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.

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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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Mental Health
3:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Labor Day

Broadcast date: 9/2/14

Besides being the traditional end of summer vacation, an extra day off, and a great day for sales, what is the point of Labor Day?  Do we still need to celebrate the American Labor Movement or the contribution workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country?  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the importance of honest labor and meaningful work in supporting our own mental health and well-being.  Your calls with comments, questions and concerns are welcomed and encouraged.

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Mental Health
3:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Suicidal Ideation

Broadcast date: 8/26/14

It's a painful part of the human journey that we don't like to face or talk about, yet our silence is part of the problem. How can we best help ourselves and others struggling with suicidal ideation, or recover from the loss of a loved one who has taken their own life? Your calls with questions and comments are an important part of this hour.

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Mental Health
3:58 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Parents, Kids and Sports

Broadcast date: 8/19/14

Sometimes in our quest to raise our children with the best opportunities to achieve their potential we forget to have fun in the process. Tune in Tuesday for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist , Elizabeth Barrett and guest coach Paul Fiala about why it is important to balance play and competitive intensity in our own lives to model for our children how to find balance in their own activities. Caring talk for the Central Coast on your public radio station KCBX.

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Mental Health
3:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

World Peace

Broadcast date: 8/12/14

Is it possible to ever achieve world peace?  Or is it just in our nature as human beings to self-destruct and take all other living beings along with us?  With all of the bad news flooding us on a daily basis it can be a challenge to find hope in an angry world.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how we can create sanctuary amidst all of the noise and struggle around us.  Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged during this live, local call-in program.

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Mental Health
3:35 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Color Therapy

Broadcast date: 8/5/14

You might think that you've tried it all - talk therapy, pharmaceuticals, yoga, meditation, or biofeedback - and yet you still struggle with your mental health and well-being.  Don't give up hope!  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guest Constance Hart, about the power of Color Therapy in addressing emotional pain, physical discomfort, and other personal struggles.  Your calls with questions or concerns are welcomed and encouraged during this lively and interactive hour.  

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Mental Health
3:42 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Mom, Apple Pie, and Common Sense

Broadcast date: 7/29/2014

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Mental Health
3:26 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Bucket List

What’s on yours?  It’s often called a Bucket List, that collection of things you pledge to do before you die.  But often we make these lists and then set them aside for some much later date, when we have more time, more freedom, and more money.  But it might be time to check a few goals off the list to spice up your life, improve your mental health, and maybe inspire others to do the same.  Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the joy of creating the ultimate wish list.  What’s on yours?  As always, your calls with questions and com

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Mental Health
2:28 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The Gift of Mentors

Behind every great man, and woman, there is a mentor, guide, or Yoda figure who inspired, pushed, lead, and helped to illuminate the path toward success or personal fulfillment.  Who is your mentor?  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the importance of wise elders, gifted educators, and visionary coaches for our development and well-being.  And how influencing others can add value and depth to our own lives.

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Mental Health
1:37 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Relationship Stress

Recent studies have found that most people worry about their most intimate relationships more than any other aspect of their lives, including their health, finances and career.  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about what it takes to attain, retain, and maintain love in our lives.  It’s about more than a wedding, date nights, and shared chores.  Join the conversation with your phone calls.

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Mental Health
4:13 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fashion and Mental Health

Too often we miss out on some of life's simple pleasures because we are too focused on our shortcomings instead of embracing and enhancing what we have.  Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guests, Grant Garcia and Kannyn January, from Ambience clothing as they discuss the connection between fashion and mental health.  Taking charge of your wardrobe may help you to get more out of your life.  Or maybe just having more fun with your clothes will boost your mood and outlook.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm.  The reluctant therapist.

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Mental Health
9:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Proud to be an American

Are you Proud to be an American?  Believing in something greater than ourselves: it’s been said that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything—so what do you stand for?  In preparation for Independence Day, tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. as we reflect on what it means to be an American and the importance of believing in something greater than ourselves.  

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Mental Health
12:31 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Mental Health in the Summertime

Summer is a great time to take stock of our mental health and well-being.  The weather, the long days, and slower pace all lend themselves to taking care of our bodies and souls.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make the most of this season and connect with the joy that resides in us all!  Your calls with questions, comments and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the Central Coast here on your public radio station - KCBX

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Mental Health
3:41 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Importance of Fathers

We live in a culture that minimizes the role of fathers and ignores the importance of men in the shaping of our children's lives.  Whether it's the image of the daffy Dad on television or the emphasis on father abandonment in the news - dads seem to get a bad rap.  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the need to esteem the men in our culture who devote their lives to raising and inspiring children.  Let's hear it for the Dads!  Your calls with questions or comments are welcomed and encouraged. 

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Mental Health
3:44 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

New Beginnings

During this season of graduations, weddings, and new beginnings it may be tempting to impart a wish for happiness to those we are celebrating.  But sharing that simple wish for “Happiness” as a life goal may be more of a burden than a blessing for those just starting out.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett for a discussion about helpful ways to offer good wishes and support without creating stress or confusion for those we love.  Your calls with questions or comments are welcomed and encouraged.  

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