Patty Bechtold, therapist and life coach, writes about beginning again

Beginning Again: Rooted

Beginning again. Pausing. Rising and falling in ancient rhythms. Stopping. Silence. The lull of the earth’s rotation. The waves, moving in, moving out. The sun and moon orbiting, warming, pulling. Beginning again. Loose. Languid. Receiving. As the world turns so do you.  Swimming in pools of honey. Swimming in liquid sunlight. Clouds scattering across the…

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Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about feeling like you don't fit in and explores words that can help at wiselifetherapy.com

Feeling like you don’t fit in?

Here we are almost at the end of 2020, and you might be feeling like you don’t fit in.  The holidays have arrived, but it all feels kind of surreal. Life goes on, but we’re in the midst of an unrelenting limbo. Times like these definitely provoke feelings that we don’t fit in. For ages…

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Caring and kindness: Shadow Work

I wrote this during a gathering of the Soulful Journal Writing Circle. My inspiration came from my circle sisters and from Joy Harjo’s beautiful poem (see below). Caring and kindness: Shadow Work We must take the utmost care and kindness in all things. Especially in the ways we see ourselves, know ourselves.  Inner caring and kindness is the…

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Nine ways to get through anxious times from Santa Rosa life coach & psychotherapist Patty Bechtold. www.wiselifetherapy.com

9 ways to feel better during anxious times

We’ve had some anxious times here in California lately. Still, we’re getting really good at packing our go bags and having them ready in case of evacuations or emergencies. And these days, you can find tons of online advice about just what needs to go in a go bag. But lately I’ve wondered if we need…

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Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about how to create a self-care journal at wiselifetherapy.com

What goes in my self-care journal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) You might be wondering, what exactly makes a journal a self-care journal? I pondered this myself for a long time, sometimes wondering if I needed separate journals, one that was a “regular” journal and one…

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