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Free Live Virtual New Year Retreat hosted by Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

*Free* Live Virtual New Year Retreat 2019

Lately I’ve been wondering just what it is we need at the end of one year and the beginning of another. Maybe that’s because I’m always a bit surprised (again) by the flood of advice directed toward women at this time of year. I guess I’m especially feeling it this year, after having recently written…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold blogs about what it means to listen to your one wild and precious life at wiselifetherapy.com

Your wild and precious life: you don’t have to know

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Somewhere along the way you may have come upon this question before. It’s the final line in Mary Oliver’s famous poem, The Summer Day. I’ve seen this line quoted on so many websites and blogs during the past decade that…

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Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold explores what happens when you write every day, wiselifetherapy.com

This is what happens when you write every day

During the month of October I took part in The Devoted Writer, an online writing class where we were encouraged and supported to write every day for 15 minutes. Some of my classmates were there with specific goals, perhaps to work on a book or blog. Others were looking to enhance or get back into…

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Wisdom Tending: New Women’s Circle in Santa Rosa

The first time I sat down to guide a women’s circle, I knew I’d come home. It was like I’d stumbled on the secret password that opened the door to sisterhood, and entered into a beautiful room. A room that was so human and so old. It was the beginning of my great and growing love for…

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Santa Rosa therapist & life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about the hospital fantasy & other escape fantasies at wiselifetherapy.com

Let’s unpack the hospital fantasy

Have you heard of the hospital fantasy? I’ve known about it for a long while, but just recently learned it has an actual name. When I first started seeing clients back in the day, I was kind of surprised when they’d tell me about their hospital fantasies. Partly that’s because I don’t like hospitals, but…

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