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: 9/16/2014

A conversation with Author, Activist, and Inspiration, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen. Our planet is at a tipping point socially, politically and environmentally. So, where can we find the guidance and inspiration we need to collectively save the world? It’s a conversation about how we can find the role models and messages we need in the stories of the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Greece. 

One Mom's Battle

Sep 12, 2014

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. 

Labor Day

Sep 5, 2014

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.

Suicidal Ideation

Aug 29, 2014

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.

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.

World Peace

Aug 15, 2014

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.

Color Therapy

Aug 4, 2014

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.  

Broadcast date: 7/29/2014

The Bucket List

Jul 21, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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. 

New Beginnings

May 30, 2014

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.  

It may be time for a serious education revolution.  A revolution to emancipate students from the deadening experience of trudging through a system that is so focused on training the next generation of glorified factory workers that it is harming them physically, emotionally, and socially.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the importance of educating the whole student to ensure a vitalized, engaged, and fully functioning populace.  Your calls with questions and comments are a always welcomed and encouraged.

Nothing is more therapeutic than a faithful friend, and there is no friend more faithful than a beloved pet.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest Dr. Steven Paulick, about the mental health benefits of animal companions, and how we can best care for our pets who so selflessly care for us. 

We are a society that struggles with mental health issues, yet many avoid seeking treatment for a variety of reasons.  Join A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the current state of our collective well being, and new ways of approaching and caring for our Mental Health.  Your calls with questions, comments, and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, The Reluctant Therapist on your public radio station, KCBX.

Spring is a time for hope and renewal, with the promise of warmer days, colorful blooms, wonderful food, and an opportunity to shake off the stagnation of winter for a fresh start in our own lives.  But before we can make a fresh start we have to be willing to let go of the past.  

Boredom is a state that we all experience at one time or another.  The trick is knowing how to recognize whether it's a potential agent for positive change or a dangerous strain on our ability to thrive.  Listen in as Elizabeth Barrett talks about the many faces of boredom and how to best channel yours. Caring talk for the Central Coast on your public radio station, KCBX.

Conscious uncoupling may sound like just a friendly parting of the ways, but a cutesy euphemism doesn’t minimize the devastating impact of divorce on children and families.  Tune in Tuesday for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, a Elizabeth Barrett, about the real world consequences associated with dismantling relationships.  Your calls with questions, comments or concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, Tuesday from 2-3 pm here on public radio KCBX.

Today's parents highly prize and pamper their prodigy unlike any generation before them, but is this in the best interest of the children?  Tune in from 2 - 3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guests about the challenges associated with intensely focused parenting.  Caring talk for the central coast here on your public radio station KCBX.

When it comes to our mental health and well-being it's as important to recognize the triumphs as it is to acknowledge the struggles.  Tune in from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, to celebrate life's joys, and moments of perfection.  Your calls are welcomed and encouraged.

A year ago the "It gets Better" project went viral with messages of hope for bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens - how are we doing today in supporting those who continue to feel disenfranchised? 

Community

Mar 25, 2014

Community is at the heart of good mental health and a sense of well-being.  Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about how we define and connect with community.  Your calls with questions, comments, and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged during the show, or can be emailed to elizabeth@thereluctanttherapist.com.

How do you know when it's time to seek help for mental health issues?  Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about navigating the often complex world of therapy, from choosing a clinician to what to expect when you begin treatment.  Your calls with questions, concerns and comments are welcomed and encouraged during this program, or can be emailed ahead of time to elizabeth@thereluctanttherapist.com.

Conflict

Mar 7, 2014

Conflict can often be the most dreaded interaction in any relationship.  It arises anytime the behavior or desires of one person interfere with the behaviors and desires of another.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make peace with the inevitability of conflict in our most intimate relationships

Gossip can be juicy, scandalous, embarrassing, shameful, and even horrifying.  Still, many people will lean in to hear it, even while pretending to be appalled.  Can gossip be good for the soul? 

We are a culture overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression - much of it related to the pace and deteriorating quality of our lives. 

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