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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Jun 27, 2017

Today’s episode I discuss how a spiritual practice can improve relationships with others and self, how it can help your daughter, what it is and what it is not and intuition. What is a spiritual practice? Spiritual practice can include religious practices Morality deals with issues of right and wrong Ethical system set of values or beliefs and how we conduct ourselves in social scenes or relationships Spirituality is the inner knowing, connection to universe or higher power, higher awareness Maslow hierarchy of needs-used the terms "physiological," "safety", "belonging" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization", and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. Investing in yourself is supporting your mind, body, and spiritual self Journaling, meditating, chanting, taking walks in nature, body movement are all spiritual practices Why role model this to your daughter When young girls or women see their parents practicing “being” vs “doing” it helps give themselves permission to slow down Encouraging your daughter to have a spiritual practice can help maintain a connection to her own intuition and self-assuredness Can decrease the perfectionism or people pleasing behavior Can assist her in staying true to herself vs needing approval from others to follow her life's path  

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Jun 20, 2017

Today’s episode I discuss why investing in yourself as a parent, caregiver or investing in your adolescent is important. I will also discuss the differences between coaching and psychotherapy.

Why investing in yourself or your daughter is necessary

  • Everyone has their blind spots or shadows Investing in yourself is supporting your mind, body, and spiritual self
  • Whether investing in coaching services or mental health services you are gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, where you want to be and/or healing past hurts, traumas or gaining support in improving your mental health 
  • Investing in your daughter allows her to change current behavior patterns into being more confident or having an empowered mindset for her adult life 
  • Healing from a traumatic event(s)
  • Gain coping skills to manage worries and fears
  • Learn skills sets in habits, communication skills, organization and more
  • Making small or big changes impacts your future

Coaching vs Psychotherapy

  • There are different kinds of coaching -Business -Parenting -Life -Health -Spiritual 
  • Coaching does not treat mental health disorders or do mental health evaluations
  • Confidentiality is different with coaching than medical or law confidentiality
  • Life coaching is to create, develop and facilitate your personal, professional or business goals. 
  • Life coaching is to develop and to implement a strategy, plan, and/or program that is designed to achieve your goals 
  • In coaching, you are motivated and take responsibility for all your actions and decisions 
  • There are certification programs for coaches, but not regulated as it is for mental health professionals 
  • Psychotherapy or mental health counseling can diagnosis mental health issues and disorders
  • Psychotherapy looks more at your past and/or family of origin issues 
  • Mental health professional attends graduate program (either master's level or doctoral level), depending on state has a specific amount of therapy hours to achieve under supervision, then can take licensure test
  • Mental health professional can offer both types of services but can NOT treat the same person under each service

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Jun 13, 2017

Today’s episode is for all the dads who are listening and raising adolescent girls. Whether you are the biological dad, step-dad, male figure in her in life this episode is dedicated to you. At the time of this recording, next Sunday is Father’s Day here in the United States. Dad’s I know this stage of development for many teen girls can be challenging because she begins to pull away from parents. My hope is after listening today you find encouragement in staying connected with your daughter or daughters. I want to begin by stating how my Dad has impacted my life and continues to along with sharing some insight from a colleague, Sovann Penn, about his experience with his daughters.

Sovann is a licensed professional counselor and health coach in Portland, OR. He offers pre-marital and couples counseling. Along with Individual counseling for anxiety, depression, insomnia, sleep disorders, sexual addiction, porn addiction, career, transitions, grief, burnout, personal growth.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Nicole’s father impacted her as a teen and as an adult
  • Supporting your daughter as a teenager is different than as a child
  • Sovann shares how he shares his love for his daughters
  • Staying connected is the key for both Dads and their daughters 

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Jun 6, 2017

My guest today is Neil Brown a licensed clinical social worker, author, and podcaster. He is located in the beautiful area of Santa Cruz, CA. Neil has over 40 years of clinical experience, comes from a systemic approach and works with families and couples and kids of every age.In today’s episode, we are going to explore some areas in his recent book called Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle. His book is written for parents of middle to high school age teens.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is a control battle?
  • What are the developmental stages in adolescents
  • Taming the Beast

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