Life Transition & Grief

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 writes about how it may help to remember that death is inevitable during difficult times at wiselifetherapy.com

Does it help to remember that death is inevitable?

Does it help to remember that death is inevitable? Many wise ones throughout history have suggested we consult our mortality (rather than our fears and ambitions) during times of turbulence, tragedy and transition. So perhaps it’s important to remember that death is inevitable for all of us. And by this I don’t mean to diminish…

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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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