Counseling & Therapy

blue table, candle, watch, ink, key, words_ how to welcome in your light and shadow selves, journaling activity, blog post by Patty Bechtold @wiselifetherapy.com

How to Welcome In Your Light and Shadow Selves

How to Welcome in Your Light and Shadow Selves: A Journaling Activity Have you heard about the light and shadow selves within you? It’s long been a popular psychological theory, originating with Carl Jung. At its core is the belief that our personalities carry both light and shadow within them, and that our journey through…

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Tree, words_ a simple way to discover your midlife season of life, blog post by Patty Bechtold therapy for women, wiselifetherapy.com

A Simple Way to Discover Your Midlife Season of Life

Your Midlife Season of Life Long ago, when I was a child, there was a song that used to be on the radio. September Song, by Kurt Weill. I remember my mother would pause when it started to play. I remember the wistful look on her face as she listened… Oh it’s a long, long…

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door in red brick wall, words - A therapist’s 100th blog post and a poem by Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

A Therapist’s 100th Blog Post and A Poem

Here I am today writing (and celebrating) my 100th blog post. It’s exactly five years since this website went live and I published my first blog post. I like the symmetry of that, even though it’s unexpected. Actually, I thought I’d reach my 100th blog post sooner. In the beginning I was aiming for 25…

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blue table, candle, watch, ink, key, words - getting lost and finding yourself again-blog post by Patty Bechtold, therapy for women, at wiselifetherapy.com

5 Practices for Getting Lost and Finding Yourself

Five Practices for Getting Lost and Finding Yourself, with Journaling Prompts During the past year I’ve been quietly celebrating 21 years as a therapist and life coach for women. It’s one of those significant milestones that deserves space here on my blog but I’ve struggled to know what to say about it. Also, I’ve felt…

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rustic table, window, words_ how to walk away from over responsibility, blog post from women’s life coach Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

Walk Away from Over Responsibility

I’ve seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write… and you know it’s a funny thing about housecleaning… it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility…to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures.…

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