Patty Bechtold, Therapist & Life Coach for women, writes about celebrating her business birthday at wiselifetherapy.com

It’s my business birthday and we just turned 20

It’s my business birthday. Exactly 20 years ago today I sat down with my very first private practice client.  I was six months out of grad school. Nervous but ready to claim myself as a counselor for people needing help with career and life transitions. I rented space in a therapist’s office. Only a few…

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A coronavirus mental health crisis: how do we meet the moment?

How to do we meet the coronavirus mental health moments? Sometimes (not often) it feels hard to write these blog posts. In fact, I wrote a very different post that was supposed to be published last week. But I found myself wondering and doubting: Is this helpful? What could I possibly have to say in…

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Santa Rosa psychotherapist Patty Bechtold blogs about why boredom is good for you at wiselifetherapy.com

Why boredom is good for you these days

Have you heard that boredom is good for you?  Not only does boredom improve mental health, it also opens up space for creativity and self-compassion. And in these challenging days we’re living in, boredom can be a way for you to step back from all the noise. In the 21st century though, boredom has almost…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about why feeling overwhelmed during COVID 19 does not mean there's anything to fix about yourself at wiselifetherapy.com

Feeling overwhelmed? There’s nothing you need to fix.

Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? I have at times, and mostly it’s because I’ve had this nagging sense that the world wants to fix me. Or short of that, tell me what I need to do right now and teach me how to do it. I suppose you could call it pandemic influenced information overload.…

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Santa Rosa life coach and therapist Patty Bechtold writes about the power of the human voice during difficult times @wiselifetherapy.com

Do you remember the power of the human voice?

The Power of the Human Voice Hey, you know that thing you carry around with you all the time? The thing that stores your social media apps, finds the sourdough bread recipe, gives directions, updates you on the latest news, texts that you’re running late? Yes, it’s all that but there’s so much more to…

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