A Conversation With the Reluctant Therapist

Tuesdays, 2:00PM - 3:00PM

The Reluctant Therapist, 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? You are invited to call in and share your thoughts at 805-781-3875.

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Mental Health
2:13 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Importance of Traditional Feasts

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. 

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Mental Health
1:27 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Veterans Day

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.

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4:10 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Election Day

Broadcast date: 11/4/2014

It's Election Day, and every candidate claims to have their pulse on the needs and desires of the citizens, but do they really know what matters to you?  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the issues that impact our lives and whether we feel that we’re being represented or ignored by those in office.

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Mental Health
3:52 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Business of Being Born

Broadcast date: 10/28/14

When did pregnancy and childbirth become viewed as medical emergencies instead of natural occurrences experienced by women since the beginning of time?  This is the question explored in the documentary, The Business of Being Born, and current research supporting a return to a more balanced and holistic approach to childbirth.  Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the growing concern among professionals and parents regarding this era of pathologizing life's most normal experiences?  

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Working for the Greater Good

Broadcast date: 10/21/14

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Mental Health
3:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Our Use of Technology

Broadcast date: 10/14/14

In spite of emerging research exposing the negative impacts of too much technology in our lives, the onslaught of high tech tools are not going away any time soon. How can we learn to interact with our screens in ways that enhance and improve our lives instead? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. 

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Mental Health
2:31 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The State of Your Mental Health

Broadcast date: 10/7/14

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? 

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Mental Health
3:12 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Happy wife, happy life?

Broadcast date: 09/30/14

A look at marriage today. Recent studies have confirmed the old adage that marriages are most successful when wives are happy with the state of the relationship. Could marriage really be that simple? Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the current state of marriage.

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Mental Health
3:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

College Sexual Assault Epidemic

Broadcast date: 09/23/14

What can we do about the college sexual assault epidemic?

Sexual assault on college campuses, can create higher rates of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and isolation for victims. In response to recent disturbing statistics, President Obama has formed a task force to combat sexual assault on campus. 

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Mental Health
3:09 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ancient mythology alive in the modern world

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. 

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Mental Health
3:34 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

One Mom's Battle

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. 

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Mental Health
3:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Labor Day

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.

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Mental Health
3:26 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Suicidal Ideation

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.

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Mental Health
3:58 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Parents, Kids and Sports

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.

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Mental Health
3:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

World Peace

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.

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