Elizabeth Barrett

Host of The Reluctant Therapist

Elizabeth Barrett is a wife, mother, licensed marriage-family therapist, educator, eaves dropper, emotion worker, and mental health consultant. She uses all of these skills to address the subjects that we all struggle with in this conversation with the Reluctant Therapist.

Ways to Connect

There is a lot of concern about the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act and how a new plan would impact coverage for mental health. This may be a good time to rethink whether our current practices regarding the treatment of mental health are actually in the best interest of those receiving treatment. Tune in for a conversation about the may different ways of caring for our mental health and how less medical intervention might be better for our collective well-being.

When you want to be helpful but are unsure of what to say or do - what is your next move? Do you act or do you retreat? Tune in for a conversation about how to best offer love and support in times of crisis, disruption, sickness and grief. 

Never underestimate the power of women in community. It is when we are united that the quality of life for all - not just women - begins to change. It's important to take the time to recognize and celebrate women, history, amazing accomplishments and the opportunities that lie ahead. Tune in for a conversation with, and about, the not-so-silent majority. Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Is education aiding, or getting in the way of addressing and solving looming community, cultural and global problems? What skills, talents and wisdom will be needed as we move deeper into the 21st century? Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the need for radical disruptions in education that are more focused on the common good more than individual achievement.

25 years ago, Daniel Quinn published the novel, Ishmael. This revolutionary book was awarded the 1991 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, which was established to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Quinn's  message has transformed the lives of millions of readers who feel inspired to share the story with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Listen for a conversation with Daniel Quinn about Ishmael, writing and where we go from here.

On this Valentine's Day, join Elizabeth Barrett in a  conversation about acts of love for your partner and staying optimistic about our relationships.

Look at your life right now. Did you make an effort to get to the place you now find yourself in? Or did you sit back and let your life take a more natural course influenced by other factors? Join Elizabeth Barrett and Olivia Lopes in a conversation about life direction.

After the recent Women's Marches throughout the world, what does being a feminist look like in modern times? Does the current generation understand the history of women's movements and how does it affect them today? Join Elizabeth Barrett on a conversation about whether or not feminism is needed today.

On this week's conversation, Elizabeth Barrett discusses bringing Washington D.C.'s Women's March to the Central Coast, and what marching means to her listeners.

Parenting is a job that is difficult to navigate. It's a challenge to know if you are actually being the best parent you can be. On this conversation, Elizabeth Barrett discusses navigating parenting with each individual child, and finding out what's right for you in the age where there's an overload of information on parenting.

Therapy can be a bit overwhelming for some people. There's so many kinds out there. And everyone wants to find the best kind of therapy and best therapist for their needs. In this week's conversation, Elizabeth Barrett discusses the world of psychotherapy and answers your questions about what kind of therapy is best for you. 

Many people are setting new year's resolutions as we get into 2017. On this week's conversation, we talk about transitions as we get into the new year. How are you transitioning into the new things in your life?

If the millions of marchers who took to the streets on January 21, 2017 are any indication of the breadth of a growing resistance - then this is going to be a wild ride. The key to success will hinge on we, the people, and our ability to dig in for the long haul, remain united and maintain this initial energy and enthusiasm. So where do we go from here? Listen to this conversation with Central Coast listeners about those steps you plan to take, how to stay engaged and what can be expected moving forward.

Though we've been told that many people pack on an average of 10 pounds during the holidays, for most people, it's less than one – but in our body-focused culture, how does this fear of gaining weight affect what is supposed to be a joyful time of gathering and feasts.

On this week's conversation, Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett explores the topic of gift giving. She loves to give gifts but isn't keen on receiving. What do you think?

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make a contribution to our community.  What’s the state of your mental health?

When the world, or circumstances, feel relentless, even the best of relationships can be challenged, or toppled. How do we maintain unity and gratitude when it feels as if the forces of life are working against us? 

As we approach the season of obligatory family meals and inevitable tension-filled discussions around the table, is it possible to navigate this social terrain without losing your mind and maybe even experience joy?

It's time for a miracle. What if you were to awake from a long night's sleep to discover that a miracle had occurred. How would you know the miracle had happened? What would be different in your life? Sometimes it takes a big dose of magical thinking to help move your world in a different direction. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation about the importance of creating a wild new vision to breakthrough stagnation and lift spirits.

Many people use hope in their lives for many different reasons. But is it really good for us? Join Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, in a conversation about hope and its role in our society.

Does pure evil exist? If so, then how do we as a community identify and deal with the forces that are determined to do us harm? 

Broadcast date: 10/18/2016

How can we best prepare our children for the future in a world full of competing extra curricular activities, responsibilities and distractions? It begins by enhancing education and participating in activities that offer the most variety and opportunity to expand creativity and ingenuity. Tune in for a conversation about the life-enhancing benefits of the worlds largest creative thinking competition that is Destination Imagination - and how this program inspires and prepares young people for success.

Broadcast date: 10/04/2016

There is plenty to worry about these days. Our greatest challenge may be finding ways to maintain our mental health and positive attitude in spite of the seemingly endless stream of bad news that invades our lives every day. Tune in for a conversation about the psychology of well-being and how to find your breath when you feel like your drowning in sorrow.

Broadcast date: 09/27/2016

Suicide in the United States has surged to its highest rate in 30 years. The steepest climb has been in women and those of middle age. It is thought that this sharp increase is directly related to the deep anguish many are feeling in response to a wide variety of stressors, including economic instability, opiate addiction and climate change. Tune in for a conversation about finding something worth living for in an age of despair and disillusionment.

Emptying the Nest

Sep 22, 2016

Broadcast date: 09/20/2016

Launching our children into the world means launching our mid-life selves into a whole new world. How we prepare our children to launch is critical to their success as adults, but it is as equally important to plan and prepare for our own launch. Tune in for a conversation about college, careers and our second act.

Broadcast date: 09/13/2016

Talk therapy, CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT, Attachment, play, art, primal, marriage and gestalt therapy - there are well over 200 different types of psychotherapies aimed at helping to improve the human experience. But - how many of these well-meaning interventions really help us to cope and accept the normal struggles and sorrows of life? Tune in for a conversation about how the helping professions are often getting in the way of our collective well-being and may be creating more problems than they solve.

Broadcast date: 09/06/2016

When we talk about mental health - how we approach the symptoms of distress is critical in determining the outcome of treatment. Tune in for an open line discussion about how we view mental health, wellness and medical interventions in attempting to manage mood disturbances. We will also follow-up with our conversation from last week with Kelly Brogan MD - Holistic Psychiatrist about her book: A Mind of Your Own - the truth about depression and how women can heal their bodies to reclaim their lives. 

Broadcast date: 08/23/2016

As our students, K - Post Graduate, head back to school for another year of learning, tests, challenges and achievements, this is a good time to discuss the goals of the public education system and what we can, and should, expect from these institutions. And maybe more importantly, we need to talk about what not to expect a public education to offer. Tune in for a conversation about the many ways we gain knowledge that have nothing to do with a classroom. Your calls with comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Broadcast date: 08/16/2016

Sometimes it takes just one right thing said by the right person to change, or inspire the course of our lives. It also take being in the right place at the right time, having a bit of talent and the fortitude to overcome challenges to help us become who we are. Tune in for 2 conversations about the healing power of the performing arts at every age - and the importance of the community that nurtures our growth and supports our journey. One last show from the road visiting French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the Catskills and getting to know New York's Kristine Zbornik, actress, writer, singer and entertainer.

Broadcast date: 08/09/2016

Tune in for another show from the road! A conversation with this young family building their life outside of the social norm on an organic farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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