Ask Alice: Sissy Goff on Mothers, Daughters, and Female Friendships

Until we can help a parent who is anxious, we’re not really fully going to be able to help the child. Because if parents are still anxious, it inevitably spills out when we never intend for it to.

For our daughters, relationships with other women are often the most important aspect of their lives. In this new year’s episode of Ask Alice, Alice interviews author, speaker and counselor, Sissy Goff, on how to nurture healthy relationships between moms and daughters, and daughters with friends. She provides practical tips on deescalating emotionally intense conflicts, as well as addressing the balance between being a mom and being a friend to your daughter. Sissy addresses the growing sense of anxiety that both moms and daughters experience in our pre- and post-Covid world. She also discusses the change that social media has brought to adolescent relationships and how to help our daughters identify unhealthy friendships.

This podcast is made available to you by the Rooted Ministry for educational purposes only, not to provide specific therapeutic advice. The views expressed are the personal perspectives of the speakers and do not represent the views of all counselors or the profession. This podcast does not create a counselor-client relationship and should not be used as a substitute for competent therapeutic counsel from a licensed professional in your state.


  • The Worry-Free Parent: Living in Confidence So Your Kids Can Too by Sissy Goff Lpc-Mhsp MEd Lpc-Mhsp
  • Raising Worry-Free Girls: Helping Your Daughter Feel Braver, Stronger, and Smarter in an Anxious World by Sissy Goff and Carlos Whittaker 
  • Brave: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Beating Worry and Anxiety by Sissy Goff
  • Braver, Stronger, Smarter: A Girl’s Guide to Overcoming Worry & Anxiety by Sissy Goff and Alena Pitts 
  • Are My Kids on Track?: The 12 Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach by Sissy Goff, Melissa Trevathan MRE, et al.