Erin Lewis Ballard, MS, LMFT

Strong relationships are those with a lot of wealth… emotional wealth that is.

Do you feel like your marriage is struggling? Do you feel disconnected, unhappy, or unloved? Researchers Julie and John Gottman have found that marriages on the brinks are often in debt, whereas strong relationships have a lot of wealth. They aren’t talking about money, but rather emotions, leading them to focus on a couple’s Emotional …

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As we walk forth into the new year, resolutions are made and hopes fill our minds for a better year ahead. Is your marriage one of those areas that you’re hoping to see improve this year? If not, it should be! Relationships are work, and not in the this-is-such-a-burden way, but in the this-is-worth-it kind …

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Displaced Anger

Is displaced anger negatively impacting your relationships? This term describes anger that may be fueled by other stressors, but is expressed towards a specific target. Though this tends to be subconscious, it can drastically impact our relationships and can prevent us from receiving the support we are likely needing. The person who bears the brunt …

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Here’s a wonderful resource that reinforces the strategies discussed in therapy! For free 🙂 The new podcast they are doing is fabulous (in my opinion!), and each episode takes just about 15 minutes of your time. These recommendations can help us be mindful as we go about our days and work towards strengthening our relationships. …

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This video discusses ways blame impacts our relationships. When something bad happens, do you immediately look to identify whose fault it is? Brene Brown notes that blame- the discharging of anger- has an inverse relationship with accountability. It is corrosive in relationships and leads us to miss opportunities for empathy. If your relationship has experienced …

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The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse

*Click here for video* Dr. John Gottman can predict relationship failure with over 90% accuracy by just observing couple interactions! He looks for four critical factors which he calls the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. These four horseman are: Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt and Stonwalling. Below are the antidotes to each.