Mindfulness & Integrative Therapy

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?
— Rumi

As an integrative psychotherapist specializing in trauma resolution using EMDR Therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindfulness perspective. She regularly teaches her clients the basics of meditation and gives them the tools to create a mindfulness meditation practice. She works with beginning practitioners as well as individuals who are looking for support with emotional and health challenges. Many clients are interested in creative approaches such as guided imagery and body scans which can also support wellness goals. As a registered yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, she regularly recommends a variety of  helpful practices for her clients including referrals for body work such as: acupuncture, craniosacral therapy (CST) and Phoenix Rising Yoga therapy, as examples. Integrative therapy may include some combination of the following: meditation support, mindfulness, breathing techniques, stress response training, guided imagery, somatic psychotherapy, Brainspotting and EMDR therapy to help clients strengthen inner resources and develop self-soothing techniques with the goal of a healthier life-balance.

Kim Seelbrede trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) and mentored students in the UZIT 2010 program. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 hours), she received training in five key modalities (yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, nutrition and contemplative care) to address the needs of patients in the healthcare system, medical professionals and caregivers. She is comfortable working with patients receiving conventional treatments for a variety of conditions including cancer and individuals interested in alternative mind-body healing and managing chronic pain, Lupus, MS, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune issues and more. 

Self-Care

“Healthcare without self care is sick care.”
— — Roshi Joan Halifax

Lifestyle Coaching, Meditation, Mindfulness + Self-Care Support

Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs, set boundaries, manage anxiety, anger, sadness and other feelings or emotions and attend to one's more complex needs. Individuals with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dependency issues and codependent individuals fail to care for themselves, often until it's too late and they become sick. Some examples of chronic health conditions that benefit from self-care support and advocacy are the following: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, arthritis, MS, Lupus, asthma, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, Lyme disease, autoimmune thyroid disorders (Hashimoto's & Graves), depression, IBS and diseases of aging as a few examples. Conventional medicine rarely addresses the root causes of many of these chronic conditions, and treats only the symptoms. A whole-body approach gives clients the choice to make radical lifestyle changes that may actually cure these common diseases, or at least greatly reduce symptoms and suffering.

Recovery Support + Aftercare

A Life Worth Living

Kim Seelbrede works with individuals just released from addiction or eating disorder inpatient rehab and provides support in the form of individual psychotherapy, EMDR trauma treatment, and when helpful, family therapy. This gives the person in recovery the opportunity to continue learning and practicing new skills and coping mechanisms. Additionally, clients can begin to work on underlying trauma, anxiety, depression or other co-occurring difficulties that have contributed to their eating disorder symptoms, use of substances or reliance on additive behaviors. They can learn and practice more helpful behaviors in their recovery life as well as develop self-care routines to nourish the mind and body. 

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist, Kim Seelbrede help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and during any phase of recovery. 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 good step-down or aftercare to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies to maintain a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction. Immediately upon release, aftercare may require a period of extra support such as several times weekly counseling sessions to reinforce new skills, support groups, booster sessions and sessions to support family members. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. Because it's hard to do it alone, how does a recovery coach help?

Help and guidance for family members...

Getting a loved-one into treatment and finding the right program requires help, support and resources. It's difficult to do this alone. Additionally, family members experience terror and trauma related to the experience of having a family member who is addicted and at-risk. The last thing on one's mind is self-care, but this is the most important thing that you must do for yourself. Asking for help and support for yourself is not only wise, but will help you feel less alone, help you stay focused, help you feel better and ultimately enable you to remain strong through the process. 

Recovery support can help clients with the following:

  • Maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals 
  • Support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others, identifying needs, learning to ask for help, and self-empowerment
  • Repairing relationships and gaining support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
  • Help for engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors 
  • Creating a self-care practice that nourishes mind and body, maintaining support and positivity
  • Learn to identify cravings and triggers
  • Celebrating important gains and achievements, learn to make healthier choices
  • Support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene
  • Help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment
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