Self-Care, Addiction Treatment + 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 also addressed. Common examples of co-occurring disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with episodic, poly-drug abuse, alcohol addiction with panic disorder and trauma or PTSD with a variety of substance abuse and process addictions. Many may have more than two disorders 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 may involve an integrative approach that includes some combination of psychotherapy and behavioral treatments. EMDR therapy using addiction protocols, psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy or DBT skills are very effective forms of addiction treatment.
Integrative Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders
Through an integrative lens, Kim Seelbrede offers clinical excellence and support for individuals struggling with the symptoms of an eating disorder. Patients find the strength to confront their problems, learn the tools and skills to overcome their disorder and eventually enter a recovery phase. An integrative therapy approach including interpersonal psychotherapy, behavior therapy and EMDR therapy are effective treatments for bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other forms of ED's. Treatment success can be defined as the following: the restoration of relationships with family and friends, the ability to return to a productive, healthy and meaningful life, the reduction of eating disorder symptoms and behaviors and a renewed interest in school or work. The goal is to help patients become committed to a life of good health, freedom, balance and purpose. Treatment is most successful when a team approach is utilized. Kim Seelbrede received specialized eating disorder, compulsions and addictions training at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology and uses her network of mental health and allied professionals for support and referrals.
Rehab + Aftercare Support
It is not uncommon for those just released from an addiction treatment program to conclude that their problems are over. You made it through treatment, however the road ahead is paved with uncertainty. You will hear from professionals about the importance of step-down care to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies to maintain a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction. Aftercare refers to the additional support that is given following release from the residential part of the program. Immediately upon release, aftercare may require a period of extra support such as several times weekly counseling sessions to reinforce new skills, support groups such as AA and other addiction groups, and sessions to support family members.