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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold explores how to cope when you just want to run away from everything wiselifetherapy.com

How to cope when you just want to run away from everything

Imagine this: You’re in the car, out on the open road, and suddenly you wonder what would happen if you just kept going. You feel a powerful urge to leave it all behind, because, well, life is complicated. And a part of you just wants to run away from everything. Have you ever yearned to…

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Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold of wiselifetherapy.com is writing about the best self help book for summer

The best self-help book for summer

First, a disclaimer. I’m not the perfect authority on the best self-help book for summer because I’m not exactly a self-help book person. They can feel too prescribed for me, too repetitive, too simple. Sometimes even too confusing. More often than not I end up feeling somewhat empty by the end of the book, like…

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Why summer play is good for your mental health from Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com, Santa Rosa CA

Why summer play is good for your mental health

It’s the day before the summer solstice, and I’m sitting on my patio writing this in the warm sun. I’m surrounded by just-blooming lavender, riotous (and sweetly scented) jasmine vines, yellow-buttoned santolina and a host of other perennials that are either flowering profusely or soon will be. The finches are calling back and forth to…

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10 things to tell yourself when self-compassion feels hard, from Therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com, Santa Rosa CA

10 things to tell yourself when self-compassion feels hard

In my day-to-day work as a therapist and coach, there’s often a theme that appears. It weaves its way through a week or a month. It keeps showing up, like brightly colored yarn that stands out in a multi-colored shawl. Most recently, that strand of yarn has been all about the reality that for many…

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Wisdom Tending_ New women's support group with Santa Rosa therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold

Wisdom Tending: support, connection and time to nurture your life

Deep within you is a primal memory of women, coming together.  To listen. To encourage. To share stories. To tend and honor wisdom. And most of all, to support and stand by each other. Have you noticed it can be hard to find that kind of support these days? Nowadays, instead of sitting face-to-face with…

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