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 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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Maria Paredes on Body Image

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Not feeling good about your body can cause a lot of anxiety in many aspects of your life. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Maria Paredes, an eating disorder specialist, about finding ways to feel comfortable in your own skin.

If you’ve been made to feel your body is wrong, it’s hard to feel at home in that body.
— Maria Paredes

“How could a body be wrong?” That’s the question at the heart of this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast. In a thought-provoking interview, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and her guest, Maria Paredes, a counselor and certified eating disorder specialist from Greensboro, N.C., talk about why so many women struggle with body image and how developing self-compassion and curiosity can help them heal.

 Listen and learn:

  • How our culture contributes to body shaming
  • Who might feel body-related anxiety
  • How women and men experience body image issues — and recovery — differently
  • What types of anxiety are most common with body image issues
  • What kinds of exercises help reduce the anxiety
  • How reconnecting with your body can reduce behaviors, like overeating or restricting food, that are no longer helpful
  • Why curiosity can be your best friend when you’re ready to make a change

Learn More

> Maria Paredes, Three Birds Counseling & Clinical Supervision

> The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

> Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD & Elyse Resch, MS, RD, FADA

> Aaron Flores, RDN, website

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 7: Daniela Paolone on Chronic Illness and Pain

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If chronic pain or illness adds to your anxiety, be sure to listen to this episode of Woman Worriers. Host Elizabeth Cush talks with Daniela Paolone, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about how counseling can help women cope with the anxiety that often goes hand-in-hand with chronic pain or illness.

If your body had a voice, if that pain or discomfort had a voice, what would it be saying to you?
— Daniela Paolone

Show Notes:

Will I be able to get out of bed and make breakfast this morning? Will I be able to put in a full day at work? Do my friends think I’m a flake because I have to back out of plans? Living with chronic pain or illness is difficult enough without the stress and anxiety it can cause. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Daniela Paolone, a California-based counselor, who shares about her own journey with chronic illness and pain, anxiety and self-doubt, and strategies for breaking the cycle.

 Listen and learn:

  • What happens when you can’t do what most people take for granted
  • How chronic pain or illness can affect relationships
  • Why finding the right fit with the therapist is so important
  • How the counseling experience differs from the healthcare experience
  • Why listening to your body is necessary for healing
  • How judging yourself feeds the pain cycle — and what to do instead
  • Things you can do to relieve stress and pain

Learn More

> Daniela Paolone, Westlake Village Counseling

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

> Progression Counseling

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Episode 6- Elizabeth Cush On Mindfulness

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Many guests on the “Woman Worriers” podcast talk about mindfulness as a tool to manage anxiety. But what is mindfulness, really? In this episode, “Woman Worriers” host Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC, explains what mindfulness is all about and why it’s helpful and shares an easy 5-minute mindfulness practice. 

Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.
— John Kabat-Zinn

 

Show Notes:

Mindfulness seems to be the solution to so many issues. In recent weeks, guests on the “Woman Worriers” podcast have suggested mindfulness as a way to heal past hurts, manage anxiety and empower yourself to achieve your dreams. In this episode of the podcast, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., delves deeper into mindfulness. She talks about what mindfulness is and how it has worked in her life, explains why it can be a powerful tool for managing anxiety and guides you through a simple 5-minute mindfulness exercise that you can easily do while you’re driving in your car.

 

 Elizabeth talks about:

  • What mindfulness means from a practical perspective
  • How mindfulness interrupts the fight/flight/freeze mechanism
  • Responding vs. Reacting
  • How to hear what your body is telling you
  • How mindfulness can help you recognize your anxiety triggers
  • The critical importance of curiosity
  • The many benefits of being in the present moment
  • What research says about mindfulness and anxiety, addictive behaviors, post-traumatic stress disorder and more
  • How you can practice mindfulness the next time you’re in your car

Learn More

> Guided Meditations

> American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA)

> Guided mindfulness meditation practices with Jon-Kabat-Zinn

> Mindful magazine

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Episode 5: Mindful Solutions for Women Entrepreneurs

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You wanted the freedom of having your own business, but now you feel overwhelmed. You’re not alone. In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Lee Chaix McDonough, a licensed clinical social worker and certified professional coach, about the challenges facing women entrepreneurs. 

When my inner demons start getting louder and louder, it’s usually because I am on the verge of doing something big and bold and really in alignment with who I am and what I want for my life. It’s like their last-ditch effort to keep me quiet and small and safe.
— Lee Chaix McDonough

Hello, World!

EPISODE 5

Show Notes

Many women go into business for themselves because they value their freedom and independence — but they often find that they’ve grown distant from that passion. They struggle with self-doubt and the need to find balance. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Lee Chaix McDonough about women entrepreneurs and their struggles with perfectionism, anxiety, lack of confidence and juggling multiple roles — and how mindfulness can help women get back in touch with themselves and what they want in their lives.

Listen and learn:

  • How entrepreneurs lose touch with the passions that drove them
  • Why women have a harder time with balance
  • Why perfectionism can be paralyzing
  • How to make friends with your negative thoughts
  • The critical importance of community
  • How to practice mindfulness with a cup of coffee
  • How to thank your mind so you can move forward with confidence

Learn More

> Lee Chaix McDonough, Caravel Coaching

> The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris

> The Modern Families Index 2017

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 Also, there are Woman Worriers support groups forming now to help you manage anxiety.


Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979. 

 

Episode 4: Healing Trauma, Anxiety & Addiction with Mindfulness

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Trauma, anxiety and addiction can go hand in hand. In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Robert Cox, of Life Recovery Consulting, about his own experiences with these issues and insights into how mindfulness can help manage the anxiety and ease the cravings.

If I focus here and now, I can’t think about what might happen 20 minutes or 20 days from now.
— Robert Cox

Show Notes:

Our brains are hard-wired for vigilance. It’s a survival tool that can also cause us problems, especially if we have experienced any kind of trauma. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Robert Cox about the links between trauma, anxiety and addiction. A licensed professional counselor and author, Cox talks from personal and professional experience about how mindfulness techniques can help manage anxiety, reduce cravings and support healing.

 Listen and learn:

  • Trauma with a capital “T,” trauma with a small “t” — and why they both matter
  • Why substances become a go-to coping mechanism for anxiety
  • How trauma triggers anxiety
  • How chronic anxiety affects the brain and body
  • Why it can be hard to move past feeling anxious
  • The roles of genetics and environment
  • Why mindfulness works so well to manage anxiety
  • How to “embrace the suck” to become more resilient
  • The easiest way to start practicing mindfulness

Learn More

You can tune in and subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device and on Stitcher. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review in iTunes  and let me know how you think this podcast might benefit women.

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook and the Woman Worriers homepage.

There are Woman Worriers support groups forming now to help you manage anxiety.


Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979. 

Episode 3: Multitasking, Anxiety and Mindfulness

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Are you juggling multiple roles? Frequently multi-tasking? In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Dalila Jusic-LaBerge, a California-based therapist, about how high-functioning women experience anxiety, what you can do to manage it and how to get a free e-book to help you find your power.

We’ve been raised to succeed and please others — we don’t even know who we are.
— Dalila Jusic-LaBerge

Show Notes:

Women today feel under tremendous pressure to succeed — personally and professionally. Juggling roles and tasks can lead to stress and anxiety. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks to Dalila Jusic-LaBerge about the root causes of anxiety in high-functioning women and how women can find their voice and happiness. Listen and learn:

  • The value of tuning into your body
  • Simple steps to add mindfulness to your daily life
  • How women sabotage their own happiness
  • The additional struggles of high-functioning women with anxiety
  • Biological reasons why women are more prone to experience anxiety
  • What women can learn from men about multi-tasking
  • The three questions you need to ask when you’re feeling anxious

Resources:

> FREE e-book: Are You Afraid of Your Anger? by Dalila Jusic-LaBerge

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

> Progression Counseling

You can tune in and subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device and on Stitcher. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review in iTunes  and let me know how you think this podcast might benefit women.

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook and the Woman Worriers homepage.

 Also, there are Woman Worriers support groups forming now to help you manage anxiety.


Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979. 

Episode 2: Anxiety and the mother-daughter relationship

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Do you ever worry whether you’re doing a good enough job of raising your children? In this episode of “Woman Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Nicole Burgess, a licensed marriage and family therapist, about how parents and children — and especially mothers and teenage daughters — can manage anxiety and strengthen their relationship.

I help people break the myth that we have to be everything to everybody.
— Nicole Burgess

Parenting can be a challenge. Women feel tremendous pressure to be good mothers, wives, employees and more — which can create a lot of anxiety. In this episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks to Nicole Burgess, a marriage and family therapist and life coach, about how anxiety can show up in the family dynamic, especially in the mother-daughter relationship. They discuss:

  • The difference between stress and anxiety
  • How anxiety can affect family relationships
  • Anxiety vs. normal adolescent behavior
  • Social media and teenage anxiety
  • Living up to outside expectations vs. living intentionally
  • How five minutes of mindfulness can help
  • How to keep anxiety from getting in the way of the relationship
  • How mothers can model healthy ways to handle emotions
  • The most important mother-daughter practice

Learn More

> Burgess Counseling and Consulting, LLC

> Calm

> HeadSpace

> Hope Box  For Apple iOS   For Android

> Untangled by Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

> Progression Counseling

You can tune in and subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device and on Stitcher. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review in iTunes  and let me know how you think this podcast might benefit women.

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter, Facebook and the Woman Worriers homepage.

 Also, there are Woman Worriers support groups forming now to help you manage anxiety.


Elizabeth Cush, LCPC is a therapist and the owner of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md. She helps busy, overwhelmed men and women manage their anxiety and stress so they can live their lives with more ease, contentment and purpose. If you'd like to know more about how individual and group therapy can help ease anxiety and stress call me 410-339-1979. 

Episode 1: An Introduction to the Woman Worriers Podcast

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A new podcast to help women manage anxiety

Is anxiety standing between you and your dream? In the premier episode of “WomAn Worriers,” Annapolis-based therapist Elizabeth Cush talks with Beth Phillips, of Podcast Movement’s  28-Day Podcast Challenge, about overcoming her own anxiety in order to achieve her goal of launching a podcast about women and anxiety.

“My mission is to help you call a truce in your battle with anxiety.”

Episode 1

Episode 1

Episode One Show Notes:

Many people have anxiety — and some don’t even realize it. In this premier episode of Woman Worriers, therapist Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks about helping women manage their anxiety. Listen and learn:

  • Why anxiety is on the increase
  • Women and anxiety
  • Symptoms of anxiety that you might not recognize
  • What techniques Elizabeth uses to help clients learn to manage their anxiety
  • Short-term versus longer-term counseling
  • The value of looking at the past
  • What you can expect if you subscribe

Resources:

Learn More

> Podcast Movement

> Progression Counseling