Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold blogs about why imagination is important for healing and hope at

Why imagination is important now more than ever

Imagination is important. Imagination has saved me a thousand times. I wrote those words in my journal 10 days ago. It was good timing; I need the reminder today. Because, as you may know, Northern California is experiencing another onslaught of wildfires. Some of the most beautiful landscapes are going up in flames or being…

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musings from a therapist's journal-Patty Bechtold writes about how our sense of time has changed during the pandemic at

My sense of time has a life of its own

(Lately I’m sometimes called to write more personal blog posts that originate in my journal. This is one of them.) It’s remarkable to me how we’re all having this shared experience of the shifting sense of time. I like that we’re in it together, that we’re noticing the vagaries of time right now. I’m glad…

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Patty Bechtold, life coach for women, blogs about your unlived life at

Is your unlived life calling to you?

Is your unlived life calling to you? Something’s shifted in the past few months and I see glimpses of it around me. I see women stepping back and lifting the covers on the unlived life, or the parts of themselves that don’t get much time and attention.  Some women have been able to slow down…

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

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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Patty Bechtold, Therapist & Life Coach for women, writes about celebrating her business birthday at

It’s my business birthday and we just turned 20

It’s my business birthday. Exactly 20 years ago today I sat down with my very first private practice client.  I was six months out of grad school. Nervous but ready to claim myself as a counselor for people needing help with career and life transitions. I rented space in a therapist’s office. Only a few…

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