Back to School Tips From Your Neighborhood Therapist

The month of September hit off the back to school season for kids, teens, and youth. Whether you’re in school or in college, SOMA Therapy in Wichita, Kansas compiled various pieces of advice to help make your back to school transition smoother. Parents: Listen! It is crucial to listen to your kids so you can […]

Exercising Compassion

Compassion is an ever-growing area of interest within psychology and psychotherapy. Although definitions of compassion vary, there is broad agreement that compassion is comprised of a combination of affective, cognitive, and motivational components. While everyone has, to some degree, a level of compassion, for some it can be beneficial to develop these skills further through […]

What is Trauma versus a Traumatic Event?

In today’s #coffeewithatherapist, we are talking all about what differentiates trauma from a traumatic event and cover the following questions about trauma: 1. Why can two people experience the same trauma and only one have PTSD? 2. What is secondary trauma? 3. What determines if a traumatic event will become trauma or PTSD? 4. What […]

The Dangers of Emotional Constipation

Holding Back Our Emotions For most people, we hold back our emotions. In today’s busy society, it makes sense that we may want to hold back our emotions, ESPECIALLY the ones that are more “shameful” to carry. Emotions such as anger, rage, depressions, grief, disappointment, and anxiety. On the other hand, some people mask the […]

How To Have A (Mentally) Healthy Thanksgiving, Part 1

Eyes on your own plate. Our relationship with food is personal and people do various things for various reasons. Especially if you’ve made dietary changes for gut health or are trying to not feel shame from “dieting” relatives because you love Grandma’s pumpkin pie (who doesn’t?), this key phrase will be helpful. Don’t judge others, and […]

Eating Disorders: A Crash Course for Patients

Eating Disorders and Shame For many clients there is a lot of shame and secrecy around their eating disorder. It’s best to introduce this topic with sensitivity and empathy. You can begin by asking your patients about what their diet and exercise regimen is like, and from there ask more direct questions like the ones […]