51: Women and Anxiety with Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC who is a therapist in Annapolis, Maryland. She works with people whose stress and anxiety overwhelm them, and they don’t know where to start and find it hard to ask for help.  What prevents you from living your life with ease and purpose? Maybe you’re feeling stressed out, anxious, overwhelmed, and disconnected from yourself and the those you’re closest to. You’ve been able to manage your stress and anxiety by keeping busy, you’re always moving, but recently that just feels exhausting. You would like to know yourself better, to show up in your life in an authentic way, but you’re not sure how to do that.  Elizabeth helps you fully engage with yourself and others in more meaningful ways, to show up more fully, and live your life with more intention and purpose. She provides support, encouragement, compassion, and guidance to help you move toward the person you want to be.  What you’ll hear in this episode: 
  • What drew Elizabeth to work in this area  
  • The definition of anxiety and how it shows up in a person’s life  
  • How anxiety can affect people from all walks of life, even if we are seemingly happy with our jobs, relationships and life circumstance
  • How women in the USA from puberty to age 50 are twice as likely to have anxiety than men
  • Being relational; how this can work against women more than men  
  • The feeling of being judged and being self-critical 
  • The role guilt and shame play in exacerbating these issues  
  • How added stress through motherhood can lead to anxiety  
  • The development of anxiety and how it can lead to depression  
  • Risk factors: what can make women more vulnerable to developing anxiety  
  • The healing process; the tools and ways you can heal from anxiety  
  • Tips for supporting a loved one who has anxiety  
Resources  http://www.progressioncounseling.com   https://www.amazon.com/Running-Empty-Overcome-Childhood-Emotional/dp/161448242X   https://www.amazon.com/Attached-Perfect-Relationship-Attachment-Styles/dp/0330544071   https://www.amazon.com/Internal-Family-Systems-Therapy-Guilford/dp/1572302720   http://self-compassion.org