Kim Seelbrede, LCSW

 

Coach + Psychotherapist 

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.  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. 

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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.

Therapist, Psychotherapist New York City, EMDR Therapy NYC, Life Coach

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.

 

Kind Words

Kimberly is the most intuitive and gifted therapist that I have ever worked with. I am a physician with a busy work and personal life. Her relationship guidance and advice was extremely helpful. As a scientist, I yearned for deeper meaning. She has helped me connect to my spiritual side and has been my spiritual counselor and go-to therapist for years. Her guided meditations are unbelievable. -SB

Kim Seelbrede is a brilliant, insightful and compassionate therapist. She helped me move from feeling unsafe physically and mentally to leading a less fearful and fuller life. She also made it easy to talk about the most painful parts of my life. The techniques she used for grounding when I experience derealization and depersonalization were invaluable. She helped me get through some difficult situations and not make the same mistakes again. The dissociation that used to occur on a daily basis only happens on occasions and I can manage this now. I'm also grateful for for her knowledge about holistic wellness and nutrition -AF

Kim Seelbrede, LCSW is a gentle yet strong, authentic and graceful soul who "helps" and teaches from a place of strength and real life experience and wisdom. Her willingness to share her own life lessons, challenges and experiences helped me feel less alone in my life as I am not someone blessed with mentors and role models. Thank you Kim for your guidance, intuition and your ability to partner with me to help me create the life I now have. -LR

You are the best! As you know, I quit my life-sucking job and found the courage to do what I really wanted to do, but was afraid because of the "shoulds." I write this from the beach where I now do what makes my heart sing. Remember, "It's all a game," and "everyday is a new day" ;) - JD

My life has been very difficult and traumatic from an early age in many ways. Kim Seelbrede is not one of those life coaches or aspiring spiritual guru types who tells me it's my fault, and that if I had more positive thoughts things would be different. She is spiritual and very intuitive. She helped me develop acceptance and the ability to learn from adversity, become stronger, find passion, move through the pain and learn the lessons that I needed for myself. She was able to help me see important patterns that I was repeating because of my early trauma and interrupt those patterns. Even though she is a highly trained psychotherapist, she has to confidence to try different therapies. She even uses essential oils during EMDR and guided meditations which is a very calming and soothing experience. She is truly compassionate, careful and wise. -KL

EMDR Therapy gave me the best results. I’ve done CBT, biofeedback, hypnosis and other forms of therapy in the past for anxiety and performance blocks. Nothing has compared to EMDR sessions which has led to a panic-free life and a huge reduction in fear during performances and public appearances. -EM

I was not happy with my step down program that my rehab recommended for me and not a fan of twelve steps. I do not believe I have a disease especially because I was diagnosed with PTSD from childhood abuse and trauma. She recommended other meetings for me and I saw her three times a week for recovery support. She helped reinforce what I learned while I was away in rehab. She is trained in DBT so we continued with that using a workbook and practicing situations that might come up in real life. She also continued the EMDR that I started in rehab which helped me to heal from the trauma which I believe is the real reason I was using drugs and self-harming. I have been sober for over a year. -MD

Genius couples therapy. We booked a private weekend workshop and learned and grew more than we ever thought possible. Marriage counseling with Kim Seelbrede saved my marriage and helped us both understand our triggers and some of the dynamics that had a grip on us both. We also developed a deeper love and understanding of each other.-JF

I was sexually abused at a young age by my mother. I’ve been helped more in 1 year working with Kim combining psychotherapy with EMDR than with all the other therapists that I’ve worked with in the last 30+ years. Together we continue to work on trust, shame, attachment issues and releasing the trauma from my body. The EMDR therapy is amazing, but she is also an excellent psychotherapist especially for understanding the past and present. She is intuitive, skilled and very smart. We are still working on some residual problems like relationships, but I trust her completely. She also makes excellent referrals for acupuncture, body work and psychiatrists when needed. -JG

Kim Seelbrede is the best therapist that I have worked with for my trauma issues, and I’ve been in psychotherapy for most of my teen and adult life. She shows empathy and is caring, intelligent, and intuitive. I’ve done EMDR in the past, but her EMDR is more creative than with other therapists and I believe helped me heal. I’ve recommended her to others who have also been helped by her. -RA

Kim Seelbrede is very highly trained and knowledgeable about diagnosis and which kind of therapies to use and when. She is very knowledgable about nutrition, stress problems and hormone issues (thyroid, adrenal) and uses holistic and integrative approaches which was something that I was interested in for myself. I was able to get off of medications that were making me feel “drugged” and giving me bad side effects. Instead we did some treatments that got to the root of the problem and she also gave me techniques from CBT which were extremely helpful. I’m very grateful to have been in her care! -PB

I’ve been seeing Kimberly Seelbrede for many years and she has supported me through very difficult times in my life. She quickly understands challenging, complex situations and has been able to guide me to make better choices during a life crisis. Not sure where I’d be without her professional guidance and genuine caring support. I came from a very violent home, and she helped me to see my strengths, clarify what’s important, learn to discern better and know when I’m stepping into old patterns that I had a tendency to repeat. I believe our relationship and her investment in me helped me heal. I am now in a healthy relationship and I have work that I enjoy. I might have been dead without her ongoing support. She’s always welcoming when I need to come in for extra support. -TS

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Education + Post-Graduate Training

New York University - Graduate Level

NYUSSW- Post-Master's Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches To The Addictions, Clinical Practice With Adolescents, Spirituality And Social Work, Executive Coaching

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions EDCAS:  A course of study that integrates the concepts of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis with those of other treatment modalities and provides a concentrated, practice-oriented educational experience to mental health professionals who work in these areas.

EMDR - Advanced level I & II Transforming Trauma with EMDR Comprehensive Training, EMDRIA approved and supervised  -  Training with Lauren Parnell, PhD, internationally respected EMDR trainer and master therapist.  Participated in 80 hour didactic training and 20 hour mandatory supervision with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. This training was approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Brainspotting Applications for this technique with children, adolescents and adults include trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation, attachment disorders, ADHD, somatic conditions, performance and creative blocks, sports psychology, and most DSM diagnoses.

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training - Behavioral Tech, LLC

Bridging the Couple Chasm - Gottman Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach - The Gottman Institute

Institute for Life Coach Training - The Institute for Life Coach specializes in training therapists to translate their therapeutic expertise into coaching skills.

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy - (PRYT)

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program (UZIT), RYT 500-Yoga Alliance)- Donna Karan's groundbreaking initiative with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Geoffrey Roniger, Pamela Miles, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell and Roshi Joan Halifax. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy with Young Living Oils, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative end-of-life care.  The 12-month curriculum, now in partnership with Yoga Works,  included clinical rotations conducted at Beth Israel Medical Center. 

Professional Services

Individual Psychotherapy

Professional treatment for a range of emotional and behavioral issues working with adults, adolescents and couples including:

  • Depression / mood disorders
  • Anxiety (including generalized anxiety disorder GAD, social anxiety)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • Simple and complex traumas
  • Eating disorders & body image distortions
  • Low self-esteem
  • Identity issues
  • Relationship conflicts / interpersonal difficulties
  • Intimacy problems
  • Parenting support
  • Career issues
  • Creativity blocks
  • Grief & loss counseling
  • Substance abuse support for individuals and their families
  • Addiction treatment using a modified EMDR method called the Feeling State Addiction Protocol (FSAP)
  • Life transitions / change
  • Self-defeating behaviors / self-sabotage
  • Self-harm
  • Personality disorders

Couples Therapy and Relationship Counseling

In couples counseling, you may learn how to:

  • Communicate more effectively
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Successfully repair after conflict
  • Appreciate the relationship and each other
  • Develop shared dreams, values and goals
  • Restore closeness and intimacy
  • Deal with issues related to sex, desire and intimacy
  • Heal from infidelity and betrayals
  • Learn to balance work and family responsibilities
  • Understand the needs of the other

Coaching

Life coaching services for executives, professionals, entertainers, athletes, success and achievement-oriented individuals Including:

  • Career and personal life balance
  • Organization / time management / accountability
  • Creativity enhancement & uncovering obstacles and blocks
  • Peak performance coaching using EMDR
  • Health, wellness & stress management coaching
  • Parent coaching and support
  • Relationship coaching / dating after divorce
  • Corporate wellness & stress reduction

Consultation

Kimberly Seelbrede provides consultations and resources, offering strategies to help a friend or family member who is struggling with an eating disorder, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorder, anxiety, adjustment difficulties and other issues that may need attention. Consultations tend to be short-term, goal-oriented and educational, with a focus on addressing specific problems. Appropriate recommendations and referrals can be made as necessary.

Treatment for the Following:  

  • Addiction & compulsions therapy (eating, shopping, sex, hoarding, rituals) 
  • Alcoholism & chemical dependency recovery support 
  • Anger management therapy in New York City
  • Anxiety / Panic disorder / Agoraphobia therapy using EMDR and CBT 
  • Attachment & separation issues
  • Behavioral & habit disorders / problems in adults and adolescents
  • Bipolar disorder  
  • Career transition support & guidance
  • Chronic medical conditions therapy & lifestyle support (e.g. autoimmune disorders, Lupus, MS, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, cancer)
  • Chronic pain support 
  • Coping skills for teens & adolescents
  • Co-dependency therapy 
  • College students who require stress reduction techniques and structure 
  • Couples counseling including sexual concerns, relationship, intimacy & communication difficulties  
  • Creative process & performance blocks for professionals & creatives
  • Crisis counseling therapy 
  • Depression & dysthymia therapy
  • Divorce & separation counseling
  • Dissociation & derealization
  • Eating disorders 
  • Emotional abuse & boundaries
  • Gay, lesbian & bisexual issues
  • Health & medical concerns & pain management for chronic illness
  • Insomnia during periods of acute stress or anxiety
  • Life coaching for personal, career, performance, stress & wellness
  • Identity concerns, identity confusion & body image distortions
  • Marriage, couples counseling, family issues, conflict resolution, child custody resolution
  • Men’s issues
  • Mid-life transition counseling
  • Mourning, bereavement and grief counseling & support
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) therapy using CBT and EMDR
  • Parenting support & new parent coaching 
  • Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)
  • Personal growth & self-actualization coaching
  • Personality Disorders treatment 
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), somatic therapy and EMDR therapy
  • Relationship counseling for work & social difficulties 
  • Self esteem & personal growth therapy
  • Self-injurious and self-harm behavior therapist 
  • Sex positive therapy   
  • Sexual conflicts and inhibition treatment for men and women
  • Sexual abuse therapy & recovery using EMDR
  • Sleep hygiene health, wellness & stress management for men and women
  • Spirituality & life purpose coaching and support
  • Stress reduction coaching 
  • Trauma / dissociation treatment using EMDR, affect regulation and grounding techniques
  • Women’s issues / self-care / transitions & supportive treatment / support for hormonal conditions
  • Work & career coaching
  • Writer’s performance block & creative blocks using psychodynamic psychotherapy and/or EMDR therapy 

Client Specialties

  • Parents
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Teens & Adolescents
  • College students
  • Trauma survivors
  • Creative artists, performers & entertainers
  • Medical & law professionals
  • Celebrities & high-profile clients

Modalities

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills (DBT)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Crisis Counseling
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Ego State Therapy or "Parts Work"
  • Guided imagery
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness

About Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW

Kimberly Seelbrede is a New York State licensed psychotherapist with extensive post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) and specialized Couples Therapy training. Kimberly’s clinical work includes the following: anxiety, depression, relationships, couples therapy, family therapy, addictions, recovery support, compulsions, trauma resolution, stress management, performance difficulties and life transitions. Kimberly conducts weekly psychotherapy sessions in her office, or for established clients who travel, online therapy is an option. Kimberly's interests include lifestyle change and transitions, motivation, mindfulness and stress management, successful communication and managing chronic illness. She conducts intensive couples workshops using her training with The Gottman Institute. Kimberly also supervises mental health and allied health professionals in the areas of case consultation, relaxation training, problem solving and the successful integration of alternative therapies into their private practices. Consultations and appointments can be scheduled by visiting the contact page.

Her 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. 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 maintains a private psychotherapy, coaching and consultation practice in New York City. Her areas of expertise includes: anxiety and mood disorders, phobias, obsessions, panic disorder, trauma resolution, sexual dysfunction, burnout, loss and transitions, women's hormone and emotional health, performance enhancement, relationships, stress reduction/management support and crisis therapy. Her post-graduate training in psychiatric and clinical social work, psychology, cutting-edge therapies, the healing arts and yoga therapy, has allowed her to incorporate a broad range of techniques into her therapeutic work with clients. She enjoys the flexibility of being able to integrate relational, interpersonal and insight-oriented therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, ACT, EMDR, Brainspotting, Ego State Therapy, Mindfulness and stress reduction/meditation techniques into sessions.