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When Talk Therapy Fails PTSD and Trauma Patients

Posted on June 8, 2011

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In order to understand EMDR, one needs to be clear about how trauma can affect the brain. When an individual experiences a traumatic event or multiple traumas they may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a response to the overwhelming events. When this occurs, the brain fails to successfully process the trauma leaving it “stuck” in the central nervous system. This often leads to numbness, severe anxiety, depression, insomnia, addictions and physical complaints for the sufferer. In everyday life, the body fails to recognize that the person is now safe and it reacts as though the danger is current, leaving the individual in a state of arousal. EMDR as a treatment is unique because it facilitates the processing of trauma information that has become “stuck” in the central nervous system. EMDR calms the nervous system and lessens anxiety. Brain scans have actually captured information transferring from one side of a brain to another as a person experiences an EMDR session. The same cannot be said for other forms of therapy. Historically, we have used talk-based therapies, CBT or drugs to ameliorate the symptoms associated with PTSD. Talk therapy and the relationship with the therapist may be supportive for the duration of the treatment, but often, the brain will begin to loop back into the trauma and the whole cycle will begin again.

We now know that individuals with PTSD have limbic systems that are more active then non-PTSD therapy patients. Psychotherapy or talk therapy may not decondition the limbic system. These individuals experience extreme frustration as they work diligently in sessions and experience little symptomatic relief. Additionally, the retelling of their trauma experiences often leaves them retraumatized and vulnerable. EMDR as a treatment “calms” the nervous system and does so in a way that traditional psychotherapy cannot. With respect to the neurobiology of trauma we now know that early childhood trauma causes “synaptic pruning” which predisposes a person to developing PTSD.  A traumatic event “freezes” the integrative processes of the brain; the information is then stored in a fragmented form in the right side of the brain. Many individuals with trauma histories have lost the capacity to analyze and categorize arousing information because they can’t always “talk” about it and the left hemisphere is then “locked out” of the process. In short, the person attempting to talk their way to healing cannot utilize language in a way that allows them to gain the necessary distance from the painful stimulus. EMDR uses specific protocols to create distance so that the trauma can be reprocessed and fully integrated into both hemispheres of the brain. The grip of hyper-arousal and body tension is now lessened for the patient and the nervous system is calmed.

After successful EMDR treatment the original trauma targets are less activating for patients. In short, their brains are less geared to traumatic stimuli and better able to attend to more neutral stimuli moving forward. In my opinion, the real beauty of EMDR treatment lies in its ability to provide the nervous system with calming, supportive experiences and images that serve the patient well after treatment has ended. The patient is now empowered with the capacity to self-soothe and call upon nurturing and supportive images. Feelings of terror and helplessness are replaced with positive emotions and the new belief that one has power and efficacy in the here and now. When it comes to un-freezing trauma, the powerful combination of a supportive therapist and the wisdom of mind/body integration may provide superior treatment.

To learn more about how EMDR can treat trauma-related symptoms, as well as performance issues, addiction, substance abuse, depression, nightmares, fears, anxiety, panic disorder, eating disorders, health concerns, insomnia, sexual & emotional abuse issues and relationship problems visit this page. Call Kim Seelbrede at 646.248.9196 or email her to arrange a consultation for EMDR treatment in New York City.

Kim Seelbrede is a psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and integrative yoga therapist with a private practice in New York City, downtown near Union Square/Flatiron and on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

I provide therapy, EMDR, hypnotherapy, mind/body techniques, coaching and stress management for individuals, couples and groups. I help clients overcome obstacles such as conflicts and lifestyle habits that are preventing them from healthy and satisfying relationships, enhanced self-esteem and happiness.  My specialities include: anxiety; phobias; depression; relationship issues; marriage counseling,  career issues; stress management; coping skills; performance enhancement for career and performance; creative blocks; bereavement and loss; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); addictions and substance abuse recovery support; codependency; smoking cessation; weight issues; pain management; major life transitions.

I am a licensed psychotherapist/therapist in NYC. My professional credentials include a graduate degree from New York University, post-graduate psychodynamic psychotherapy training, advanced EMDR training from EMDRIA,  integrative yoga therapy training from the Urban Zen Foundation. You cafollow Kim Seelbrede’s psychology, yoga and health-related tweets on Twitter or friend her on FacebookKim Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City. 

Kim Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City. 


Cutting-Edge Therapies For Trauma Treatment

Posted on June 8, 2011

A trauma-trained therapist is a mental health professional who provides assistance to people who have experienced psychological trauma. Trauma therapists help people process traumatic experiences and develop coping methods for dealing with the aftermath of trauma, with the eventual goal of achieving psychological stability and reduced symptoms for the patient. People who specialize in trauma therapy may pursue specialized certifications to offer the best services to their clients and trauma therapists can work in a wide variety of settings using a multi-modal approach. There are many proven and effective “power therapies” such as EMDR, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing that can be added to the traditional psychotherapies commonly used in trauma work e.g. CBT. Therapists who are able to integrate some of these cutting-edge techniques into their work with patients can dramatically improve the quality of life for trauma survivors, teaching them new skills, thus increasing their ability to cope with future distressing life events.

An EMDR trained therapist is able to offer this effective intervention to reduce trauma-related symptoms: anxieties, flashbacks, phobias, self-esteem issues, relationship blocks, performance problems and triggers for addictions. This treatment modality is based on neuroscience of the brain and uses bilateral stimulation to reprocess memory networks and release the emotional charge associated that creates obstacles to your emotional health in the present.

If you have a good rapport with another therapist but find yourself stuck in the therapy process, an EMDR therapist can provide EMDR as an adjunct service to remove progress blocks.  You can continue to work with your primary therapist with new success after your EMDR sessions.

Trauma can manifest in many ways. Psychological trauma can be the result of intense physical or emotional experiences, a single-event trauma, prolonged exposure to psychologically unhealthy environments, developmental traumas and many other things. People may be referred to a trauma therapist by another health care provider, or may seek out a therapist on their own because they are having difficulty managing their psychological health after a traumatic experience.

The trauma therapist works with the patient to identify the source of the trauma and examine contributing factors, such as existing mental illness and past experiences. This information is used to help the patient work through the trauma in therapy sessions, using a variety of psychological and integrative techniques. This can include talk therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, somatic therapies (such as yoga therapy), EMDR, SE and many other types of therapy. Trauma therapy must support the client and never re-traumatize in the process. The approach is customized to the client and can include consultation with other mental health providers if the therapist thinks it is necessary.

Trauma therapy can help people address post traumatic stress disorder, depression, dissociation, anxiety, substance use, and many other complications of trauma. People who are having difficulty with tasks of daily living may benefit from working with a therapist to identify areas of difficulty and address them with behavioral strategies. Some people never fully recover from trauma and need to see a therapist or use medication for life to address problems as they arise, while others may be able to become well-adjusted after a series of therapy sessions.  Kim Seelbrede incorporates EMDR as needed and desired by her clients.  EMDR is often the treatment of choice for teens who are not willing participants in traditional “talk therapy.”

Kim 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 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. Follow Kim Seelbrede’s psychology, yoga and health-related tweets on Twitter or friend her on Facebook. Kim Seelbrede offers adjunctive EMDR, meditation and yoga therapy to medical and mental health professionals in New York City.

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW, PLLC is a top best celebrity international life coach high-profile therapist & 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, 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, Southampton, Water Mill, Sagaponak, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor,  WesthamptonEMDR 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, 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

Support for PTSD

Posted on June 8, 2011

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs in certain individuals who experience a traumatic event which may involve a threat of harm, danger, or death. PTSD sometimes occurs when a person witnesses an accident, natural disaster or other type of violence. Soldiers, for example, who experience combat sometimes develop PTSD. Therapist in NYC for EMDR

Other instances that might trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include living in a combat area, experiencing physical or domestic abuse or rape, or surviving a life-threatening injury, illness, or natural disaster. Any event that causes fright, helplessness or terror can trigger PTSD.

The resulting stress after such an event is an anxiety disorder. Symptoms of PTSD include sleep problems, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, or feelings of guilt, detachment or paranoia. Flashbacks are troubling, realistic memories of the traumatic event that create great distress for the sufferer. The results of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can impair a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. EMDR expert therapy in New York City Kim Seelbrede

Some victims of PTSD may experience extreme anxiety that the traumatic event is recurring. Others may be unable to talk about the traumatic event or feel unable to express feelings or emotions with those unrelated to the tragedy. Another symptom is extreme tension which can cause anger or irritability. Other symptoms include having an unexplainable fear, becoming easily startled or experiencing difficulty with concentration. Many individuals report that they feel disconnected.

Although the actual cause of PTSD is not determined, doctors believe that chemicals released during the tragic event alter the function of the brain in some form.

Because not everyone who experiences a traumatic event develops PTSD, experts have determined that the disorder is more likely to occur in certain types of people. Those who are likely to develop PTSD might have additional mental health conditions, either personally or in their family, or experienced serious disturbances during childhood. Females, alcohol users, those who are under stress, or those lacking strong social support are more likely to develop PTSD.

Someone who experiences PTSD symptoms for over one month should seek help from a mental health professional or medical doctor. Interviews and questionnaires administered by a professional can help diagnose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Counseling and drug therapy are effective forms of treatment. Relaxation and somatic therapies are also helpful to some PTSD sufferers. EMDR therapy is quite effective in reducing symptoms and is used and studied extensively in the Veteran population.

Organizations that provide additional information on PTSD include the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, National Alliance for Mental Illness, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, National Institute of Mental Health, PTSD Alliance and the David Lynch Foundation.

Kim 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. 

Kim holds a graduate degree 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. Please email or call Kim 646.248.9196 with questions or to arrange a consultation in her Manhattan office.