist because that’s the last resort for those who are ‘crazy.’
— Adriana Alejandre, LMFT

As the child of an immigrant whose mother experienced severe trauma in her native Guatemala, Adriana Alejandre has focused her therapy practice on overcoming anxiety and has made it a mission to help overcome the cultural stigma surrounding mental health counseling. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with her about the challenges that women of color face fitting into a white patriarchal society, the impact of violence against women, the stigma of asking for help and an innovative technique for healing past trauma.

Listen and learn:

  • Why you might overlook your anxiety and the trauma behind it
  • How your community and culture might normalize stress
  • Why you might feel more anxiety if you’re an immigrant or woman of color might feel more anxiety — and how your fears are rooted in reality
  • What happens to your body when you try to ignore a traumatic experience like domestic abuse or sexual assault
  • Which skills you didn’t learn growing up that could help you cope with anxiety
  • Why choosing a therapist and a treatment approach can be empowering
  • How a therapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help the brain heal from trauma
  • Which struggles and issues EMDR could help you manage 
  • What an EMDR session is like
  • How your community might be discouraging you from getting therapy that could benefit you
  • Where you can hear women of color who have overcome the stigma and are stronger as a result

Learn More

> Adriana Alejandre’s website

> LatinX Therapy podcast

> National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

> Mental Health America

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Episode 14: Allison Puryear, LCSWC, CEDS, on Thriving With Anxiety

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How To See Your Anxiety As An Asset

Anxiety doesn’t have to be the enemy. In this episode of Woman Worriers, Creator and host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Allison Puryear, LCSWC, CEDS, share unique perspectives on anxiety, therapy, work and life.

It’s amazing when we take the judgment away from it, how much less powerful anxiety is.
— Allison Puryear, LCSWC, CEDS

Show Notes:

If you’re like most women with anxiety, you probably spend a lot of time and energy trying to avoid it. This episode of the Woman Worriers podcast talks about a different way of thinking about — and reacting to — anxiety. Creator and host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Allison Puryear, a counselor who specializes in treating women with eating disorders, sexual trauma and anxiety, and also coaches therapists who are going into private practice. She shares her own journey with anxiety and how it has helped her grow and become a better business coach, therapist, mom and partner.

Listen and learn:

  • How one woman with intense anxiety, panic attacks and an eating disorder discovered the life that had been waiting for her all along
  • How anxiety can help us clarify life issues
  • How fear of failure and fear of success stand in the way of moving forward
  • Why it’s dangerous not to have anxiety about a new business venture
  • Why it helps to be honest about anxiety
  • The powerful insight that helps women survive panic attacks
  • What happens when you don’t let yourself feel your feelings — even the uncomfortable ones
  • Why you should open the door you’re afraid to open
  • Why women have trouble setting boundaries in business
  • What therapists, especially women, need to consider before opening a practice
  • Why you should think like an anthropologist when you feel anxious

Learn More

> Allison Puryear’s website

> Abundance Party

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 13: Agnes Wainman, PhD, on Expectations & Anxiety

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Feeling Anxious? Of Course You Are!

If you feel anxious, you’re not alone. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Agnes Wainman, PhD, about the dynamics that are driving so many women to the edge of overwhelm.

We are basically training women to be anxious.”
— Anges Wainman, PhD

Show Notes:

You worry about your kids. You worry about your partner. You worry that you don’t see your friends enough. You double- and triple-check everything. And when you feel bad about how you feel, you think it’s probably your fault. It’s not. In this In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Agnes Wainman, PhD, of London Psychological Services, about the expectations that we learn from our culture and our own families and how they can stand in the way of living a life that feels right.

Listen and learn:

  1. Whether anxiety is a part of your personality, a disorder — or something different
  2. Disorder vs. “Duh”: Dr. Wainman’s “A-ha!” moment in understanding women and anxiety
  3. About the subtle — and blatant — messages we get that tell us we should be worried
  4. Why therapy shouldn’t be about figuring out what’s wrong with you
  5. How culture and family dynamics shape expectations
  6. Why checking off all your To-Do’s won’t help you feel settled
  7. What you might be missing even if you had a great childhood
  8. How making sense of your childhood can make you a better parent
  9. Why disconnecting from uncomfortable feelings is not a solution
  10. How a simple shift in perspective can make a difference
  11. How humor can help
  12. How “good listeners” put themselves at risk
  13. About the empowerment that comes from knowing you’re not alone

Learn More

> London Psychological Services website

> Agnes Wainman, PhD, CPsych bio

> Dr. Jonice Webb’s website

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 12: Dr. Jonice Webb on Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)™

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Feelings of anxiety, emptiness and disconnect often have roots deep in even seemingly happy childhoods. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Dr. Jonice Webb about the adult impacts of Childhood Emotional Neglect.™

A parent’s failure to respond enough to a child’s emotional needs leaves a particular footprint on the child that I see in my office decades later.
— Dr. Jonice Webb

You were never abused or traumatized as a child, yet you often feel empty, disconnected, angry or anxious. So what happened? Often, it’s as much about what didn’t happen for you when you were growing up, about not having your emotional needs met. In this In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Dr. Jonice Webb, author of Running on Empty and Running on Empty No More, about the impact of Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)™ — and why it’s never to late to start healing yourself and your relationships.

Listen and learn:

  • Why you can struggle in adulthood even when nothing bad happened in your childhood
  • Why it’s hard to recognize emotional neglect in your past
  • What emotional neglect looks like
  • Why you still hurt even though you had great parents
  • Why missing one element in your childhood makes a major difference in adulthood
  • How Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)™ can show up in your life
  • Why you might feel like something’s missing in your life and your relationships
  • What symptoms are most common in women who have experienced CEN — and why they’re different for men
  • Why it’s helpful to look at the layers that make up your anxiety
  • How to break down the wall that blocks off your feelings
  • How you can reverse the effects of CEN in yourself and your loved ones

Learn More

> CEN questionnaire

> Dr. Jonice Webb’s website

> Fuel Up For Life program information

> Fuel Up With Feeling retreat details

> Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroscientist and author of My Stroke of Insight

> Progression Counseling

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Elizabeth Cush on Anxiety

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Have you ever wondered whether what you’re feeling might be anxiety? Everybody feels anxious sometime — and everyone can benefit from listening to these tips on recognizing and managing anxiety from therapist Elizabeth Cush, host of Woman Worriers.

Sometimes anxiety shows up even when you’re not an anxious person. That’s life. That’s reality.
— Elizabeth Cush, LCPC

Show Notes:

Maybe you struggle with chronic anxiety. Maybe you’re not an anxious person, but you feel anxious sometimes when you have a lot going on. Maybe you’re not even aware that what you’re experiencing is anxiety. Anxiety is a common natural response to stress, but we don’t always recognize it for what it is. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LGPC, a licensed professional therapist and founder of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., does a deep dive into the many ways that anxiety can show up in our lives and shares three powerful techniques for managing anxiety in the moment.

Listen and learn:

  • Which situations can trigger anxiety even if you’re not an anxious person
  • Why everyone experiences anxiety
  • Why you can’t just get rid of anxiety — and what makes calling a truce on it a better option
  • How anxiety can show up in subtle and surprising ways
  • How to use self-compassion as a powerful grounding technique
  • How the “4-7-8” technique can bring your stress down to manageable levels
  • Why “belly breathing” works to calm you in the moment

Learn More

> Guided meditations from Progression Counseling

> Dr. Andrew Weil’s video on “4-7-8 Breathing: Health Benefits and Demonstration

> “Breathe Consciously and Mindfully” by Donald Altman in Creations magazine

> Progression Counseling

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Maya Benattar on Music and Managing Anxiety

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Anxiety demands that we stay in control. Creativity suggests that we do not. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with music therapist Maya Benattar about how music can help women find their voice and manage their anxiety.

Real change starts with you!
— Maya Benattar

Show Notes:

As a teenager, Maya Benattar was so shy she couldn’t ask a fellow math student for a pencil — but she could sing in front of 200 people. Today, as a music therapist and psychotherapist in New York City, she works with women who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism or intergenerational trauma. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about how she uses music therapy and creative arts to help women get in touch with themselves, face their anxiety and find their confidence.

  • What music therapy is — and is not
  • What it might mean to find your voice — at home, at work and in other areas of your life
  • The importance of slowing down
  • What our body and breath can tell us
  • How building a toolbox creates a safe space to come back to as you explore
  • Why creativity can feel scary
  • What happens when we improvise
  • Why the right music to soothe your anxiety might not be what you’d think it would be
  • The value of curiosity

 

Learn More

> Maya Benattar’s website

> Maya’s Reclaim Your Rhythm workshop

> Brené Brown’s website

> Daring to Rest by Karen Brody

> The World in Six Songs by Daniel Levitin

> Progression Counseling

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Laura Reagan on Healing Childhood Trauma

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Childhood trauma can stay with us long into adulthood, affecting the pattern of our lives. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Laura Reagan, an integrative trauma therapist, about healing past pain.

Once you feel that connection with yourself and your inner wisdom and who you are, those questions of: ‘What do I want?’ ‘What do I want to do?’ ‘What’s meaning?’ ‘Why am I here?’ All those questions… They’re not questions anymore.”
— Laura Reagan

Show Notes:

Experiencing child abuse, witnessing domestic violence or even missing out on nurturing bonds causes wounds that don’t heal without help. Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, CDWF, is an Integrative Trauma Therapist who specializes in trauma and attachment issues. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about childhood hurts, such as attachment trauma, that affect us long into adulthood. She explores the impact of those traumas and offers resources for healing, finding your self and moving forward.

Listen and learn:

  • Why it might be easier for you to process childhood trauma as an adult
  • How we’re taught to deal with past trauma — and why it doesn’t work
  • Why it can be hard to recognize that what you experienced was traumatic
  • Why an experience doesn’t have to be overwhelming to be traumatic
  • How “attachment trauma” can impact our whole lives — and what it feels like when it does
  • Why it’s tempting not to look at past hurts
  • How therapy can help heal the wounds
  • Which strategies are most helpful for women who need to process trauma
  • What benefits come your way when you start to heal

Learn More

> Laura Reagan’s website

> Charlotte Hiler Easley’s website

> Authentic Self two-day retreat: The Daring Way™ & Relational Equine Assisted Learning

> The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

> Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff, Ph.D.

> Progression Counseling

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