KIM SEELBREDE, LCSW is a New York State licensed psychotherapist, consultant, relationship and well-being expert. 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.
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 as well as learn how to effectively integrate holistic and somatic practices into their practices. 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 or by telephone or Skype.