Launching Your Daughter

Launching Your Daughter podcast was created to support parents and caregivers in empowering their tween and teen girls as they prepare for young adulthood. Guests will be interviewed to discuss topics such as anxiety, perfectionism, depression, trauma, relationship struggles, budgeting time and money, nutrition and self-care. Conversations about mindfulness, self compassion, mind, body and spirit connections, holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy and counseling will also be explored. As the host of Launching Your Daughter, my name is Nicole Burgess and I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist, transpersonal psychotherapist, parent educator and adolescent mentor. For more information go to the website at
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Nov 29, 2016

Today’s guest is Jonathan Singer who is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago's school of social work and the founder and host of the Social Work Podcast. He is the author of dozens of publications, including the 2015 book "Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention." Jonathan has been a practicing social worker for 20 years and has spent much of that time working with suicidal youth and their families. He's a Hoosier by birth and graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, IN. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three kids. In this episode you will learn: Examples of how parents can communicate with their teenager about concerns of suicide Breaking a myth around suicide Resources available for parents, teens and mental health professionals Jonathan’s experience with working with suicidal folks He is a teacher and researcher Working with folks who are suicidal for years Uses family system perspective LGBT teens can be higher risk if there is no family support Trained in attachment based family therapy He described rupture/break between child and parents Uses a structured approach Explore both sides of where break happens Kids doesn't have to come to parent for everything except when kid is talking about suicide Statistics Stats are from looking at all Americans 43,000 suicides in 2014 Hard to compare state to state-can look at American Association of Suicidology which share data once a year 65 and older-rate is 16.6 per 100,00 or 21 suicides per day 45 to 64-rate is 19.5 per 100,000 or 45 suicides per day young is 15 to 24 yrs old-rate is 11.6 per 100,000 or 14 per day Thoughts of suicide are not normative Stats show 12% of kids up to age 18 yrs old have had thoughts of suicide Yet “normal enough” need to acknowledge kids talk about suicide Breaking a myth Breaking the myth that speaking about suicide will make person suicidal It is ok to bring up the topic with your child and explore if they have had friends talk about suicide Jonathan gives examples of what parents can say to their teen Role modeling shows you are not afraid to speak about suicide Want to connect with other parents vs manage by yourself Search Institute-40 Developmental Assets-shares positive indicators is parents in a community with other parents having shared parenting values Can seek support from other parents/friends on Facebook and know Facebook algorithms may not rank post high Jonathan discussed DOCZ app-which has peer support and health professionals available for parents needing support Find out your teen’s school policies regarding suicide and mental health management Does school have signs of strength (SOS) club? Do they do universal screening and if they have a concern what do they do? Jonathan discussed his book for mental health professionals The forms are useable and copyright goes with owner of book Can input data into forms Resources DOCZ app prevention in social media Search Institute I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter because I have some upcoming announcements for teen girls and their moms. This podcast is also available on Stitcher, Google Play, YouTube and now iHeartRadio. Website is Jonathan’s Information: Website: Twitter: @socworkpodcast Facebook: Email: Book: Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention

Nov 22, 2016

Today’s guest is Jessica Paist who has her degree in marriage and family therapy and is located in Jenkintown, PA. Jessica is a teen therapist who specializes in empowering tween and teen girls. She uses a family systems approach, which means she supports the parents along with their daughters.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How group therapy can empower adolescent girls quicker than individual therapy
  • Girls gain awareness they are not alone
  • Girls can support one another

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Nov 15, 2016

Today’s guest is Lynn Dutrow who is a licensed clinical professional counselor and courage coach in Frederick, Maryland. She has over 25 years of experience in the psychology and education fields and now offers coaching to teens and adults who struggle with anxiety.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Difference of coaching vs counseling
  • How coaching can be effective with managing anxiety
  • Benefits of parents doing coaching

How coaching is different than counseling

  • She explains how coaching can begin before parent or teen is diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis, such as generalized anxiety disorder
  • Coaching focuses on the present vs reflecting on the past
  • Lynn shares how Auntie Anxiety came about for coaching business
  • This “character” can help bring in humor to the hard work and get teens and parents to get outside themselves for a moment

How coaching can help manage anxiety

  • Education about the parts of the brain that activate anxiety and fear
  • Amygdala works like a smoke detector and its has an important job, but for some of us our smoke detector works like it will go off if steam is coming out of the shower
  • Help people recognize they won’t get rid of anxiety and not the goal Turn it from enemy to ally
  • Work for you vs against you
  • Begin process of taking action to make change
  • Begin to get comfortable in the uncomfortable and lean into the fears
  • Gain understanding of reacting to vs responding to
  • We all have anxiety

Coaching parents

  • Helping parents recognize their own anxiety
  • Understanding the idea that society has sold us that we can all be happy if we just buy this product.
  • Reality is learning how to be uncomfortable, don’t have to like it, but embrace it because it is important part of teens process and life
  • Many well intentioned mother’s who are in the role of taking care of everything who try to “speed up the process” have created more stress for themselves and teens are less confident because someone else has been doing the skill/task they need to know how to do
  • Let your daughter be part of the family-let her get engaged in doing these tasks to help the whole family

What can stop parents in beginning coaching

  • Fear of being uncomfortable
  • Doing the work to begin to manage the worries
  • Having initial session with coach can help challenge the old beliefs and gain understanding of embracing the uncomfortable

Benefits of Coaching:

  • Educating parents and teenage girls about anxiety
  • Anxiety is like a socially awkward friend who wants you to pay attention to it
  • Anxiety makes our world really small
  • How to manage it-expand your world, gain more confidence
  • How to change it from being an enemy to being an ally
  • Courage is showing up everyday
  • Look for opportunities and keep moving forward

Book Recommendations:

Anxious Kids,Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons I invite you to sign up for my newsletter.

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Nov 8, 2016

Today’s guest is Amy Morin who is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and a lecturer at Northeastern University. She is also a keynote speaker, parent teen expert and child discipline expert for and best selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. I watched Amy’s TED talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, recently and I am excited to speak with her today about how parents and teens can build resilience.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Building your mental strength
  • What locus of control means
  • Role modeling your mental strength to your teen Taking calculated risks

Why Amy wrote a book

  • Amy shares her personal story of the loss of her mother and husband and how it impacted her journey in becoming more mentally strong during tough times
    • She began to write articles after the death of her husband
    • She wrote a letter to herself about “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”, posted it on line “and it went viral”
    • Amy does speaking events in helping others “give up bad habits that keep them stuck.”
  • “As therapists we focus on good habits and strengths, but also need to explore what keeps us held back.”
  • The chapters give examples and at the end of each chapter there is “what’s helpful” and “what’s not helpful”.
  • Chapter one “They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves” People get stuck on problems vs solutions
    • Need to look forward or how can I make my life better Amy shares how she had to figure out how to manage “the tough days” after her loses
    • Finding ways to be grateful for what you have vs what you lost Not dwelling on past, learn from it and move forward
    • Recognizing that you can control your mood
    • Allow yourself to feel emotions vs choice of staying stuck in it or leaning into it and move forward
  • Chapter four is about locus of control (external vs internal and bilateral)
    • External locus of control-think outside forces dictate our lives
    • Internal locus of control-I have power over the things that happen to me
    • Bilateral-little of both You accept you can control your behaviors and other areas of your life you don’t have control over, such as other people’s behaviors.
  • Raising mentally strong kids is being a good role model
  • As you embrace these mentally strong concepts it helps your teenager
  • Teaching your teen how to deal and cope with difficult emotions

Tip for Parents

  • Being mindful of language you use because it can imply you are a victim For example “I have to” vs “This is a choice”
  • Chapter six is about taking calculated risks
    • Decisions usually based on emotions vs exploring logic and seeing pros/cons of taking risk
    • Parents can help teens understand how their brains are changing and looking at risks/consequences vs reacting impulsively
    • Begin to face fears and tolerate anxiety, you can gain confidence
    • Parents you can reflect why your teen daughter’s friends maybe doing X behavior (i.e. feels good, is exciting) and why we need to look at both sides of good and bad of choice

As you practice these concepts, it can help not only you build resilience when tough times happen, but also help your teen daughter gain this skill.

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Nov 1, 2016

At the time of this recording fall is here, which means here in the U.S. that holidays are approaching. For many people the holidays are filled with happiness and family gatherings. For some people the holidays may be filled with sadness and loss. If you have lost a parent, partner, family member, friend or a family pet, I will discuss some ways to cope with the loss.

In this episode you will learn:

  • It is healthy to share your feelings and honor the loss
  • Adults and children share and express grief differently
  • Self-care and self-compassion are important during this time of season

Ways to Cope

  • Talk to someone about what you are feeling or experiencing.
    • Some people are too uncomfortable with grief, so find someone who can listen to you.
    • If this is the first holiday without that person you may feel sad or lonely and sharing this with a trusted friend or loved one can help ease the pain.
    • Talk about what you miss about the person or what ritual you used to do together around this time.
  • Create a ritual to acknowledge the person
    • Light a candle
    • Have a photo out during the celebrations
  • Set aside some quiet time to reflect on that person.
    • Journal, cry, spend time looking at photos or watching home movie to allow yourself to feel the sadness and move through it.
    • After your quiet time is done, go do another activity.
    • Setting aside a specific amount of time can give you permission to feel the sadness, to continue to go in and out of the pain, without feeling overwhelmed.
    • Doing another activity after that can help you believe you are more in control of your emotions vs. the emotions overwhelming you.
  • Remind yourself that family gatherings are not about perfection, but are about spending time with each other.
  • It is ok to cancel the family gathering this year too. Be gentle with yourself.
  • Adults experience grief and loss differently than children.
  • Children are more in the present moment and my say ‘I miss Grandma”, then go off and play with other kids. It is normal and natural.

Seek professional help

  • With time the symptoms of grief should decrease.
  • If your feelings intensify, you are withdrawing from others, struggling with depression and it has been several months since the death, it maybe time to seek professional help.

Planning and preparing yourself

  • What are you going to do to give yourself permission to have compassion for yourself and/or your children?
  • Think of some ways now that can help you feel more prepared for the holidays.

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” by Washington Irving

Book recommendations:

On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

The Wheel of Life by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and Todd Gold

Contact Nicole if you are in Indiana or the Indianapolis area and seeking professional help.