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A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist

The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, leads a conversation about the state of our collective mental health and the ways in which our helping professions are either aiding or getting in the way of our cultural well-being. With so many social services, treatments and programs available - why are we all still struggling in so many ways?

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American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Environment

There is currently no magic pill that can successfully treat or reverse Alzheimer's or Dementia - in spite of decades long efforts by biological scientists and Big Pharma to find a cure. In their book, American Dementia, Dr's Peter Whitehouse and Daniel George explore how our faith in innovation, technology and medicine as pathways to the ultimate life have lead us down a path of personal and global destruction. Tune it Tuesday at 2 for a Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett with the authors about their comprehensive plan to reverse our outdated beliefs about brain health and cognitive decline.

58mins

20 Oct 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Factoring in new mental health challenges to our already existing ones in the age of Covid

59mins

12 Oct 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Keeping pregnancy termination a secret can be harmful to mental health

Everyone has secrets, and many of us are harmed by the effects of keeping them, especially surrounding our most personal decisions, like the termination of a pregnancy. Often our best way out of the negative emotions surrounding holding on to these secrets is to share them. In this powerful hour, hear Elizabeth Barrett, The Reluctant Therapist, share her story and hear from others who have made this life altering choice.

1hr 1min

29 Sep 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Launching our children into new steps of life

From the day they are born, we are preparing our children to be ready to set out on their own. But with every successful launching comes the inevitable empty nest, the too quiet house, the sense of loss and purpose, but also the joyous heartache of knowing the world is shifting in all of the right ways and it's time to step aside. This week's Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, is about the pain, pride, sorrow and joy that accompany each experience of letting go.

58mins

21 Sep 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Comedian Marty Ross ging with grace, discovering passions along the way

Marty Ross spent 50 years doing sales in the fashion industry, married and divorced 3 times, had two daughter, 3 grandchildren and then — after retiring — discovered a talent for comedy, toured the country for 15 years and made his national debut on America's Got Talent, at the age of 80. Join in our weekly Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and Mr. Ross about hidden talents, discovering passions and aging loudly.

58mins

14 Sep 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: A 1-on-1 with AdBusters co-founder Kalle Lasn

Sometimes, there's a conversation that's worth diving into without the need for introduction. Join the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a wide-covering conversation with Kalle Lasn, a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of AdBusters, which refers to itself as a "a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age." The two discuss, among other topics, Lasn's work with AdBusters and its influence on politics, an exploration of the current climate crisis and what lies ahead for Generation Z.

1hr

7 Sep 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Reflecting on a life well-explored

In this "best of" episode from August 2019, the Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett speaks with Dr. Lois Bristow ahead of her 90th birthday from Bend, Oregon. Bristow speaks with much wisdom to share about her journey and the realities of aging. It's a show from the road celebrating life, unexpected gifts and the agelessness of friendship.

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31 Aug 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Keeping love aflame in an overworking world

Maintaining a healthy marriage can be challenging in the best of circumstances. For high profile couples like award-winning photographer, author and filmmaker Chris Burkard and his wife Breanne, keeping the love alive requires a lot of patience, resilience and compromise. The Reluctant Therapist Elizabeth Barrett joins the Burkards in this "best of" conversation about their life, their struggles, their joys and how they've managed to "make it work" for over a decade.

1hr 46mins

24 Aug 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Vaccine collectivism in the age of autonomy

In a country and culture that esteems the individual, civil liberties and personal freedoms, at what point are we responsible for the health and well-being of the collective? What happened to the moral imperative in taking actions that are in the best interest of the greater good and not our own self-service? The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, welcomes in religious studies professor Stephen Lloyd-Moffett for this week's conversation about the need for more people taking actions that improve all lives instead of focusing on their own.

1hr 1min

17 Aug 2021

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The Reluctant Therapist: Finding the nuggets in life worth living

Author and environmental activist Wendell Berry once said, "be joyful even though you know all facts." Given the information and events that continue to bode poorly on our future: What is it that still gets you up in the morning? In this week's Conversation with the Reluctant Therapsit, Elizabeth Barrett takes calls and talks about finding the nuggets that make life worth living, in the face of dark realities.

59mins

10 Aug 2021

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