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

In response to crushing economic inequality and rapidly changing social norms that are impacting families and crushing the American Dream -- it may be time to rekindle the fading Feminist movement and mobilize to address the imbalances in our culture.

Highly under rated and wildly successful - one of the most effective mental health treatments we have is the placebo effect. The simple belief that something is going to make us better, actually can! So why are we still prescribing marginally effective, and often dangerous, medications - when a little spoonful of sugar may offer more relief?

There are few things that are more important than communication. It is the key to good mental health and enhances the quality of our lives - but the art of communication is often difficult to grasp which prevents us from connecting to those who matter most.

The quality of our lives will ultimately be determined by the quality by which we live our lives. So maybe striving to be better people is more important than striving to get what we perceive we are "due". This conversation is about the art of living - and how compromise and sacrifice are essential to the success of a civilized society.

Finding the Parenting Sweet Spot - it does exist, but finding it alludes many well intentioned parents. Join Elizabeth Barrett for part two of our conversation with the reluctant therapist exploring the importance of knowing when to push our children, and when to let them go. Understanding your role in raising your family will impact and influence generations to come, and may even improve your relationship with your own parents.

Raising children is not for sissies! Successful parenting requires more patience, grace, time, and commitment than many are willing to invest - although, ironically, one of the biggest challenges kids face today is over-parenting, which includes too much intensity, focus, and anxiety.

How we spend our time each day defines the quality of our life, and can impact our mental health and well-being. Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist about how we choose to fill our days - and what activities add the most value to our children's lives. Marriage and Family Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, is here each week to take your calls and answer questions about the quality of your life, love and relationships.

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? The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, is here to listen and offer simple tips for improving the quality of our lives Tuesdays from 2-3 pm. You are invited to call in with your questions or concerns regarding your mental health and relationships.

Wedding bells are ringing and the mother-of-the-bride is getting the jitters - join Elizabeth Barrett Tuesday from 2-3 pm for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist regarding the inevitable impact of big life events on our emotions, moods, relationships and well-being.

Back-to-school is not only the end of our summer bliss but it also signals a return to the stress and anxiety associated with new beginnings, high expectations, and loaded schedules - not only for our students, but for parents and educators too. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist as Elizabeth Barrett continues the discussion from last week regarding ways to cope with the normal levels of generalized anxiety that most of us experience in our daily lives, and how we can also support our children as they return to the classroom.

With the start of the new school year just days away - fear, dread, uncertainty and anxiety are common feelings experienced by a majority of students from kindergarten through college. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about some of the primary causes of stress and anxiety in our children and how to best help them to cope - or steps we can take to reduce their concerns and fears.

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? The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett is here to listen and offer simple tips for improving the quality of our lives Tuesdays from 2-3 pm.

Without a strong social fabric, we are each at risk for mental illness. Join Elizabeth Barrett for a discussion about the desire for connection and our cultural value of freedom and independence. Your calls are welcome during this conversation with the Reluctant Therapist.

There is a lot of pressure on women to “do it all”—and to “do it well”—work, family, and marriage. But it may be that the myth of the superwoman—created in the wake of the feminist movement—has taken its toll on the younger generation. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist as Elizabeth Barrett and guests Kannyn January and Larella Ellsworth discuss the struggles involved in trying to maintain a sense of balance and well-being with all of life’s demands.

Anxiety—it’s the most common of our mental health complaints and can often be the most debilitating. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. for a discussion about managing, adapting to, and reducing chronic, low-level anxiety in our lives.

Why is it that we always think of the best thing to say after a conversation has ended? Join us Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. as The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, revisits some of her favorite topics from the last 6 months and shares a few of the thoughts and insights that came up in discussions after the show was over.

We spend a lot of time making apologies and excuses for the policies and actions of the United States—but maybe it’s time to rethink America the Beautiful and our feelings about being citizens. In honor of our nation’s birthday, we invite you to tune in Tuesday from 2 - 3 pm as Elizabeth Barrett, The Reluctant Therapist, explores patriotism and the connection between our mental health and national pride.

Tune in as Elizabeth Barrett reflects on the importance of vacation time in strengthening our family bonds and relationships. Call and join the conversation about this or any other topic related to your life, love and mental health. Caring Talk for the Central Coast.

With all of this talk about privacy, there's been very little said about the irony in demanding a halt to intrusive personal data gathering and our penchant for posting our innermost secrets online. Maybe privacy is overrated. Join A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist Tuesday from 2-3 pm as Elizabeth Barrett discusses the impact of secrets on our mental health and well-being. Your calls are welcomed regarding this or any other topic related to your relationships, life, and love.

It’s all about Dad this week during the next Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Tuesday from 2 to 3 pm. Join host, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the importance of fathers in every aspect of our lives. You’re invited to call in and share your thoughts regarding this, or any other topic related to relationships, life, or your mental health and well-being. Caring talk for the Central Coast here on Public Radio KCBX.

During this season of celebrations, when you come face-to-face with newlyweds and recent graduates, wish them anything—a long life, deep love or resilience—but please don’t burden them with a wish for only happiness. Join Elizabeth Barrett for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Tuesday from 2-3 p.m., as we discuss the stress associated with a life focused primarily on the pursuit of happiness.

May 28, 2013: It just may be that our quirks and passions are what make us interesting, lovable, unique and human. Why do we work so hard to "fix" all of our perceived weaknesses? It's time to embrace our inner neurotic and let our "freak flags" fly!

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