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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?

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  • Tune in for part two of the conversation with Dr. Mary Pipher - clinical psychologist, author of 9 books and activist, from her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is an updated interview from 2016 which explores the world of psychotherapy, what makes a good therapist and how do we insure that people are receiving good care. A favorite from the archives!
  • Dr. Mary Pipher is a clinical psychologist, author and activist. She has devoted her life to caring for her family, her community, and the environment - while writing nine books grounded in her straightforward and honest approach to life. Best known for her first best-selling book, Reviving Ophelia, which addressed the crisis facing adolescent girls, Dr. Pipher has been impactful in many areas of mental health. Tune in for this part one or two conversations with Dr. Pipher from her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. A "best of" interview from 2016 - updated for today,
  • Our lives should not be defined by our struggles, but enhanced and strengthened by the resilience and grace we develop in living through and learning during challenging times. Tune in Tuesday at 2 p for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and director, choreographer, performing artist, Michael Jenkinson about navigating very separate public and personal lives - hiding secrets - and finding a way home to yourself.
  • One of our greatest acts of courage is investing in ourselves - trusting that we have something to offer or a new talent to share and then taking the leap from our known routine to a life of potentially great rewards. Hear a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and Yoga, health coach, Robyn Hastin, who took a leap of faith during the pandemic and changed the course of her career and personal wellness.
  • 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.