Jenny Helms, LMFT
Jenny’s practice is exclusively devoted to treating Eating Disorders and healing trauma. She provides individual and family therapy for adolescents and adults. Since she moved to Kansas, she has worked with clients in coaching, therapy, and hospital settings. Jenny has a passion for helping those struggling with eating issues and the issues that usually coincide with those issues including: self-esteem, lack of confidence, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and relationship problems.
Jenny brings her compassion, empathy, and ability to see people as WHOLE people — not just their eating disorder or eating issues. Upon meeting with her, you will realize how important it is to understand your relationship with food and how it is functioning in your life, as well as skills for overcoming it.
Her philosophy with all clients is that she wants to “teach you to fish” versus just “giving you fish” and give you the tools you need to be successful. She also believes in FULL recovery for those struggling with Eating Disorders.
In addition to her therapy work, she is an advocate for eating disorder and trauma education in the Wichita community, speaking and engaging with local organizations around town. She created Soma Recovery to address the unmet needs of those looking for true transformation in Wichita, and has a passion for advocacy and our evolving Wichita community. Read more about Soma’s mission here.
Jenny Voth, LCP LCAC
Jenny Voth has 18 years worth of experience in providing mental health services in our community working to treat addiction, trauma, and heal families. She believes that each individual in this world has a purpose and strengths that can be used to propel them forward into living a healthy and fulfilling life. She uses motivational interviewing techniques to empower the individual to achieve personal growth. She believes that it is her role to walk with the individual and support them in that journey.
Jenny Voth brings to her work specialized trainings on trauma informed care, trauma and the brain, motivational interviewing techniques, the seeking safety curriculum, and Human trafficking training.
Not only is she active in her therapeutic work, but she also brings her Christian background to the work she does and is actively involved in community service projects. In her spare time she is an avid weight lifter and advocates for the physical, emotional, and spiritual integration of individuals.
Donnie Latuch, PsyD T-LP
Albert “Donnie” Latuch is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology who specializes in military psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He has been a therapist in the Wichita and Leavenworth areas for the past 7 years. He is a military veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army, with a combat deployment to Iraq. He initially got into the field of psychology to treat combat-related trauma; however, his clinical experiences as a generalist also include treating a wide array of non-military related trauma, personality disorders, and mood dysfunction. He specializes in working with adults and adolescents (16+ years old) using practical, client-centered methods of developing coping skills related to developing and maintaining relationships, managing unwanted mood, and learning how to minimize the emotional pain of traumatic memories. From the beginning, he will help you form a trusting relationship and begin identifying your personal goals. You will embark on a journey in which he will teach, coach, and encourage ways to help improve the quality of your life, as you see it. If you are looking for ways to address suffering in your life, he welcomes you to contact us.
Amy Speer, Yoga Instructor
Amy Speer has worked with hundreds of clients over the last 11 years in multiple settings including the YMCA, CrossFit Wichita, CoreStrength Wichita, and Hot Asana. To build her yoga practice and skills she has trained with Mary Jane Keith and Renee DeTar and continues to grow and expand her learning of trauma sensitive yoga with ongoing trainings. She has worked with people from all walks of life and helped them to listen to their bodies to rehabilitate injuries and create safety within their body. She will be leading innovative yoga classes that connect therapy and yoga in providing healing for trauma, anxiety, and depression that is stored in the body – the only ones of it’s kind in Wichita. She will also facilitate one-on-one and group yoga classes. She is passionate about helping others heal from the inside-out.
LaVeta Jarrett, Psychiatric NP
LaVeta is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of expertise in mood disorders (depression, bipolar), anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, cultural stressors, and clients in crisis. She also specializes in helping with medication management for those struggling with substance abuse. In addition to medication evaluation, she seeks to understand her patients from a holistic perspective by evaluating the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to their emotional concerns. She takes the time to educate her clients about their options for treatment, the risks and benefits from medication, and the need for continuing therapy in order to enhance long-term stability. If you or a loved one is in need of quality, empathetic, and comprehensive psychiatric care, don’t hesitate to email our Soma admins to connect them with quality psychiatric care.
Shelly Huffman, LCPC MA
Shelly works with clients ages 12 and up, from diverse backgrounds, with a wide variety of issues. Her areas of interest and specialization include relationship counseling and helping individuals and couples with issues of mistrust, betrayal, and sexual intimacy issues. She also works with clients struggling with depression & anxiety, major life transitions, illness, chronic pain, death and other losses, issues of abuse and trauma, including PTSD. Her areas of ongoing study are in the neuroscience of psychotherapy: how therapy changes the brain, as related to stress reduction, and improving communication and intimacy in relationships. She has specialized training in various mindfulness therapies. Shelly is an Advance Level 2 Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
Shelly is interested in people’s stories. Hers has been marked by adventures, deep joys, significant losses, and many dark nights of the soul. In all of it, she is amazed at how the human spirit and the human body can recover time and time again. We are hard-wired to recover. It is her life’s passion to be with others when they’re knocked down and to help facilitate the transformation that can come from it. Her counseling style is compassionate and nurturing, while also providing honest, straightforward feedback. She won’t waste your time.
Mary Nesbitt, LCMFT
Mary Nesbitt is a seasoned clinical marriage and family therapist that specializes in working with a diverse range of people including, high performing men and women, couples, young adults, teens, and the LGBTQ+ community. She meets you where you are at. She helps you embrace who you are, while also changing the stories that keep you stuck or small. Happy lives and relationships aren’t just what happen to other people, you can have that too. Mary partners with her clients as they transition and grow to amplify their strengths with high compassion, and low B.S. In addition to working with high performing men and women, she also highly enjoys her work with couples and with those going through life transitions (births, job changes, coming out, graduation, retirement, etc.). Her counseling style combines integrative therapies with narrative to help you rewrite stories and become empowered to live the life you are meant to live.
Sidney Funk, LCMFT
Sidney has 11+ years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples, and family systems. Her treatment approach is based on the belief that most people desire to make improvements in their lives and overcome hurdles that keep them stuck.
Sidney tends to see the best in people, focusing on their strengths, and assisting them in pulling out and expanding their own internal resources and abilities. She desires to help people heal from trauma, find freedom from symptoms, build their confidence, increase their abilities, and find joy in living each and every day.
Sidney has expertise and training in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and utilizes other approaches to treat a multitude of issues. Her practice has dealt with treating anxiety, depression, relationship problems, trauma, eating issues, and perinatal mood disorders.Sidney believes meeting with her clients and being allowed on their journey is a privilege and something she values greatly. She understands how vulnerable this process can be and the courage it takes to take the next steps. It is her hope to alleviate any fears about this process and create a space of acceptance, understanding, and safety where clients feel comfortable from the beginning.
Ignacio Ayala, LMSW
Ignacio Ayala (Iggy) is a licensed social worker with over 8 years of experience helping individuals and families with behavioral health issues. He is bilingual in English and Spanish. With his background as a veteran, a Firefighter/EMT with 27+ years of experience responding to crisis and emergencies, he brings a unique view and understanding of veterans, first responders, and those who have been in crisis situations.
His areas of focus include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma & Stressor Related He works with a wide range of age groups including children, adolescents, adults, individuals, families, and groups.
Andrew Jamison, LPC
Andy took many roads to get to where he is today. One of his favorite quotes is “Sometimes we have to find out who we’re not to find out who we are.” Andy says that because he has lived it. From serving tables, to aircraft manufacturing, business management, and being in the military he believes that all of these experiences were invaluable to help create who he is today.
Andy specializes in working with youth and first responders to offer perspective and insight to your story to help alleviate anxiety, depression, and even the trauma that we might encounter in our life. Andy borrows from the cognitive, humanistic, and existential forms of therapy to have each individual be heard from a place of genuine care, rational thought, free will, and encouragement so that the client may start to see the better form of oneself that is simply waiting to emerge.
Andy is grateful for each client he is able to visit with. He sees the counseling practice as a symbiotic communication, one that both he and his client can grow from. Andy believes that perfection is not attainable and in our imperfections is where we find the common denominator of our humanity. He looks forward to you visiting with him and traveling along this journey of humanity together.
Melisa Roberts, LCPC
Melisa believes that every person is equipped with strengths that can help them live their best life, and working to uncover those untapped strengths is the key to better health and a brighter future. Melisa seeks to empower the clients she works with to realize their capacity for change and uncover those inner resources and motivation to get the life they want. Certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and trained in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, and EFT, Melisa has worked with Veterans, adults, and the LGBTQ community to break free from trauma, fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame and harmful behaviors that keep us “stuck” where we are.
Melisa has a dual license to practice therapy in both Kansas and Oklahoma. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and has been utilizing her degrees as a Therapist ever since in both states.
In her spare time, Melisa and her husband Jeff enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, learning of new (to them) cultures, cooking, boating, and fixing up their home DIY-style.
Paula Miller, RD, LD
Paula Miller is an award-winning dietitian who loves Lindor chocolate. In her weight neutral, size inclusive practice, Paula passionately helps individuals challenge harmful nutrition beliefs, reclaim joyful intuitive eating and find peace with food. Her greatest satisfaction is helping her clients let go of guilt to embrace all food, ending chronic overeating, under eating, and binges.
As a teen, Paula’s own disordered eating tendencies led her to study nutrition in college, obtaining both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Dietetics. As an Army dietitian Paula gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient nutrition care, teaching weekly classes on cardiovascular health, diabetes, and many other conditions. After her military service she assisted homecare and hospice patients and counseled pregnant women and parents in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program. She currently teaches basic nutrition and joyful eating principles to college students and helps individual clients struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders.
In her spare time Paula enjoys time in nature walking or gardening, enjoying beautiful sunrises and sunsets, attending occasional yoga classes, and savoring tasty food with her husband, a chef. In her sessions, Paula offers clients freedom from diet culture with her scientific knowledge of nutrition. Along with this evidence-based information, she also brings real-world experiences from her own disordered eating past, her varied patient experiences and her role as a Mom feeding two young children.
Cissy Jo Stiles
Cissy has 20+ years of experience in early childhood education and graduated from Friends University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. She also has eight years of experience fostering high-needs teen boys and has adopted one. Cissy has a warm place in her heart for children and her clients, from age 1 to 101 years old. She has 150+ hours of play therapy training, because play is an important part of expression, whether you are a child or adult. She also offers sand tray therapy, where a client can tell his or her story with miniatures. Cissy is ready to meet her client’s needs with caring and compassion as they pursue better mental health and healing. She offers therapy to individuals of all ages, couples, and families dealing with a variety of concerns including grief, chronic illness, anxiety, depression, and trauma.