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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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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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Santa Rosa psychotherapist Patty Bechtold writes about how to be your own self-care guide at wiselifetherapy.com

How to be your own self-care guide

The ubiquitous self-care guide: it’s everywhere.  I mean, it’s actually a thing. But I didn’t know that until yesterday. It all started when I was thinking about what to write today. I was curious to see if anyone else had written about being your own self-care guide. That’s when I discovered pages and pages of…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold explores the question of why self care is hard at wiselifetherapy.com

Self-care is still hard. Now what?

Not long ago I read a social media post from a woman who’s an expert on self-care. She wrote about how self-care is hard, even for her, and she explained how she’d been through a rough time with it lately. My heart went out to her and I could relate, because I’ve been there too,…

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