Tagged: anxiety disorder

Mindfulness in Every Bite

Posted on February 26, 2012

Mindfulness is being used by therapists, psychologists and MD’s to treat many physical and psychological problems including anxiety, stress, PTSD, depression, chronic pain, borderline personality disorder (BPD), addictions and eating disorders (ED’s). Therapists who work with complicated disorders such as ED’s find that patients often show an incomplete response to treatment, revealing a need for additional interventions to provide support, skills, and ultimately, symptomatic relief. Continue Reading »

Finding Joy

Posted on June 8, 2011

We look but do we always see? We have many responsibilities in our daily lives, but to ignore the beauty in the moment, and to deny our senses pleasure and curiosity is a cruel blow to the soul. Every cell in your being screams for joy –- the question is, can you allow yourself to find it? You eat foods that nourish your body, you exercise to maintain your strength and health, but what gifts do you give to your spirit? Recently while giving a Reiki session to a cancer patient, she opened her eyes, and with astonishing clarity and absolute knowing said “every moment is perfect.”  My client knows this truth, and yet we allow our very real and often messy problems of life interfere with our ability to “see” the truth and beauty that is abundant – everywhere – in the smallest of places.  If you, like many, have your stuff, and your money, and all the trappings of this material world, but still feel a sinking emptiness – there is a way to help yourself!  If you are mired in problems and feel hopeless, you too can find some pleasure – if you allow yourself this gift to the soul. Wake up. How, you may ask? I’ve included some nudges in this post that may inspire you to seek more joy, consciously. We are, as humans, pleasure-seeking creatures. Discover what really moves you. Find yourself-share yourself!

  • Play. We must take time to fool around, be silly, have fun. We did this as kids why must we give this up?  Find your best childhood moments and surround yourself with people who have a similar playful spirit. Using your imagination even as we get older continues to create new neural pathways. Neural connections are good, brain atrophy is very bad! Your inner child is asking you to join her/him.
  • Journaling. The act of recording moments of happiness seems to create joy for many people. Recording these moments enhances the experience and makes us better able to pay attention to even more potentially happy moments in the future. Who wouldn’t want to “schedule” more happiness. The art of journaling about what makes us happy shows us that even simple moments – like the sun streaming in the window on a still dewy day – can trump what we think are the “big” ones. Capture the moments.
  • Master a new skill. Frustrating as this may be, learning a new skill makes us happier in the long run. It gives us a sense of mastery and accomplishment which boosts self-esteem. Learning  something new, and the novelty of that experience excites neural pleasure pathways increasing that feel good dopamine chemical.  Our brain loves neurotransmitters in abundance!
  • Stuff doesn’t make us happy. However investing in new experiences may. We grow tired of our material possessions and they can always be replaced with newer shinier objects. However, a positive experience remains as good as your memory.
  • Nurture with nature. Feel the earth, wiggle your toes, feel the air and grass beneath your feet, breathe the air, sit near water, find the sun, move against the wind, watch the movement of leaves on the trees and study the insects as they busy themselves. It’s really quite fun and informative!
  • Discover scent and aromatherapy. Lavender and orange oil reduces stress responses in the nervous system because of a chemical called linalool which alters blood chemistry. I love Young Living Oils and you can research for yourself the many ways that essential oils can nourish your mind and body.
  • Discover the wonders of your body. If you are of able body and have the will,  strengthen your body. I love the practice of yoga now, but remember the first ten times or so cursing my way through asana. Now I have not only great respect for the breathing, meditation, purifying and alignment aspects of yoga but I am kick-ass strong. Don’t mess with me! If yoga is not your thing, try kickboxing, strength training, whatever – just move and get strong. Give your body what it needs. Feel your way through it.
  • Kindness. Practice this. Neuroscientists show that the frontal lobe lights up when we feel compassion and kindness. As well, Oxytocin, the hormone that flows when we feel connected, calms stress and enhances immune function. Touch is an amazing way to ignite compassion in yourself and others. Check out “loving kindness” meditation where we focus on kind thoughts while meditating. Touch someone today!
  • Practice good will and give some stuff away. Give up things that you no longer need. The art of decluttering your life and giving to others feels good. Both aspects of cleansing and nurturing can be healing.  Better to give than receive.
  • Quick walk to less tension. I always tell my clients that less can be more, and certainly better than nothing, especially when you’re in a funky rut.  A little bit of something, such as a ten minute walk, can do wonders to lift the spirit and make it possible for joy to find you.
  • Hire a life coach. Many have success using the help and skill of an expertly trained life coach to help and support with interference, negative self-talk, resistance and accountability, as well as provide a general kick in the butt during tough times. Changing beliefs, habits and past conditioning as well as moving out of the comfort zone is very difficult.  Partnering with a trusted friend, partner or life coach can jump-start you into taking action. Coaching can ask the tough questions that help you find your own answers and brilliance as to why joy seems to slip through your fingers!
  • Make  joy-finding a priority. Many of my clients are “joy” deprived – seriously. We all are at times.  I often hear “well if I don’t take things seriously, then who will” I then say “what a burden for you!”  Our notion that hyper-vigilance keeps the boat afloat often doesn’t ring true. Things happen whether we stand guard or not. I’m not advocating becoming irresponsible, just lighten up a bit. Were you raised in an “anti-pleasure environment?” Did you hear “we must suffer or we are not noble?” It’s not too late for you to ” unlearn” that you need not suffer the rest of your years. Say goodbye to your family legacy of “anti joy.” You can learn to let in some light and life and make room for happiness. The details might just be in the small joys that you encounter when you give yourself permission to see, love, feel, touch and experience.

Watch less TV, spend more time with people who bring you joy, get more sleep, clean your house less, play more and write.

Kim Seelbrede is a psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and executive life coach with a private practice in New York City. In her Manhattan therapy practice, Kim has experience addressing the following concerns: relationships, marital difficulties, divorce, parenting, career, professional performance enhancement, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, loss/grief, adolescent psychotherapy, underachievement, perfectionism, identity issues, LGBT, body image, eating disorders, addiction, substance abuse, sexuality, PTSD, trauma, stress reduction, transitions, life purpose, health concerns, women’s issues, therapy for men, pain management and wellness. Kim Seelbrede has advanced training in EMDR therapy and Brainspotting and uses it with clients who prefer to work in this way, or when she feels it is a technique that will be helpful for the client. Clients include CEOS, senior executives, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, performers and creative individuals with a focus on helping them identify and remove barriers to success and happiness. To learn more about her coaching or psychotherapy approach, call 646.248.9196 or email using the link to the right.

Kim holds a master’s degree in social work from New York University (MSW) and received advanced post-graduate training inpsychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)  from New York University. Kim uses an eclectic approach which draws from attachment theory, object relations theory, self-psychology, ego-psychology, family systems, CBT, crisis counseling and solution-focused therapy with her clients as needed. Kim has pursued advanced education in the fields of psychology, wellness and complementary health care for nearly 10 years.  Kim draws from extensive education and life experiences including training from the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Program (UZIT) during which she completed clinical rotations working directly with cancer and surgical patients at Hope Lodge and at Beth Israel Medical Center and has studied nutritional theories from leading experts in the field. Kim Seelbrede is an integrative healthcare blogger for the Urban Zen Foundation.

In her separate integrative therapy practice Kim Seelbrede works with healthy clients as well as clients facing and managing health challenges. Kim collaborates with health care providers and can provide support with the following techniques:  gentle yoga movement, restorative yoga poses, stress reduction, breath awareness (pranayama), controlled breathing techniques, guided imagery, meditation, nutrition, essential oil treatment (aromatherapy), Reiki, life coaching and contemplative care. All of these unique integrative therapy modalities provide a gentle and balanced approach to the following concerns:  pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue and serious chronic illness. Kim Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City. 

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Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW, PLLC is a top best celebrity high-profile therapist, EMDR therapist, New York life coach & psychotherapist providing therapy in New York city As a leading Manhattan therapist and relationship expert, she provides a range of mental health and counseling services as a relationship expert, couples therapist, adolescent therapist in NYC. New York City psychotherapist & Life Coach Kimberly Seelbrede also specializes in EMDR therapy and psychotherapy for teens, couples and relationship counseling,  sex therapy, sexual performance, erectile dysfunction, pain management expert, hormonal issues, stress reduction expert, anxiety, mood & depression specialist, SAD, bipolar disorder, grief & bereavement counseling, stress reduction management, nutrition, addiction counseling, trauma, eating disorders, bulimia, anorexia, hoarding, phobias, panic disorder, fear of public speaking, OCD, PTSD, career, and relationship problems. She is a therapist to celebrities and high-profile clients who are VIP’s in need of therapy and psychotherapy in New York, Los Angeles and international therapist and works by phone, email and skype. If you google, yahoo, msn, bing and aol search for psychotherapist NYC, psychologist New York City, therapist NYC, life coach New York City, career coach NYC, parenting coaching, counselor New York, couples therapist New York City, couples therapy NYC, counseling New York City, executive coach NYC, you can find Kimberly Seelbrede in New York City, Manhattan as the leading provider of such services including lifestyle and wellness consulting. Kimberly Seelbrede of therapy new york, has the experience and ability to provide effective and expert Psychotherapy & EMDR Therapy for Manhattan and the greater NYC area including: Union Square, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park, Soho, Wall Street, Tribecca, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut,  and the towns of Southampton, Water Mill, Sagaponak, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett and Montauk. and the following New York zip codes:  10002, 10009, 10011, 10014, 10012, 10013, 10004, 10019, 10022, 10036, 10017, 10021, 10023, 100024, 10018, 10017, 10001, 10016, 10010

Help for Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Posted on June 8, 2011

You don’t have to suffer in silence or avoid the many aspects of your life that were once fulfilling. Asking for help can cause anxiety for sure, but finding the right therapist and therapeutic options can end or greatly reduce your suffering. Anxiety can be as problematic as background noise in your life or it can be truly debilitating–interfering with relationships, work, leisure, family time and social experiences. How do you know when to seek treatment for your anxiety? When it’s interfering with the quality of your life and you’re spending your days managing your symptoms. When you are experiencing panic attacks, it’s very important to enter therapy or counseling as panic can easily lead to avoidance of situations and eventually agoraphobia.

Anxiety is treatable–whether it’s creative or writer’s bock, performance, fear of flying, phobias, nagging worries or full-blown panic disorder.  I’m experienced with helping people manage and get to the root of their anxiety problems and use many creative tools such as yoga, relaxation, CBT, hypnosis, EMDR and other helpful techniques.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Panic attacks
  • Isolation and avoidance
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate and/or make decisions
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Eating Problems
  • Physical symptoms

More about anxiety disorders 

Anxiety disorders are broadly defined as irrational fears of situations or particular objects marked by an intense physical or emotional response. Anxiety disorders often co-exist with other disorders, such as depression, mood disorders, personality disorders and drug or alcohol addiction.  The American Psychological Association (APA) recognizes seven anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), social phobic disorder and specific phobic disorder.

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - GAD is defined as excessive worry about any number of things. Any situation, event, thought, word or object can produce anxiety. The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include a feeling of being on edge, tense muscles, difficulty sleeping, an inability to focus, irritability and fatigue.
  • Panic disorder - Panic attacks are more intense and brief when compared to episodes experienced by generalized anxiety disorder sufferers. Panic disorder is characterized by abrupt panic attacks that last from a minute to under an hour. Panic attacks are a false activation of the “fight or flight” response, which is the body’s natural physical reaction to fear. A person suffering from a panic attack will experience real physical symptoms of distress such as increased heart rate, numbness in the arms and legs and difficulty breathing. Often, people who suffer from panic attacks believe that they are having a heart attack or about to die.
  • Agoraphobia - Agoraphobia can co-exist with panic disorder and can develop when panic disorder is left untreated. An agoraphobic person fears travel in cars, buses, trains or planes, and fears public places or particular situations. The severity of agoraphobia varies among individual sufferers, but it can become very debilitating. Sometimes, agoraphobia can become so severe that a person will refuse to leave his or her home. Sufferers of agoraphobia generally fear that they will have a panic disorder or become ill in public and begin to eliminate any and all activities that they believe might provoke a panic attack.
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - OCD incorporates anxiety with behavioral components. OCD is characterized by unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts that persistently recur, which are termed obsessions. These obsessions are accompanied by irrational behaviors, which are called compulsions. A person with OCD tries to negate or control his or her obsessive thoughts with compulsive behaviors such as frequent hand washing, turning lights on and off, repeating a specific word a certain number of times, ordering, organizing and so on. OCD often occurs along with other forms of anxiety disorders, especially generalized anxiety and panic disorder.
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Is an anxiety disorder that is caused by a traumatic event in a person’s life, such as witnessing a terrible accident, natural disaster, abuse or war. A person with PTSD frequently re-experiences the traumatic event, which induces fear and anxiety. This can lead to avoidance of situations, panic attacks, general uneasiness, depression and withdrawal from activities and people.
  • Social phobia - Social phobia is characterized by an irrational fear of social situations and interactions with other people. Usually, a person with social phobia is disproportionately afraid of how he or she will act in the company of others. Those with social phobia suffer from a fear of embarrassing or humiliating themselves, rather than a fear of other people causing them harm.
  • Specific phobia - A person with specific phobia might be terrified of a spider, a dog or a bird, or may be frightened by heights, water or the dark. Although many people are uneasy about specific objects or become nervous around other people, true phobias are debilitating to the point of affecting a person’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities.

Kimberly Seelbrede is a psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and integrative therapist with a private practice in New York City. In her Manhattan therapy practice, Kim has experience addressing the following concerns: relationships, marital difficulties, divorce, parenting, career, professional performance enhancement, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, loss/grief, adolescent psychotherapy, underachievement, perfectionism, identity issues, LGBT, body image, eating disorders, addiction, substance abuse, sexuality, PTSD, trauma, stress reduction, transitions, life purpose, health concerns, women’s issues, therapy for men, pain management and wellness. Kim Seelbrede has advanced training in EMDR therapy and Brainspotting and uses it with clients who prefer to work in this way, or when she feels it is a technique that will be helpful for the client. Clients include CEOS, senior executives, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, performers and creative individuals with a focus on helping them identify and remove barriers to success and happiness. Kim Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City. 

Kimberly holds a graduate degree from New York University (MSW) and received advanced post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)  from New York University. Kim uses an eclectic approach which draws from attachment theory, object relations theory, self-psychology, ego-psychology, family systems, CBT, crisis counseling and solution-focused therapy with her clients as needed. Kim has pursued advanced education in the fields of psychology, wellness and complementary health care for nearly 10 years.  Kim draws from extensive education and life experiences including training from the Urban Zen Integrative Therapist Program (UZIT) during which she completed clinical rotations working directly with cancer and surgical patients at Hope Lodge and at Beth Israel Medical Center and has studied nutritional theories from leading experts in the field. Kim Seelbrede is an integrative healthcare blogger for the Urban Zen Foundation.

In her separate integrative therapy practice Kimberly Seelbrede works with healthy clients as well as clients facing and managing health challenges. Kim collaborates with healthcare providers and can provide support with the following techniques:  gentle yoga movement, restorative yoga poses, stress reduction, breath awareness (pranayama), controlled breathing techniques, guided imagery, meditation, nutrition, essential oil treatment (aromatherapy), Reiki, life coaching and contemplative care. All of these unique integrative therapy modalities provide a gentle and balanced approach to the following concerns:  pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue and serious chronic illness. Kimberly Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City.