Counseling & Therapy

Northern California Life Coach + Therapist Patty Bechtold describes how to write to understand the meaning of life with Ira Progoff's stepping stones journaling activity, wiselifetherapy.com

How to journal your way into the meaning of life

A major part of the meaning of life is contained in the very discovering of it. It is an ongoing experience of growth that involves a deepening contact with reality…the meaning of life cannot be told. It has to happen to a person. —Ira Progoff Today I’m following up from my last post about the…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold writes about how the film Stranger than Fiction unearthed her softer inner voice at wiselifetherapy.com

My inner voice: Stranger than fiction

It was a time when we were nearing the end of 2020 and I was thinking about how unrelenting it had all been. Right about then my inner voice declared that if last year had been a book, it would have been named Unrelenting. And then I wondered what others might name it. I’ve been…

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Women's counselor and life coach Patty Bechtold shares 11 ways to feel good about yourself at wiselifetherapy.com

How to feel good about yourself [11 things]

Well, 2020 was quite a year, wasn’t it? I don’t think we even know yet the toll that the emotional exhaustion has taken. And with all this in the background, it may be harder than usual to feel good about yourself.  Adding insult to injury is that even though it’s just 14 days into 2021, we…

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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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