mental health and well being

Angel Russell

Since the start of the pandemic, a Central Coast nonprofit animal services organization is seeing a huge increase in demand for its services. With more people adopting from shelters, C.A.R.E. 4 Paws is working to make sure animals don’t end up back there.

Depression and anxiety continue to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues across the U.S. it has created a level of isolation not previously seen before. Fear for our health, and that of family and friends, financial strain, food shortages, and much more brought on by the pandemic, can bring extraordinary stress into our daily lives. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in July 2020 found more than half of U.S. adults reported their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus, an increase of 20% from when the same question was asked in March 2020. 

Elizabeth Barrett explores ways we can deal with the current isolation caused by the pandemic and stay at home orders. Learn about Acceptance Commitment Therapy in this conversation with the Reluctant Therapist.

We are in an era when acts of violence have become almost commonplace. We have calls for reform, regulations and more mental health care; we call, we write, we argue, we march. But what no one seems to do is understand or address the factors that lead someone to plan and execute an attack on others. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the gaping holes in our social fabric that lead to acts of despicable desperation.

The are the four essential tools for mental health and well-being. The question is, how to we put them all together in challenging times? And how do you know if we're on the right path? Listen as Elizabeth Barrett discusses the paths to healing that are within our reach if we are willing to own our power and take responsibility for our lives.

Tune in for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett about the value of spirituality in our lives with guest Dr. Matthew Fox.

How do we best nurture the wonders of nature, life, adventure, service and learning in our children when our lives are already so full?

St. Valentine's Day is often dismissed as merely a commercial holiday - but when it comes to maintaining our mental health and well-being, deep satisfying relationships are a key component. So maybe it's time to rethink the importance of celebrating and honoring the loves in our lives. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation about how to best nurture love and connection in our most cherished relationships.

Broadcast date: 10/02/2014

According to the CDC, with over 38,000 people dying by suicide in the U.S. each year, the numbers of deaths from suicide now surpass deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention claims as many as 90% of individuals dying by suicide have treatable mental disorders, many of which have gone untreated or discovered.  

Behind every great man, and woman, there is a mentor, guide, or Yoda figure who inspired, pushed, lead, and helped to illuminate the path toward success or personal fulfillment.  Who is your mentor?  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the importance of wise elders, gifted educators, and visionary coaches for our development and well-being.  And how influencing others can add value and depth to our own lives.

Summer is a great time to take stock of our mental health and well-being.  The weather, the long days, and slower pace all lend themselves to taking care of our bodies and souls.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make the most of this season and connect with the joy that resides in us all!  Your calls with questions, comments and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the Central Coast here on your public radio station - KCBX

New Beginnings

May 30, 2014

During this season of graduations, weddings, and new beginnings it may be tempting to impart a wish for happiness to those we are celebrating.  But sharing that simple wish for “Happiness” as a life goal may be more of a burden than a blessing for those just starting out.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett for a discussion about helpful ways to offer good wishes and support without creating stress or confusion for those we love.  Your calls with questions or comments are welcomed and encouraged.  

Nothing is more therapeutic than a faithful friend, and there is no friend more faithful than a beloved pet.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest Dr. Steven Paulick, about the mental health benefits of animal companions, and how we can best care for our pets who so selflessly care for us. 

We are a society that struggles with mental health issues, yet many avoid seeking treatment for a variety of reasons.  Join A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the current state of our collective well being, and new ways of approaching and caring for our Mental Health.  Your calls with questions, comments, and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, The Reluctant Therapist on your public radio station, KCBX.

Spring is a time for hope and renewal, with the promise of warmer days, colorful blooms, wonderful food, and an opportunity to shake off the stagnation of winter for a fresh start in our own lives.  But before we can make a fresh start we have to be willing to let go of the past.  

Boredom is a state that we all experience at one time or another.  The trick is knowing how to recognize whether it's a potential agent for positive change or a dangerous strain on our ability to thrive.  Listen in as Elizabeth Barrett talks about the many faces of boredom and how to best channel yours. Caring talk for the Central Coast on your public radio station, KCBX.

Conscious uncoupling may sound like just a friendly parting of the ways, but a cutesy euphemism doesn’t minimize the devastating impact of divorce on children and families.  Tune in Tuesday for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, a Elizabeth Barrett, about the real world consequences associated with dismantling relationships.  Your calls with questions, comments or concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, Tuesday from 2-3 pm here on public radio KCBX.

How do you know when it's time to seek help for mental health issues?  Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about navigating the often complex world of therapy, from choosing a clinician to what to expect when you begin treatment.  Your calls with questions, concerns and comments are welcomed and encouraged during this program, or can be emailed ahead of time to elizabeth@thereluctanttherapist.com.

How we spend our time each day defines the quality of our life, and can impact our mental health and well-being. Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist about how we choose to fill our days - and what activities add the most value to our children's lives. Marriage and Family Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, is here each week to take your calls and answer questions about the quality of your life, love and relationships.