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“If people are under stress, they’re not going to do well in a difficult conversation, no matter how beautifully you bring it up.” – Elizabeth Earnshaw


Today I’m sharing a chat with my friend Elizabeth Earnshaw, licensed marriage and family therapist and director of A Better Life Therapy, LLC. She shares her thoughts about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different types of relationships, gives tips for starting difficult conversations with your partner, and explains the importance of rituals in building reliability in your relationship. Plus, I ask her about the inspiration behind her brand new book I Want This to Work: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating the Most Difficult Relationship Issues We Face in the Modern Age.


  • 03:51 Elizabeth’s relationship expert origin story
  • 06:58 What makes Elizabeth’s new book, I Want This to Work, inclusive
  • 09:16 How I Want This to Work is tailored to life in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 11:21 How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted couples positively and negatively
  • 15:50 Two tips for having difficult conversations with your partner
  • 18:59 How to build reliability in your relationship through rituals
  • 20:48 Recognizing resentment as a signal that you have taken on too much
  • 27:38 Elizabeth’s most challenging boundary struggle

Connect with Elizabeth Earnshaw:

Over the last decade, Elizabeth Earnshaw, LMFT has become one of today’s most trusted relationship teachers. Elizabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Fellow of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy. She is the Head Therapist at Actually, where she is working to make relational wellness mainstream & accessible. She also owns A Better Life Therapy in Pennsylvania & New Jersey, where she supports clinicians who are helping couples every day. She trains and supervises therapists as an Approved AAMFT Supervisor. In addition to making couples therapy more accessible, she is the author of “I Want This To Work”. Elizabeth is also the host of Hash it Out on Good Risings where she offers advice to everyday relational conundrums. She is frequently asked to talk about relationships with media outlets like Mind Body Green and The Huffington Post and has been featured on numerous podcasts.

Elizabeth’s brand new book I Want This to Work: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating the Most Difficult Relationship Issues We Face in the Modern Age is coming out on November 30, 2021. Pre-order it on Amazon or wherever else books are sold! 

You can also find Elizabeth on her website and Instagram.

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