Elizabeth is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, licensed marriage and family therapist with 20 years of experience in the helping professions, host of A Conversation with The Reluctant Therapist – a weekly radio program on Public Radio KCBX (kcbx.org), a lecturer in the Psychology/Child Development department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and a mental health coach/speaker specializing in personal growth, family life and relationship issues. Elizabeth graduated with an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (1993) with a focus on Depth Psychology utilizing dream work, the arts and ancient wisdom to address the struggles experienced in our complex modern lives. Elizabeth interned with the County of San Luis Obispo as a crisis/in-home counselor for a child abuse prevention program. During this experience Elizabeth focused on parenting and communication skills as the keys to individual health and well-being within the family system. This work lead to an opportunity to create The Parent Way (5 Steps to Building a Fabulous Family), a video series and workbook that she wrote and hosted, which has been a recurring segment on the local cable access station and has also been used in various parent training programs. Elizabeth’s love for radio and passion for working with those who are struggling with personal and relationship issues; and a growing frustration with the disease/medical-model of treatment prevalent in the helping professions – lead to the creation of her show, The Reluctant Therapist. These original 15 minute - Ted Talk-type segments began airing on KCBX in 2009. In January 2013 - A Conversation with The Reluctant Therapist moved to its new weekly one hour spot, Tuesdays at 2, featuring a commentary and listener calls around a relational topic concerning our collective mental health and well-being. Previous shows can be accessed at KCBX.ORG under the News/Talk tab. Podcasts are available through iTunes, NPR One or wherever podcasts are available.