Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

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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The soulful journal writing circle in Sonoma County offered by Patty Bechtold of wiselifetherapy.com

Soulful Journaling: Writing Circle for Women in Sonoma County

The whispers of your soul. You hear them, don’t you? Maybe you hear them when you’re feeling a little empty. Or when it seems like you’re just skimming the surface of life. And perhaps you’re tired of the routine, the endless to do’s. You’re so ready for something different. You’re pretty sure there’s more for you.…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about how to take the gifts you give yourself at wiselifetherapy.com

How to Take the Gifts You Give Yourself

A few Sundays ago I was sitting at a table, lost in my own world. Paints, sponges, words, images were spread out before me. Journals stacked precariously near the edge of the table.  Definitely, I was making a mess, the good kind. The kind of mess that slows you down and brings you back to…

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