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The wellness model of helping a client achieve a satisfying, conscious and joyful life is both practical and elegant, and requires that the process of the body can affect the mind and the process of the mind can affect the body. In order to keep up with the many demands of our lives, we must make time on a daily basis to replenish and nourish ourselves. It’s called self-care. Many people consider self-care a guilty pleasure or an act of indulgence, but if you reframe it, it’s about refueling so that we can maintain our health and a sense of balance. Small acts of self-care enable us to keep our lives moving along Continue Reading »
The cause of all your negative emotions is a disruption in your body’s energy system
Many individuals in their search for psychological wellness are intrigued by non-conventional therapies that may offer profound healing results. EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique may be one such treatment and can be used alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy. Of all the energy therapies, EFT may be the most widely applied and is quickly gaining interest. Deepak Chopra, MD has said “EFT offers great healing benefits.” Why? It’s simple, effective, long-lasting and empowering — clients can do this treatment on their own, as needed. EFT truly is emotional self-care. EFT and psychotherapy and therapy or therapist in new york city
In my own Manhattan psychotherapy practice, I can attest to the powerful results of non-conventional treatments such as EMDR and Brainspotting when combined with psychotherapy and in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship. As a stand-alone treatment or with the assistance of a therapist, EFT does deliver amazing results.
As the founder of the process, Gary Craig says on his emofree website, “it’s not that EFT is so stunning, rather, it is because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious.” This is why we say that the Emotional Freedom Techniques are an emotional version of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we stimulate the well-established energy meridian points on the energy body by tapping them with the fingertips. It is an incredibly gentle technique and you remain relaxed and fully clothed at all times. While the points are being tapped, the recipient focuses on and verbalizes, in a very specific manner, a health condition or emotional issue that they are experiencing. This combination of stimulating the points while focusing on the issue causes changes within the body’s energy system. The process triggers the release of stored emotions or patterns of illness from the body.
We know that electrical messages are constantly sent through your body to keep it informed of what’s going on. Without this natural flow of energy, you would not be able to see, hear, taste, smell or touch. There are some key points where the flow of the body’s energy is more “accessible.” The Chinese have been stimulating these points through touch (acupressure) and needles (acupuncture) for over 5000 years! It’s also from traditional Chinese medicine that we learned about the flow of vital energy (chi or qi) along meridian pathways. Since the tapping points are found on these meridians, Energy Tapping is also known as Meridian Tapping. It has been proven that disruptions or blockages in these electrical pathways can cause limiting thoughts and and trapped emotions. There are plenty of theories on how and why it works, but no one can say for sure. Scientific studies do show that the electrical resistance in the skin at the meridian acupoints is much lower than the rest of the body and brain wave studies reveal that energy tapping affects the subconscious. However it works, tapping seems to activate our body’s innate self-healing intelligence.
The body is designed to heal itself. Case studies show almost miraculous changes in anxieties, fears, and phobias within minutes. However, most people experience a more gradual shift, with profound insights and tremendous relief accumulating over time. Energy Tapping also allows us to see our emotions from a new, more empowering perspective. As is the case with many alternative healing techniques such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and acupuncture, tapping often gets results when nothing else seems to work. Therapists and medical doctors from all over the world have found EFT to be rapid and profoundly powerful. Albert Einstein told us back in the 1920′s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy and Eastern medical experts have known this for over 5,000 years. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western healing practices but are gaining popularity and widely used by many practitioners integrating alternative healing modalities into their work with clients. Experience shows that tapping can shift our beliefs and thoughts quickly and with much less pain than conventional therapies.
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Licensed psychotherapist Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW has expertise in psychology and the mental health field providing psychotherapy, EMDR, Coaching & Consulting services to adolescents, adults and couples. Her specialities include: mood disorders, anxiety, panic disorder, postpartum depression, self-esteem, trauma, addictions, eating disorders/body image, stress management, pre-marriage and couples therapy, working from a psychodynamic perspective and integrating CBT and mind-body techniques. Kimberly completed her graduate studies at New York University and post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, life coaching and integrative therapy. Her private practice is located in New York City.
Kimberly’s desire to make a difference beyond her therapy and coaching practice fuels her passion to use the media and continue training in complementary and alternative healthcare practices conducting workshops on health & wellness helping participants learn such skills as avoiding emotional burnout, effective communication, self-care, meditation, breathing techniques, guided imagery, restorative yoga, mindfulness and other helpful mind-body techniques.
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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