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Letter to You

Like many of us, I do not have a perfect past. When I was younger, I struggled deeply with depression, and because of this I had a difficult childhood. I gradually started to go down the wrong path. My parents didn't know what to do with me.

 

One night I awakened suddenly to two giant individuals standing over me on the couch, where I had fallen asleep the night before. They were hired to transport me out of state where I was to live the next 9 weeks in the wilderness of Utah.

My parents, at a loss of what to do, hired a couple transporters 

to remove me from my childhood home and

place me into an out of state, ‘Wilderness Program.’

Man Hiking in Wilderness

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Following what had become the most difficult 9 weeks of my life up to that point came another blow, 13-months at a ‘Therapeutic Boarding School.’ Turns out this was part of TTI (The Troubled Teen Industry), and the school has since shutdown. To provide some perspective, during those 13 months at that program I often wished I could go back to living in the wilderness.

 

As you could imagine, my journey back from this experience was a long one. However, my life radically changed as my passion (One may call it obsession), for training, nutrition, mental health, and overall health grew. Initially, this was just so I could heal myself after quite a lot of trauma.

 

However, this passion met my biggest innate need, which is to help people who need the help but feel like they have no one.

I understand that a business does not usually lead with personal vulnerability. However, because the nature of how I work with people is truly relationship-based care, I think it’s important that you know about my journey and background. As you can imagine I went through a lifetime of therapy. However, your therapists utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Technique), are actually trained to not develop a relationship with the client. This was very difficult because I never felt I could trust and share with someone that wasn’t giving part of themselves as well. Not to say that the patient or client shouldn’t be the focus, but I think many of us with trust issues need a little bit of give and take in order to open up.

Image by Tim Goedhart

 This journey we embark on together takes both of

us giving ourselves to achieve what you are looking for.

I am now thankful for going through everything I did because I would not be able to do what I do now, at this level of success, without the experiences I went through. This is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about trauma-informed care, and how ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences), can affect our behavior as we get older. 

Early in my professional career, for the first few years, I was a personal trainer, then became a nutritionist, continued studying sleep, then psychology, trauma, and even behavioral change. This became a passion of mine even as I went into different areas with my career. I have recognized that you can go to a personal trainer, a nutritionist, sleep specialist, or even psychologist. However, the cost and time of that would be tremendous. Also, and more importantly, there is rarely any sort of communication between those modalities. I believe the communication between those categories is exactly where greatly improved health lives. Improved health lets you take back control and confidence needed to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Afterall, we only get one life so shouldn't we stop settling?

In good health,

Brett Patching

Founder WellnessAdvisement.com

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