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How to embrace life transition as a creative process

A few months ago I wrote about the signs and clues that tell you you’re probably in the midst of a life transition. And I promised to write more about what you most need during times like these. So I’ve been mulling it over and I keep coming back to this: perhaps what we most…

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7 life paradoxes that can help you feel better from Therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold at, Santa Rosa CA

7 life paradoxes to help you feel better

I just got a book of Zen koans. It was an impulse purchase, and I snatched it up without thinking much about it. It seemed like the perfect resource guide for these ambiguous, ambivalent times. I’ve read that koans are helpful for understanding the paradoxical aspects of reality. So even though I’m a koan novice,…

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Therapeutic writing as a self care practice

When you think about therapeutic writing, you might imagine an activity where you write about deep emotions, problems or traumas. And you would be right to think that, because there’s a well-researched writing activity that can be tremendously helpful for healing and lessening symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, there’s even more to love about…

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Why midlife career change is complicated from Therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold at, Santa Rosa CA

Why midlife career change is complicated

In my early twenties, there was nothing I wanted more than to act onstage. I was quite certain that this was my one true calling, my destiny. Little did I know that it was actually the beginning of my own journey toward understanding that indeed, midlife career change is complicated. But years before I got…

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ractices to work with your inner critic from Santa Rosa Therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold at, Santa Rosa CA

Is it time to practice being kinder to your inner critic?

Do you ever just get fed up with that critical voice within? Maybe sometimes you simply want to lash out and put it in its place and be done with it for good. The interesting thing is, though, that silencing it probably won’t help you feel any better or succeed in abolishing it. And perhaps…

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