mental health

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Broadcast date: 6/2/16

Integrating behavioral health into our primary care system is no easy task. 

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.

What's in a Name?

May 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/03/2016

How we come to be named is a fundamental part of our journey and what we are named plays a big part in forming our personalities and shaping our future. 

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

The challenge of awareness

Apr 26, 2016

Broadcast date: 04/26/2016

Is mere awareness enough to inspire empathy and change? Every concern facing the planet and humanity calls for awareness and hopes for action but there seems to be little movement toward improvement and when it comes to sexual assault and environmental degradation - we seem to be moving backwards. Tune in for a conversation about the need for more than knowledge in moving toward healing .

Broadcast date: 2/4/16

Trauma Informed Care (TIC), is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. 

Broadcast date: 10/1/15

Reins of H.O.P.E. empowers clients to improve communication and problem solving skills, build confidence and trust in self and relationships and decrease mental health issues with the help of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

Mental illness, such as depression, is very common in older adults. Mental illness in an older adult can go untreated and unnoticed because people often dismiss it as a normal part of aging, or at times symptoms are associated with other medical conditions.  

Broadcast date: 1/22/2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mental health and substance use abuse coverage has been expanded greatly.  Prior to its implementation, about one-third of individuals with health insurance had no coverage for substance use disorder services, and almost 20 percent had no coverage for mental health disorders.  

Broadcast date: 11/18/2014

As we enter into our season of gathering, meals become one of the central components of our celebrations.  How we come together and the food we choose to share are important to maintaining our mental and physical health.  But with all of the noise we hear from the media and our own inner dialogues, it can be easy to dismiss the importance of our traditional feasts.  Tune in for a discussion of the benefits of sitting around the table. 

UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.

Broadcast date: 10/7/14

Mental health is a state of well being in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to our community.  How is the state of your mental health? 

Broadcast date: 7/29/2014

The Bucket List

Jul 21, 2014

What’s on yours?  It’s often called a Bucket List, that collection of things you pledge to do before you die.  But often we make these lists and then set them aside for some much later date, when we have more time, more freedom, and more money.  But it might be time to check a few goals off the list to spice up your life, improve your mental health, and maybe inspire others to do the same.  Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the joy of creating the ultimate wish list.  What’s on yours?  As always, your calls with questions and com

Too often we miss out on some of life's simple pleasures because we are too focused on our shortcomings instead of embracing and enhancing what we have.  Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guests, Grant Garcia and Kannyn January, from Ambience clothing as they discuss the connection between fashion and mental health.  Taking charge of your wardrobe may help you to get more out of your life.  Or maybe just having more fun with your clothes will boost your mood and outlook.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm.  The reluctant therapist.

Nationwide there are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Luis Obispo County alone, ACTION estimates veterans make up close to 10% of the population.  Reports suggest that some 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or Depression.  It’s believed that 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. PTSD can have potentially lethal consequences. Asking for help is extremely shaming, especially for combat arms soldiers.

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.

Today's parents highly prize and pamper their prodigy unlike any generation before them, but is this in the best interest of the children?  Tune in from 2 - 3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guests about the challenges associated with intensely focused parenting.  Caring talk for the central coast here on your public radio station KCBX.

When it comes to our mental health and well-being it's as important to recognize the triumphs as it is to acknowledge the struggles.  Tune in from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, to celebrate life's joys, and moments of perfection.  Your calls are welcomed and encouraged.

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


Mar 7, 2014

Conflict can often be the most dreaded interaction in any relationship.  It arises anytime the behavior or desires of one person interfere with the behaviors and desires of another.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about how to make peace with the inevitability of conflict in our most intimate relationships

We are a culture overwhelmed with stress, anxiety and depression - much of it related to the pace and deteriorating quality of our lives. 

Sometimes when life gets too rushed, too busy, and too out-of-control we need to physically and mentally retreat to regain our footing and reset our emotional clock. Tune in Tuesday afternoon from 2-3 for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the mental health benefits of yearly retreats.

Sometimes no matter how hard we work, no matter how many experts we consult or programs we try - we just can't seem to get better. So how do we learn to cope and carry on when therapy just doesn't seem to work? Tune in Tuesday from 2-3 pm for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about healing, and the downside of too much therapy.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Tony Huffaker, Director of Counseling for Hospice of San Luis Obispo County.  Tony discusses the upcoming International Survivors of Suicide Day.  We will hear what the Day is about, misconceptions about suicide, and where people can go for support.