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

With the new year comes an opportunity for new beginnings, new goals and new relationships. How will you approach 2014? Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for a discussion about making the most of your life and mental health over the next 365 days. It's a New Year's Eve edition of A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett.

In the spirit of the season, Elizabeth Barrett and Brian Lanzone are planning a Christmas Eve Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist for an hour of cheer filled with live music, favorite holiday stories, and gratitude.

It's one of the most common refrains heard during the holidays and yet it means different things to those who utter the phrase. So, if you have a definition for what exactly is the “Reason for the Season” --what is it? Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a conversation about our varied feelings and understandings about this most celebrated time of the year.

Sometimes no matter how hard we work, no matter how many experts we consult or programs we try - we just can't seem to get better. So how do we learn to cope and carry on when therapy just doesn't seem to work? Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about healing, and the downside of too much therapy.

What is your plan for self-care over the holidays? If it includes too much drinking and eating to cope with the stresses associated with social gatherings and gift giving - you are not alone. But maybe there's another way to celebrate the season without the inevitable post-holiday crash. A conversation about maintaining our mental health and well-being in the midst of the holiday frenzy.

Traditions are key for building and maintaining family connections, and there’s no better time than the holidays to develop new traditions or revive old favorites. Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the impact and importance of Traditions in supporting good mental health and strong family identity. You are invited to join the discussion with your calls or emails.

As the holiday season approaches, it might be time to develop a “family conflict deflection plan” to help insure more merry than angry during important family gatherings. Tune in Tuesday from 2 - 3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about how we can reduce our negative reactions to difficult family interactions, and increase the joy and connection we all desire.

Maintaining that "spark" in relationships can be a challenge as we move into mid-life and beyond. But much of the struggle may be all about your attitude. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about how to nurture intimacy in our lives. It's never too late to feel connection and passion.

For a variety of reasons, many of us will find ourselves single and back in the dating pool during mid life and older. Navigating this strange and often terrifying dip back into the social world can be a great cause of stress and anxiety. Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist as Elizabeth Barrett discusses what it is like to "date" in later life and how we might go about looking for love and companionship. Your calls with questions and concerns are welcomed and encouraged during the show, or can be emailed to elizabeth@the reluctant therapist .com.

Let's hear it for the boys! Over the course of 3 decades focused on empowering women to excel in all areas - we've unintentionally overlooked the same three generations of young men. Today we discuss how we can empower today's boys and men to be all that they can be.

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.

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