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

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

The documentary, The Other Side of Cannabis, explores the dangers of cannabis use on the developing mind and body.

A conversation with local artist, activist, and filmmaker Jody Belsher about her film, her research, and her efforts to bring this issue to a larger audience. Join the conversation with your call.

Broadcast date: 2/24/2015

How is the quality of life for women key to the survival of the planet and its inhabitants? 

How do we best nurture the wonders of nature, life, adventure, service and learning in our children when our lives are already so full?

St. Valentine's Day is often dismissed as merely a commercial holiday - but when it comes to maintaining our mental health and well-being, deep satisfying relationships are a key component. So maybe it's time to rethink the importance of celebrating and honoring the loves in our lives. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation about how to best nurture love and connection in our most cherished relationships.

Maybe marriage is an obsolete institution or not meant to last a lifetime-- a conversation about navigating the painful world of marriage dissolution. What do you think about this? 

Broadcast date: 1/27/2015

Broadcast date: 1/20/2015

Adolescence is a confusing time emotionally, physically and mentally for teenagers, and their parents. How do we determine whether certain behaviors are part of normal development or 

Broadcast date: 1/13/2015  

To change the world we need to start changing the conversations. The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, discusses the inspiration, support and power we can find in gathering with groups.

The Power of Awe

Jan 13, 2015

Broadcast date: 01/06/2014

Maybe our overuse of the word has diminished the potential of truly experiencing the awesome to change our lives.

Broadcast date: 01/06/2015

Elizabeth Barrett leads a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being.  With so many social services, treatments, and programs available, why are we all still struggling in so many ways?  

Broadcast date: 12/30/2014

When our current life no longer supports our mental health and well-being, how do we find the courage and energy to make a change?  Tune in for a discussion with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests about finding new passions in midlife and enhancing your life by taking a chance.

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?

Broadcast date: 12/09/2014 

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.

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. 

Veterans Day

Nov 14, 2014

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.