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Elizabeth Barrett

Host of The Reluctant Therapist

Elizabeth Barrett is a wife, mother, licensed marriage-family therapist, educator, eavesdropper, 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.

Elizabeth's email: elizabeth@thereluctanttherapist.com

  • The potential for connections are limitless - and yet we just keep expanding loneliness. Social media is not really about being social - it's a platform for selling products and creating more consumers, under the guise of building community. And yet - we can't seem to tear ourselves away. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guests, about their struggles with being involved in social media and their successful retreats from the virtual world. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.
  • The Transformative and Inevitable Power of GriefLoss is inherent in life - how we process, grieve and grow through loss determines the quality of our future. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and certified grief counselor Claire Aargaard, author of - When a Child Dies, A hopeful healing guide for surviving the loss of a Child - about her journey through devastating grief, and into a different life.
  • Every 2 years California Healthy Kids Survey is released - reflecting the current well-being as reported by over 1 million middle school and high school students. It may be no surprise that the kids are not all right - and those who identify as LGBT are struggling the most. Tune in for a conversation with Dr. John Elfers and Attorney Doug Heumann, about their findings and ongoing advocacy for equity and inclusion with SLO county public schools.
  • We take our vows, we pledge our love and set off on our marriage adventure - keeping these most intimate relationships whole can be our life's most satisfying or devastating experience. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist , Elizabeth Barrett, about the ever- changing landscape of marriage in our constantly changing world. Your calls with questions and comments will be welcomed and encouraged.
  • This week we explore the importance of meaningful work to our Mental Health and how our current cultural stories about what defines success and the challenges of a competitive economic system drive much of our collective distress. It's time to take a critical look at our expectations for the next generation - and for ourselves.
  • Communication is at the heart of all of our most important relationships. And some of our most profound and complex relationships involve our siblings. Improving our communication skills can be key to finding more joy and connecting with those we love and care for. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist and callers as they talk about it.
  • Theater often offers a respite from the trials of daily living - an opportunity to get lost in an imaginary world, to feel light, uplifted and entertained. Theater can also allow us into some of our most feared and sacred places - by opening up conversations about some of the more painful parts of the human experience - a chance for catharsis, illumination and empathy. Tune in Tuesday at 2 pm (pst) for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and Kevin Harris, managing artistic director and actor with the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theater about all of the possible journey's live productions can share. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.
  • According to a Georgetown University study - summer employment is good for students of all ages. Summer work helps to boost confidence, teach money management, improves social skills and builds resumes. Of the best jobs, Camp Counselor, Swim Instructor and Lifeguard were in the top 5. So why are young people steering away from these important experiences? Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist and guests about the benefits of a summer at camp for kids, counselors and parents. Y
  • Who Determines How We Grieve?The American Psychiatric Association recently added Prolonged Grief Disorder to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual-limiting the amount of time considered normal for grieving the loss of a loved one. What does this mean for the mental health and well-being of those struggling with the grief beyond the recommended 12 months? Hear a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and Psychiatrist Dr. Michael McGee about the challenges to providing adequate care and support to those who are suffering.
  • Here's to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. Its a celebration of International Women's Day and a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the importance of elevating the status and opportunities for women in order to manifest a better world for all. Who are your hero's?Caring talk for the Central Coast.