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Managing Relationships Through the Holidays


As the holiday season is approaching many of us will find ourselves in overcrowded living and dining rooms with family and friends we see once a year. In such close proximity, people can bring up hot button issues like religion and politics which can cause discomfort over a holiday meal. Below are a list of ways to maintain boundaries and prioritize a focus on the relationship using Marsha Linehan’s, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy technique that focuses on Interpersonal Effectiveness skills, GIVE.

  • Be Gentle- Even if you strongly disagree with someone’s opinion, it can be helpful to be mindful of your reaction and take a step back before responding. You do not need to become nasty but rather can politely say you disagree or are choosing to discuss something else is a way to share your opinion in a gentle way. Use “I” statements to express your feelings rather than saying “you” which can cause someone to become defensive and start an argument.
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Introducing More BWG Clinicians!

Barbara Ballash, MA

Barbara Ballash is currently working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology while being supervised by Dr. John Glovan in clinical practice.

Barbara provides therapy and formal psychological testing assessment for individuals 5 years and older. She has long-term experience in providing cognitive behavioral therapy as well as skills and approaches from dialectical behavioral therapy to treat mood disorders, trauma, personality dysfunction, behavioral problems, and ADHD.

Barbara has provided both psychological therapy and assessment since 2002 in rural West Virginia and is enjoying working with individuals in Ohio as she completes her doctoral degree. She looks forward to becoming independently licensed as a psychologist in Ohio.

Ms. Ballash earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia State College, two master’s degrees in psychology from Marshall University of West Virginia, and is working toward a PsyD through Capella University. She has worked as a behavioral health social worker in West Virginia, a transitional therapist for residential treatment with Catholic Charities in Cleveland, and as a psychologist in West Virginia.

Will Wysocki, Psy.D.

Dr. Wysocki provides individual services to adolescents and adults of all ages along with couples and family therapy. He has experience working with those contending with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, developmental trauma, a history of childhood emotional neglect, PTSD, and those with ongoing patterns of personality difficulties. He has experience working with adult children and parents seeking to improve their relationships in adulthood. Additionally, he conducts evaluations for ADHD as well as provides personality testing for individuals to better inform diagnosis, intervention, and treatment planning.

Will identifies as an integrationist and “tailor-makes” his approach to clients’ unique needs. He utilizes both non-directive and directive approaches to therapy and provides a balance of attending to individuals' past- and present-oriented concerns. As an interpersonal therapist, Will attends to attachment disruptions from the past and how individuals can all heal from past difficulties in the present through healthy relationships and healthy coping skills. He utilizes interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Will holds a certificate in Trauma Model Therapy from The Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma.

Dr. Wysocki earned his bachelor’s of arts in Psychology and his master’s of arts in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy) from Sonoma State University in Northern California. He obtained his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He completed an APA-Accredited internship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Counseling and Psychological Services office in 2017. Will has been in the field since 2005 and has eight years of experience providing psychotherapy. Will has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, university counseling centers, and private practice.

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