Life Transition & Grief

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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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Patty Bechtold, life coach for women, blogs about your unlived life at wiselifetherapy.com

Is your unlived life calling to you?

Is your unlived life calling to you? Something’s shifted in the past few months and I see glimpses of it around me. I see women stepping back and lifting the covers on the unlived life, or the parts of themselves that don’t get much time and attention.  Some women have been able to slow down…

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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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