Psychotherapy vs. Counseling

Let’s Start with the Basics: Why these two practices are very similar and overlap somewhat, there are some important difference to pay attention to. Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. (Mayo Clinic) PsyT tends to focus on past issues that […]

Psychotherapy: What to Know Before You Go

Psychotherapy: Let’s Define it! Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. (Mayo Clinic) Psychotherapy isn’t as intimidating as it sounds; It’s just the technical term for talk therapy, psychosocial therapy, counseling and plain ole’ therapy. There are many approaches to choose […]

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 […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: What is it?

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 […]

Weight Gain During Quarantine: An Open Letter to Wichita

Uncertainty and Frustration Whether you actually felt a change from “having to” quarantine or not (let’s be honest), life definitely changed for everyone in one way or another when everything shut down. Post mass toilet paper freak-out, things arguably got even weirder. Coronavirus and politics aside, life had become very uncertain in the simplest, yet […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hitting Rock Bottom: What Can We Learn and Gain from Life’s Woes

Whether by fate, transition, or poor choices – we all struggle with the horrible, hitting rock bottom (i.e. “woes“) in our life. Throughout my life I’ve faced trials in multiple arenas (I’m far from perfect – and that’s okay). However, the gifts I take from these moments are opportunities for growth and learning.  We can’t […]

How Avoiding Other People Means Rejecting Ourselves

What Avoiding Other People Means to Us When we are avoiding other people or dealing with a situation, we are really saying no to the hard things that are coming up within ourselves when dealing with that situation. *Whether we are conscious of these hard feelings or not.* This is really unfortunate because those hard […]