Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold shares 3 ways to cope with advice overload at wiselifetherapy.com

Advice Overload: 3 Ways to Cope

Hello and Happy New Year! I came back to work today and couldn’t help but notice that the advice machine is in full swing as it usually is in January. Yes, advice overload has arrived, yet again. You probably know how advice overload goes: a constant stream of advice aimed at women. Basically, the advice is…

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Moving Away and Moving Toward: Writing Prompts for Year’s End

We’re in the flow of moving away and moving toward. Scroll down for the free workshop that goes with this blog post: How to Deepen Your Journaling Process. ***** The end of another year, another decade. The beginning of new ones, and who knows what they’ll bring? Most of the women I talk with these days…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about what Courageous Living means at wiselifetherapy.com

Courageous Living Might Break Your Heart a Little

Courageous living: probably something you don’t think about too often. I didn’t either, until about two years ago when I came upon poet David Whyte’s 10 Questions that Have No Right to Go Away. Since then, I’ve returned to his questions to reflect and journal with them many times. And a few in particular keep pulling…

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Santa Rosa Life Coach and Therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about how to welcome it all without dwelling in emotional pain at wiselifetherapy.com

How to Welcome It All Without Dwelling in Emotional Pain

Emotional pain. I’d venture to guess we’re all feeling more than our share of it these days.  There’s something else I’ve noticed recently too, perhaps directly related to the times we’re living in. Especially in the personal growth arena, I’ve noticed many more stories of struggle that are sad, difficult, challenging, painful and traumatic. On…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about why it's okay not to forgive at wiselifetherapy.com

Here’s Why It’s Okay Not to Forgive

Yes, it’s okay not to forgive. Because forgiveness is a very personal thing. Often it’s a lifelong journey. But definitely not an absolute requirement for a whole and happy life. In fact, with forgiveness, each person gets to apply their own personal meaning to it. And what might be forgiveness for one person wouldn’t seem so…

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