Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

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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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold explores the practice of beginning again at wiselifetherapy.com

How to Begin Again…and Again

We’re well into January, and I’m cautiously wanting to tell you I may finally be getting this thing about how to begin again. Seeing that every moment is an opportunity to begin again…and again. Of course, others have arrived here way before me and I’m definitely a novice. It doesn’t necessarily come easily either, but…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about why it's okay not to forgive at wiselifetherapy.com

Here’s Why It’s Okay Not to Forgive

Yes, it’s okay not to forgive. Because forgiveness is a very personal thing. Often it’s a lifelong journey. But definitely not an absolute requirement for a whole and happy life. In fact, with forgiveness, each person gets to apply their own personal meaning to it. And what might be forgiveness for one person wouldn’t seem so…

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