Balance, Growth, Change
What I do
“As a therapist & consultant, my goal is to support you through a crisis or life challenge, help you have more satisfying personal and professional relationships, understand self-defeating habits and patterns, provide you with useful life skills to improve problem solving, and partner with you to create optimal emotional health, well being and a sense of empowerment. Clients describe me as collaborative, intuitive and compassionate. Therapy and counseling is successful and effective when you have a good therapist and client fit. I encourage you to take the time to learn more about my work and approach, or email me for an initial consultation.”
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Work With Me
Kim Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and consultation therapist with extensive post-graduate training and experience. Her New York City therapy and consultation practice is devoted to helping clients manage their feelings, thoughts, relationships, and professional lives. She is an Integrative Psychotherapist which means that she is trained to use a variety of techniques in a holistic approach during counseling sessions and EMDR therapy. Using a supportive and flexible approach, she helps her clients increase self-esteem, establish goals, improve relationship dysfunction and create a healthier work/life balance. Kim Seelbrede works with individuals, couples, adolescents and families using traditional psychotherapy or from a life-coaching model for individuals who are less concerned about the past and are goal-oriented and solution-focused. Her integrative philosophy is a result of having trained with outstanding experts in the fields of traditional and cutting-edge western psychology and eastern mind-body medicine. She sees therapy and consultation clients in-person and online via Skype or VSee.
- 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
- Gain support through a personal crisis or challenging situation
- Identify triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction
- Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships
- Uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness
- Learn more adaptive coping skills, self-care rituals and habits
- Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions
- Uncover patters of crippling perfectionism
- 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 and abuse symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds
Therapy + Consultation Approach
Insight and self-awareness into one's patterns and conflicts may not always lead to change, therefore, Kim Seelbrede has found that integrating practical tools and skills into sessions, in addition to psychodynamic psychotherapy can support desired growth and behavioral change. In addition to her relational and interpersonal training, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills or DBT, Solution-Focused techniques, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness, group therapy and weekend intensives as needed. In her counseling work with couples, she enjoys using her training with The Gottman Institute as well as Solution-Focused Therapy and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Kim Seelbrede provides clinical supervision to new therapists working towards licensure as well as those building their private practices. Kim Seelbrede has been a student of psychology for decades and has enjoyed learning and gaining new skills from a variety of traditional and cutting-edge disciplines. She enjoys the creativity of weaving various modalities into her work with clients. She uses her blog LifeFix Rx and #shrinkthinks for educational purposes and to reach those who might not have access to mental health information. She consults and coaches clients in person and worldwide via telephone, Skype or HIPPA compliant videoconferencing. Online learning webinars and CBT Tools will be available soon for individuals struggling with anxiety, stress and self-esteem.
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 symptoms. Her clients describe her as a warm and dynamic therapist 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.
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Clinical Consultations
- Family Therapy
- Weekend Intensives
- Personal Coaching
- Anxiety CBT Coaching
- Peak Performance Coaching
- Chronic Illness Support
- Relationship Counseling
- Couples Therapy
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Divorce, Newly Single + Dating
- Meditation 101
- Stress Reduction
- Guided Imagery
- EMDR Therapy
- CBT + DBT Skills
- Interpersonal + Relational
- Life Coaching
- Video Conferencing
- Therapy + Coaching
- Private Practice Building
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What to Expect
Problems, challenges and long-standing difficulties are rarely resolved as quickly as people would like. Quick fixes, so to speak, are rare. Some problem behaviors can and should be addressed immediately. I believe in an integrated approach to solving psychological issues that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as offering tools and strategies that change maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. I am able to provide both short-term therapy such as solution-focused treatment or coaching as well as long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy that works to resolve conflicts, obstacles and dynamics that interfere with leading a vital and fulfilling life. I am motivated to help my clients achieve their goals as quickly as possible. Some individuals have longstanding difficulties that may require a longer course of treatment. A consultation and assessment is the best way to determine client needs.
Solutions For Clients
- To help clients have more satisfying relationships both personal and professional
- To help clients gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur
- To help clients recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors
- To provide clients with practical skills and support to improve their lives, including identifying problem thoughts that contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression
- To help clients improve their emotional and psychological well being and find balance in their lives
- To support clients through challenging situations or times of transition and change
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- Anxiety - Panic attacks, 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 skills 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, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaing sobriety
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- 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 another, 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 member
Therapy, EMDR Psychotherapy + Professional Consultations
Kim Seelbrede views many mental health issues such as addictions and eating disorders as symptoms that hold meaning, as such, can be understood and healed when the root of the problem is addressed. As an integrative therapist, she understands the importance of integrating important behavioral interventions into the treatment to further support healing. Individuals enter therapy for a variety of reasons, including the desire to find meaning and purpose in their lives and a search for a deeper connection to self and others. Kim is sensitive, open and respectful of individuals who seek answers to spiritual concerns, which she feels may be the root of much suffering today. To help address developmental and other sources of trauma, Kim Seelbrede is a level II EMDRIA-trained EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). EMDR therapy can successfully be used for trauma, attachment deficits, accidents, abuse, losses, anxiety, blocked energy, negative beliefs, physical symptoms, irrational emotions, phobias, addictions, compulsions, performance blocks and painful memories. She uses this modality to unlock the wisdom and innate healing capacity of the mind and body that has been blocked and can be unblocked. Kim Seelbrede is a mind-body practitioner and registered yoga therapist (RYT 200, 500). Consultation sessions are an opportunity to obtain helpful information and education for clients and their families. She is delighted to share her resources and make traditional and complementary/alternative referrals to allied professionals such as therapists, psychologists, internists, psychopharmacologists or psychiatrists.
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Additional Helpful Information
As a New York State licensed Psychotherapist & Consultant working with individuals in a variety of professional, entrepreneurial and executive positions including entertainment, performance and wellness, Kim Seelbrede strives to help her clients create work and life balance, manage stress and difficult decisions, enjoy healthier relationships and find clarity of purpose in their lives. Many of the people with whom she works are intelligent, creative and accomplished, but struggle with relationships, anxiety, self-doubt, eating disorders, addictions, depression and emptiness, and feel that they could benefit from self-inquiry and support. Kim has multiple areas of specialization including work with mental health professionals, professional supervision, physicians, college students, artists, creatives, celebrities, talented and gifted individuals, parents and couples. An additional focus and area of expertise is helping clients who struggle with symptoms related to developmental trauma, attachment difficulties and PTSD. She has had great success using EMDR and other somatic therapies for symptom relief and trauma resolution. Additionally, she enjoys incorporating various modalities into her private practice, including relaxation and breathing techniques, guided imagery and yoga philosophy along with traditional treatment approaches such as psychodynamic and interpersonal psychotherapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT, DBT therapy skills, Mindfulness and EMDR therapy. As a clinician with an integrative and holistic philosophy, she believes that sound emotional well-being is strongly influenced by healthy relationships, nutrition, exercise, sleep, creative outlets, thought patterns, self-care, spirituality and a healthy balance of work and play.
A former Miss USA, Kim Seelbrede understands the unique challenges, demands and struggles of celebrities and talented individuals and therefore has a special interest in celebrity mental health. Her own personal life experiences and unique training enables her to provide the mentoring, support and guidance that high-profile clients benefit from the most. Kim Seelbrede engages clients with collaboration, insight, curiosity, sensitivity, solution and change-oriented approaches and sometimes a healthy dose of humor. She also welcome individuals who could simply benefit from ongoing support or mentoring.
Kim Seelbrede enjoys blogging and providing relevant and helpful emotional, physical and mental health information in an effort to reach those who might not otherwise have access to psychological help, counseling or therapy. As a registered yoga therapist RYT 200 + 500 level, she enjoys writing about all things yoga, meditation and mindfulness related.
EMDR treatment can be a powerful form of therapy as a stand-alone modality or as an adjunct to psychotherapy sessions. Francine Shapiro, PhD developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) in the late l980's, as a breakthrough therapy to overcome the devastating effects of psychological trauma. Therapists and psychologists who use EMDR attest to the healing power of this treatment, and controlled research studies consistently demonstrate its efficacy and effectiveness. EMDR psychotherapy facilitates adaptive information processing and patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. Kim Seelbrede offers this intervention to alleviate symptoms related to trauma as well as other distressing symptoms such as: phobias, anxieties, fears, panic disorder, obsessions, depression, eating disorders, medical trauma, insomnia, sexual and emotional abuse, flashbacks, relationship issues, self-defeating patterns, poor self-esteem, accidents, performance problems and triggers for addictions. This treatment modality is based on neuroscience of the brain and uses bilateral stimulation to process through memory networks and release the emotional charge associated, which results in Compared to traditional forms of cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, EMDR has proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most problematic issues in less time. Clients utilizing EMDR appear to have less chance of their problems returning in the future after treatment is complete because healing is believed to take place at the level of the nervous system. EMDR is effective for changing negative thought patterns, emotional reactions, entrenched habits and even physical discomfort that people can’t “think" their way out of. EMDR has given clinicians and their clients the ability to essentially reverse all those negative patterns and responses that have developed in your brain, body, and nervous system. Kim Seelbrede is a level II EMDRIA-trained EMDR clinician with a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Manhattan. Learn more about EMDR Therapy
Relationships, Partnerships + Couples
Life, for most of us, involves interpersonal contact and relationships, all kinds of relationships. Connecting with family members, employers, colleagues, friends, children, significant others, ourselves, and so on, can be challenging for many. Some relationships are easier for people to manage than others. Couples therapy or relationship counseling is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems and create or reconnect to love, respect and emotional closeness. Helping high-functioning couples listen for and understand the emotional needs of the other, Kim Seelbrede has received relationship training from The Gottman Institute as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy and Non Violent Communication or NVC.
Some individuals benefit from individual sessions without their partner to help them work on their relationship needs before working with a couples therapist. Kim Seelbrede counsels individuals and couples in various stages of relationships including: pre-marital therapy, married, committed and partnered, as well as those considering separation, divorce, newly-single or dating again. Sessions are available weekly, bi-monthly or as weekend intensives in her Manhattan-based office or via Skype. Learn more about relationship and couples counseling here.
Clinical Professional Consultations + Referrals in Manhattan
Kim Seelbrede, a New York State licensed psychotherapist, offers psychological consultation and guidance to individuals and families to help them move through personal and life challenges, a difficult transition or a crisis. Clients benefit from the expertise of working with a highly-trained clinician who provides a focused, solution-based approach using assessment, education, guidance, advice and resources. One example might be a family member who is struggling with an addiction and/or a mental health issue. Consultations tend to be time-limited and problem or goal-oriented in nature. Consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns and to make decisions or changes in their lives that move them in a helpful direction.
The consultation process is an opportunity to speak about a crisis, or problems and concerns in one's current situation. A consultation is a proactive and preventative approach to obtaining guidance and support during a challenging situation. What makes this different from ongoing therapy is that the experience is limited -- usually one or two sessions, and is not meant to replace ongoing therapy or counseling. A consultation can help a client gain supportive advice, insight, perspective, guidance and resources for their particular circumstance. At the end of the consultation process Kim Seelbrede offers clients an assessment of the situation, a recommendation for treatment if needed and possible referrals to allied professionals, medical doctors or other psychological services. Because of the nature of the consultation process, clients are offered sessions in Manhattan or via Skype for convenience.
Therapy for Anxiety + Depression
Kim Seelbrede is an expert in both the psychology of anxiety treatment as well as meditation and other mind-body techniques. Her training and experience makes her uniquely qualified to offer an integrated delivery of anxiety management techniques. Kim Seelbrede uses a very effective protocol and combination of techniques when working with clients who struggle with anxiety. Her high success rate for helping clients overcome anxiety using combined CBT skills and EMDR techniques means that clients experience healing at the level of the nervous system, as well as gaining important self-empowerment tools to handle future situations. With a reduction in perfectionism, obsessions and excess worry, her clients report improvement in personal and professional aspects of their lives in addition to improved productivity, motivation, focus and a decrease in procrastination. Using the nervous system healing techniques of EMDR combined with the emotion and thought management techniques of CBT, Kim Seelbrede’s clients are able to effectively control their anxiety symptoms. This treatment protocol is effective for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and PTSD. Because CBT is skills-based, clients feel empowered and are able to manage and control their anxiety symptoms. Because EMDR therapy heals at the level of the nervous system, clients find that they spend less time doing CBT homework, and are more often than not, able to maintain and return to a state of self-regulation.
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Depression and anxiety symptoms are common reason teens, adolescents and adults seek treatment. Therapy and the support of talking with an experienced therapist helps resolve depression for many. Psychotherapists and psychologists are trained to provide their clients with helpful tools, coping skills and ways to challenge and change the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may contribute to depression. Understanding the source of the problem or situations that trigger depressive episodes may not always lead to symptom relief. Kim Seelbrede uses an integrative approach when working with depression symptoms that includes: psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive therapy, EMDR therapy, mindfulness and acceptance. Depression can be complex in nature and include a combination of genetic vulnerability, medical problems and medications, stress and life events and faulty mood regulation by the brain. For some, a combination of psychotherapy and medication offers the safest most comprehensive healing approach. Mood disorders include major depression, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum and situational depression as examples. Sometimes therapy alone is enough to resolve symptoms. A combination of interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and when appropriate, medication, are effective treatments for depression.
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Kim Seelbrede, LCSW provides and teaches helpful cognitive behavior therapy techniques or CBT as well as dialectical behavior therapy or DBT skills for managing anxiety, self-esteem issues and stress reduction and management at her practice in convenient Gramercy Park in New York City. Not everyone is able to afford therapy or have access to highly-trained clinicians who offer helpful therapeutic and coaching techniques, therefore, Kim has made it possible to provide the same techniques that she often integrates into private sessions with her clients. Carefully designed to help people gain control of excessive worry, anxiety, stress, obsessions and other difficulties, these thought and emotion management techniques help individuals reduce anxiety and stress-related issues as well as support enhanced self-esteem and address generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive tendencies and other problem behaviors that negatively impact the quality of one's life. Clients tend to feel a sense of personal empowerment as they gain control over symptoms such as procrastination and perfectionism and feel more focused, less anxious and more productive and motivated.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) for anxiety, stress and self-esteem are skill and evidence-based, which means that not only do these techniques have the data to support treatment success, clients will learn new ways of thinking and managing habitual and challenging emotions, feelings and behaviors. These newly-learned coping skills can be practiced and applied to many aspects of life, personal and professional. This means that symptoms can be controlled by learning how to manage them.
Therapy That Goes Wherever You Go
These online, self-help programs give clients the option to learn on-the-go, while traveling and in the comfort of their own environment on iPad, iPhone and personal computers. These online tools cost considerably less than working with a clinician one-to-one, and clients in other states and countries can benefit from Kim Seelbrede's clinical expertise in teaching these CBT, DBT and Mindfulness skills for the successful control of anxiety disorders, stress and self-esteem issues. What are some common conditions that CBT treats?
It can be lonely at the top especially for individuals unwilling or unable to trust and talk to others about their experience. Type A entrepreneurs often don’t talk about things and certainly aren't likely to express emotions. They problem solve and move forward. What happens when they stumble upon patterns and obstacles that come up for them again and again? Executives, officers and entrepreneurs hire coaches to help them remove obstacles and learn to be clear in their lives so they can see things about their behavior that interferes with success and performance. Coaching provides leaders with high-performance communication and leadership skills. They learn to communicate in ways that increase their chances for success, and ensures that others receive the information without getting defensive, as an example. Clients seeking coaches are not looking to heal issues rooted in the past, nor are they looking for an expert to help them understand and explore their complicated, emotional lives. While the past may be discussed on occasion, it is only addressed in the context of unearthing the areas of one's history, whether real, misinterpreted, distorted or some combination, that may be blocking the client from moving forward. The focus is always on clearing the path, as needed, to make the client more available for a new reality and way of life which includes movement and taking action. Generally speaking, coaching clients are men and women who are busy, self-directed, goal and performance-oriented, high-achievers who thrive using personal accountability, honesty, feedback, perspective shifting, action steps and focused, challenging questions that will bring them extraordinary results. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change and restore balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, repairing a relationship or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration, knowledge, accountability and results one desires. Learn about coaching here.
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The Power Team of EMDR + Coaching
As a coach and consultant, I am able to use EMDR to enhance the effectiveness with my coaching clients. Coaches and consultants who use EMDR do so because the process is efficient and effective and the results endure. While "verbal" coaching can be effective for some, “thinking yourself into feeling better and changing behaviors” often fails many hopeful coaching clients. EMDR, when combined with specific coaching techniques has the benefit of stimulating the client’s own brain and nervous system to function at a much higher level. As a results-oriented solution, the power team of EMDR and coaching has proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most difficult problems in a short amount of time. The lasting changes produced by the EMDR process seem to “stick” for clients, and doesn't require the ongoing “conditioning” that traditional “verbal” coaching does.
Coaching motivates, inspires and supports clients by helping them:
- Observe and challenge the stories that perpetuate inertia
- Identify unhelpful patterns and habits that are obstacles to change
- Partialize concerns and problems into manageable pieces
- Move beyond and transform limiting self-concepts
- Face emotions like fear, that keep them feeling paralyzed
- Learn to communicate honestly and directly
- Develop direction and clarity in various aspects of life
- Find innate strengths and build on them
- Uncover passions, become motivated and inspired
- Learn to dream and think "big"
- Explore creativity and practice balance in all areas of life
- Improve personal, professional and spiritual connections
- Design a life that is aligned with one's "true self "and core values
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Executive coaching improves levels of productivity & performance and provides executives with the skills needed to succeed in todays competitve environment. I work directly with corporations as well as individuals to improve leadership capabilities, management skills and interpersonal and relational techniques. I recognize the “trickle-down” effect of discord at the managerial and executive levels. Awareness of this interconnection is key to improving levels of performance and productivity as well as reducing organizational stress and improving interpersonal and communication skills throughout all levels of the corporate environment. Whether you are looking to improve productivity of the entire work force within your company or reach your potential as an individual, executive coaching can provide the necessary tools for success. Clients are helped to develop exceptional leadership skills, solve personal and interpersonal issues, and create a culture of accountability and personal integrity. Working with top executives in the country and renowned for resolving problems and improving performance and communication. Clients reduce conflicts and experience freedom from what has been holding them back and experience a renewed sense of excitement and creativity.
Mindfulness & Integrative Therapy
As an integrative therapist with a speciality in trauma resolution using EMDR Therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindfulness perspective. Her approach is creative, integrating mind-body techniques with the emotional and ancient wisdom of many traditions to create expanded possibilities of healing and growth. 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 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 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. Kim Seelbrede 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. Kim has received extensive post-graduate training including: Interpersonal and Relational Therapy in the treatment of eating disorders, addictions and compulsions at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral therapy training, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT and EMDRIA certified EMDR training level I & II. Learn more about integrative therapy and stress maagement here.
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“Healthcare without self care is sick care.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax
Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs, set boundaries with people, manage anxiety, anger, sadness and other feelings or emotions and attend to one's more complex needs. This can happen even when other people's demands or actions make this a challenge. Society as well as friends, family and employers often have expectations of us; we subjugate our own needs in an attempt to please and care for others. In the mental health field, 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.
Many simply aren't aware that modifications to one's habits and lifestyle can make a world of difference in terms of health and wellbeing. Yes, change takes work and the motivation to be disease-free or radically healthy must be present. Therapy and coaching can help with self-care issues by uncovering the root of the problem such self-esteem issues and other obstacles that lead to a failure to treat one's body with care. As example, when someone is depressed, therapy can help improve one’s mood thus leading to improved self-care. Helping a depressed person create space for self-care can be a challenge, but it often improves depression. The failure to care for oneself due to wanting to please or care for others, such as in a codependent relationship, or in the case of overly demanding family members, can indicate some difficulty setting boundaries, identity and self-image.
Kim Seelbrede, LCSW, RYT (200 + 500) trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program with a focus on five modalities: restorative yoga therapy, essential oils, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care. She learned the techniques of grounding, relaxation, mindfulness, present-focused meditation and restoration. To learn more about the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training initiative or to find a class use this link.
Self-Care, Addiction Treatment + EMDR Protocols for Addictions + Compulsions
Kim Seelbrede views addictive behaviors as symptoms of other underlying unresolved issues and has developed a special interest in recovery support as well as having received specialized training in this area. Addictions such as substance abuse and process addictions are complex problems and can be successfully treated when other co-occurring difficulties are addressed. Common examples of co-occurring disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with episodic polydrug abuse, alcohol addiction with panic disorder and trauma or PTSD with a variety of substance abuse and process addictions. Many may have more than two disorders that contribute to maladaptive coping responses. Some common addictions include: alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, video games, the internet, sex, pornography and work. Successful treatment for addictive behaviors is an integrative approach that may include some combination of psychotherapy and behavioral treatments. EMDR therapy using addiction protocols, psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy or DBT skills are also very effective forms of treatment.
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Integrative Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders
Through an integrative lens, Kim Seelbrede offers clinical excellence and support for individuals struggling with the symptoms of an eating disorder. Patients find the strength to confront their problems, learn the tools and skills to overcome their disorder and eventually enter a recovery phase. An integrative therapy approach including interpersonal psychotherapy, behavior therapy and EMDR therapy are effective treatments for bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other forms of ED's. Treatment success can be defined as the following: the restoration of relationships with family and friends, the ability to return to a productive, healthy and meaningful life, the reduction of eating disorder symptoms and behaviors and a renewed interest in school or work. The goal is to help patients become committed to a life of good health, freedom, balance and purpose. Treatment is most successful when a team approach is utilized. Kim Seelbrede received specialized eating disorder, compulsions and addictions training at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology and uses her network of professionals for support and referrals.
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Rehab + Aftercare Support
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 step-down care to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies to maintain a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction. Aftercare refers to the additional support that is given following release from the residential part of the program. Immediately upon release, aftercare may require a period of extra support such as several times weekly counseling sessions to reinforce new skills, support groups such as AA, Rational Recovery or SMART Recovery, booster sessions and sessions to support family members.
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