Depression & Anxiety

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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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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Life coach and therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about finding solace in a writing prompt at wiselifetherapy.com

Finding solace in a writing prompt

Finding solace. Last month I was talking with a friend and she used the word solace. I remembered it was a word I loved. The essence of it. The sound of it, the way it lingers on your tongue. I thought about two books I’d read in the Before Times that had solace in their titles:…

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musings from a therapist's journal - Patty Bechtold writes about the return to normal during difficult times at wiselifetherapy.com.jpg

Is it possible to return to normal?

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) Is it possible to return to normal? Saturday was one of those perfect days: intense blue sky, soft breezes, an almost too-warm sun. You could kind of forget about the fires and mayhem that began…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about why imagination is important for healing and hope at wiselifetherapy.com

Why imagination is important now more than ever

Imagination is important. Imagination has saved me a thousand times. I wrote those words in my journal 10 days ago. It was good timing; I need the reminder today. Because, as you may know, Northern California is experiencing another onslaught of wildfires. Some of the most beautiful landscapes are going up in flames or being…

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