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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW

Coach, CONSULTANT + Psychotherapist

 
Kim Seelbrede’s Background In The Performing Arts Has Enabled Her To Develop A Special Niche And Work Successfully With Talented, Creative, High-Profile And Celebrity Clients. She Has The Ability To Connect And Understand The Unique Challenges These Individuals Face Because Of Their Fame And Talents. She Has A Special Interest In Helping Busy Professionals Find Work/Life Balance And Learn To Reduce And Manage Stress.  She Regularly Recommends Books, CD’s, Relaxation Techniques, Support Groups, And Refers Clients To Yoga Classes, Physicians, Nutritionists, Body-Workers And Other Practitioners As Needed. She Consults With Clients All Over The World In Her Manhattan Office, Bozeman Montana, Or By Telephone Or Skype. 
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About Kimberly

KIM SEELBREDE, LCSW holds a license to practice psychotherapy in New York in addition to her certifications as an Executive and Life Coach. In addition to her Manhattan-based private practice, she has an additional location in Bozeman Montana and online coaching via phone or Skype. Kimberly has a deep respect for the connection between mind, body and spirit. As such, she utilizes a variety of techniques to build awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and emotions in an effort to help her clients heal. Kimberly completed her graduate training at New York University and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities in New York. She received advanced post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and CBT from New York University, specialized eating disorder, addictions and compulsions training from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis as well as advanced EMDRIA-approved EMDR training, Brainspotting, DBT skills training, Life Coach training, Mindfulness and specialized Couples Therapy training from The Gottman Institute. In 2009, she participated in Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation yoga therapist training. She has received integrative yoga therapy training at the 200 + 500 hour levels. Kim regularly attends conferences in neuroscience, complementary medicine, EMDR, yoga, meditation, and other trainings in the field of psychology and spirituality in an effort to stay current on the advances made in mind-body medicine. Currently, Kimberly is deepening her spiritual practice by participating in Shambhala Training: The Complete Path in New York City.

While studying pre-med in undergraduate school, she developed a love of psychology and the interplay of the mind and body connection. As an adolescent, Kim trained in ballet, and was an athlete competing in gymnastics, track, swimming and diving. Her mother entered her in a beauty pageant during her first year of college which she reluctantly followed through with and won the title of Miss Ohio and Miss USA. She then moved to Manhattan where she placed as a runner up in the Miss Universe Pageant held in New York City. She met her future husband at the Miss Universe Pageant, where his family business Candie's shoes was an official sponsor. The couple married and have two grown sons. Kimberly appeared in television commercials, was the Sony Betamax girl, made a few soap opera appearances and finished her undergraduate degree while raising her young children. She completed her Master's degree at New York University in 2002. In the wake of a difficult divorce, the loss of her brother, dad and later her mother, Kimberly discontinued studies as a Ph.D candidate in clinical psychology and sought healing in her yoga practice. Inspired by the health benefits of meditation, yoga and complementary and alternative medicine, she continued working in the mental health field and also embarked on various healing and training adventures. 

Kimberly Seelbrede has a special interest in helping clients manage chronic health and pain conditions as a result of her own struggles following a diagnosis of the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto's Thyroiditis over a decade ago. She is delighted to assist clients as a health consultant and coach, empowering those managing thyroid, endocrine and hormonal conditions, autoimmune disorders and other chronic health problems such as Diabetes, MS, Lupus, RA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Subsequently, because of her own research and practices, she is able to support and teach clients self-care and holistic practices for mind and body that support optimal wellbeing. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT), Kim Seelbrede trained with the groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation Integrative Therapy Program - UZIT, where she learned restorative yoga therapy, breathing techniques, essential oils, Reiki, contemplative care and nutrition from such exerts as Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Pamela Miles, Mark Hyman, MD and Roshi Joan Halifax. As an emotional health expert, she works with women and issues unique to them including life balance, hormone issues and care-taking concerns. When she is not working, Kimberly enjoys photography, yoga, biking, nature, technology, workshops, the beach, food, volunteer work, fashion and collecting vintage and flea market finds.

 

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Kind Words

Kimberly is the most intuitive and gifted therapist that I have ever worked with. I am a physician with a busy work and personal life. Her relationship guidance and advice was extremely helpful. As a scientist, I yearned for deeper meaning. She has helped me connect to my spiritual side and has been my spiritual counselor and go-to therapist for years. Her guided meditations are unbelievable. -SB

Kim Seelbrede is a brilliant, insightful and compassionate therapist. She helped me move from feeling unsafe physically and mentally to leading a less fearful and fuller life. She also made it easy to talk about the most painful parts of my life. The techniques she used for grounding when I experience derealization and depersonalization were invaluable. She helped me get through some difficult situations and not make the same mistakes again. The dissociation that used to occur on a daily basis only happens on occasions and I can manage this now. I'm also grateful for for her knowledge about holistic wellness and nutrition -AF

Kim Seelbrede, LCSW is a gentle yet strong, authentic and graceful soul who "helps" and teaches from a place of strength and real life experience and wisdom. Her willingness to share her own life lessons, challenges and experiences helped me feel less alone in my life as I am not someone blessed with mentors and role models. Thank you Kim for your guidance, intuition and your ability to partner with me to help me create the life I now have. -LR

You are the best! As you know, I quit my life-sucking job and found the courage to do what I really wanted to do, but was afraid because of the "shoulds." I write this from the beach where I now do what makes my heart sing. Remember, "It's all a game," and "everyday is a new day" ;) - JD

My life has been very difficult and traumatic from an early age in many ways. Kim Seelbrede is not one of those life coaches or aspiring spiritual guru types who tells me it's my fault, and that if I had more positive thoughts things would be different. She is spiritual and very intuitive. She helped me develop acceptance and the ability to learn from adversity, become stronger, find passion, move through the pain and learn the lessons that I needed for myself. She was able to help me see important patterns that I was repeating because of my early trauma and interrupt those patterns. Even though she is a highly trained psychotherapist, she has to confidence to try different therapies. She even uses essential oils during EMDR and guided meditations which is a very calming and soothing experience. She is truly compassionate, careful and wise. -KL

EMDR Therapy gave me the best results. I’ve done CBT, biofeedback, hypnosis and other forms of therapy in the past for anxiety and performance blocks. Nothing has compared to EMDR sessions which has led to a panic-free life and a huge reduction in fear during performances and public appearances. -EM

I was not happy with my step down program that my rehab recommended for me and not a fan of twelve steps. I do not believe I have a disease especially because I was diagnosed with PTSD from childhood abuse and trauma. She recommended other meetings for me and I saw her three times a week for recovery support. She helped reinforce what I learned while I was away in rehab. She is trained in DBT so we continued with that using a workbook and practicing situations that might come up in real life. She also continued the EMDR that I started in rehab which helped me to heal from the trauma which I believe is the real reason I was using drugs and self-harming. I have been sober for over a year. -MD

Genius couples therapy. We booked a private weekend workshop and learned and grew more than we ever thought possible. Marriage counseling with Kim Seelbrede saved my marriage and helped us both understand our triggers and some of the dynamics that had a grip on us both. We also developed a deeper love and understanding of each other.-JF

I was sexually abused at a young age by my mother. I’ve been helped more in 1 year working with Kim combining psychotherapy with EMDR than with all the other therapists that I’ve worked with in the last 30+ years. Together we continue to work on trust, shame, attachment issues and releasing the trauma from my body. The EMDR therapy is amazing, but she is also an excellent psychotherapist especially for understanding the past and present. She is intuitive, skilled and very smart. We are still working on some residual problems like relationships, but I trust her completely. She also makes excellent referrals for acupuncture, body work and psychiatrists when needed. -JG

Kim Seelbrede is the best therapist that I have worked with for my trauma issues, and I’ve been in psychotherapy for most of my teen and adult life. She shows empathy and is caring, intelligent, and intuitive. I’ve done EMDR in the past, but her EMDR is more creative than with other therapists and I believe helped me heal. I’ve recommended her to others who have also been helped by her. -RA

Kim Seelbrede is very highly trained and knowledgeable about diagnosis and which kind of therapies to use and when. She is very knowledgable about nutrition, stress problems and hormone issues (thyroid, adrenal) and uses holistic and integrative approaches which was something that I was interested in for myself. I was able to get off of medications that were making me feel “drugged” and giving me bad side effects. Instead we did some treatments that got to the root of the problem and she also gave me techniques from CBT which were extremely helpful. I’m very grateful to have been in her care! -PB

I’ve been seeing Kimberly Seelbrede for many years and she has supported me through very difficult times in my life. She quickly understands challenging, complex situations and has been able to guide me to make better choices during a life crisis. Not sure where I’d be without her professional guidance and genuine caring support. I came from a very violent home, and she helped me to see my strengths, clarify what’s important, learn to discern better and know when I’m stepping into old patterns that I had a tendency to repeat. I believe our relationship and her investment in me helped me heal. I am now in a healthy relationship and I have work that I enjoy. I might have been dead without her ongoing support. She’s always welcoming when I need to come in for extra support. -TS

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Education + Post-Graduate Training

New York University - Graduate Level

NYUSSW- Post-Master's Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches To The Addictions, Clinical Practice With Adolescents, Spirituality And Social Work, Executive Coaching

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions EDCAS:  A course of study that integrates the concepts of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis with those of other treatment modalities and provides a concentrated, practice-oriented educational experience to mental health professionals who work in these areas.

Institute for Life Coach Training - The Institute for Life Coach specializes in training therapists to translate their therapeutic expertise into coaching skills.

EMDR - Advanced level I & II Transforming Trauma with EMDR Comprehensive Training, EMDRIA approved and supervised  -  Training with Lauren Parnell, PhD, internationally respected EMDR trainer and master therapist.  Participated in 80 hour didactic training and 20 hour mandatory supervision with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. This training was approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Brainspotting Applications for this technique with children, adolescents and adults include trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation, attachment disorders, ADHD, somatic conditions, performance and creative blocks, sports psychology, and most DSM diagnoses.

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training - Behavioral Tech, LLC

Bridging the Couple Chasm - Gottman Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach - The Gottman Institute

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy - (PRYT)

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program (UZIT), RYT 500-Yoga Alliance)- Donna Karan's groundbreaking initiative with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Geoffrey Roniger, Pamela Miles, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell and Roshi Joan Halifax. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy with Young Living Oils, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative end-of-life care.  The 12-month curriculum, now in partnership with Yoga Works,  included clinical rotations conducted at Beth Israel Medical Center. 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Consulation, Supervision, EMDR + Adjunctive EMDR Therapy + Online Counseling Sessions

As an integrative psychotherapist, 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. 

Psychotherapy For Adolescents + Adults

Individual adolescent and adult therapy is provided in my Manhattan office, and depending on client concerns, online using Skype or a HIPPA compliant platform. An initial consultation is the best way to determine if your particular needs and goals can be addressed using short-term or long-term psychotherapy. I have advanced post-graduate training in a variety of helpful techniques such as: EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Focusing, Gottman, Emotionally Focused Therapy or
EFT and Mindfulness. After an initial assessment, I will give you my opinion, and together, we can discuss your needs and create a treatment plan. We will also consider the duration of treatment and the approach or combination that will serve your goals. I have expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, compulsions, eating disorders, relationship problems, sexuality, identity concerns, self-defeating patterns and self-sabbotage, lack of purpose, goal setting, spirituality, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD, attachment issues, self-esteem, transitions, loss, wellness coaching and an integrative therapy approach that addresses chronic pain and medical challenges. 

Coaching, Strategizing + Mentoring

Coaching is not therapy. Coaching clients are goal-oriented individuals who seek results in their lives. Hiring a coach who is skilled to uncover obstacles, as well as guide and support your "best self," is a powerful resource. Having support and guidance as you practice new behaviors can be incredibly helpful. Some individuals seek an expert "strategist" to guide efforts towards growth and change. Coaching unearths the stubborn and often hidden, negative self-concepts that keep people anchored in their present reality. Identifying these unhelpful concepts helps clients move forward. Often, a positive and renewed sense of energy will emerge as soon as one begins the coaching process. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change, restoring or creating balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, career issues, focusing on goal-attainment, repairing a relationship, getting "unstuck" or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration and support one desires. Working with a licensed trained psychotherapist can yield exceptional results. Therapists have the necessary skills and tools that can be used when longstanding and resistant patterns interfere with progress. I regularly offer EMDR for blocks and peak-performance enhancement, mindfulness, meditation techniques, solution-focused strategies or cognitive and behavior techniques to my clients, combined with coaching strategies to help "stuck" clients move forward.

Relationship Counseling + Couples Therapy

I've successfully worked with many couples who desire a healthier and more satisfying relationship. I work with many high-functioning couples who would like to enhance their relationship and reestablish intimacy and connection. I also work with individuals at various stages of relationships including: newly-formed relationships, couples seeking pre-marital counseling and guidance, new parents seeking support, those considering separation or divorce and the newly single and ready to date. I draw from attachment-based theory, helping couples understand their own attachment style as well as that of their partner. Clients can learn to communicate their needs and "hear" the needs of their partner, as well as develop a shared vision or goals, learn acceptance and compassion for self and the other, heal from infidelity and develop new skills. Clients also are guided to identify and de-escalate triggers, address sex and intimacy concerns and understand how the past and family of origin issues may be impacting the relationship in the present. I use my training from The Gottman Institute, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT and Non-Violent Communication or NVC to support my work with couples.

EMDR Therapy + Brainspotting

As an EMDRIA-approved, level I + II trained EMDR therapist, I have enjoyed great success with clients using EMDR therapy for a variety of chronic, longstanding difficulties as well as recent traumatic incidents. EMDR psychotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into ongoing talk therapy sessions to speed the healing process. As a New York City-based EMDR specialist, I provide trauma resolution for PTSD symptoms, and healing for attachment deficits, developmental traumas, medical trauma and chronic physical and emotional abuse. Additionally, EMDR is an effective therapy for anxiety, obsessions, phobias, compulsions, panic attacks, depression, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions and more. For individuals with anxiety, emotion regulation problems and in addiction recovery, elements of EMDR therapy can help clients develop and strengthen self-soothing inner resources. A combination of EMDR and coaching is an effective treatment combination for sports and peak performance enhancement and creative and performance blocks. Brainspotting, another technique developed by David Grand, PhD, combined with EMDR psychotherapy is a technique I use to address attachment issues, unresolved trauma, pre-verbal trauma and performance problems. 

Consultations + Referrals

I provide consultation sessions that are time-limited and problem or goal-focused. Some individuals and families consult with a mental health professional for educational purposes, a clinical assessment or diagnosis, a second opinion, help with a personal or life challenge, support for a difficult transition or crisis and to obtain resources to other collateral support such as psychiatrists or treatment facilities such as rehabs for addictions and eating disorders. Clinical consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns, probem-solve with a professional and make decisions or changes in their lives that move them forward when they feel unsupported or "stuck." I am delighted to share my trusted resources to complementary, alternative and conventional medical referrals in New York City and beyond. Consultations are not psychotherapy and can be done long distance using an online service such as Skype, Google, FaceTime or via telephone sessions. 

Integrative Therapy, Coaching, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction + Self-Care Practices

My interest in mind-body techniques and complementary medicine has allowed me to journey to some amazing places including workshops and training opportunities. 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 aromatherapy and Reiki and still enjoy both, including self-Reiki and Reiki with clients, friends and family. 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 would work best for your particular needs. Some examples of integrative therapy include: mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more. 

Supervision + Private Practice Development

I enjoy helping new practitioners such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors and psychologists develop and build their private practices. I am happy to provide clinical supervision for cases, and I especially enjoy helping interested therapists blend mind-body medicine and complementary techniques into their existing psychotherapy practices.

Psychotherapy, Coaching + Consultation Services

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Anxiety and compulsive disorders
  • Eating disorders, emotional eating and body image issues
  • Borderline Personality Disorder BPD
  • Adolescents problems (behavioral, emotional, family, academic challenges)
  • Marriage, couples, relationship problems
  • Celebrity, gifted and talented individuals
  • Grief, loss, bereavement, life transitions
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Addictions, drug addiction, process addictions, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, alcoholism
  • Sexual addiction
  • Adult survivors of abuse
  • Adult children of alcoholics (ACOA)
  • Dissociation, complex PTSD, emotion regulation difficulties
  • Childhood, developmental trauma, traumatic events, accidents, medical trauma
  • Self-harm, Self-sabatage, self-defeating behaviors
  • Self-esteem issues, negative self-concept
  • Performance blocks using EMDR therapy
  • Surviving and managing relationships with borderline or narcissistic individuals or partners
  • Men’s issues, career concerns, sexual difficulties, work/life balance
  • Women’s issues, career concerns, transitions, parenting, caretaking, hormone imbalance
  • Environmental stressors, crisis management
  • Phase of life issues, aging
  • Sexual and relationship issues for individuals and couples
  • LGBT concerns, alternative lifestyles
  • Work, creativity and career issues
  • Life purpose, existential, spiritual concerns

Professional Services 

  • Individual, couples, marital, family, group therapy
  • Weekend intensive workshops for couples
  • Coordination of services with school, medical practitioners, legal counsel, etc
  • Consultation and evaluation for potential in-patient residential treatment
  • Parent and new parent education, coaching
  • Addiction evaluations, assessments, referrals to medical and allied professionals in New York City and beyond
  • Executive coaching
  • Peak performance coaching
  • Clinical supervision, private practice building business, consulting
  • Presentations, workshops
  • Mindfulness, meditation instruction, stress management
  • Recovery support for individuals including their families
  • Self-care, well-being, burnout support and coaching

Therapy Approaches

  • Psychodynamic, relational, interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness, meditation support
  • EMDR therapy
  • Focusing techniques
  • Brainspotting 
  • Crisis counseling
  • Short-term, goal-oriented therapy
  • CBT
  • DBT skills

Modalities Offered

  • Individual
  • Marriage and relationships
  • Family
  • Group
  • Consultation
  • Coaching
  • Clinical supervision
  • Online via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA compliant service

Helpful information About An Integrative Psychotherapy Practice 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidence-based and active therapy that has a long history and tradition used in both short and long-term treatment. Psychodynamic sessions include the process of increasing self-awareness, encouraging self-expression, understanding conflicts, developing insight into the behaviors of self and other, unearthing unconscious content that can interfere with functioning and understanding patterns and dynamics that may have origins in the past but are played out in the "here and now." This form of therapy uses the relationship between patient and therapist to heal. The interpersonal relationship tends to be the focus of sessions as an active example of other relationships in the patient's life, so that patterns and distress can be "worked through" and not repeated outside of treatment.

CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on examining and changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. CBT tends to be a short-term approach that is highly-effective for many with empirically-tested techniques supporting an increase in skills and a change in behaviors. CBT is an effective solution for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression and addictions/substance abuse.

DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. With time, DBT skills and techniques have been found to be helpful for individuals who struggle in many areas of life including substance abuse, addictions. DBT treatment combines ideas of awareness, acceptance and change from mindfulness with a range of psychological theories. Because DBT skills are practical and can be generalized into many areas of life, DBT can be successfully integrated into treatment plans and used in a variety of treatment settings. DBT uses mindfulness and other skills to help increase emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness with the goal of helping patient's cope, de-escalate, and self-regulate. 

Focusing-Oriented Therapy

Developed in the 1970s by psychologist Dr. Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago, Focusing-Oriented Therapy has been taught to hundreds of thousands of people in countries around the world and is considered a humanistic, experiential and person-centered approach to healing. Focusing is non-directive as the therapist guides the client to connect to the "felt sense" which then allows the client to explore troubling emotions and feelings helping them find the answers needed to heal. Focusing can help clients access their own inner wisdom and strengths by inviting the non-judgmental attention to body sensations, inner "knowing," thoughts, feelings and imagery which may come in the form of words or pre-verbal and non-verbal experiences. Experiences and traumas reside in the body and long for attention even when they have not been consciously thought or verbalized. Focusing-Oriented Therapy can support one's own natural healing while increasing insight and awareness, helping clients gain a broader perspective of current and historical circumstances that have created pain, suffering and blockages. The process of focusing also invites individuals to receive a deep sense of knowledge and freedom so that creativity can emerge and generalize to many aspects of one's life. This powerful technique can reduce anxiety and depression, resolve individual and collective traumas, heal feelings of loss and neglect, increase performance skills, improve emotional regulation, increase relaxation, support immune function, support clients with medical and pain issues, support decision-making and more. It is this locating of the felt sense and its shift that causes true psychological change, empowerment, the restoration of self and enhanced well-being.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages which is to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve the quality of life. The goal of ACT is to help people create a full and meaningful life even and especially when the stress and pain of life is a challenge. ACT teaches the psychological skills to manage painful feelings and thoughts in an effort to reduce the impact of suffering. Another aim is to help individuals clarify what is important and meaningful, using that awareness to guide, motivate and inspire them to make important changes that will lead to a better life. ACT supports cognitive flexibility in addition to encouraging individuals to observe and allow difficult thoughts feelings, emotions and experiences to simply occur. ACT also helps patients identify concrete short and long-term goals.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of moment-to-moment awareness of feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations as well as an awareness of the environment and one's surroundings. Mindfulness, as a philosophy, has more recently become a widely-used and helpful practice in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. Additionally, mindfulness is an empirically-validated practice with data that supports its efficacy and application in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings.  A mindfulness practice includes the observation of feelings, emotions and sensations, a non-judgmental presence and the awareness of the present moment. 

EMDR Therapy 

EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that targets many symptoms and conditions including trauma, negative memories, phobias, fears, anxiety, addictions, compulsions and performance difficulties. Originally used to treat Veterans, EMDR therapy is now one of the most efficient and effective trauma/symptom treatment methods that allows clients to fully heal from their psychological wounds. EMDR can successfully be integrated into psychotherapy sessions. Many clients find EMDR to be more effective than other forms of therapy including CBT and traditional “talk therapy.”

Psychotherapy for Depression

Clinical depression is a complicated condition that can be treated with interpersonal psychotherapy, medication and a collaborative approach to identify the biological and psychosocial factors that may have contributed to a patient's depressive symptoms. Depression can be mild and show up with seasonal changes and it can be debilitating and interfere with activities of daily living, life skills, relationships, employment, hope and may also include the desire to end one’s life. Depression treatment is generally supportive in nature, and may require help with daily structure and coping skills and often requires working with other mental health professionals. Interpersonal psychotherapy, CBT and EMDR therapy can be effective treatments for depressed patients as can antidepressant use, light therapy, vitamin D and supplements. 

Psychotherapy for Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms bring many into therapy for the first time. Not all clients experience anxiety in the same way. For some, anxiety is a distress that presents in a specific situation such as performance, public speaking or test-taking. For others, anxiety may be experienced as chronic and ranging from mild to debilitating, including uncomfortable physical symptoms. Anxiety sufferers are best helped by understanding emotional conflicts, environmental and genetic factors with treatment that may include talk therapy, CBT, stress reduction techniques, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and EMDR Therapy to target early trauma, memories and present-day distress.

Trauma Treatment and PTSD

Early trauma and chronic developmental 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 create symptoms and contribute to familiar self-defeating patterns and dynamics. While talk therapy can be a good place to begin for some trauma patients, EMDR is the treatment of choice to provide symptomatic relief and truly heal from trauma.

Loss and Bereavement

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.

What happens in therapy?

A number of benefits are available when you engage in the therapy process. 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. Psychotherapy 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 issues such as: troubling patterns and behaviors. a crisis,  managing difficult people, internal conflicts, neurosis, life transitions, anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness self-esteem, relationship problems, unresolved childhood issues, trauma/abuse, grief, stress management, body image issues, eating disorders, feeling lost or stuck, sexuality or identity concerns, addictive behaviors and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors or psychotherapists can be a tremendous asset to 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 which may 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 Learn more here

Therapy and counseling can help clients with the following issues:

  • Reframe current life circumstances and gain a different perspective
  • Learn to manage difficult work and personal transitions and changes such as marriage, new baby, mid-life problems and aging
  • Gain the support needed to get through difficult times such as loss and change
  • Learn to feel and live a more authentic life, accept feelings of being “different”
  • Develop healthy self-esteem and resolve persistent negative self-states
  • Develop healthier coping skills, habits and boundaries 
  • Have healthier personal and work relationships 
  • Develop awareness of any repetitive patterns that interfere with success and happiness by understanding how past dynamics interfere with the present
  • Manage difficult people personally and professionally 
  • Develop a path of purpose and life fulfillment
  • Heal from past trauma and abuse and process traumatic memories and dissociation
  • Increase insight and self-awareness and identify innate strengths
  • Improve communication, learn conflict resolution, develop better listening and self-assertion skills 
  • Address depression, sadness, feelings of despair and isolation
  • Learn helpful coping skills for stress, anxiety, phobias and panic attacks
  • Relieve stress and insomnia and learn relaxation response
  • Manage destructive patterns that include drinking, eating, drugs, addictions and self-harm
  • Understand negative and habitual patterns of thinking and behaving
  • Resolve writing, creative and other performance blocks
  • Mourn losses such as separation, divorce, miscarriage, infertility or the death of a loved-one
  • Develop effective parenting skills
  • Address problems related to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, medical procedures and diagnoses
  • Heal from sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, domestic violence and natural disasters
  • Resolve sexual and identity concerns
  • Manage feelings of overwhelm, feel more embodied and develop an awareness connection between mind and body, feel more

Helpful Healing Resources

Talking Ted Talks

    •    Susan Cain -  The Power of Introverts
    •    Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability
    •    Brene Brown -  Listening to shame
    •    Andy Puddicombe -  All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
    •    Cameron Russell -  Looks aren't everything.  Believe me, I'm a model
    •    Amy Cuddy -  Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Organizations, Campaigns & Foundations

Holistic Wellness Inspiration

Medical Resources

Holistic Doctors Who Publish

Nutrition

Wisdom

Products and Lifestyle

Wellness Centers

 Yoga Resources

Mental Health Resources and Online Links

  • DSM Online - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Mental Health Matters - Information and resources about mental health issues for consumers, professionals, students and supporters.
  • Mental Health Net
  • Mental Health Resources About.com - About.com offers in-depth coverage on a range of mental health issues
  • Mental Illnesses/Disorders - SAMHSA
  • PsychCentral.com One-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet, since 1992.
  • PsychiatryOnline - The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry.
  • Psychwatch - The Online Resource for Professionals in Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Healthlinks - An Online Healthcare and Medical Information Portal.
  • Mental-Health-Matters.com - Articles, information and resources on mental health and mental illness, psychological symptoms, traditional and alternative treatments, and medications for psychiatric disorders.
  • Psych Links - Mental Health and self help resources.
  • Shrink Tank - Comprehensive clinical information site and other therapy.
  • GoodTherapy.org - A site that takes a holistic approach to Psychotherapy which offers some good resources as well.
  • PsychologyToday.com - A helpful site with related articles of interest and blog posts.
  • Questia.com - This site offers a comprehensive library of books.
  • Psybersquare.com - A useful site with many relevant articles.
  • 4therapy.com - This site has helpful articles and resources related to mental health.
  • kimseelbrede.com - My website with resources and other helpful mental health and wellness information including:  EMDR therapy, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, psychotherapy, integrative therapy, guided imagery, stress reduction, lifestyle consulting and more.

Associations

Addiction Resources

Adolescent Resources

Anxiety Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Body Image 

Borderline Personality Disorder

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

Chronic Fatigue

Compulsive Behaviors

Depression

Developmental Disorders

Diagnosis

Dissociation and Trauma

Eating Disorders

EMDR Resources

  • EMDR Therapist Network - Find an EMDR therapist in New York City
  • EMDRIA - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) International Association
  • EMDR Institute - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) support and resources

Family Therapy

Hypnosis

Psychotherapy Agencies and Clinics 

Medications

Hormone Support (PMS, PMDD, Post Partum Depression, Menopause)

Relationships

  • Divorce Source - A Legal resource for divorce, custody, alimony and support.
  • Equality in Marriage - Educating Men and Women about the Importance of Equality in Marriage and Divorce.
  • Millennium Divorce - Developed by divorce lawyers and divorce attorneys, this website provides information and services on a wide variety of issues related to separation, divorce and child custody throughout all 50 states.
  • SelfGrowth.com - SelfGrowth.com is the definitive guide to personal growth, self-improvement, and self-help. It also has extensive links related to divorce.

Personality Disorders

Self Harm/Self Injurious Behaviors

Sexuality

Somatic Experiencing

Suicide Awareness

Thyroid/Adrenal Resources

Trauma

Journals and Magazines

Research and Press

Blogroll

Interesting Blogs about therapy, psychotherapy, psychology, neurobiology and more

Mental Health Links 

Addiction and Recovery 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Center for On-Line Addiction
SAMHSA's Substance Abuse/Addiction 

SAMHSA's Treatment and Recovery 

Web of Addictions

Anxiety Disorders 

Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder

National Center for PTSD 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Mayo Clinic 

Calm Clinic

Associations & Institutes 

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 

American Counseling Association 

American Psychiatric Association 

American Psychological Association 

Association for Psychological Science 

Canadian Mental Health Association 

Center for Mental Health Services 

National Institute of Mental Health 

Mental Health America 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association 

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIMH 

Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence 

Childhelp USA® 

SAMHSA's Children and Families 

SAMHSA's Protection and Advocacy 

Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website

Chronic Fatigue 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Depression 

Bipolar Disorder News - Pendulum.org 

Depression and How Therapy Can Help 

Depression Screening 

Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression

Developmental Disorders 

Asperger's Disorder 

NeuroWeb 

Yale Autism Program

Diagnosis 

DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress 

Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute

Eating Disorders 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Something Fishy

Journals & Magazines 

ADHD Report 

Anxiety, Stress and Coping 

Autism 

Childhood 

Contemporary Hypnosis 

Dementia 

Depression and Anxiety 

Drug and Alcohol Review 

Dyslexia 

Early Child Development and Care 

Eating Disorders 

Educational Assessment 

Journal of Gambling Studies 

Journal of Happiness Studies 

Journal of Mental Health and Aging 

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 

Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 

Language and Cognitive Processes 

Loss, Grief & Care 

Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Metaphor and Symbol 

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 

Parenting 

Personal Relationships 

Personality and Individual Differences 

Psychiatric Bulletin 

Psychology of Men & Masculinity 

Psychology Today 

Stress and Health 

Studies in Gender and Sexuality 

Substance Abuse 

Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Medications and Health Supplements 

Drug Interactions, Drugs.com 

Drug Interactions, DIRECT 

Medical Dictionary 

Medications, FDA 

Medication, Internet Mental Health 

Medications, PDR 

Medline, Comparison 

Multivitamins

Mental Health Care General Links 

CounsellingResource.com 

Internet Mental Health 

Let’s Talk Facts, APA 

Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com 

Mental Help Net 

PsychCentral.com 

University of Michigan Health Library 

Web Sites You Can Trust, Medical Library Association

Personality Disorders 

Mental Help Net - Personality Disorders 

Personality Disorders - Focus Adolescent Counselor Services 

Suicide Awareness and Hotlines 

SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention 

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 

Suicide: Read This First

Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources 

Disaster/Trauma 

HIV/AIDS 

Interpretation of Dreams 

Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter 

Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause

Recommended Reading

Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and General Psychology Books:

The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology - Daniel N. Stern

An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis - Charles Brenner

Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality in Structure in the Clinical Process - Nancy McWilliams PhD.

Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis:  An Integration - Stephen A. Mitchell

Object Relations Theory and Clinical Psychoanalysis - Otto F. Kernberg

Self Help:

Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly sins of Narcissism - Sandy Hotchkiss & James F Masterson

The Drama of the Gifted Child:  The Search for the True Self - Alice Miller

The Worry Cure:  Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You - Robert L. Leahy.   The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients.

Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life - Linda Martinez-Lewi. In Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, psychotherapist Linda Martinez-Lewi presents an in-depth and supportive plan for identifying, understanding, and dealing with high level narcissistic behavior in those close to you.

Unchained Memories:  True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found - Lenore Terr

Touched with Fire:  Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament - Kay Redfield Jamison

Trapped in the Mirror - Elan Golomb.  The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways: for examples, physical self-loathing that takes form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult’s interaction with his or her own children.

Loves Executioner - Irvin D. Yalom.  The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, the author provides a glimpse into their personal desires and motivations and his own struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.

Trauma and Recovery:  The Aftermath of Violence — from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror - Judith Herman

Thoughts Without a Thinker:  Psychotherapy From A Buddhist Perspective - Mark Epstein.  Thoughts Without a Thinker is a major contribution to today’s exploding discussion of how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. In it, Mark Epstein argues that the contemplative traditions of the East can be extremely beneficial to patients, not just in helping them recognize their problems, but by giving them the strength to heal.