A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist

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. 

As we continue to expand our understanding of the many different ways we express our humanity, it’s important to keep communication open. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guest, college senior Winston Chang, about the generational differences and similarities in approaching challenging and often charged topics.

Living our best—while preparing for the worst—seems to be a common theme for those concerned about the future of our planet. As another Earth Day arrives, how are you managing to create a life of meaning and joy, while facing the ever-present realities of climate change? Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about learning to live with less, cultivating resilience and awakening our own unique gifts as we all learn to navigate our ever changing world.

Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory drug that reduces the body's immune response in order to manage and improve many health conditions. But the relief that can be achieved by using this popular medication can be overshadowed by side-effects that can range from insomnia, acne and nausea to more deadly reactions like depression, confusion and aggression. Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, and her guest Jill Stegman, who's beloved husband of 40 years committed suicide after years of Prednisone use that altered his quality of life and personality. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

The 4th trimester of pregnancy begins after birth and is marked by rapid changes physically, emotionally and hormonally for both newborn and new-mom. This often overlooked and ignored time of instability and uncertainty can leave women feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and at risk for a severe depressive response. Tune for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the reluctant therapist, about rethinking postpartum care. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

The Live Oak Music Festival—a weekend gathering with family and friends, taking in great music, discovering new favorite artists, camping, dancing, playing and sharing stories. Tune in for a series of conversations with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, and Live Oak performers, about their creative inspirations, challenges, triumphs, loves and a musician's life on the road.

Parents bribing, cheating, bullying and lying—all in the name of wanting what's best for their children. Governments bribe, lie, cheat and bully—all in the name of wanting what's best for their citizens. Children lie, cheat, bully and steal because they lack role models teaching them anything different. Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the collapse of social conformity and the rise of the enlightened outliers. Maybe the unveiling of sweeping universal inequities will be the path that puts us in the best place for growth and change.

For many of us our longest lasting relationships will be with our siblings. And although they may be enduring, these connections with our closest blood relations can also be the most complex. Tune in for a cfonversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about the role of our brothers and sisters in shaping who we are and how to navigate the challenges of just getting along. How have your sibling relationships impacted your life? Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

March 8 is International Women's Day—formally celebrated around the world since 1977, but recognized in many forms since the early 1900s. Although International Women's Day is a holiday in many parts of the world, it goes widely unnoticed in the United States, aside from its inclusion in Women's History Month, proclaimed by President Barak Obama in 2011. Should there be a newly-designated federal holiday celebrating women? Or a particularly outstanding woman? Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, about taking time to honor and recognize those people and events who have most shaped U.S. history, and the mental health benefits of a day of remembrance.

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