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

Broadcast date: 09/29/2015

Would you have the courage to change the course of your life if you felt the call to something greater than yourself? 

Broadcast date: 09/22/2015

Elation, relief, shock, sadness, grief, despair, joy, fear, freedom and opportunity are just some of the emotions that accompany the life stage known as The Empty Nest. 

Broadcast date: 09/15/2015

Suicide is not an individual act. Taking one's life affects family, friends, colleagues and community. 

Broadcast date: 09/08/2015

How can we expect young people to be responsible about their intimate encounters when they haven't received proper sex education? 

Broadcast: 09/1/2015

Now that the United States experiences an average of one mass shooting per day and claims the highest rate of mental health disorders in the world, it may be time to talk about a connection. 

Broadcast: 08/25/2015

The transition into college is a time of many competing emotions for both students and parents. 

The Anxiety Dance

Aug 12, 2015

Broadcast date: 08/18/2015

Anxiety is the most common mental health complaint and challenge for adults and children. 

Broadcast date: 08/11/2015

Where do you feel most at home? Being rooted in a sense of place and belonging has a deep connection to our mental health and well-being. 

Broadcast Date: 08/04/2015 

In light of the hacking into the infidelity website, Ashley Madison, what is the allure of an affair or dangerous tryst that would cause someone to put their life, family and reputation on the line to pursue?

  Divorce is never easy, pretty or one-sided, and it is only after the shock, anger and heartache fade - that the real healing begins.

Broadcast Date: 07/21/2015

Today, Elizabeth is joined in the studio by her daughter Kelly as the two discuss their recent experience viewing Disney and Pixar's newest movie, 'Inside Out,' an animated exploration of emotional development. 

Broadcast Date: 07/14/2015

It's the season of sunshine, shorts, swimming and socializing, but for many it's a time filled with self-loathing and shame. 

Broadcast Date: 06/30/2015  

Sometimes the best medicine for what ails us is a good old-fashioned heart-to-heart with someone who is able to just listen and offer love.

Broadcast Date: 06/23/2015

When we look back over the course of our lives it's important to pay more attention to the many different stories that made up our journey than to focus on one major assessment.

07/07/2015  

One of the keys to good mental health is a commitment to something greater than oneself. What connects you to your community, culture and country?

So you know your Sun sign but what about your Soul sign?

Grandma Moses began painting at the age of 78. Harriette Thompson just finished her 16th marathon at 92. What does it take to stay engaged in life when the common wisdom says it's time to slow down?

Sometimes even our best intentions can inadvertently cause a loved one to feel stress, anxiety or even anger. How can we best offer our congratulations and positive thoughts in a supportive and nurturing way?

When it comes to our mental health and well-being, finding meaningful work and a sense of purpose is crucial.

As Nepal grapples with the complexities of rebuilding and carrying on after recent earthquakes, it 's the resilience and resolve of the people who are at the heart of the healing. 

Americans tend to leave more earned vacation time left unused annually than any other country in the Western world. Americans also have the highest rates of anxiety, depression, insomnia and stress-related illnesses.

Pregnancy is a magical time of growth and transformation– not only for babies, but also for the woman as she experiences her own transformation into her new role as mother. What does it mean to be a mother?

We tend to associate the process of grieving with death and the loss of a cherished other. But this is only one of many ways in which we experience grief.

Broadcast date: 4/21/15

What are the messages of our dreaming life? How can we learn to tap into these powerful messages from our unconscious and use them to navigate our waking lives?

Broadcast Date: 4/14/15

There has been a significant change over the last 20 plus years in the way that the helping professions view, approach and treat mental health in the United States.

Tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett about the value of spirituality in our lives with guest Dr. Matthew Fox.

Broadcast date: 4/7/2015

In the debate over education’s costs, quality, and need for reform, we may have lost an understanding of its purpose. Tune in at 2 for a conversation about the state of education from pre-school through college. What do our children need to know, what experience do they need to gain, and how do we provide it? 

A year of service

Mar 24, 2015

The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project believes that every young person should be expected to perform one year of full-time service as a civic rite of passage. This Year of Service would connect them to something larger than themselves and raise the bar on what it means to be a citizen. Tune in at 2 for a discussion on launching the millennial generation and how the elders of our communities can help make it happen. Join the conversation with your call.

Tune in for a  conversation about the challenges of aging and maintaining the highest quality of life for as long as possible.

Communication is fundamental to the quality of our lives. How are your communication skills aiding or getting in the way of your mental health and well-being? Tune in at 2 for a conversation about differences in communication styles and tips for getting more from your interactions

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