Alison Cook, MA, PhD is a counselor, speaker, and the co-author of Boundaries for Your Soul. For over 20 years, Alison has helped women, ministry leaders, couples, and families learn how to heal painful emotions, develop confidence from the inside out, forge healthy relationships, and fully live out their God-given potential.
Alison Cook, MA, PhD is a counselor, speaker, and writer who helps people become comfortable in their own skin and fully live out their God-given potential. She is the co-author of Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2018). Alison is uniquely gifted at helping people learn how to:
- Develop confidence from the inside out
- Transform anxiety and loneliness into peace and connection with others
- Turn off the internal negative voice and experience the true loving God who isn't trying to beat you up
- Heal lingering trauma from childhood wounds or abuse
- Forge healthy relationships with safe individuals
For over 20 years, Alison has helped create transformative results for women, ministry leaders, couples, and families. Alison's Christian adaptation of the fast growing, evidence-based Internal Family System (IFS) model of therapy provides a step-by-step approach to managing emotions in partnership with God. Prior to her work in counseling, Alison was a congressional aid on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and taught at Phillips Exeter Academy, Denver Seminary, and the Wyoming State Girls’ School for adjudicated teens. An Enneagram 2, some of Alison’s most valuable life lessons were discovered while stage acting as a hobby.
Originally from Wyoming, Alison obtained a degree in history from Dartmouth College where she was active in the Navigators Christian Fellowship and co-founded a symposium for interfaith dialogue. She earned her M.A. in counseling from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion and psychology from the University of Denver. Alison’s doctoral dissertation centered on the relationship between religion and prejudice. She is certified in Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Alison maintains a counseling practice in the greater Boston area that specializes in the integration of faith and psychology. She and her husband, Joe, have two teenage children and are active in the Salvation Army where they worship and lead ministry. They enjoy spending time with extended family in New England and Wyoming where they ski, hike, and fly-fish as often as they can.
“Personal growth requires that we create healthy boundaries for our internal world, just as we are to do in our interpersonal relationships. Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller have written a very helpful, engaging and practical book on how to accomplish this process.”
New York Times bestselling author of Boundaries and founder of The Townsend Institute