Joan Bechtel, MFT Intern

Joan Bechtel, MFT Intern

Joan Bechtel, MFT Intern

Joan believes answering the call of the heart is the key to expanding our choices. But how do we hear the call? And how do we answer it? Do we speak “heart”?

For many of us the call of the heart has been buried under life’s ongoing stresses. But in times of trouble its voice may rise up to grab our attention! We may experience intense pain, anger, conflict or perhaps a loss of feeling–these are some of the ways the heart cries out. Crisis can mean opportunity!

The call of the heart beckons us to begin a journey of discovery. Gifts await. Gifts of empowerment, creative choice-making, the gift of our inherent worth, our entitlement to our authentic needs, desires and joy: the gifts of self love. But these gifts are often locked away in a buried chest marked “Toxic: Selfishness.” Maybe it’s time to grant ourselves permission to reclaim these treasures and to redefine “selfishness.”

Joan believes this choice-expanding journey is best begun with the gentle playfulness of curiosity, wonder, and fun! She enjoys providing safety, compassion, creative experiential resources and warm encouragement to her clients as they explore their own creative paths through the challenges and opportunities they face. And to let it be fun!

Joan has a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University with an emphasis in expressive arts.

Marriage and Family Therapist InternSupervised by Marsha Rusby, MFT #39234
Call Joan at 925-932-0150, ext. 307
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Clinical Areas of Focus

PTSD, Trauma, Life Transitions, Spiritual Issues, Grief, Depression, Anxiety, Elders Identity issues, Children, Couples, Families, School issues

Insurance Accepted

CalWorks, Contra Costa Health Plan (Employees), Healthy Families, Victim Witness (VOC)

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