Psychotherapy + Consultation

Women, Men + Couples

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Welcome to your inner life

 
Your symptoms of sadness, anxiety, isolation, anger or relationship problems are likely signs that you’ve been managing longstanding, unprocessed experiences and living in a way that’s “off course” for you. You may feel “stuck” in your life or you hold yourself back in ways that don’t serve you. You’re afraid of failure, and even success. You find yourself in messy entanglements or recreating patterns that create personal or professional misery. These are blindspots that we all have. Maybe you don’t know what’s wrong, but the way you present to the world doesn’t match how you really feel, on the inside. You don’t have to suffer alone, you can work with someone who understands numbness or strong emotions, human behavior and psychological development. It’s my job, and passion, to help people feel embodied and whole. If you’re an individual seeking therapy and consultation or a couple who would like to improve your relationship, we can work together in-person or online via phone or video conferencing.
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Kimberly Seelbrede is a New York State licensed Psychotherapist, Coach and Consultant who works with women, men, families and couples, in-person and online. Deeply curious about the human condition, Kimberly has received extensive post-graduate training by world-renowned experts, and has studied psychology, attachment theory, mind-body medicine and the neuroscience of relationships for decades. Kimberly specializes in women’s emotional health issues, relationships, personal empowerment, neuropsychology, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma resolution and more. In keeping with her philosophy of helping clients understand themselves deeply so that they may lead a more authentic life, she helps clients see the unconscious parts that are driving much of what they do, including the aspects of their lives that cause suffering and frustration. Kimberly works with people from all walks of life addressing a broad range of difficulties, but her private practice also serves high-profile clients and well-known personalities including creatives, writers, artists, doctors, lawyers, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 CEOs. As a mind-body psychotherapist, Kimberly maintains a daily spiritual practice of meditation, yoga and living mindfully. Her clients describe her as supportive, open-minded and present.

Many of her clients are successful, high-functioning professionals, yet struggle with anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma and relationship concerns. They present to the world as “together” yet may suffer privately. She helps couples heal issues related to trust and infidelity as well as those navigating a personal or professional crisis. Clients are supported to communicate effectively and learn to “hear” and understand the emotional needs of the other. Couples who crave more passion, exploration, novelty, mystery, surprise and desire are counseled to explore ways to create this in their lives. More and more, her busy New York clients with hectic work and life schedules prefer to meet via phone or video. Teletherapy is proving to be as effective and helpful as face-to-face psychotherapy and more convenient for many clients. I use HIPPA-compliant SimplePractice, or if you prefer, Skype or FaceTime for coaching, consultation and therapy worldwide. Read More.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

New York University, MSW, LCSW, NYU Post-Graduate Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, CBT, Addictions, Adolescents, Spirituality, Executive Coaching, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions + Addictions, Institute for Life Coach Training, EMDR Advanced level I & II, EMDRIA approved and supervised, Brainspotting, DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training, Gottman Couples Therapy Training, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program RYT 500

We Don’t Have To Do It All Alone, We Were Never Meant To Be.
— Brené Brown

Let’s Work Together

  • Depression, postpartum depression, SAD, bipolar disorder, situational depression, chronic sadness

  • Addictions, substance abuse, compulsions + eating disorders

  • Relationship concerns, patterns, communication + sex therapy

  • Performance blocks, perfectionism, self-blame, negative self-image, self-sabotage + feeling "stuck"

  • Personal empowerment, identification of needs

  • Create a plan to move forward with your goals

  • Obtain resources + tools to support a healthier lifestyle

  • Compliance, accommodation + conflict avoidance

  • Understand what’s holding you back

  • Remove barriers to success such as “I’m not enough” or “I don’t deserve…” as well as fear of failure or fear of success

  • Spiritual concerns, shadow work, purpose + energetic blocks

  • Hormone imbalance, chronic pain, medical diagnosis, + autoimmune disorders

  • Crisis counseling, stress, transitions + life/balance challenges

  • Guilt, shame, loss + grief

  • Recovering from narcissistic abuse

  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) coaching

  • Stress, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, insomnia + emotion regulation

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Private Sessions

 ONLINE THERAPY

  • Online Therapy For Individuals

  • Online Therapy For Couples

  • Crisis Counseling

  • Concierge Therapy

PSYCHOTHERAPY + EMDR

  • Psychodynamic + Interpersonal

  • EMDR, Focusing + SE Techniques

  • CBT + DBT Skills

  • Integrative Therapy

COUPLES THERAPY

  • Communication Skills

  • Healing Infidelity

  • Deepen Connection

  • Sex + Intimacy


CONSULTATIONS

  • Psychological Consultation

  • Solution-Focused, Short-Term

  • Crisis or Life-Challenge

  • Referrals

WELL + BEING BLOG

  • #shrinkthinks

  • Self-Help + Well-Being Tips

  • Psychology + Emotional Health

  • Lifestyle

COACHING SERVICES

  • Women’s Mentoring, Executives

  • Personal Transformation

  • Peak Performance

  • Health + Autoimmune

Clinical Expertise: Teletherapy/Telemedicine, Anxiety and Stress, Mood Disorders, Trauma Resolution, Relationships, Infidelity and Sexual Difficulties, Women’s Issues, Health and Autoimmune Concerns, Performance and Creative Issues, Personal Empowerment, Substance and Addictive Behaviors, Patterns and Dynamics, Crisis Management, Loss, Shame, Introversion, HSP and Empaths, Narcissistic Abuse Recovery.

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Therapy Healing Philosophy

You Don’t Have To Suffer Alone. With A Focus On Helping Clients Heal And Experience Wholeness, Kimberly Specializes In Psychotherapy And Coaching To Help Those Struggling With Relationship Concerns, Anxiety And Mood Disorders, Trauma Resolution, Women’s Issues, Sexual Health, Hormone And Autoimmune Issues, Stress Management, Burnout, Work/Life Balance And Self-Care. A Mind-Body Psychotherapist, Kimberly Is Also A Yoga Therapist And Maintains A Spiritual Practice Of Meditation, Yoga And Living Mindfully.

FOR INDIVIDUALS

People seek therapy and counseling for many reasons including: anxiety, depression, acting out, addictions, unresolved trauma(s), transitions, personal crisis, the loss of a loved-one, chronic health problems and pain, professional or personal burnout and relationship concerns, as just a few examples. Some need help to work through a specific problem, such as feeling “stuck” or unhelpful patterns or habits. Sometimes the reasons aren’t so clear but things just feel “off.” Even successful people find themselves repeating self-defeating behaviors or self-sabotage and struggle with problems related to things that are unknown to them. I offer relational and psychodynamic psychotherapy and coaching sessions that help individuals, couples, busy professionals, New Yorkers & expat clients learn more about who they are and uncover the obstacles that keep them from leading the lives they desire. As an integrative psychotherapist, my approach is intuitive, present and supportive. We may use traditional psychotherapy as well as CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, EMDR therapy, hypnotherapy and other somatic therapies in our work together.

FOR COUPLES

In couples therapy, we resolve communication challenges, identify barriers to intimacy and learn to recognize problem patterns and dynamics that are present and may be causing distress in the relationship. As a sex positive therapist, I am able to provide sex therapy as needed, addressing a range of concerns and sexual diversity. Working with couples who have experienced emotional or physical betrayal, I offer the hope of healing from infidelity and restoring trust again. I welcome couples who are high-functioning and would like to improve aspects of their partnership such as communication and enhanced intimacy. We can meet in-person or via phone, FaceTime, Skype or secure HIPPA-compliant platforms.

Online Therapy

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 Online Psychotherapy

ONLINE VIdeo Therapy FOR BUSY NEW YORKERS

Many Of My Busy New Yorkers And Expat Clients Are Requesting Online Therapy Sessions And Finding That Working Remotely Via Skype Or A HIPPA-Compliant Service Is Ultimately A Better Fit For Their Travel Schedules And Busy Lifestyle. Therapy Can Be Conducted Securely From Home, Office Or A Hotel Room Using A Computer Or IPad. 

Online video counseling or telehealth is a good fit if you are a busy New Yorker or professional who benefits from therapy, but you may not be able to consistently commit to a regular, ongoing session time or simple can’t take hours out of your day to commute. You may also be an expat or live in a city, state or country where it’s a challenge to find an expert licensed psychotherapist or coach with whom to consult. You may also be a couple with incompatible schedules or children at home which makes it easier to conduct remote therapy sessions using Skype, Zoom or my HIPPA-compliant Simple Practice platform.

Because everyone is different, you may find that a combination of therapy and coaching works best for you. I enjoy consulting with highly-motivated, busy professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, college students, busy parents and other individuals around the globe who struggle with habit problems, ADD, addictions, anxiety, depression, extreme stress, transitions, loss and balancing personal and professional demands. I have had great success providing online counseling and working remotely with clients providing support for their emotional wellbeing. If you find that you cannot meet in the office, meeting with a therapist or coach online can be a great option if you have a Mac/Apple or PC with video capabilities and a good internet connection. My busy professional clients feel relieved to not be restricted to weekly, in-person sessions, the hassles of commuting to and from a therapy office and enjoy the schedule flexibility of working online.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ONLINE COACHING HERE

Couples Therapy


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 NYC Couples Therapist, Online Relationship Counseling

Kim Seelbrede Provides Couples Counseling And Is A Sex Positive Therapist Providing Sex Therapy For Couples Struggling With Sexual Concerns, Lack Of Desire And An Inability To Communicate About Sexual Needs. Her Goal Is To Help Clients Who Are Craving More Exploration, Surprise, Mystery, Novelty, Excitement, Desire And Passion In Their Erotic Lives.

Couples therapy or relationship counseling is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems and create or reconnect to love, respect and intimacy. I work with high-functioning couples and couples in crisis to help them heal, listen for, and understand the emotional needs of the other. Effective couples therapy should provide helpful feedback, support and guidance so that communication can feel safe and constructive. Additionally, couples can learn tools to navigate problems, work through conflicts and increase the attachment bond, which results in deepened intimacy and trust.

I am a sex-positive therapist and work with traditional and non-traditional couples. I’ve received training with the The Gottman Institute and also integrate principles of EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy into sessions with clients. Emotionally focused therapy is an intervention based on scientific studies about adult bonding, attachment and love. EFT also focuses on helping couples address and resolve distress in intimate relationships. Couples seeking counseling to reconnect to love and improve their relationships may find EFT beneficial as it fosters a deeper understanding of their own, and the emotional responses of significant others in their lives. Therapists who provide emotionally focused therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members and reinforce any preexisting positive bonds, helping those in treatment increase security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT COUPLES THERAPY OR SEX THERAPY 

Consultations

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Online Consultations Via Skype

CRISIS MANAGEMENT, LIFE-CHALLENGES, TRANSITIONS + REFERRAL

I consult with individuals and families about personal and life challenges, a difficult transition or a crisis that may benefit from a focused, solution-based approach using assessment, education, guidance, advice, support and appropriate resources. One example might be a family member who is struggling with an addiction and/or a mental health issue. Consultations tend to be time-limited and problem or goal-oriented in nature. Therapy consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns and to make decisions or changes in their lives that move them in a helpful direction. The consultation process is an opportunity to speak extensively about any problems and concerns in your current situation. A consultation is a proactive and preventative approach to obtaining guidance and support during a crisis, life transition or a particular situation.

Certain emerging concerns such as anxiety, depression, addiction, divorce, health, career and academic, as examples, require a more frequent interactions with a professional. What makes this different from psychotherapy is that the experience is limited, usually one or two sessions, sometimes more, and is not meant to replace ongoing therapy. A consultation can help a client gain advice, insight, perspective, guidance and resources for their particular circumstance.  At the end of the consultation process I offer clients my assessment and a recommendation for treatment or referrals. I provide consultation services to individuals, those seeking second opinions, parents, concerned family members, mental health professionals, and other professionals. I am happy to make recommendations and referrals as needed. Consultations can be conducted by telephone, online via Skype or a secure, HIPPA compliant internet source for those who do not have access to a therapist or for individuals outside New York City.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SKYPE CONSULTATIONS HERE

Psychotherapy + EMDR Therapy

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 Psychotherapy + EMDR Therapy

PSYCHOTHERAPY NEW YORK CITY OR ONLINE

Through the lens of psychoanalytic-informed, attachment-based, Mindfulness, EMDR and CBT approaches to therapy with my clients, individuals and couples are able to understand themselves and their relationships, as well as any unconscious internal conflicts that interfere with personal development, life-satisfaction, success and goal-attainment. Without insight and self-awareness, conflicts and the unconscious, will drive dynamics and behaviors, leading to anxiety and mood problems, acting out, addictions, self-destructive patterns and unhappiness. When clients are able to explore, understand and finally work-through underlying conflicts, symptoms are greatly reduced and individuals and couples are less likely to repeat patterns. As needed, cognitive behavior therapy or CBT is helpful for many clients in an effort to change unhelpful thinking patterns and problem behaviors. Additionally, avoidance and fear of anger or other strong emotions, self-sabotage or self-defeating patterns, fear of intimacy and closeness, and boundary issues can be addressed during talk therapy. The parts of us that have become "stuck" in the past can be understood and worked-through leading to a life of greater freedom and satisfaction.

LEARN MORE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY HERE.

EMDR THERAPY

I’ve trained in many modalities, but EMDR has changed my practice because it works, and it changes lives. It is the one treatment method that is consistently powerful and transformative for clients. The theoretical model underlying EMDR is called the Adaptive Information Processing Model, which asserts that there are events in our lives that may be overwhelming, terrifying, traumatic or otherwise distressful that get “stuck” in our brain. These “stuck” experiences may lead to distressing physical and psychological symptoms. EMDR therapy addresses the root-cause of distress and suffering and releases trauma held in the body, thus healing the nervous system. As Such, clients have a better chance of leading a symptom-free life without needing to return to talk therapy. EMDR treatment is based on the neuroscience of the brain and uses the technique of bilateral stimulation to process through memory networks and release the emotional charge associated with distressing thoughts, memories and blocks. EMDR can be helpful for anxiety, phobias, depression, habits, negative self-concepts, performance problems, addictions, repeating patterns and more. EMDR has been proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most problematic issues in fewer sessions than talk therapy (and less homework than CBT), although a form of “exposure” therapy is an important aspect of EMDR. EMDR therapy identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity and resilience, which has led to traumatic symptoms and harmful coping mechanisms, thus helping clients reprocess traumatic information leading to a more integrated and peaceful resolution. Negative, painful thoughts and beliefs are replaced with more adaptive and realistic “here and now” perceptions and self-concepts.

LEARN MORE ABOUT EMDR HERE

KIM SEELBREDE IS A LEVEL I & II EMDRIA-TRAINED EMDR AND BRAINSPOTTING CLINICIAN AND MEMBER OF EMDRIA WITH A PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COACHING PRACTICE.

Coaching

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 Online Coaching Via Skype Or FaceTime

The Unconscious Is Often Driving Much Of Our Existence And Needs To Be Addressed In Order For Clients To Move Through Blocks And Obstacles That Typical Coaching Techniques Do Not Address. Kim Seelbrede Is A Trained Life Coach Using A Depth-Focused Coaching Style, Specializing In Cutting-Edge Psychology, Brain Science + Lifestyle Support Addressing Anxiety, Relationships, Blocks And Repeating Problem Patterns And Habits. 

Personal, professional, optimal peak performance and executive coaching with a trained psychotherapist can help individuals uproot unconscious processes or unresolved blocks or trauma symptoms that are interfering with coaching results. This is the coaching philosophy that leads to lasting change behind the unique approach that I call "Depth-Focused Coaching." While Clients seeking coaches are not looking to heal issues rooted in the past, sometimes change just doesn’t happen, no matter how awesome the coaching, because of deeply-rooted patterns, conflicts and unhelpful defenses. Depth-focused coaching is a fusion of making the unconscious conflicts conscious and CBT skill-based coaching techniques to change unhelpful behaviors. This process helps clients become more available for a new reality and way of life supporting: stress management, peak performance, healthier relationships, transitions, goal-attainment, strategizing, taking action and obtaining accountability. When clients are interested in optimal results, I've experienced great success by combining EMDR techniques with coaching.  

DO YOU NEED EXTRA TIME AND TIME AND SUPPORT TO GET THROUGH A CRISIS?

Some clients have requested a concierge treatment approach for challenging short-term circumstances. Situations such as a separation, divorce, a personal crisis, extreme stress and health concerns, as examples, require a more robust level of care that can be provided by a coaching model that offers greater frequency and convenience. This model is perfect for VIP individuals and busy professionals with time constraints, couples and professionals who travel. Kim Seelbrede, MSW, LCSW has coached clients in NYC, the US and internationally, TV personalities, athletes, entrepreneurs, politicians, thought-leaders, c-suite level and Fortune 500 CEOs from companies such as Google, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Apple, Facebook, L'Oréal and more. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT COACHING SERVICES HERE


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HOW CAN THERAPY AND EMPOWERMENT COACHING HELP YOU?

  • Life is improved by identifying important thoughts, feelings and motivations

  • Change and growth occurs when clients develop a deep understanding of self and others

  • Break through blocks in intimacy, detach from unhealthy relationships, develop healthy personal boundaries

  • Recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors

  • Gain support through a personal crisis, transition or challenging situation

  • Identify problem thoughts and triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction to allow for more satisfying relationships

  • Gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur

  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships

  • Uncover hidden blocking-beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness with the help of EMDR therapy

  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, establish self-care rituals and habits

  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions

  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear

  • Develop self-compassion and enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Resolve trauma, abuse and PTSD symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds

  • Work towards enhanced physical health and work/life balance

Therapy + Healing Philosophy

As an integrative psychotherapist working in-person or online via teletherapy, I'm delighted to offer a unique approach to emotional health and healing. My goal is to blend contemporary psychological practices, intuitive guidance and the wisdom of the ancient healing arts. The heart and soul of my approach is to help clients develop insight, self-awareness, self-acceptance, authenticity, self integration, respect for one's body, embodiment, healthy boundaries and self-care practices.

Clinical Expertise

  • Celebrity mental health expertise, high-profile clients

  • Trauma--Sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repeating family dynamics, violence, witnessing or involvement in crime, catastrophic events, rape, accidents

  • Sexual Disorders--Difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, resolution) that prevents or limits the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity, either alone or in the context of relationships

  • Creativity and Success--Blocks in writing, creating and producing, repetitive patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns, perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success, neurotic undoing

  • Communication Difficulties and Relationship Problems--Difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, feeling victimized, attacked and blamed, defensiveness, problems listening or understanding the other, feeling easily angered and triggered, frustrations due to not feeling heard or seen, violent or destructive communication patterns, problems with intimacy or maintaining relationships, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin problems

  • Postpartum, Parenting Issues, Family Problems and Crisis Counseling--Feeling easily frustrated, alone or isolated, overwhelmed and confused, difficulties communicating feelings and needs, exhaustion, helping a loved-one get sober, mental health issues affecting family members

  • Anxiety--Panic attacks, generalized anxiety, fear, excessive worry, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors

  • Depression--Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar Disorder, sadness, irritability, social withdrawal, hopelessness, sleep disturbances, guilt, lack of desire, poor concentration

  • Eating Disorders--Compulsion to eat or not eat as well as other disturbances in body image and thoughts, beliefs and behaviors affecting physical and mental health.

  • Addictions--Destructive coping mechanisms and compulsions to engage in specific activities despite negative consequences to one's health, mental state, career, family and social life as well as co-occurring or underlying mental health problems such as ADD, anxiety, trauma and depression that may have led to the reliance on substances or problem behaviors

  • Recovery--Support for individuals in all stages of recovery from addictions, alcohol, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma (pre-rehab, post-rehab or residential step-down support), wellness planning, practicing new habits, maintenance and self-care

  • Life Changes--Transitions in the life cycle that cause emotional, psychological and physical challenges (new relationships, marriage, birth of a child, aging, perimenopause, menopause, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaing sobriety)

  • Sexual Disorders--Difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, resolution) that prevents or limits the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity, either alone or in the context of relationships

  • Creativity and Success--Blocks in writing, creating and producing, repetitive patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns, perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success, neurotic undoing

  • Communication Difficulties and Relationship Problems--Difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, feeling victimized, attacked and blamed, defensiveness, problems listening or understanding the other, feeling easily angered and triggered, frustrations due to not feeling heard or seen, violent or destructive communication patterns, problems with intimacy or maintaining relationships, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin problems

  • Postpartum, Parenting Issues, Family Problems and Crisis Counseling--Feeling easily frustrated, alone or isolated, overwhelmed and confused, difficulties communicating feelings and needs, exhaustion, helping a loved-one get sober, mental health issues affecting family member

The Benefits Of Transformation Coaching

I ENJOY WORKING WITH MOTIVATED CLIENTS + VIP CLIENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF HIGH-LEVEL COACHING THAT ACTUALLY ADDRESSES THE ROOT CAUSE OF PROBLEMS + HABITS WHICH LEADS TO LASTING CHANGE... 

  • Change + Challenges -- breakups, separation, divorce, marriage, parenting, moving and other major life-transitions

  • Passion + Purpose -- discovering what you really love to do and work towards fulfilling your desires

  • Healing + Personal Empowerment -- learning to communicate your needs in healthy ways both personally and professionally

  • Self-Love + Self-Care -- discovering your strengths, talents and possibilities

  • Happiness + Inner Peace -- aligning or re-aligning yourself with your true nature and developing intuition to keep you on your path

  • Goals + Dreams -- identifying goals, developing a plan for goal-attainment and taking action steps

  • Weight Loss -- undoing bad habits while creating new, healthier possibilities

  • Health -- support and coaching for chronic health concerns including cancer, chronic pain and autoimmune disorders

  • Creating Prosperity + Abundance -- removing blocks, negative thinking and opening to potential and possibilities

  • Love + Relationships -- breaking old patterns and habits and attracting the right relationships

The Benefits Of Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Using EMDR, increase capacity to experience calm and comfort in the body, release trauma, uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness or contributing to anxiety and depression, reduce the impact of negative experiences

  • Address dissociation, body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance use or abuse and obsessions using cutting-edge therapies such as EMDR, Focusing, Somatic Experiencing techniques and Brainspotting, Mindfulness Meditation, Biofeedback techniques, guided imagery, breathing techniques, restorative yoga

  • Learn more adaptive coping skills and self-soothing techniques and develop nurturing self-care rituals

  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear

  • Develop enhanced attention and awareness through relaxation techniques, mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Resolve trauma and abuse symptoms, develop healthier boundaries and heal early attachment wounds

  • Unearth parts of yourself that are dissociated and explore areas of spirituality and your true nature

  • Connect with shadow aspects of the self for healthier integration

  • Heal physical symptoms of disease and pain by connecting to sensations and trauma held in the body, habitual thoughts and unexpressed emotions

About Anxiety Therapy

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER,  PANIC DISORDER, AGORAPHOBIA, SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER, SEPARATION ANXIETY, PHOBIAS, OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) 

Kim Seelbrede uses a very effective protocol and combination of techniques when working with clients who struggle with anxiety. Her high success rate for helping clients overcome anxiety using combined mindfulness, CBT and EMDR techniques means that clients experience healing at the level of the nervous system, as well as gaining important self-empowerment tools to handle future situations. With fewer anxiety symptoms, her clients report an improvement in both personal and professional aspects of their lives in addition to improved productivity, motivation, focus and a decrease in procrastination. Using the nervous system healing techniques of EMDR combined with the emotion and thought management techniques of CBT, clients are able to effectively control their anxiety symptoms. Because CBT is skill-based, clients feel empowered and are able to manage and control their anxiety symptoms. Because EMDR therapy heals at the level of the nervous system, clients find that they spend less time doing CBT homework, and are more often than not, able to maintain and return to a state of self-regulation. LEARN MORE ABOUT ANXIETY THERAPY HERE

About Depression Therapy

MAJOR DEPRESSION, DYSTHYMIA, POSTPARTUM, PREMENSTRUAL, SEASONAL AFFECTIVE, ATYPICAL, SITUATIONAL, BIPOLAR

Depression and anxiety symptoms are a common reason teens, adolescents and adults seek treatment. Therapy and the support of talking with a therapist helps resolve depression and anxiety symptoms for many. Psychotherapists and psychologists are trained to provide their clients with helpful tools, coping skills and ways to challenge and change or accept the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may contribute to depression. Understanding the source of the problem or situations that trigger depressive episodes may not always lead to symptom relief. Kim Seelbrede uses an integrative approach when working with depression symptoms that includes: psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive therapy, EMDR therapy, lifestyle changes, mindfulness and acceptance. For some, a combination of psychotherapy and medication offers the safest, most comprehensive healing approach. Milder forms of depression can be effectively treated with supportive lifestyle changes. LEARN MORE ABOUT DEPRESSION THERAPY HERE

About Therapy for Loss, bereavement + transitions

Losing something or someone is difficult and complicated for many reasons. Loss can include a loved-one, pet, health, job, lifestyle, home, identity, status, and more. Loss, especially when significant to the individual, requires mourning and grieving that loss, experiencing the associated feelings, and eventually, moving forward. Psychotherapy can give the individual a safe place to grieve and feel the sadness. The healing process is different for everyone as is the length of time required to heal.

About therapy For Crisis Management

Crisis counseling and management is intended to be brief, It is not the same as ongoing psychotherapy. Providing support for individuals, couples or families using crisis intervention therapy is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, if possible, providing emotional support and enhancing immediate coping skills. Crisis counseling involves careful assessment of the situation, planning, strategizing, treatment and focusing on the client’s immediate situation, such as needs and safety. Clients who seek counseling for a personal or professional crisis may need a more robust form of support, including extra sessions and extended time until the situation is resolved or they are feeling more resilient and better able to cope without the help of a mental health professional, psychotherapist or psychologist. 
About Addictions + Compulsions Therapy  

About Trauma-Focused Therapy

THERAPY FOR TRAUMA TREATMENT AND PTSD

Early trauma and chronic, developmental and complex traumas that have impacted a patient's development and attachment relationships are the most difficult to heal. Psychotherapy can help validate the patient's experience, work through any feelings of shame and confusion that may have been internalized, process the traumatic experience or event and help them understand how their current life is impacted by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy can help individuals identify triggers in daily experiences that creates symptoms and contributes to familiar self-defeating patterns and dynamics. While talk therapy can be a good place to begin for some trauma patients, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing are excellent treatment options to provide symptomatic relief and truly heal from trauma.

About Therapy For Addictions + Compulsions

EMDR Protocols For Addictions + Compulsions

Kim Seelbrede views addictive behaviors as symptoms of other underlying, unresolved issues and has developed a special interest in recovery support as well as having received specialized training in this area. Addictions such as substance abuse and process addictions are complex problems and can be successfully treated when other co-occurring difficulties are addressed, such as depression, panic disorder, ADD, Aspergers and personality disorders. Many may have more than two conditions that contribute to maladaptive coping responses. Some common addictions include: alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, video games, the internet, sex, pornography and work. Successful treatment for addictive behaviors is an integrative approach that may include some combination of psychotherapy and behavioral treatments. EMDR therapy using addiction protocols, psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy or DBT skills are also very effective forms of treatment. LEARN MORE ABOUT THERAPY FOR ADDICTIONS + COMPULSIONS HERE 

about Recovery Support + Aftercare

CONSULTATION FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

Kim Seelbrede works with individuals just released from addiction or eating disorder inpatient rehab and provides support in the form of individual psychotherapy, EMDR trauma treatment, and when helpful, family therapy.Getting a loved-one into treatment and finding the right program requires help, support and resources. It's difficult to do this alone. Additionally, family members experience strong emotions related to the experience of having a family member who is addicted and at-risk. 

Recovery support can help clients and family members with the following concerns:

  • Maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals

  • Support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others, identifying needs, communicating effectively, learning to ask for help, and self-empowerment

  • Repairing relationships and gaining support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships

  • Help with engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors

  • Creating a self-care practice that nourishes mind and body, maintaining support and positivity

  • Learn to identify cravings and triggers

  • Celebrating important gains and achievements and learning to make healthier choices

  • Support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene

  • Help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment

More Information About Couples Therapy

WHAT GOTTMAN'S RESEARCH TELLS US ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

  • Emotional distance can be as destructive to a relationship as conflict

  • The way a couple fights, repairs and resolves problems is more important than what they fight about

  • Attachment insecurity leads to conflict and or distance

  • In distressed relationships, some partners shut down and withdraw as a way to manage intense emotions

  • Couples must nurture fondness and respect for the other in order to thrive together

  • Couples need shared meaning in their lives to remain connected

Couples therapy or relationship counseling supports couples experiencing external stressors such as illness, job loss and family conflicts as well as natural shifts in couple dynamics and roles. Some individuals benefit from individual sessions without their partner to help them work on personal challenges and relational needs before working together with a couples therapist. Kim Seelbrede counsels individuals and couples in various types and stages of relationships including: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, committed relationships, open relationships, as well as those considering separation, divorce, newly-single and dating again. Sessions are available weekly, bi-monthly or as weekend intensives in her Manhattan-based office or online via FaceTime or Skype. Learn more about relationship and couples counseling here.

ABOUT EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY OR EFT FOR COUPLES

EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and relationship counseling is an an intervention based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples. It is designed to address distress in the intimate relationships of adults with a focus on improving emotional attachment. Couples seeking marriage or relationship therapy do so to improve their relationships and may find this method a beneficial approach, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses in the context of interpersonal interactions and those of significant people in their lives. Psychotherapists who provide emotionally focused couples therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure and lasting bonds between intimate partners and strengthen and reinforce existing bonds. Couples will experience an increase in security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. 

Urban zen integrative therapy #uZIT

My interest in mind-body techniques and complementary medicine has allowed me to journey to some amazing places including workshops and training opportunities with experts in the field of integrative and functional medicine. Using my training with the Urban Zen Foundation and my yoga therapy training (RYT 200 + 500 hours), I help clients address anxiety insomnia, stress, trauma and chronic illness using a combination of guided imagery, breathing techniques, body scans, meditation and mindfulness. I've studied both aromatherapy and Reiki. Using the brilliance of neuroplasticity, western psychological theory, and the power of cutting-edge nutrition, yoga therapy, chakra work and other somatic psychotherapies, I truly enjoy helping clients who are open to these techniques heal on many levels. Together we can decide what might work best for your particular needs. Some examples of integrative therapy include: mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, shadow work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more. LEARN MORE ABOUT UZIT SESSIONS HERE

doTerra Essential oils

I've personally used essential oils for years in my home, my own meditation and yoga practice, with Reiki, as well as with patients and clients during therapy, somatic-based trauma-processing sessions or EMDR therapy. Essential oils can help relieve and reduce symptoms of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, irritability, inattention, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, chronic pain and other challenges. Clients are able to use essential oils on their own to help them feel calm, grounded, attentive or emotionally regulated by paring a new sense of calm and relaxation with the healing properties of the oils  

You may use this LINK to learn more or to purchase doTERRA Oils as a wholesale customer, receiving the discount and the option to join the community. You may also opt to become a Wellness Advocate especially if you already have a self-care practice or are a holistic-based, therapist, bodyworker or medical practitioner. LEARN MORE ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS HERE

About Mindfulness + Meditation

Meditation is an activity that calms the mind and keeps it focused on present moment. It’s normal for the mind to be busy and active. The goal is not to “empty” it, but allow whatever is present to just BE. People think that they can't meditate, or are failing at meditation because their mind is noisy. The mind is noisy by nature. The practice of meditation is actually quite simple. When thoughts keep us distracted during meditation, we notice and observe present thoughts, feelings, emotions and body sensations, then gently guide awareness back to the breath. You can practice watching and observing the mind in the same way you would gaze at the sky and watch a cloud pass. Whether you have five minutes or an hour, meditation supports emotional and physical well-being. Meditation and mindfulness can ease symptoms of aging, stress, poor immunity, pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, addictions, compulsions, urges + more. READ MORE TO LEARN ABOUT MEDITATION SUPPORT HERE

About Self-Care + Well-Being 

HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT SELF-CARE PRACTICES

As a mind-body psychotherapist specializing in trauma, emotion regulation and stress management using EMDR therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindful perspective. She regularly teaches her clients the basics of meditation and gives them the tools to create a mindfulness meditation practice. She works with beginning practitioners as well as individuals who are looking for support with emotional and health challenges. Many clients are interested in creative approaches such as guided imagery and body scans which can also support wellness goals. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 hrs) and a Reiki practitioner, she regularly recommends a variety of helpful practices for her clients including referrals for energy or body work such as: acupuncture, craniosacral therapy (CST) and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, as examples. Integrative therapy may include some combination of the following: meditation support, mindfulness, breathing techniques, stress response training, guided imagery, somatic psychotherapy, Focusing, Brainspotting and EMDR therapy to help clients strengthen inner resources and develop self-soothing techniques with the goal of a healthier life-balance.

Kim Seelbrede trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) and mentored students in the UZIT 2010 program. As a registered yoga therapist she received training in five key modalities: yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, nutrition and contemplative care, to address the needs of patients in the healthcare system, medical professionals and caregivers. She is comfortable working with patients receiving conventional and alternative treatments for a variety of conditions. Some examples of chronic health conditions that benefit from self-care support and advocacy are the following: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, arthritis, MS, Lupus, asthma, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, Lyme disease, autoimmune thyroid disorders (Hashimoto's & Graves), depression, IBS, IBD, hormonal imbalance and diseases of aging as a few examples.

Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs and interests and set boundaries. Individuals with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dependency issues and codependent individuals fail to care for themselves, often until it's too late and they become sick. Conventional medicine rarely addresses the root causes of many of these chronic conditions, and treats only the symptoms. A whole-body approach gives clients the choice to make radical lifestyle changes that may actually cure these common diseases, or at least greatly reduce symptoms and suffering. Learn more about Urban Zen Integrative Therapy here.

Therapy FAQ’s

WHAT HAPPENS IN THERAPY AND COUNSELING SESSIONS?

Even though you may have good friends and family members to talk with, a psychotherapist or psychologist with professional training is able to see things from a different lens and even challenge and support you in ways that the people in your life cannot. Therapy helps people gain relief from unpleasant feelings and thoughts, create more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and gain more pleasure and control in their lives. Effective psychotherapy and counseling helps clients get to the root of their difficulties and learn ways to become more self-aware, cope with difficult emotions, improve mood, gain control, feel connected to others, develop the skills to handle future problems, and live more fulfilling and satisfying lives. Therapists can provide support, practical problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for many life challenges and issues. Many people also find that counselors or psychotherapists can help with career concerns, managing personal growth, professional relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, parenting challenges, developing healthier habits, connecting to the body, understanding thoughts, feelings and emotions, balancing the stress of daily life and goal-setting.

High-achieving, successful individuals often experience emptiness, unhappiness, disappointment, loneliness, stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems. These concerns can lead to less than desirable coping solutions such as addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, eating problems and sleep deficits.. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help their clients discover helpful solutions. Many lasting benefits can be obtained from personal, couples or group therapy. You can learn more about therapy from the American Psychological Association or APA.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A THERAPIST?

When you choose a therapist, you should feel “heard” and “seen” as well as understood and certainly not judged for the concerns that led you to seek counseling. A “good fit” is often described to explain how you should feel about the psychotherapist, counselor or psychologist you choose to work with. You should feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with your potential therapist as the process requires an investment of time and emotional energy. Your therapist should have good interpersonal skills as well as empathy and compassion. You should choose a therapist who has training in the areas that you are seeking help with. Some therapists have received specialized training in areas such as trauma, addictions or eating disorders. If your problems are serious enough to impact the quality of your life and your ability to function, you may need to find a specialist or someone who specializes in your particular problem. Many therapists have received general psychotherapy training and consider themselves generalists and are able to treat a range of difficulties. Some psychotherapists have received specialized training in addition to graduate school which helps them specialize and be experts in that area of healing

PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, PSYCHOANALYSTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS—WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?

A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who may have an MD, Master’s or Doctoral degree and may use “talk therapy” as well as “somatic-based therapies” to help people experience and understand their emotional life. Psychotherapists may be psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. They have varying years of foundation training, and some, not all go on to receive advanced, post-graduate training in specialized areas. Psychiatrists are MD’s and are able to prescribe medication but may not provide psychotherapy, some do. A psychologist has a doctoral degree as a foundation in psychology and may or may not have received additional expertise and training in a specialized healing modality. Some Psychologists work in research, others provide therapy. Psychoanalysts have been through an extensive training experience which includes their own psychoanalysis or psychological exploration. They help people develop awareness of unconscious aspects of the mind. Some training institutes are allowing individuals with any graduate degree (law, history, as examples) study psychoanalysis and become psychoanalysts. You may not know whether your therapist has had their own in-depth therapy, it’s a question that you can ask. In my opinion, good psychotherapists have had their own good therapy.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THERAPY?

Your personal needs and goals are always a priority, and will shape the time you spend in sessions. Many individuals desire focused, structured and time-limited sessions with a clear plan, targeting specific problems or goals that can be met within a relatively short period of time. Other difficulties require a more intensive focus and may take longer to resolve. This is especially true when people have been struggling for a long time and patterns and habits are rigid and entrenched. Some will do best with once weekly sessions, while others benefit from meeting twice weekly, or more when in crisis. Consistent sessions allow clients to examine patterns and dynamics that may interfere with healthy functioning. 

WHAT KIND OF THERAPY SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR?

Increasing insight into problems and self-awareness is one goal of therapy, but unfortunately, that alone does not always lead to the desired change. For this reason, and with certain clients, it may be necessary to implement behavioral changes and track progress between sessions. Some clients need targeted, specific types of therapies that resolve symptoms related to trauma. The duration of treatment is highly variable and depends on many factors, including: the nature of the problem, client motivation and having realistic goals for change. Depending on client needs, one may benefit from a number of different therapeutic strategies and techniques. In your initial consultation, you should work with your therapist to figure out the best approach for you. Therapists may use or combine the following approaches: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, relational therapy, interpersonal, humanistic, gestalt, attachment-focused therapy, trauma resolution techniques as well as evidence-based therapies such as EMDR therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to name a few.