Self-Care, Mindfulness & Integrative Therapy

As a mind-body psychotherapist specializing in trauma, emotion regulation and stress management using EMDR therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindful 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 therapist (200 + 500 hrs) and a Reiki practitioner, she regularly recommends a variety of helpful practices for her clients including referrals for energy or 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, Focusing, Brainspotting and EMDR therapy to help clients strengthen inner resources and develop self-soothing techniques with the goal of a healthier life-balance.

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

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 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 and alternative treatments for a variety of conditions. 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, IBD, hormonal imbalance and diseases of aging as a few examples.

Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs and interests and set boundaries. 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. 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. Learn more about Urban Zen Integrative Therapy here.

Recovery Support + Aftercare

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.

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder therapist, Kim Seelbrede help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and during any phase of recovery. This gives the person in recovery the opportunity to continue learning and practicing new skills and coping mechanisms. It is not uncommon for those just released from an addiction treatment program to conclude that their problems are over. Step-down or aftercare is an important aspect of recovery to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies so that a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction can be maintained. One aspect of recovery may include the work necessary to address underlying trauma, anxiety, depression or other co-occurring difficulties that may have contributed to their eating disorder symptoms, use of substances or reliance on additive behaviors. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. 

Consultation 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 strong emotions related to the experience of having a family member who is addicted and at-risk. 

Recovery support can help clients and family members with the following concerns:

  • Maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals 
  • Support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others, identifying needs, communicating effectively, learning to ask for help, and self-empowerment
  • Repairing relationships and gaining support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
  • Help with 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 and learning 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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