Depression & Anxiety

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 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 Counselor Patty Bechtold writes about how music soothes the soul during troubling times, wiselifetherapy.com

How music soothes the soul in troubling times

Music soothes the soul. A few days ago a wave of sadness hit me. I was standing in the kitchen, waiting for the kettle to boil. Thinking ragged thoughts and feeling pretty empty. Finding it hard to believe everything that’s been happening. Because it wasn’t supposed to be like this. And without really being aware…

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Santa Rosa Life Coach and Therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about how to welcome it all without dwelling in emotional pain at wiselifetherapy.com

How to Welcome It All Without Dwelling in Emotional Pain

Emotional pain. I’d venture to guess we’re all feeling more than our share of it these days.  There’s something else I’ve noticed recently too, perhaps directly related to the times we’re living in. Especially in the personal growth arena, I’ve noticed many more stories of struggle that are sad, difficult, challenging, painful and traumatic. On…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold writes about the fear beneath the fear at wiselifetherapy.com

Moving Beyond the Fear Beneath the Fear

As a therapist and coach, women tell me things. And so often, women tell me two things in particular.  First, they tell me that they feel detached in some way from who they are. They long to reclaim something deep within themselves. It’s usually hard to name, but it might feel like an inner knowing or…

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