Hey. I’m glad you’re here.
I want to say a couple things before we dive into
those sexy, sexy bullets.
My name is Emily Ballard (duh, you know that already, but introductions and stuff.)
I’m an emotional support person and emotional skills-building advocate. It would be easier to call myself a coach — people seem to understand what a coach is — but I just don’t like that word. It’s been overused in the modern self-help world, and to me, carries with it a sense of once-we’re-done-working-together-your-life-is-going-to-be-AMAZING-and-you’ll-have-a-personal-brand-and-happiness-will-be-both-simple-and-forever-yours.
That’s just not my jam.
Once we’re done working together your life will be the life you have now, except more clear and more honest and more fully yours. You’ll know how to move in it differently. And you’ll have skills to help maintain that.
Less glitzy than a whole new everything? Absolutely. But also a whole lot more rich.
Okay, I know you’re just dying to get to the bullets, so here we go:
WHAT I’M ABOUT
Talking about feeling feelings
Breaking toxic cycles (SPECIFICALLY: cycles of systemic racism and oppression, patriarchal male toxicity, white feminism, and blind consumerism)
Being our most authentic selves, no matter how inconvenient
Living in alignment, no matter how inconvenient
Boundaries: setting them and respecting them
Telling the truth, especially when it’s unpopular
Learning to sit right in the discomfort that naturally comes when doing all of these things
Letting what’s real be okay; not shining life up just make it prettier or more palatable
WHY I’M ABOUT IT
Because stifling feelings creates emotional dams that don’t allow good things in or out
Because our kids don’t deserve to take on our unmet pain
Because living from a place of alignment means living with integrity
Because boundaries tell people what behaviors we allow, and adhering to the boundaries others set shows we respect them
Because the truth is always unpopular, until it isn’t — it needs to be spoken anyway
Because discomfort has gotten a bad rap
Because life is messy and hard and full of disappointment. It’s also full of gorgeous joy and excitement — and when we only acknowledge the latter because the former makes us sad, we’re missing out on a lot of what life has to show us
Because injustices will never go away until we do this work
WHAT GIVES ME THE RIGHT
(Or, what do I even know about this stuff?)
I’ve done a helluva lot of work in therapeutic settings to locate, heal, and shift wounds and patterns created in me by the relational and emotional trauma I experienced and inherited as a child. This lived experience has been both challenging and massively useful.
For more than a decade, understanding communication — how it works, what breaks it, how to shift it permanently — has been a near obsession.
My deep desire to heal — and my success in achieving a life I didn’t think was possible for a formerly-broken gal like me — has resulted in me working to become a licensed psychotherapist (LMHC, ‘20); I care a lot about supporting people in their healing
I’m a real person who peddles in honesty and doesn’t shy away from hard stuff; I’m made for this work, and it for me.
WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO I WORK WITH?
The indignant + the righteous
Caregivers who desperately want to do it differently with this new generation of children
Downtrodden folx who are tired but somehow still hopeful
Non-conformists + non-traditionalists
Everyday revolutionaries: people who want to make dramatic change in their little ol’ regular lives
Folx willing to work hard
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