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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If the millions of marchers who took to the streets on January 21, 2017 are any indication of the breadth of a growing resistance - then this is going to be a wild ride. The key to success will hinge on we, the people, and our ability to dig in for the long haul, remain united and maintain this initial energy and enthusiasm. So where do we go from here? Listen to this conversation with Central Coast listeners about those steps you plan to take, how to stay engaged and what can be expected moving forward.

Though we've been told that many people pack on an average of 10 pounds during the holidays, for most people, it's less than one – but in our body-focused culture, how does this fear of gaining weight affect what is supposed to be a joyful time of gathering and feasts.

On this week's conversation, Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett explores the topic of gift giving. She loves to give gifts but isn't keen on receiving. What do you think?

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make a contribution to our community.  What’s the state of your mental health?

When the world, or circumstances, feel relentless, even the best of relationships can be challenged, or toppled. How do we maintain unity and gratitude when it feels as if the forces of life are working against us? 

As we approach the season of obligatory family meals and inevitable tension-filled discussions around the table, is it possible to navigate this social terrain without losing your mind and maybe even experience joy?

It's time for a miracle. What if you were to awake from a long night's sleep to discover that a miracle had occurred. How would you know the miracle had happened? What would be different in your life? Sometimes it takes a big dose of magical thinking to help move your world in a different direction. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation about the importance of creating a wild new vision to breakthrough stagnation and lift spirits.

Many people use hope in their lives for many different reasons. But is it really good for us? Join Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, in a conversation about hope and its role in our society.

Does pure evil exist? If so, then how do we as a community identify and deal with the forces that are determined to do us harm? 

Broadcast date: 10/18/2016

How can we best prepare our children for the future in a world full of competing extra curricular activities, responsibilities and distractions? It begins by enhancing education and participating in activities that offer the most variety and opportunity to expand creativity and ingenuity. Tune in for a conversation about the life-enhancing benefits of the worlds largest creative thinking competition that is Destination Imagination - and how this program inspires and prepares young people for success.

Tooting Your Own Horn

Oct 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 10/11/2016

When the world is constantly conspiring to keep us feeling down, depressed, disgruntled, disappointed, disheartened and disillusioned - sometimes you need to "toot your own horn!" If you don't, who will? Tune in for a conversation about the mental health benefits that come with acknowledging and sharing personal triumphs and achievements. What is yours?

Broadcast date: 10/04/2016

There is plenty to worry about these days. Our greatest challenge may be finding ways to maintain our mental health and positive attitude in spite of the seemingly endless stream of bad news that invades our lives every day. Tune in for a conversation about the psychology of well-being and how to find your breath when you feel like your drowning in sorrow.

Broadcast date: 09/27/2016

Suicide in the United States has surged to its highest rate in 30 years. The steepest climb has been in women and those of middle age. It is thought that this sharp increase is directly related to the deep anguish many are feeling in response to a wide variety of stressors, including economic instability, opiate addiction and climate change. Tune in for a conversation about finding something worth living for in an age of despair and disillusionment.

Emptying the Nest

Sep 22, 2016

Broadcast date: 09/20/2016

Launching our children into the world means launching our mid-life selves into a whole new world. How we prepare our children to launch is critical to their success as adults, but it is as equally important to plan and prepare for our own launch. Tune in for a conversation about college, careers and our second act.

Broadcast date: 09/13/2016

Talk therapy, CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT, Attachment, play, art, primal, marriage and gestalt therapy - there are well over 200 different types of psychotherapies aimed at helping to improve the human experience. But - how many of these well-meaning interventions really help us to cope and accept the normal struggles and sorrows of life? Tune in for a conversation about how the helping professions are often getting in the way of our collective well-being and may be creating more problems than they solve.

Broadcast date: 09/06/2016

When we talk about mental health - how we approach the symptoms of distress is critical in determining the outcome of treatment. Tune in for an open line discussion about how we view mental health, wellness and medical interventions in attempting to manage mood disturbances. We will also follow-up with our conversation from last week with Kelly Brogan MD - Holistic Psychiatrist about her book: A Mind of Your Own - the truth about depression and how women can heal their bodies to reclaim their lives. 

Broadcast date: 08/23/2016

As our students, K - Post Graduate, head back to school for another year of learning, tests, challenges and achievements, this is a good time to discuss the goals of the public education system and what we can, and should, expect from these institutions. And maybe more importantly, we need to talk about what not to expect a public education to offer. Tune in for a conversation about the many ways we gain knowledge that have nothing to do with a classroom. Your calls with comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Broadcast date: 08/16/2016

Sometimes it takes just one right thing said by the right person to change, or inspire the course of our lives. It also take being in the right place at the right time, having a bit of talent and the fortitude to overcome challenges to help us become who we are. Tune in for 2 conversations about the healing power of the performing arts at every age - and the importance of the community that nurtures our growth and supports our journey. One last show from the road visiting French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the Catskills and getting to know New York's Kristine Zbornik, actress, writer, singer and entertainer.

Broadcast date: 08/09/2016

Tune in for another show from the road! A conversation with this young family building their life outside of the social norm on an organic farm in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Broadcast date 8/30/16

There's been a lot of talk about the gut lately - and how relieving inflammation through lifestyle changes can also relieve depression and anxiety without medication, or even talk therapy. Could it really be so? Listen to a conversation with Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD about the science behind mental health, her path from prescription writer/pill dispenser to holistic clinician, and her book - A Mind of Her Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. (Although it applies to men too!)

Broadcast date: 08/02/2016

One of life's greatest challenges is finding the courage to be who we are, to ignore the cultural pressures to conform to our narrow definition of normal and to unleash our inner spirit. Tune in for another show from the road featuring conversations from Pittsburgh, Pa with some truly authentic people, living their truth.

Broadcast date: 07/26/2016

With all that we have, and all that we think we know - why is it that we keep struggling to maintain our mental health and well-being? Maybe it's time to really listen to, and heed, the wisdom and experience of our elders. Tune for part 2 of our conversation with Psychologist, author and activist, Dr. Mary Pipher about the changing world of psychotherapy.

Broadcast date: 07/19/2016

It isn't often that you get the chance to meet your hero, but when the opportunity arrives should you take it? It's hard for anyone to live up to their persona, which can lead to a disappointing personal encounter. But when offered the chance to interview author, activist and psychologist Mary Pipher at her home in Lincoln, Ne- it was worth the cross country car trip for this conversation. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Dr. Mary Pipher about creating a life worth living.

Broadcast date: 07/12/2016

It seems that when it comes down to it there are just a few things that make life worth living. Tune in Today - Tuesday - at 2 for a conversation from the Black Hills of South Dakota with 3 very different men who share some fundamental values that guide their lives.

Broadcast date: 07/05/2015

If we as a country fail to value the work of those who care for others, who will be able, or want to do the work? Tune in for a conversation with Riane Eisler PhD, about her work as the president of the center for Partnership Studies and the founder of theCaring Economy Campaign.

Broadcast date: 06/21/2016

Instead of a riotous clash of forces, this revolution may already be taking place outside of mainstream culture and under the noses of those in power. Tune in today at 2 pm for a conversation about how fathers, families, music and alternative economies are quietly changing the world.

How sports psychology can help us in everyday life

Jul 7, 2016

Broadcast date: 06/14/2016

What does it take to reach our full potential? For elite athletes and performers it takes a combination of fitness, preparation and confidence -- both physically and mentally. How can these same attributes help each of us find more success in the areas of our lives that demand overcoming stress and pressure to "get the job done"? Tune in for a conversation with Sports Psychologist Jeff Troesch about his work helping the best of the best find their "zone."

When we begin to feel old depends not just on our age, but on our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Listen to this conversation about accepting the transitions of age with Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, author Lois West Bristow, PhD.

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.

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