Self-Care 

As an integrative therapist specializing 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. She 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, cognitive behavioral therapy training, dialectical behavior therapy or DBT and EMDRIA certified EMDR training level I & II. 

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.

Recovery Support + Aftercare

As an integrative mind-body psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City, Kim Seelbrede works with individuals just released from addiction or eating disorder inpatient rehab and provides support in the form of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and when helpful, family therapy. This gives the person in recovery the opportunity to continue learning and practicing new skills and coping mechanisms. Additionally, clients can begin to work on underlying trauma, anxiety, depression or other co-occurring difficulties that have contributed to their eating disorder symptoms, use of substances or reliance on additive behaviors. They can learn and practice more helpful behaviors in their recovery life as well as develop self-care routines to nourish the mind and body. Other important goals includes helping clients create a "life worth living" and develop healthier relationships with self and others, as an alternative to the dependence troublesome behaviors or dangerous drugs, alcohol and behavioral addictions.

Help and guidance for family members...

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 terror and trauma related to the experience of having a family member who is addicted and at-risk. The last thing on one's mind is self-care, but this is the most important thing that you must do for yourself. Asking for help and support for yourself is not only wise, but will help you feel less alone, help you stay focused, help you feel better and ultimately enable you to remain strong through the process. 

Addiction Recovery Coaching

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist and trained mental health expert, Kim Seelbrede help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and at any phase of recovery. 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 good step-down or aftercare to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies to maintain a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction. 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. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. Because it's hard to do it alone, how does a recovery coach help?

  • maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals 
  • support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others
  • support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
  • help for engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors 
  • self-empowerment and learning to ask for help as needed
  • identifying needs and learning to connect to inner guidance
  • creating a self-care practices that nourishes mind and body
  • support in identifying and managing cravings and triggers
  • learning to "own" actions and take responsibility in relationships and with behaviors
  • celebrating important gains and achievements
  • feeling empowered to make healthy choices
  • support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene
  • maintaining hope and staying positive during the recovery process
  • help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment
  • create a practice of awareness, acceptance, gratitude, self-compassion and change 

Self Care Support

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 may develop as a result of lifestyle habits and mind-body imbalances are: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS, arthritis, MS, Lupus, asthma, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, IBS and hormonal imbalances. 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, a trauma history and other obstacles that lead to an inability to treat one's body with care. The failure to care for oneself because of a desire 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 with setting boundaries, identity and self-image.