In the first year after the COVID-19 Pandemic, global rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 25% according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Many therapists at SOMA Wichita have reported increased rates of anxiety in their clients as a direct result of social isolation and the systemic trauma of the pandemic. Social anxiety […]
9 Reasons STRONG Couples Go To Therapy
Most couples wait far too long to go to couples therapy. Similar to the number that we see in individual mental health concerns, couples usually wait about 6 years to seek help for relational problems (Gottman, 1994). There’s a lot of stigmas about couples therapy including the following myths: If you go to couple’s therapy […]
Are You Expressing Anger or Aggression?
Anger gets a bad reputation. The problem? Feeling anger isn’t the problem. None of us have direct control over how we feel or over how others feel. Tapping into our anger can often illuminate important information about ourselves, our values, and our boundaries. What we do with our anger is usually what gets people in […]
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 […]
Be Yourself. Science Says You’ll be Happier.
“Positive emotion alienated from the exercise of character leads to emptiness, inauthenticity, depression, and as we age the growing realization that we are fidgeting until we die.” What makes a person truly happy? Not the, “I just ate a really awesome slice of cheesecake happy” but true, lasting emotional satisfaction? Scientists like Martin Seligman have […]
Being Okay with “Good Enough” from a Recovering Perfectionist
Jenny Helms, LCMFT Discusses her Journey as a Recovering Perfectionist You Aren’t Alone, Trust Me Admittedly, I still struggle with accepting “good enough” or being “okay” at things from time-to-time. Noticing patterns of my past, I used to work as hard as I could to be as good as I could at every venture that […]
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Wichita
Let’s define it: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) is defined by Psychology Today as “a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs.” The idea behind CBT is that thoughts and feelings influence a person’s behavior and how they view the world around them. This type of […]
Coping with PTSD in Wichita: Understanding Symptoms and Treatment Options
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It is estimated that around 8% of the US population will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD is not only limited to soldiers or war veterans but can happen to anyone who […]
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
First of all, what is it? Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is “a type of psychotherapy — or talk therapy — that utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach,” according to John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Originally, psychologist Marsha M. Linehan developed this type of therapy to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. However, DBT has since been used to treat a wide […]
Domestic Violence: Why Can’t They “Just Leave”?
Prior to becoming fascinated about the dynamics of domestic violence, I remember thinking: “Why don’t women/men in these relationships just pack up their bags and leave?” or “Why don’t they just go to a shelter?” Initially, I understood very little about the complexities of walking away or the complexities of staying. According to NY Times […]