Psychotherapy In New York City

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering
— Carl Jung

Individual Adolescent + Adult Psychotherapy

Using the framework of psychodynamic & relational psychotherapy and a mind-body approach to therapy and counseling with her clients, Kim Seelbrede is able to blend various traditional and cutting-edge modalities that best meet the needs and goals of her clients. A psychodynamic & relational therapy approach allows conflicts, including avoidance and fear of anger or other strong emotions, self-sabotage or self-defeating patterns, fear of intimacy and closeness, and lack of boundaries between ourselves and others to be explored, which leads to a fuller, more satisfying life. Emotional healing and change occurs in the context of healthier relationships and research reveals that through the relational process of being in a healthy relationship with another, clients develop the freedom to relate to others, to practice new behaviors, to feel safe enough to be "seen" by others 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 established, traumatic experiences can be healed, the parts of us that become "stuck" in the past can be understood and worked through, and clients can develop healthier ways of "being" in the world and in important relationships.

Kim Seelbrede has received post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal & relational psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy CBT, dialectical behavior therapy DBT, trauma and somatic therapies such as EMDR, Focusing & Brainspotting, Mindfulness meditation techniques and specialized training for couples. Through an integrative lens, Kim Seelbrede addresses a range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, self-defeating behaviors, performance problems, relationship challenges, bereavement, loneliness, perfectionism and self-esteem issues. She has a trusted network of professionals that she is able to refer clients to, as needed. Learn more here. 

Therapy for Anxiety + Depression

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.

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. Learn more here.

Integrative Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders


Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Overexercising, EDNOS, Body Image Low Self-Esteem

Using integrative ED treatment, Kim Seelbrede offers clinical excellence and support for individuals struggling with the symptoms of an eating disorder. Patients find the strength to confront their emotional concerns, learn the tools and skills to overcome their symptoms 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 life, 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 training in eating disorder, compulsions and addictions at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology and uses her network of professionals for support and referrals. Learn more here.