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ADHD & Executive Functioning Explained

Posted on October 11, 2013

If you or a loved one has recently received a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD,  the terms executive functions (EF) or executive functioning deficit may have also surfaced in the conversation. If you didn’t understand this term (and who would?), talk with your doctor, psychotherapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist about what this actually means, and how executive functioning may be compromised in individuals with ADHD. The YouTube video below offers a clear explanation of executive functioning. It’s helpful to have examples and an understanding of how this problem may show up for you or someone you love in your everyday life, whether you’re a child, adolescent or adult diagnosed with ADHD. This article in Scientific American explains how working with a therapist who practices evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT may yield long-term benefits, providing strategies to improve social skills, reduce impulsivity and develop and reinforce positive habits that last. Russell Barkley, PhD, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, is a leading expert on ADHD and the editor of the bimonthly ADHD Report. To learn more about Dr. Barkley and ADHD go to russellbarkley.org.

Click here for more information on kids with ADHD and disrupted executive function from childmind.org.

Kimberly Seelbrede is a New York City psychotherapist, consultant and EMDR therapist who specializes in an integrative approach to psychotherapy and coaching, working with adults, adolescents and couples. Kimberly is trained to collaborate with you in developing the insight and coping skills to address many concerns including: relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, ADD, ADHD, social difficulties, adolescent challenges, family issues, underachievement, perfectionism, identity and sexuality concerns, addictions, compulsions, OCD, binge eating, PTSD, trauma, transitions, life purpose, health concerns, weight management, stress management, performance problems, life balance and meditation and mindfulness support.  Please email  to arrange a consultation in her Manhattan office. Kimberly completed her graduate studies at New York University and has advanced post-graduate psychotherapy training from NYU and also holds an advanced certificate to practice EMDR therapy as well as specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT therapy, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and applies the work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and  John Gottman in her work with couples. New York City Therapist for ADD or ADHD, Psychologist NYC, Psychotherapy ADD ADHD Manhattan, anxiety therapist

Substance Abuse And The Co-Occurrence Of Social Anxiety Disorder

Posted on September 3, 2013

coffee breakShyness and social anxiety is thought by experts to exist on a continuum, however, efforts to cope with this anxiety disorder can be disabling for many leading to avoidance of situations and often using and abusing substances to manage uncomfortable symptoms. The co-occurrence of substance abuse, particularly alcohol abuse, is common among people who have social anxiety disorder according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Many begin to rely on alcohol as a coping mechanism to relieve social discomfort. While individuals may not experience full relief from their symptoms by using alcohol or drugs, they may experience enough relief to enable them to get through difficult social situations. Some studies report that the average lifetime prevalence of alcoholism among individuals with social anxiety disorder, as well as depression, may be as high as 20 percent. Psychotherapy such as Cognitive Therapy and other therapy modalities such as EMDR can help individuals change their thoughts, develop more helpful coping skills and experience greater personal comfort in social situations. Read on to understand what fuels social anxiety (not just negative evaluation, but also positive) and how therapy, and some of the techniques listed can help. To learn more about Social Anxiety Disorder read 6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety – Psych Central. To learn more about the link between mood and anxiety disorders and alcoholism and substance use visit ADAA.

Kimberly Seelbrede is a New York City psychotherapist, consultant and EMDR therapist who specializes in an integrative approach to psychotherapy and coaching, working with adults, adolescents and couples. Kimberly is trained to collaborate with you in developing the insight and coping skills to address many concerns including: relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self-esteem, self-harm, ADD, ADHD, social difficulties, adolescent challenges, family issues, underachievement, perfectionism, identity and sexuality concerns, addictions, compulsions, OCD, binge eating, PTSD, trauma, transitions, life purpose, health concerns, weight management, stress management, performance problems, life balance and meditation and mindfulness support.  Please email  to arrange a consultation in her Manhattan office. Kimberly completed her graduate studies at New York University and has advanced post-graduate psychotherapy training from NYU and also holds an advanced certificate to practice EMDR therapy as well as specialized training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT therapy, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and applies the work of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and  John Gottman in her work with couples. 

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Past And Present

Posted on October 4, 2011

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, often called “psychoanalytic” or “dynamic” therapy is based on the premise that past experiences shape the present. According to the psychodynamic therapy model, the way in which an individual solves relationship issues early on can profoundly influence the formation of that individual’s adult personality.

At any early life stage, a person may have become “stuck” in a way of reacting or problem solving that is maladaptive in the present. As an adult, these same limiting patterns and dynamics often play out, getting repeated reflexively and automatically. These patterns interfere with the client’s ability to Continue Reading »