About emily

Professional:

Emily Ballard is currently completing graduate-level course work to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). She aims to practice cathartic healing work with individuals -- both one-on-one and in group retreats -- who want to participate fully in their own healing so that they might show up not only for themselves, but for the ones they love.

Emily is a trained MotherWoman facilitator and certified Burning Heart yoga instructor. Her writing has appeared regularly on The Huffington Post, as well as in the anthology It's Really 10 Months.

Emily's hope is that through a deep investment in personal healing, we can create a collective and lasting global change that moves the needle from one that lands on 'fear' to one that lands on 'love'.

She is currently working on a collection of updated writings.  

Personal:

Other than diving continuously into my head, I like to spend my hours with my two truly lovely children and my how’d-I-get-so-lucky husband.  We live in Western MA, in a pocket of gorgeous goodness. 

I have lots of tattoos, each a reminder of important things – love and grief, the seconds I have here, alive.

I birthed my babies at home.  I’m really happy about that.  They seemed good with it, too.

I like to think about my place in the Universe, and then sometimes get distracted and end up on the People website.  I seem unable to control this.

I get crazy for good food.

Someday I’ll learn how to properly apply a full face of make-up, and maybe that’ll be the same day I buy myself a super schmancy pair of designer sunglasses. 

I’ve started to believe that we’re all the same.  And that me telling my all-the-way truth might make someone else feel safe enough to tell theirs.

And that maybe the world can shift in increments if we don’t try to change each other, but instead work hard to hold space – for truth, for fear, for differences, for love.