A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist

Being of service to others by giving of our time, or our money, is one of the foundations for maintaining our mental health. On this Giving Tuesday tune in for a convesation with The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about how we choose to be charitable and what it does for our well being. What organizations do you support, and why? 

If it is in our nature as humans to err, then why is it so difficult to forgive? It may be because we are conditioned to focus on our negatives. In an effort to make space for giving thanks, it might be time to let go of stale shame, guilt and anger. Listen to this conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about recognizing the good in ourselves and others and learning to be okay with gratitude.

As we enter the holiday season it's important to have a plan for navigating what can be the trickiest of social encounters - the family gatherings. Tune in for a conversation about developing sure-fire strategies for making peace, creating harmony and finding a few joyful nuggets amidst the crazy. 

Do we choose a life in music or does the music choose us? Tune in for some more backstage banter with various artists and the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about being called to make a difference in the world by using their voices and lyrics to uplift, raise awareness and inspire others toward action.

Today there are more single adults living in the United States than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 110 million unmarried people in America aged 18 and older in 2016. And this group made up 45 percent of all U.S. residents aged 18 and older. What is it like to be unattached in the 21st century? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the many paths we choose, or have chosen for us.

Parenting takes more than love and good intentions. So where do we turn for guidance that is helpful and realistic? Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest, Meghan Englert, founder of Out of the Box Parenting, about the joys and challenges of modern child-rearing. What's your most pressing parenting concern?

Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guest, veteran Brandon Demchak, about his journey toward healing after his military service. His path to recovery included writing and producing a film, Firecracker, based off his own experiences and the experiences of friends dealing with post-military life, especially their struggles with PTSD, depression and alcohol and drug abuse. His film has wrapped is now making the film festival round. Demchak is back to work on a new project and still advocating for others struggling to find their way.

The phone call is always a surprise—a relative has fallen ill, and you, as the closest family, are called in to begin managing their care. This includes everything from doctor's visits, home health, tasks of daily living, financial responsibilities, and possibly end-of-life decisions. Most of us do not have a plan for what happens when we are asked to step-in for a parent, and even fewer of us are prepared for the stress of taking responsibility for an aunt, uncle or sibling. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and elder care advocate Linda Beck about her experiences being called into action and how it led her into an entirely new life and career.

Many of us spend a lifetime trying to be better people, make better choices and reach a level of integrity we can be proud of. And yet - with one reminder of our past - years of self improvement can be shattered. Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the challenges to truly leaving behind a less than stellar past - and finding full acceptance in our present.

Tune in at for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest, religious studies professor Stephen Lloyd-Moffett about the role of faith in the 21st century.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Operation Surf, founded by local legend Van Curaza. Curaza has shared the therapeutic benefits of surfing with hundreds of veterans and brought relief in ways that traditional therapy has often failed. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the many roads to healing and a celebration of the work of Operation Surf.

  

How did we get so lonely at a time when the world is so crowded? With epidemic levels of mood disorders and rising suicide rates, as a society we are grappling with how to keep our mental health grounded in a culture that is inherently out-of-balance. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the damaging effects of social isolation on our collective well-being and how to connect to possibly save a life, maybe your own.

Maintaining mental health requires learning to recognize the messages from our gut and innate wisdom before we get into trouble. When we tune in to what we need, life seems to fall into place —although it may not be in the place we expected to be. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guest about creating a meaningful life in unexpected ways. Another show from the road with ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Dr. Lois Bristow has reached her 90th year with much wisdom to share about her journey and the realities of aging. Tune in for a candid conversation from Bend, Oregon with Lois and the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. It's a show from the road celebrating life, unexpected gifts and the agelessness of friendship.

A deep connection to the natural world is key to our collective mental health. The Central Coast State Parks Association is a non-profit organization that supports and funds the interpretive and educational programs at our local State Parks that help to introduce the magic of nature to thousands of visitors each year. Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and guest about the importance of teaching conservation and insuring that our natural resources will be protected for generations to come.

What the world needs now is one good hug. As a matter of fact, what we all need to thrive are many good hugs, a few held hands, a rub on the shoulder and every form of healthy affection that can address our national epidemic of skin hunger. According to social scientists, a lack of touch can lead to a devastating decline is our physical and mental health. Have you reached your minimum four hugs today? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about how to improve our collective well-being, and possibly heal the divide in our country. 

Pondering the divide between good and evil is really just another way that we divide ourselves from others. It may be that we cannot address the escalating rage and violence that we are experiencing in the world until we grapple with the anger and aggression that resides inside us all. Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about our collective attachment to destroying that which we do not find acceptable. 

Providing disabled adults and their advocates information about available support services, the nonprofit Independent Living Navigator helps people living with disabilities find housing and their place in the community. It was founded by Laura Mackenzie, who spent years piecing together appropriate help for her son and wanted to share her knowledge with other families so they might avoid the many heartaches and disappointments that she encountered. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the success of this grassroots program and the many lives it's improved. 

When we talk about addressing mental health concerns, we may understand the problem, and might be able to empathize with the suffering, but we still struggle as a collective whole in knowing how to really best help those in need of care. A recent survey of LGBTQ teens highlights the disconnect between problems and solutions. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guests about the status of one of our most vulnerable and marginalized populations. 

Tune in  for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett from backstage at this year's Live Oak Music Festival with The Shook Twins and crowd favorite, singer-songwriter and storyteller, John Craigie. 

Sometimes we can have the same conversation and hear it in a completely different way - tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth as she revisits a discussion with renowned theologian and founder of Creation Spirituality, Matthew Fox about the many paths to wholeness.

The Fourth of July is a reminder that we are a part of something greater than ourselves. That being a part of this country requires that we each find a way to exercise our rights and honor our responsibilities as citizens. But how do we celebrate at a time when it feels as if the foundation of the United States is shifting? Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the need for recovering our inner patriot. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

The quest for a spiritual identity can take decades or can appear in a flash - but according to religious studies professor Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett- we all need to believe in something. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, about the many varied paths to enlightenment. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

What constitutes a vacation? And why do we need them? The summer solstice signals the beginning of this season marked by long warm days, a call to the natural world, deep reflection and gatherings with friends and family. Tune for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make the most of your time in the light. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

A little wisdom shared at the right time can change the course of our life. What was the best tip you ever received and who delivered it? Tune in Today at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett about the value of listening to our elders and the importance of taken on the role of mentor for the generations coming up behind us. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

When asked why he climbed Mt. Everest, George Mallory famously replied, "because it was there." In the same spirit, brothers Ryan and Casey Higginbotham have completed two epic journeys paddling from Alaska to Mexico and from the Mexican border to the southern tip of Baja. What is it that drives this desire for extreme adventure? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and her paddleboarding guests about the physical and emotional highs, lows, triumphs and setbacks that inspire their adventurous spirits. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

Where do you feel well? The quick answer is often "in nature," but what does that mean? Finding time to be outside is one of our biggest challenges, along with finding time to share the natural world with our children and knowing how to best teach them how to care for themselves and the world around them. Getting ourselves, and children, connected to nature may be one of the most important things we can do to address climate change and environmental destruction. You have to experience something personally in order to feel inspired to protect it. How can we expect a child to care about habitat loss if they've never interacted with an ecosystem outside of their home? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, and camp director Emily Zbin about mental health, nature deficit disorder and the growing research supporting nature-based therapies.

May has been the designated month for mental health awareness since 1949. Just as we struggle to understand how to best care for our physical health with so many conflicting nutrition and exercise programs, we continue to debate how to best address mental health and our collective well-being. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guest Dr. Lucia Capacchione about some of the most promising paths to thriving instead of merely surviving.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, let's talk about how we can best support and value the work of educators who make a difference in the lives of our children everyday. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests—Trevor McDonald, superintendent of the Lompoc Unified School District and 21-year veteran teacher and union representative Lodene Blair—about the state of education and what is needed to help teachers do their best for students. 

Naming is serious business. Our name is fundamental to our identity and how we feel connected to our family. The name we are given is part of the story we tell of ourselves—and how our name is received can bring us great respect or painful ridicule. Tune in  for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the origin of our names and how it has influenced our lives. 

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