Approach

In her private practice, Kim Seelbrede practices psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy, also integrating cognitive therapy, CBT, DBT skills, mindfulness, acceptance, solution-focused therapy, focusing techniques and EMDR therapy. When working with couples, she enjoys using her training with The Gottman Institute as well as EFT and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Kim Seelbrede provides clinical supervision to new therapists working towards licensure as well as helping psychologists, psychotherapists and counselors integrate mind-body techniques into their practices. Kim Seelbrede has been a student of psychology for decades and has enjoyed learning and gaining new skills from a variety of traditional disciplines as well as cutting-edge techniques. She enjoys the healing results and creativity of weaving various modalities into her work with clients when helpful. She consults, practices psychotherapy and has international coaching clients that she sees in-person and worldwide via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or HIPPA compliant videoconferencing. 

Kim's nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate; her psychotherapy and consultation practice reflects her core values of respect, integrity and kindness, as well as offering a flexible and eclectic approach to treating psychological and somatic symptoms. Her clients describe her as intuitive and warm, and particularly helpful for clients who are seeking counseling for the first time. Psychological counseling is not only a place to explore personal struggles, but also a place to feel supported as clients celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success. Private consultations tend to be time-limited and offer clients the opportunity to gain professional knowledge and guidance to help and evaluate a particular issue or situation regarding themselves or someone they care about. Psychotherapy sessions tend to be most effective when conducted weekly or twice weekly. Executive, mindfulness, wellness and stress management coaching sessions are client directed and conducted as needed.


How Can Therapy 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 problematic 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, 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 enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance
  • Resolve trauma, abuse and PTSD symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds
  • Develop self-care rituals and work towards enhanced physical health and life-balance

Expertise

  • Celebrity mental health expertise
  • 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