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.


3:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

When the holidays aren't happy

Broadcast date: 12/16/2014  

For many, the holiday season brings little to be happy about, especially for those struggling with depressive moods or current chronic depression.

Along with anxiety, depression is the most common concern that brings people into therapy. So how are we doing as a community and a profession in helping ourselves, and others, to cope with this often debilitating condition?

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4:52 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

When the "Nest" gets Cluttered

Broadcast date: 12/09/2014 

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Mental Health
3:37 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

A Game Plan for the Holidays

Broadcast date: 11/25/2014

You may spend days or weeks preparing for holiday celebrations, but how do you get ready to face family and friends.  A communications “game plan” can make the difference between connection and discord at your next gathering.

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Mental Health
2:13 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Importance of Traditional Feasts

Broadcast date: 11/18/2014

As we enter into our season of gathering, meals become one of the central components of our celebrations.  How we come together and the food we choose to share are important to maintaining our mental and physical health.  But with all of the noise we hear from the media and our own inner dialogues, it can be easy to dismiss the importance of our traditional feasts.  Tune in for a discussion of the benefits of sitting around the table. 

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Mental Health
1:27 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Veterans Day

Broadcast date: 11/11/2014

Why do we set aside an entire day to celebrate and remember our Veterans?  Tune for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, to sing the praises of those who have put their lives on the line to defend and protect our country.  Are we doing our part to care for our Veteran’s? Caring talk for the Central Coast - The Reluctant Therapist - on your public radio station, KCBX.

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4:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Election Day

Broadcast date: 11/4/2014

It's Election Day, and every candidate claims to have their pulse on the needs and desires of the citizens, but do they really know what matters to you?  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the issues that impact our lives and whether we feel that we’re being represented or ignored by those in office.

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Mental Health
3:52 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Business of Being Born

Broadcast date: 10/28/14

When did pregnancy and childbirth become viewed as medical emergencies instead of natural occurrences experienced by women since the beginning of time?  This is the question explored in the documentary, The Business of Being Born, and current research supporting a return to a more balanced and holistic approach to childbirth.  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the growing concern among professionals and parents regarding this era of pathologizing life's most normal experiences?  

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Working for the Greater Good

Broadcast date: 10/21/14

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Mental Health
3:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Our Use of Technology

Broadcast date: 10/14/14

In spite of emerging research exposing the negative impacts of too much technology in our lives, the onslaught of high tech tools are not going away any time soon. How can we learn to interact with our screens in ways that enhance and improve our lives instead? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. 

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Mental Health
2:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The State of Your Mental Health

Broadcast date: 10/7/14

Mental health is a state of well being in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to our community.  How is the state of your mental health? 

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Mental Health
3:12 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Happy wife, happy life?

Broadcast date: 09/30/14

A look at marriage today. Recent studies have confirmed the old adage that marriages are most successful when wives are happy with the state of the relationship. Could marriage really be that simple? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the current state of marriage.

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Mental Health
3:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

College Sexual Assault Epidemic

Broadcast date: 09/23/14

What can we do about the college sexual assault epidemic?

Sexual assault on college campuses, can create higher rates of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and isolation for victims. In response to recent disturbing statistics, President Obama has formed a task force to combat sexual assault on campus. 

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3:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ancient mythology alive in the modern world

Broadcast date: 9/16/2014

A conversation with Author, Activist, and Inspiration, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. Our planet is at a tipping point socially, politically and environmentally. So, where can we find the guidance and inspiration we need to collectively save the world? It’s a conversation about how we can find the role models and messages we need in the stories of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. 

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Mental Health
3:34 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

One Mom's Battle

Broadcast date: 9/9/14

A conversation with author and activist Tina Swithin. Divorce is always a struggle, but it can be especially so when it involves a partner with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. This can create a "high conflict" experience that mimics the impact of a category five hurricane in our lives. 

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