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Therapist + Coach

Psychology, LIFESTYLE DESIGN + CUTTING-EDGE Brain Science

Skype Coach + Therapist Kim Seelbrede

As a licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Coach and Consultant, I’d like to support your goals of not only healing from the past, but moving forward and having a rich and satisfying life.

Kim Seelbrede blends her clinical expertise with the latest research to help people live better lives. She offers psychotherapy and coaching sessions that help busy New Yorkers & Expat clients dig deeper and remove the obstacles that lead to feeling “stuck” and repeating old patterns, as well as change behaviors, gain new skills, attain goals, enjoy satisfying relationships and become more productive and balanced. My style is intuitive, present and supportive. Together, we can address unwanted symptoms related to a crisis, high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma, loss, transitions, career concerns, addictions, chronic health problems and pain, professional burnout and more. Via virtual, online therapy, I offer personalized therapy and coaching for smart, dynamic, high-functioning clients that offers flexibility wherever you go and can be scheduled weekly or rescheduled if needed. We can also meet in-person or via phone, FaceTime, Skype or secure HIPPA-compliant platforms.

Trained by world-renowned pioneers in the field, and expertly trained in the most effective cutting-edge treatments and traditional healing modalities, I help clients identify problem patterns that are repeated, conflicts and unhelpful defense mechanisms that are interfering with leading a more satisfying life.

Many of my clients, both men and women, are high-functioning professionals—driven and perfectionistic. They present to the world as “together” yet may suffer privately. Some may have unresolved trauma(s) and family of origin issues that remain a barrier to good health and wellbeing. Many clients need professional guidance as they navigate a life-challenge or crisis. Symptoms and suffering, whether emotional or in the body, invite you to look deeper into aspects of your life, repressed and suppressed emotions, and your true nature that you may have abandoned or never really had the freedom or permission to fully express.

My eclectic training includes traditional, evidence-based and alternative approaches including Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, CBT and DBT skills, EMDR, hypnotherapy, somatic therapies and mindfulness.

Our work together will often focus on the unconscious and the cultivation of inner wholeness and self-integration, leading to a deeper connection to self, healthier relationships, authenticity, purpose and “wholeness.” we may also use practical tools and skills to help you make lasting behavior changes. In my work with couples, we resolve communication challenges, identify barriers to intimacy and learn to recognize problem patterns that are present and may be causing distress in the relationship. As a sex positive therapist, I am able to provide sex therapy as needed, addressing a range of concerns and sexual diversity. Working with couples who have experienced emotional or physical betrayal, I offer the hope of healing from infidelity and restoring trust. I welcome couples who are high-functioning but would like to improve aspects of their partnership.

Professional training

New York University, MSW, LCSW, NYU Post-Graduate Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, CBT, Addictions, Adolescents, Spirituality, Executive Coaching, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions + Addictions, Institute for Life Coach Training, EMDR Advanced level I & II, EMDRIA approved and supervised, Brainspotting, DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training, Gottman Couples Therapy Training, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program RYT 500

 Choose how to work together

 

Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

EMDR Therapy + Focusing

Couples + Family Therapy

CBT, DBT, Crisis Counseling

Psychological Consultation

Couples Sex Therapy + Workshops

Coaching Online 

Empath or Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) 

VIP, Relationship + Executive Coaching

Peak Performance

Autoimmune Wellness Coaching

Self-Care Stress Management Coaching

Concierge Personal Coaching 

Integrative Therapy

Psycho-Spiritual Counseling

Intuitive Counseling + Guidance

Yoga Therapy

Meditation + Mindfulness

Guided Imagery

Shadow Work + Boundary Work

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Private Sessions

  • Compliance, accommodation + conflict avoidance

  • Better understand what’s holding you back

  • Remove barriers to success such as “I’m not enough” or “I don’t deserve…” as well as fear of failure or fear of success

  • Spiritual concerns, shadow work, purpose + energetic blocks

  • Hormone imbalance, chronic pain, medical diagnosis, + autoimmune disorders

  • Crisis counseling, stress, transitions + life/balance challenges

  • Guilt, shame, loss + grief

  • Recovering from narcissistic abuse

  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) coaching

  • Stress, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, insomnia + emotion regulation

  • Depression, postpartum depression, SAD, bipolar disorder, situational depression, chronic sadness

  • Addictions, substance abuse, compulsions + eating disorders

  • Relationship concerns, patterns, communication + sex therapy

  • Performance blocks, perfectionism, self-blame, negative self-image, self-sabotage + feeling "stuck"

  • Personal empowerment, identification of needs

  • Create a plan to move forward with your goals

  • Obtain resources + tools to support a healthier lifestyle

Well + Being Blog

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Online Therapy For NYC + Expats

As a trained personal coach and licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Manhattan, many of my clients are requesting Skype therapy sessions and finding that online therapy is ultimately a better fit for their lifestyle needs and travel schedules. Online video therapy is a good fit if you are a busy professional who benefits from therapy and coaching but may not be able to consistently commit to a regular, ongoing session time or simple can’t take the time to commute. You may also be an expat or live in a city, state or country where it’s hard to find an expert licensed therapist or coach to consult with, or a couple with multiple schedules for whom it’s easier to meet online via Skype from the comfort of home.

Because everyone is different, you may find that a combination of therapy and coaching works best for you. Kim Seelbrede enjoys consulting with highly-motivated, busy professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, college students, busy parents and other individuals around the globe who struggle with habit problems, ADD, addictions, anxiety, depression, extreme stress, transitions, loss and balancing personal and professional demands. She has had great success providing online counseling and working remotely with clients providing support for their emotional wellbeing. If you find that you cannot meet in the office, meeting with a therapist or coach online can be a great option if you have a Mac/Apple or PC with video capabilities and a good internet connection. My busy professional clients feel relieved to not be restricted to weekly, in-person sessions and enjoy the schedule flexibility of working online.

Thanks to video platforms such as Skype, therapy sessions can now be conducted remotely online and you won’t have to miss sessions because you can’t make an office visit. Therapy and coaching through online video are growing in popularity. Many who live in the US or parts of the world where it’s a challenge to find highly-trained, licensed experts in mental health still need therapy and consulting to help them find balance, gain support during a crisis or transition and provide general psychological help with concerns. It’s important to make sure that in your search for an online therapist or coach, you find someone who is experienced, offers the skills that you need to help you with your goals and that they are licensed professional mental health providers. It’s hard to start over with a new therapist, but for some, especially clients with severe mental illness or trauma-related dysregulation, it is best to find a therapist who can meet face to face. Reach out to learn if online therapy is the right option for you.

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Depth-Focused Coaching

Life Coach specializing in cutting-edge Psychology, Brain Science + Lifestyle support addressing anxiety, relationships, blocks and repeating problem patterns and habits.

The unconscious is often driving much of our existence, and is only addressed in an effort to understand what may be blocking a client from moving forward and experiencing lasting change.

Personal, performance and executive coaching with a trained psychotherapist can help individuals uproot unconscious processes or unresolved blocks or trauma symptoms that are interfering with coaching results. This is the coaching philosophy that leads to lasting change behind the unique approach that I call "Depth-Focused Coaching." While Clients seeking coaches are not looking to heal issues rooted in the past, sometimes change just doesn’t happen, no matter how awesome the coaching, because of deeply-rooted patterns, conflicts and unhelpful defenses. Depth-focused coaching is a fusion of making the unconscious conflicts conscious and CBT skill-based coaching techniques to change unhelpful behaviors. This process helps clients become more available for a new reality and way of life supporting: stress management, peak performance, healthier relationships, transitions, goal-attainment, strategizing, taking action and obtaining accountability. When clients are interested in optimal results, I've experienced great success by combining EMDR techniques with coaching.  

Need more coaching time and support to get through a crisis?

I offer psychological concierge treatment working with clients in the US and worldwide. Situations such as a separation, divorce, personal crisis, extreme stress and health concerns, as examples, require a more robust level of care that can be provided by a coaching model that offers greater frequency and convenience. This model is perfect for VIP individuals and busy professionals with time constraints, couples and professionals who travel. Kim Seelbrede, MSW, LCSW has coached clients in NYC, the US and internationally, TV personalities, athletes, entrepreneurs, politicians, thought-leaders, c-suite level and Fortune 500 CEOs from companies such as Google, American Express, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Apple, Facebook, L'Oréal and more.

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EMDR + Somatic-Based THERAPY 

EMDR therapy addresses the root-cause of distress and suffering and releases trauma held in the body, thus healing the nervous system. As Such, clients have a better chance of leading a symptom-free life without needing to return to talk therapy. 

EMDR treatment is based on the neuroscience of the brain and uses the technique of bilateral stimulation to process through memory networks and release the emotional charge associated with distressing thoughts, memories and blocks. EMDR can be helpful for anxiety, phobias, depression, habits, negative self-concepts, performance problems, addictions, repeating patterns and more. EMDR has been proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most problematic issues in fewer sessions than talk therapy (and less homework than CBT), although a form of “exposure” therapy is an important aspect of EMDR. EMDR therapy has evidence-based and data-driven support and is the favored treatment for trauma. In 2013, the World Health Organization endorsed EMDR for post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Nine years before, the American Psychiatric Association or APA recommended EMDR as an effective treatment in trauma cases. The Veterans Administration has also recommended this method, and many more.

EMDR therapy identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity and resilience, which has led to traumatic symptoms and harmful coping mechanisms, thus helping clients reprocess traumatic information leading to a more integrated and peaceful resolution. Negative, painful thoughts and beliefs are replaced with more adaptive and realistic “here and now” perceptions and self-concepts. EMDR therapy is particularly supportive for clients who need to strengthen inner resources to feel safe and regulated and develop self-soothing techniques. Kim Seelbrede is a level I & II EMDRIA-trained EMDR and Brainspotting clinician and member of EMDRIA with a private psychotherapy and coaching practice.

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Psychotherapy

 

Emotional healing and change occurs in the context of healthier relationships such as the therapeutic alliance developed with a trained therapist.

Through the lens of psychoanalytic-informed, attachment-based and CBT approaches to therapy with her clients, individuals and couples are able to understand themselves and their relationships, as well as any unconscious internal conflicts that interfere with personal development, life-satisfaction, success and goal-attainment. Without insight and self-awareness, conflicts and the unconscious, will drive dynamics and behaviors, leading to anxiety and mood problems, acting out, addictions, self-destructive patterns and unhappiness. When clients are able to explore, understand and finally work-through underlying conflicts, symptoms are greatly reduced and individuals and couples are less likely to repeat patterns. As needed, cognitive behavior therapy is helpful for many clients in an effort to change unhelpful thinking patterns and problem behaviors. Additionally, avoidance and fear of anger or other strong emotions, self-sabotage or self-defeating patterns, fear of intimacy and closeness, and boundary issues can be addressed during talk therapy. 

Research reveals that through the relational process of being in a "healthier" relationship with another (such as a therapist), clients develop the freedom to relate to others, practice new behaviors, feel safe enough to be "seen" by another and experience freedom from anxiety and fear. In the context of a safe and supportive counseling relationship, attachment theory and neuroscience reveals that new neural pathways can be created and traumatic experiences can be healed. The parts of us that have become "stuck" in the past can be understood and worked-through leading to a life of greater freedom and satisfaction.

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Relationship Counseling + Sex therapy 

  

Kimberly Seelbrede is a sex positive therapist providing sex therapy for couples struggling with sexual concerns, lack of desire and an inability to communicate about sexual needs. Her goal is to help clients who are craving more exploration, surprise, mystery, novelty, excitement, desire and passion in their erotic lives.

Couples therapy or relationship counseling is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems and create or reconnect to love, respect and intimacy. I work with high-functioning couples and couples in crisis to help them heal, listen for, and understand the emotional needs of the other. Effective couples therapy should provide helpful feedback, support and guidance so that communication can feel safe and constructive. Additionally, couples can learn tools to navigate problems, work through conflicts and increase the attachment bond, which results in deepened intimacy and trust.

Kim Seelbrede is a sex-positive therapist and works with traditional and non-traditional couples and has received training with The Gottman Institute and integrates principles of EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy into sessions with clients. Emotionally focused therapy is an intervention based on scientific studies about adult bonding and love. EFT also focuses on helping couples address and resolve distress in intimate relationships. Couples seeking counseling to reconnect to love and improve their relationships may find EFT beneficial as it fosters a deeper understanding of their own, and the emotional responses of significant others in their lives. Therapists who provide emotionally focused therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members and reinforce any preexisting positive bonds, helping those in treatment increase security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships.

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About Kimberly Seelbrede

 

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a New York State licensed Psychotherapist and Coach who works with individuals and couples, in-person or online tele-therapy and coaching via Skype.

Kim specializes in intuitive counseling, women’s issues, personal empowerment, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma resolution, stress management, health, burnout and self-care coaching. Kimberly has worked with high-profile clients and well-known personalities from international musicians, creatives, professional athletes, TV personalities, thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 CEOs. She is an expert in celebrity mental health working with clients in-person or coaching worldwide via Skype.  As a mind-body psychotherapist, Kimberly is also a yoga therapist, Reiki practitioner and maintains a spiritual practice of meditation, yoga and living mindfully.

Kimberly has obtained extensive post-graduate training and expertise and her strategies combine practical psychology such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, depth psychology, CBT, DBT skills, EMDR therapy, Focusing-oriented therapy, Eastern mindfulness practices and yoga techniques to create healing that treats not just the symptoms but the root cause of suffering, leading to positive and lasting change. Kim Seelbrede has received post-graduate training with the following: advanced EMDRIA-certified, level II EMDR training, certification with the William Alanson White Institute For Psychoanalysis for eating disorders, addictions and compulsions, couples training with the Gottman Institute and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), mindfulness and integrative yoga therapy with the groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation. As a trained Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, she provides healing sessions working with clients who are struggling with trauma, cancer, pain and chronic illness using a variety of modalities including meditation, body scans, Reiki, nutrition guidance, breathing techniques, yoga therapy and essential oils. 

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HOW CAN THERAPY and Empowerment coaching HELP YOU?

  • 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

  • Recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors

  • Gain support through a personal crisis, transition or challenging situation

  • Identify problem thoughts and triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction to allow for more satisfying relationships

  • Gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur

  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships

  • Uncover hidden blocking-beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness with the help of EMDR therapy

  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, establish self-care rituals and habits

  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions

  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear

  • Develop self-compassion and enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Resolve trauma, abuse and PTSD symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds

  • Work towards enhanced physical health and work/life balance


benefits of Depth-Focused coaching

I Enjoy Working With motivated clients + Vip clients Who Are In Need Of high-level Coaching that actually addresses the root cause of problems + habits which leads to lasting change... 

  • Change + Challenges -- breakups, separation, divorce, marriage, parenting, moving and other major life-transitions

  • Passion + Purpose -- discovering what you really love to do and work towards fulfilling your desires

  • Healing + Personal Empowerment -- learning to communicate your needs in healthy ways both personally and professionally

  • Self-Love + Self-Care -- discovering your strengths, talents and possibilities

  • Happiness + Inner Peace -- aligning or re-aligning yourself with your true nature and developing intuition to keep you on your path

  • Goals + Dreams -- identifying goals, developing a plan for goal-attainment and taking action steps

  • Weight Loss -- undoing bad habits while creating new, healthier possibilities

  • Health -- support and coaching for chronic health concerns including cancer, chronic pain and autoimmune disorders

  • Creating Prosperity + Abundance -- removing blocks, negative thinking and opening to potential and possibilities

  • Love + Relationships -- breaking old patterns and habits and attracting the right relationships


Clinical EXPERTISE

  • Celebrity mental health expertise

  • 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 the other, 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 members

  • Anxiety--Panic attacks, generalized anxiety, 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 mechanisms 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, perimenopause, menopause, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaing sobriety)

  • 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 the other, 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 members


Philosophy

Kim Seelbrede has been a student of psychology and yoga for decades. Kim offers her clients intuitive guidance, support, tools and practices that draw from the collective wisdom of neuroscience, Eastern practices, traditional psychological theory, and somatic approaches. Her therapy philosophy integrates her extensive post-graduate training including: practical skills using cognitive behavior therapy or CBT techniques and DBT skills, psychodynamic psychotherapy, EMDR, Focusing-oriented techniques and somatic psychotherapy practices, elements of depth-psychology for working with unconscious blocks and shadow work, parts therapy, guided imagery, meditation and mindfulness support. Her respect for the mind-body connection encourages self-care practices to heal deeply and cultivate a connection with self. Kimberly views anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, feeling "lost" and hopelessness as symptoms and important information—a call to dig deeper and return to our true essence of freedom, play, joy, embodiment, spirituality and abundance.

Kim Seelbrede’s nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate; her psychotherapy, coaching and consultation practice reflects her core values of acceptance, integrity and warmth, as well as offering an integrative and eclectic psychotherapy approach to treating psychological and somatic symptoms. Her clients tend to describe her as open, intuitive and kind. Psychological counseling and coaching is not only a place to explore personal struggles, blocks and unhelpful patterns, but also a place to feel supported as clients celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success. When working with couples, she uses her training with The Gottman Institute as well as EFT to facilitate intimacy and renewed connection and attachment.  She enjoys the healing results and creativity of weaving various modalities into her work with clients when helpful.  


More about Couples therapy

What Gottman's Research Tells Us About Relationships

  • Emotional distance can be as destructive to a relationship as conflict

  • The way a couple fights, repairs and resolves problems is more important than what they fight about 
  • Attachment insecurity leads to conflict and or distance
  • In distressed relationships, some partners shut down and withdraw as a way to manage intense emotions
  • Couples must nurture fondness and respect for the other in order to thrive together
  • Couples need shared meaning in their lives to remain connected

Couples therapy or relationship counseling supports couples experiencing external stressors such as illness, job loss and family conflicts as well as natural shifts in couple dynamics and roles. Some individuals benefit from individual sessions without their partner to help them work on personal challenges and relational needs before working together with a couples therapist. Kim Seelbrede counsels individuals and couples in various types and stages of relationships including: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, committed relationships, open relationships, as well as those considering separation, divorce, newly-single and dating again. Sessions are available weekly, bi-monthly or as weekend intensives in her Manhattan-based office or online via FaceTime or Skype. Learn more about relationship and couples counseling here.

About Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT for Couples

EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and relationship counseling is an an intervention based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples. It is designed to address distress in the intimate relationships of adults with a focus on improving emotional attachment. Couples seeking marriage or relationship therapy do so to improve their relationships and may find this method a beneficial approach, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses in the context of interpersonal interactions and those of significant people in their lives. Psychotherapists who provide emotionally focused couples therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure and lasting bonds between intimate partners and strengthen and reinforce existing bonds. Couples will experience an increase in security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. 


SELF-CARE + Well-being 

Helpful information about Self-care practices

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.

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.


Integrative therapy Benefits

  • Using EMDR, increase capacity to experience calm and comfort in the body, release trauma, uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness or contributing to anxiety and depression, reduce the impact of negative experiences
  • Address dissociation, body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance use or abuse and obsessions using cutting-edge therapies such as EMDR, Focusing, Somatic Experiencing techniques and Brainspotting, Mindfulness Meditation, Biofeedback techniques, guided imagery, breathing techniques, restorative yoga 
  • Learn more adaptive coping skills and self-soothing techniques and develop nurturing self-care rituals 
  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear
  • Develop enhanced attention and awareness through relaxation techniques, mindfulness and radical acceptance
  • Resolve trauma and abuse symptoms, develop healthier boundaries and heal early attachment wounds
  • Unearth parts of yourself that are dissociated and explore areas of spirituality and your true nature
  • Connect with shadow aspects of the self for healthier integration
  • Heal physical symptoms of disease and pain by connecting to sensations and trauma held in the body, habitual thoughts and unexpressed emotions  

RECOVERY SUPPORT + AFTERCARE

Consultation For Family Members

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.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

About ADDICTIONs + Compulsions  

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, such as depression, panic disorder, ADD, Aspergers and personality disorders. Many may have more than two conditions 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. 

 


About Anxiety Therapy

Generalized Anxiety Disorder,  Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, And Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

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 mindfulness, CBT 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 fewer anxiety symptoms, her clients report an improvement in both 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, clients are able to effectively control their anxiety symptoms. Because CBT is skill-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.


About DEPRESSION therapy

Major Depression, Dysthymia, Postpartum, Premenstrual, Seasonal Affective, Atypical, Situational, Bipolar

Depression and anxiety symptoms are a common reason teens, adolescents and adults seek treatment. Therapy and the support of talking with a therapist helps resolve depression and anxiety symptoms for many. Psychotherapists and psychologists are trained to provide their clients with helpful tools, coping skills and ways to challenge and change or accept 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, lifestyle changes, mindfulness and acceptance. For some, a combination of psychotherapy and medication offers the safest, most comprehensive healing approach. Milder forms of depression can be effectively treated with supportive lifestyle changes.