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

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.

Broadcast date: 08/02/2016

One of life's greatest challenges is finding the courage to be who we are, to ignore the cultural pressures to conform to our narrow definition of normal and to unleash our inner spirit. Tune in for another show from the road featuring conversations from Pittsburgh, Pa with some truly authentic people, living their truth.

Broadcast date: 07/26/2016

With all that we have, and all that we think we know - why is it that we keep struggling to maintain our mental health and well-being? Maybe it's time to really listen to, and heed, the wisdom and experience of our elders. Tune for part 2 of our conversation with Psychologist, author and activist, Dr. Mary Pipher about the changing world of psychotherapy.

Broadcast date: 07/19/2016

It isn't often that you get the chance to meet your hero, but when the opportunity arrives should you take it? It's hard for anyone to live up to their persona, which can lead to a disappointing personal encounter. But when offered the chance to interview author, activist and psychologist Mary Pipher at her home in Lincoln, Ne- it was worth the cross country car trip for this conversation. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Dr. Mary Pipher about creating a life worth living.

Broadcast date: 07/12/2016

It seems that when it comes down to it there are just a few things that make life worth living. Tune in Today - Tuesday - at 2 for a conversation from the Black Hills of South Dakota with 3 very different men who share some fundamental values that guide their lives.

Broadcast date: 07/05/2015

If we as a country fail to value the work of those who care for others, who will be able, or want to do the work? Tune in for a conversation with Riane Eisler PhD, about her work as the president of the center for Partnership Studies and the founder of theCaring Economy Campaign.

Broadcast date: 06/21/2016

Instead of a riotous clash of forces, this revolution may already be taking place outside of mainstream culture and under the noses of those in power. Tune in today at 2 pm for a conversation about how fathers, families, music and alternative economies are quietly changing the world.

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Broadcast date: 04/19/2016

April 22nd is Earth Day. 

Broadcast date: 04/12/2016

Power is the driving force in almost every aspect of our lives. 

Broadcast date: 04/05/2016

There are big changes happening in the world of men - a Men's Revolution of sorts, but no one is marching, chanting or burning their jock strap. 

Broadcast date: 03/29/2016

With all of the sexual content available and graphic images displayed on billboards, in store windows and in the media - we do a poor job of talking about sex and intimate relationships. 

Broadcast date: 03/22/2016 

Journaling is therapeutic. It's more than just a writing exercise. 

Broadcast date: 03/15/2016

One of the most well-recognized epidemics in the United States is that of skewed body image. But is this epidemic well understood? Tune in for a conversation about the sorts of mental strain that precipitate eating disorders, and advice on grappling with body image issues. 

Broadcast date: 03/08/2016

In honor of National Women's Day, Elizabeth asks the question: who is it that has made the most impact in your life- and why? 

Broadcast date: 03/01/2016

Although toddlers can be physically demanding and emotionally frustrating - the years spent raising teens can bring us to our knees. But time with our teens can often be engaging, enlightening and fulfilling. 

Broadcast Date: 02/23/2016

The medical model and helping professions are not exact sciences. 

Broadcast date: 2/16/2016

Wisdom is earned and then carefully shared, but Elizabeth points out that women's wisdom is often overlooked by society and women themselves. 

Broadcast date: 02/12/2016

Young adults (ages 12-17) perceive prescription pills, such as opioid pain relievers, to be less dangerous than street drugs because they are available through legal prescriptions.

Broadcast date: 02/02/2016

We spend our lives pursuing love. 

This week Elizabeth asks, is love worth it? Tune in for a conversation about our desire to love and be loved.

Broadcast date: 1/27/2016

As the 2016 election cycle heats up, so does the rhetoric, accusations and fear mongering by politicians whose sole intent is to terrify the electorate into voting with their emotions instead of their rational minds. 

Broadcast date: 01/19/2016

What does it take to change the world? 

Broadcast date: 1/12/2016

What goes into leaving a legacy? 

Broadcast date: 12/29/2015

It's that time of year again-- a time of wrapping up, of taking stock, of making new years resolutions. 

Broadcast date: 12/22/2015

Tune in for a little music and conversation about what brings light to our life.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of our often chaotic and complex lives, it's important to a moment to acknowledge the Joy that exists but can often go unnoticed.

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