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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When it comes to our mental health and well-being, finding meaningful work and a sense of purpose is crucial. Tune in for a conversation with internationally acclaimed surf photographer and recent TED Talk presenter, Chris Burkard, about his experiences "living the dream" and maintaining a work-life balance. Your calls with questions or comments will be welcomed and encouraged.

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. Tune in for a conversation about how Nepal is coping and how we can all be a part of the efforts to rebuild buildings, bodies and spirits..

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. So what are your plans for your summer? Tune in for a conversation about the value and necessity of time away from the day-to-day. Your calls with questions, comments and concerns are welcomed and encouraged.

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? In honor of Mother's Day, tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the journey of motherhood.

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. Tune is Tuesday for a conversation with Dr. Annamaria Fidel-Rice author of The Alchemy of Grief  about the many ways in which we grieve throughout our lives and how allowing ourselves to move through the world of loss, we can heal, thrive and sustain our mental health and well-being. Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed. Caring talk for the Central Coast.

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? Tune in for a conversation with author, lecturer, and dream expert Laura Grace about the many ways to use our dreams to improve and maintain our mental health. 

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. This shift has not always been in the best interest of those who seek help, and in many ways our current models may be doing more harm than good. 

Tune in Tuesday for a Conversation about the dysfunctions in modern psychotherapy and how we can still access good care, in spite of the flaws within this well-intentioned, yet misguided, system.

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?