Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

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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life is a journey-musings from a therapist's journal from Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

Life is a journey and we’re definitely on it

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) We’ve all heard it before: life is a journey not a destination.  It seems a little obvious these days, and yet there’s a part of me that keeps hoping I’ll arrive at a destination far…

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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 psychotherapist Patty Bechtold blogs about why boredom is good for you at wiselifetherapy.com

Why boredom is good for you these days

Have you heard that boredom is good for you?  Not only does boredom improve mental health, it also opens up space for creativity and self-compassion. And in these challenging days we’re living in, boredom can be a way for you to step back from all the noise. In the 21st century though, boredom has almost…

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Santa Rosa life coach & psychotherapist Patty Bechtold blogs about heartfelt desire at www.wiselifetherapy.com

Heartfelt Desire and the Passion Vine

True, heartfelt desire: what is it? And what’s the difference between everyday wanting and deep desire? These are actually questions that I ponder, because I have to admit I am wary of too much wanting.  Because sometimes it feels like there’s a drumbeat of wanting going on around us all the time. It’s propelled, in…

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