Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW
Kimberly Seelbrede is a New York State licensed psychotherapist, relationship expert, consultant, mind-body practitioner and a reluctant beauty queen — Miss USA (a long time ago). Her mother and sorority sisters encouraged her to enter the pageant for the life experience while attending college for pre-med studies. Kimberly also trained in ballet, and was an athlete competing in gymnastics, track, swimming and diving. The pageant seemed like a good idea at the time and a natural next step for a small-town girl. After winning the title of Miss Ohio and Miss USA, she 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 Neil Cole at the Miss Universe Pageant, where his family business Candie's shoes was an official sponsor. The shoe fit (at least, at the time), they dated and eventually married and had two sons together Alexander and Brandon. 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. She is a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT) trained by Donna Karan's 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's not working, you can find Kimberly at the beach, on a Citi Bike, at a flea market looking for antiques, shopping for organic produce at a farmer's market, learning at a workshop or playing around with photography and watercolors. She would self-describe as an introvert with occasional extrovert adventures, serious about good coffee, a knowledge-seeker, a foodie and a fashion, style and decorating junkie. Her book Diary Of A Beauty Queen is due to be released in 2016.
Additional Special Interests
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. Kimberly Seelbrede enjoys working with mental health professionals, therapists and psychologists helping them begin or develop thriving psychotherapy practices. She consults with clients all over the world by telephone or Skype helping them use media, technology and networking in addition to identifying their interests and strengths and niche-building to create the practice they love. Contact her for more information about private practice development.
When she is not helping her clients find the peace and solutions they seek, she enjoys photography, yoga, biking, nature, technology, workshops, the beach, food, volunteer work, fashion and collecting vintage and flea market finds.
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 cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) from New York University 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. She 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 traditional and alternative treatments.
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. Helping clients develop an awareness of these areas helps them become attuned to their self and others, and leads to greater clarity and focus in their lives. She loves to recommend books, CD’s, relaxation techniques, support groups, and refers clients to yoga classes, physicians, nutritionists and other practitioners as needed. If you are working with another mental health practitioner or physician, Kimberly is happy to consult about your care so that you can benefit from a team approach. Clinically she seeks to reinforce adaptive behaviors, improve interpersonal and relationship issues, identify, understand, and enhance character strengths, resolve trauma, support clients in developing goals and values and help clients who feel “stuck” uncover blocks and obstacles. Overall the goal of these interventions is to reduce clinical symptoms, improve life satisfaction and help clients work to their potential and lead meaningful lives. Contact her for more information about her psychotherapy practice in New York city or coaching, relationship counseling & mindfulness training online via Skype or video conferencing.