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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 therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold explores how to cope when you just want to run away from everything wiselifetherapy.com

How to cope when you just want to run away from everything

Imagine this: You’re in the car, out on the open road, and suddenly you wonder what would happen if you just kept going. You feel a powerful urge to leave it all behind, because, well, life is complicated. And a part of you just wants to run away from everything. Have you ever yearned to…

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Why summer play is good for your mental health from Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com, Santa Rosa CA

Why summer play is good for your mental health

It’s the day before the summer solstice, and I’m sitting on my patio writing this in the warm sun. I’m surrounded by just-blooming lavender, riotous (and sweetly scented) jasmine vines, yellow-buttoned santolina and a host of other perennials that are either flowering profusely or soon will be. The finches are calling back and forth to…

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How to embrace life transition as a creative process

A few months ago I wrote about the signs and clues that tell you you’re probably in the midst of a life transition. And I promised to write more about what you most need during times like these. So I’ve been mulling it over and I keep coming back to this: perhaps what we most…

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Thoughts on New Year's resolution anxiety from Therapist and Life Coach Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com in Santa Rosa CA

New Year’s Resolution Anxiety

We’re four days into 2018, and no doubt you’ve seen or heard something about New Year’s resolutions by now. Perhaps someone has asked you if you have any, or you might already have your own list. And maybe, if you’re prone to anxiety or have a history of worrying (like me), you could also be feeling…

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