Life Transition & Grief

Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about the complexity of being with grief at wiselifetherapy.com

The Complexity of Being with Grief

Not long ago I made some Earl Grey tea in my favorite mug from Chloe’s French cafe and began pondering what being with grief means for me, and perhaps others too.   Sadly, Chloe’s was badly damaged in the Tubb’s fire over two years ago, so the owners decided to close up shop and focus…

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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 blogs about what it means to listen to your one wild and precious life at wiselifetherapy.com

Your wild and precious life: you don’t have to know

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Somewhere along the way you may have come upon this question before. It’s the final line in Mary Oliver’s famous poem, The Summer Day. I’ve seen this line quoted on so many websites and blogs during the past decade that…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold explores what happens when you write every day, wiselifetherapy.com

This is what happens when you write every day

During the month of October I took part in The Devoted Writer, an online writing class where we were encouraged and supported to write every day for 15 minutes. Some of my classmates were there with specific goals, perhaps to work on a book or blog. Others were looking to enhance or get back into…

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After the fires: Letting go in order to create what comes next

The poppies are back. Their bright orange faces are everywhere right now, but they enchant me most when I see them cascading down a wall in the Fountain Grove neighborhood. Sadly, Fountain Grove was hit hard by the Santa Rosa firestorms, and I remember the first time I drove through and saw the destruction. I…

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