Psychotherapy In New York City

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering
— Carl Jung

Individual Adolescent + Adult Psychotherapy

Using an individualized approach, Kim Seelbrede is able to blend modalities that best meet the needs and goals of her clients. Her training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, dialectical behavior therapy or DBT, trauma therapies such as EMDR & 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. 

Therapy for Anxiety + Depression

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD),  panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, phobias, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 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 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 fewer anxiety symptoms, 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, 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 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 an experienced 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 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. Depression can be complex in nature and includes a combination of genetic vulnerability, medical problems and medications, trauma, stress and life events. 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 supportive and interpersonal therapy alone is enough to resolve symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy, and when appropriate, medication, are also effective treatments for depression.

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, 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.

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 problems, 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 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.