Elizabeth Barrett

Through the darkest of times, we find our way to the light—the promise of a new beginning, new life, new meaning and joy. In this epidsode of the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett has a conversation with Conscious Colors and Colors Aroma founder Constance Hart about her life's work, her dedication to personal wellness and growth, and how color aroma therapy can enhance your life.

In times of stress, anxiety and uncertainty it's important to take action.  Seek comfort, self soothe and find moments of calm. Listen to music, dance like no one is watching, focus your breathing, think positive thoughts.  Talk about things that give you joy and allow space for new friends, feelings and interests. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guest Nick Larsen from the band Proxima Parada, about anything that isn't connected to the current climate of fear, anger, despair and rage. Let's lift our energy toward hope and love - let's sing, breathe and laugh.

As the world continues to feel fraught with fear and uncertainty, now is the perfect time to call upon our muses and ignite the latent artist we each have. Creativity is a sure way to calm an anxious mind, improve dampened spirits and direct our energy toward feelings of hope love. Listen to a conversation with Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett and singer, songwriter, author and psychologist Kelly Moreno. Hear about the healing power of making music and art and his journey releasing an album of personal songs in the midst of the pandemic.

Mental health care can be liberating, but it can also be debilitating. How can we be sure that we are accessing help that will truly bring relief, healing and support, to reach our highest potential? Tune in for a conversation with Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett and guest James Statler, executive director of Community Counseling Center, about challenging the current system of mental health care treatment and re-imagining a mental wellness plan for addressing our complex social challenges.

In the face of stress, trauma and tragedy, learning to nurture our soul and lean in to our relationships is fundamental in maintaining our mental health and well-being. Tune in for a conversation with Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett and guest Dr. John Elfers about how we can find the energy to rekindle our motivation and tap into the tools available to calm our mind and improve our lives.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Knowing how to recognize, address and talk about stressors, mental health, loss and grief; is critical in helping those we love and care for and help to reduce ever increasing suicide rates. Tune in for a Conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist and Alysia Hendry, suicide prevention coordinator for the county of San Luis Obispo about hope, resilience and recovery.

Every person has a story to tell and once we hear that story, we are connected. Healing the divide in this country will require having the patience to listen to each other's story to discover the humanity, love and light in every person. Tune in for a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett, the Reluctant Therapist, from the Black Hills of South Dakota and meet three individuals learning to live their best lives with love, honor and dignity. 

Nothing is better than meeting a stranger who then becomes a friend. Jim Christensen, from Ashton, Idaho, is an avid fly fisherman, expert welder, boat builder and open book—all the traits for a great conversation. Tune in for a show from the road with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and meet Christensen, an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guaranteed American women the right to vote. It was a long, bloodless battle fought by generations of mothers and their daughters to secure their place in the political conversation. The struggles for opportunity and equality still continue 100 years later. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the women whose shoulders we stand on and the lessons learned from the suffragist movement that need to be applied today.

For members of BIPOC communities, developing healthy relationships with their bodies and wellness in general can be challenging because the habits modeled by the dominant culture as "normal" do not reflect or address the diets, self care and self expression found in these diverse populations and can often lead to great harm. Tune in for a Conversation with The Reluctant Therapist's guest hosts, David Gudiel and Aaliyah Sade, as they explore their own personal journeys to reclaim their bodies and wellness outside of a patriarchal narrative that ignores and often rejects the wisdom of ancestors and ancient knowledge. We continue to open this space during BIPOC Mental Health Awareness month to give access to those voices who are rarely heard and need to be amplified.

What's next, graduates? Shaping the future. With a world of uncertainty facing them, what is the graduating class of 2020 thinking about their future? Tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and students David Guidel, Mariah Kate Alviso-Saenz, Bailey Buchanan and Kristine Sandoval about their hopes, dreams, concerns and ambitions. If we have any hope for real change, it is going to be fueled by this next generation of highly educated, incredibly compassionate, focused, fierce and thoughtful activists.

Central Coast singer-songwriter Chris Beland is a musically-gifted and gentle soul.  He also has a wildly interesting and almost unbelievable life story.  Hear a remarkable conversation about life lessons and living without regrets, in this episode of The Reluctant Therapist.

With the national shutdown, many aspects of our lives have been drastically disrupted.  But for those  looking forward to a special event like a wedding, graduation or new job, the loss of the celebration associated with this life event can be devastating.  Tune into this conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about dealing with—and helping others to navigate—the disappointment and even grief associated with not being able to experience and mark these major milestones. 

What if there isn't a lot to be thankful for? Should you give up your seat at the table or hide out,
so as not to bring others down? Tune in for a conversation about some of the challenges associated with this traditional family holiday and how to find hints of gratitude even when you're just not "feeling it."

Getting it down on paper is one of the best ways to tend to our mental health. Whether it's journaling, sketching, list-making, brainstorming or letter writing, research supports the healing powers of self expression. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guest, Lucia Capacchione, about the many benefits of guided mindful journaling.

When the effects of combat and trauma  come home with them, many veterans find themselves struggling with the physical, mental and emotional fall out. Suicide claims 20 veterans each day and 20 percent of returning soldiers are suffering from PTSD. Operation Surf was created  by Van Curaza to restore hope and focus for veterans and their families. Tune in for a conversation with Van about surfing, his life and his work with Op Surf.

It has become easier to talk about dying with dignity and different ways to approach death. But we still cringe when it comes to addressing what happens once it's time to dispose of your body? Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist - in honor of All Hallows' Eve, when the veil between the living and the dead is most thin- in a discussion about different funeral traditions and options.

In almost every aspect of life, the current status of women in society is under assault - economically, politically, socially and personally.  With injustice and inequality so pervasive and systemically ingrained in our culture, even the most passionate of activists can feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to put their energies to make progress.  How do we connect the dots, find a common denominator, and begin to bring about true equality in an unequal world?  Tune in for a conversation about the fight for true equality. 

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Tune in for a conversation with the reluctant therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about making mental health a cultural priority. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

Making sense of parenting in the 21st century can be full of twists and turns, conflicting opinions and research. Unfortunately, you'll never know how you're doing as a parent until it may be too late to change course. Tune in for a conversation about making the most of your parenting years and ensuring that you've provided the best foundation for your child.

If we can't talk about it how can we make it better? September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention month -  so it's time to have the conversation about one of the most difficult mental health issues we face. No one is immune and suicide does not discriminate - so everyone needs to be aware of the red flags, recognize triggers and be willing to reach out for help when they need it or be there for someone who may be struggling. Join us for this important hour with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

Looking back over the summer of 2017 it will be the memories of time spent alone in blissful solitude, and the time spent in joyful community with those we love, along with the moments of awe and wonder, surprise and comedic disaster that will sustain our mental health and well-being. It is in the sharing and retelling of these memories and stories that we keep them alive and active in our hearts. Tune in for a conversation about those memories we've collected and how they far outlast the collecting of things.

Five years ago Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York and the Jersey shore, spreading destruction and devastation in a way the country had never experienced. It was considered the storm of a century - until Harvey and Irma came ashore. How do we recover physically, emotionally and communally when faced with the unimaginable? Tune in for a conversation with Sandy survivor, Ed Wright, about the lessons learned post this catastrophic storm.

North to Alaska

Sep 5, 2017

Elizabeth Barrett asks “What is community?” and “What is home?” as she continues her summer adventures, traveling around the nation.  This week she takes us to Alaska, where she explores, not just the natural beauty and wide open spaces of our 49th state, but also the communities made up of people who call Alaska home.  Tune in for a show from the road in Juneau, Alaska with the Reluctant Therapist.

This show from the road features conversations with two men, of two different generations with two very different perspectives on the future of farming and meeting the needs of a growing population. Tune in to meet Farmer John from Half Moon Bay, a third generation family farmer and long time community leader, and Robin "Bloom" Liepman, musician, activist and passionate advocate of the permaculture movement.

What happens when a community comes together to hear what their neighbors have to say about their shared hometown? Tune in for a follow-up conversation with Ashlin Hatch and Kyle Berlin about their project, "Nice Town, Normal People." They will be sharing how their recent performances were received, what they learned from the 100 interviews they conducted with residents, and what they see as the next step for Arroyo Grande, and other towns around the country, grappling with change, growth and competing visions for the future.

Is it really eavesdropping, or is it simply being friendly, to chime in on the conversation of strangers? Sometimes the greatest interactions happen in the most unlikely places and circumstances, so wouldn't it be a shame to miss out on a new friendship for fear of being too bold? And in order to make any new connections in life, someone has to jump in and initiate the exchange. Tune in for a conversation about the art of striking up a conversation, and enjoying wherever that experience takes you.

In our quest to make life appear to be more simple, manageable or understandable, we have unintentionally created more challenges to getting along, getting by and maintaining our mental health and well-being. Understanding the complexities of our social world can feel overwhelming but broadening, instead of narrowing, our worldview can be liberating. Tune in for a conversation about some issues that aren't all bad, or all good, they just are.

Some of the most exciting times in our life happen in the space between feelings of utter despair, pain and suffering and feelings of mastery, joy and completion. And yet - we've been conditioned to believe that we should avoid destruction at all costs, and focus instead on maintaining balance and ease. But efforts to remain comfortable can eventually prevent us from experiencing profound growth, enlightenment and joy. Tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the importance of stepping into the liminal space and embracing the unknown.

Some of the most exciting times in our life happen in the space between feelings of utter despair, pain and suffering and feelings of mastery, joy and completion. And yet - we've been conditioned to believe that we should avoid destruction at all costs, and focus instead on maintaining balance and ease. But efforts to remain comfortable can eventually prevent us from experiencing profound growth, enlightenment and joy. Tune in for a conversation about the importance of stepping into the liminal space and embracing the unknown.

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