psychotherapy + Consultation

For Women, Men + Couples

 
 
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welcome to your inner life

As a New York City psychotherapist and consultant, I help New Yorkers overcome emotional and physical blocks to happiness and success, as well as address mood, anxiety and stress-related concerns. blending my clinical expertise with the latest research in Psychology, neuroscience and mind-body techniques, I work with busy New Yorkers, Individuals and couples all over the world, and much of the time online via video conferencing or phone sessions. I am delighted to provide couples therapy, individual Counseling and coaching that is flexible and convenient, considering your lifestyle needs. Working with expats and individuals who live outside of New York City or State, coaching and private consultation is offered remotely via Facetime, Skype™ or a secure Hippa-compliant telehealth, Telemental Health, Telemedicine platform.

  • Become Empowered In Your Life

  • Improve Interpersonal Relationships

  • Develop Healthier Coping Skills, Self Care

  • Improve Emotional Resilience

  • Improve Work/Life Balance

  • Manage Loss/Transitions/Change/Crisis

  • Get To The Root Of Self-Sabotage

  • Understand Triggers, Problem Patterns

  • Resolve/Repair Trauma Or Attachment

  • Help With Feeling “Stuck”

  • Identity And Sexual Concerns

  • Support For Overwhelm And Burnout

  • Help With Mood And Anxiety

  • Stress Management Coaching

  • Addiction And Relapse Prevention

NYC Psychotherapist, Online Video Counseling Kim Seelbrede

Psychotherapist

A New York and New Mexico licensed psychotherapist, Kimberly provides online therapy exclusively to busy New Yorkers via secure video or phone. Many of her clients are successful, high-functioning individuals, who struggle with internal conflicts, anxiety, depression, addictions, trauma, crisis, loss, destructive patterns and relationship concerns. They present to the world as “together” yet may suffer in silence. Using insight-oriented psychotherapy, EMDR and CBT —> READ

Consultant

The consultation and coaching approach is a short-term, solution-focused option to move through a personal or professional crisis, emotional, behavioral or relationship problem. Kimberly Seelbrede provides psychological consultations and coaching to NYC clients and worldwide, with a specialty in women’s issues/mentoring and relationships. In keeping with her philosophy of helping clients understand themselves deeply, together —> READ MORE 

Relationship Expert

Passionate about her work as a couples therapist, Kimberly works with high-functioning couples who wish to deepen their connection and those who crave more passion. In sessions, a focus is to communicate more effectively and “hear” the emotional needs of the other, including identifying old wounds that are being repeated or recreated in the relationship as well as focusing on sexual concerns. Blending techniques from EFT and Gottman Institute, attachment —> READ MORE

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

New York University, MSW, NYU Post-Graduate Certificate Programs:  Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Approaches To Addictions, Advanced Clinical Practice, Psychotherapy With Adolescents, Spirituality And Social Work, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology (Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions EDCAS), Institute for Life Coach Training, EMDR Advanced level I & II (EMDRIA approved and supervised), DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training, Gottman Couples Therapy Training, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program

Choose How to work together

PsychotHERApy

  • Online Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • CBT Skills

  • EMDR, Focusing + SE Techniques

  • Concierge Therapy

CONSULTATION

  • Psychological Consultation

  • Crisis Consult

  • Life-Challenges, Transitions

  • Creative + Performance Blocks

  • Executive + Professional Coaching

Couples

  • Relationship Counseling

  • Marriage Therapy

  • Pre-Marital

  • Divorce + Separation

  • Sex therapy

What’s On Your Mind?

  • Understand what’s holding you back + blocking beliefs

  • Stop repeating dysfunctional relationship dynamics + patterns

  • Remove barriers to a better life and success such as feeling “unworthy,” “I’m not enough” or “I don’t deserve…”

  • Fear of success and/or a fear of failure

  • Spiritual or existential concerns, shadow work, purpose + energetic blocks

  • Hormone imbalance, anxiety, depression with menopause, peri-menopause, postpartum, pain + autoimmune disorders

  • Difficulties with work/life balance

  • Recovering from narcissistic abuse

  • Master dealing with the difficult people in your life

  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) coaching

  • Adult children of alcoholics ACOA recovery

  • Codependency + recovering from family enmeshment

  • Guilt, shame, loss + grief

  • Crisis counseling, life-challenges + transitions

  • Depression, postpartum depression, SAD, bipolar disorder, situational depression, chronic sadness

  • Stress, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, insomnia + emotion regulation

  • Addictions, substance abuse + compulsions

  • Relationship concerns, communication problems + high-conflict relationships

  • Performance blocks, perfectionism, self-blame, negative self-image, self-sabotage + feeling "stuck"

  • Better boundaries, personal empowerment, identify needs + learn to say NO

  • Goal attainment + career concerns

  • Gain resources + coping skills to support a healthier lifestyle

  • Compliance, accommodation + conflict avoidance

  • Sex positive therapy and help healing from sexual trauma

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Psychotherapy

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Online Therapy for busy New Yorkers

Online video counseling, coaching or telehealth is a good fit if you are a busy New Yorker or professional who benefits from therapy, but you may not be able to consistently commit to a regular, ongoing session time, or, you simply can’t take hours out of your already hectic day to commute to a therapy suite. Who benefits from working remotely? You may be an expat or live in a city, state or country where it’s a challenge to find an expert licensed psychotherapist with whom to consult. Couples with incompatible schedules or young children at home may find it easier to conduct remote therapy sessions using Skype, FaceTime or my secure, HIPPA-compliant Simple Practice platform.

Who do I work with? I enjoy consulting with highly-motivated adults and young professionals, creatives, executives, entrepreneurs, college students, busy parents and other individuals around the globe who struggle with habit problems and patterns, relationship concerns, addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, extreme stress, transitions or loss loss and difficulty balancing personal and professional demands. Many of my busy clients feel relieved to not be restricted to weekly, in-person sessions, the hassles of commuting to and from a therapy office and enjoy the schedule flexibility of working online.

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING

Couples therapy or relationship counseling is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems and create or reconnect to love, respect and intimacy. Some couples seek therapy to support them through trauma, difficult life-circumstances, health challenges, transitions, loss and betrayal. I work with high-functioning couples and couples in crisis to help them heal, listen for, and understand the emotional needs of the other. Effective couples therapy should help clients identify problem patterns and provide helpful feedback, support and guidance so that communication can feel safe and constructive. Additionally, couples can learn tools to navigate problems, work through conflicts and increase the attachment bond, which results in deepened intimacy and trust.

SEX THERAPY FOR COUPLES

I am a sex-positive therapist and work with traditional and non-traditional couples who seek help for intimacy and sexual concerns. I’ve received training with the The Gottman Institute and also integrate principles of EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy into sessions with clients. Couples seeking counseling to reconnect to love and improve their relationships may find attachment-based therapy beneficial as it fosters a deeper understanding of their own, and the emotional responses of significant others in their lives.

Consultation

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Consultation + Coaching to work on a specific life-concern or create a plan to move forward

If you live outside New York, I offer private consultation services by phone or Skype. Consultation is different from the deeper in-person work of therapy, and serious mental health issues are not treated in this capacity. Consultation and coaching is not meant to replace ongoing therapy, therefore, a consultation is a proactive and preventative approach to getting help for navigating a crisis, transition, life-challenge or creating a plan to move forward personally or professionally. Consultation sessions are focused, solution-based approach using assessment, education, guidance, advice, support and appropriate resources, as needed.

Certain emerging issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, divorce, loss, health, academic and career problems or concerns about a loved-one, are all examples of problems that can be addressed with a professional consult. At the end of the consultation process, I offer clients my assessment and a recommendation for treatment or referrals. I provide consultation services to individuals, those seeking second opinions, parents, concerned family members, mental health professionals, and other professionals. I am happy to make recommendations and referrals as needed. Consultations can be conducted by telephone, online via Skype or a secure, HIPPA compliant internet source for those who do not have access to a therapist or for individuals outside New York City.

Couples

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Online RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING

Couples therapy or relationship counseling is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems and create or reconnect to love, respect and intimacy. Some couples seek therapy to support them through trauma, difficult life-circumstances, health challenges, transitions, loss and betrayal. I work with high-functioning couples and couples in crisis to help them heal, listen for, and understand the emotional needs of the other. Effective couples therapy should help clients identify problem patterns and provide helpful feedback, support and guidance so that communication can feel safe and constructive. Additionally, couples can learn tools to navigate problems, work through conflicts and increase the attachment bond, which results in deepened intimacy and trust.

Sex Therapy For Couples

I am a sex-positive therapist and work with traditional and non-traditional couples who seek help for intimacy and sexual concerns. I’ve received training with the The Gottman Institute and also integrate principles of EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy into sessions with clients. Couples seeking counseling to reconnect to love and improve their relationships may find attachment-based therapy beneficial as it fosters a deeper understanding of their own, and the emotional responses of significant others in their lives.

Meet Kim Seelbrede

Kimberly Seelbrede, MSW, LCSW is a New York State and New Mexico licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Relationship Expert who works with individuals and couples. She provides online Skype therapy, coaching and telemedicine to busy New Yorkers, professionals, creatives, expats, couples and high-profile, VIP clients. She also maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As an emotional health expert, she works with individuals from all walks of life, as well as women and issues unique to them including: life balance, hormone issues and care-taking concerns. As part of her ongoing personal development, Kimberly regularly attends conferences in neuroscience, complementary medicine, EMDR, yoga, meditation, somatic therapies, and other trainings in the field of psychology, neurobiology and spirituality in an effort to stay current on the advances made in mind-body medicine.  Kimberly splits her time between NYC and Santa Fe, where she lives with her husband, a psychologist, scholar and mindfulness expert John Chambers Christopher, Ph.D. She has two grown children from a former marriage and a dog named Oliver.

On a whim, her mother entered her in a beauty pageant during her first year of college. Very reluctantly, she followed through and went on to win the title of Miss Ohio and Miss USA. She then moved to Manhattan where she placed as a runner up in the Miss Universe Pageant held in New York City. Not a fan of beauty pageants—shy, socially anxious and terrified of public speaking, as in, freezes and can’t remember her own name kind of paralysis, she very much considers herself an "accidental beauty queen."  Winning the pageant did afford her the opportunity to move to New York City and create an interesting life for herself. For that, she is grateful. She finished her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate degree from NYU while raising her two sons.

A practicing yogi and student of psychology for decades, Kimberly has a deep respect for the exquisite connection of mind, body and spirit. Trained by world-renowned experts in a variety of fields, and influenced by a number of brilliant theorists, her areas of passion and expertise includes: EMDR therapy and somatic practices, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, mindfulness, neuroscience, attachment-focused therapies, couples therapy techniques, human sexuality and tantric practices. wide.  FULL BIO.

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Therapy FAQ’s

WHAT HAPPENS during psychoTHERAPY AND COUNSELING SESSIONS?

Even though you may have good friends and family members to talk to, a psychotherapist, counselor or psychologist has the professional training to help you see things through a new or different lens, and even challenge and support you in ways that the people in your life cannot. Therapy can help you gain relief from unpleasant feelings and thoughts (or learn to accept them better), create more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and gain more pleasure and control in your life. Effective therapy can help you get to the root of your distress (not just put a bandaid on things) and learn ways to become more self-aware, cope with difficult emotions, improve your mood, gain control, feel connected to others, develop the skills to handle future problems, and live a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Therapists can provide support, practical problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for many challenges and issues, including helping you feel less alone with your problems. Many people also find that counselors or psychotherapists can help with career concerns, professional relationships, family of origin concerns, marriage issues, parenting challenges, developing healthier habits, understanding thoughts, feelings and emotions, balancing the stress of daily life and goal-setting. Trained mental health professionals can help you see the things that you cannot.

Many who appear to the world as “put together” suffer privately and in silence. High-achieving, successful individuals often experience emptiness, unhappiness, disappointment, loneliness, stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems. These concerns can lead to less than desirable coping solutions such as addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, eating problems and sleep deficits. Psychotherapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help their clients discover helpful solutions. Many lasting benefits can be obtained from personal, couples or group therapy. You can learn more about therapy from the American Psychological Association or APA.

HOW DO I find A THERAPIST?

When you choose a therapist, you should feel “heard,” understood and not judged for the concerns that led you to seek counseling. A “good fit” is the term often used to describe how you should feel about the psychotherapist, psychologist or couples counselor you choose to work with. We grow in relationship to others, and the therapeutic relationship is the most important catalyst for healing. You should feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with your therapist as the process requires an investment of time and emotional energy. Your therapist should have good interpersonal skills as well as empathy and compassion. You should choose a therapist who has training in the areas that you are seeking help with (ask them about their education and experience). Some therapists have received specialized training in areas such as trauma, addictions or eating disorders. If your problems are serious enough to impact the quality of your life and your ability to function, you may need to find a specialist or someone who specializes in your particular problem. Many therapists have received general psychotherapy training and consider themselves generalists and are able to treat a range of difficulties. Some psychotherapists have received advanced, specialized training in addition to graduate studies, which helps them specialize and be experts in that area of emotional health.

PSYCHOTHERAPISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, PSYCHOANALYSTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS—WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?

A psychotherapist is a mental health professional who may have an MD, Master’s or Doctoral degree and uses “talk therapy” as well as somatic-based approaches to help people experience and understand their emotional lives. Psychotherapists may be psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists. They have varying years of foundation training, and some, but not all, go on to receive advanced, post-graduate training in specialized areas. Psychiatrists are MD’s and are able to prescribe medication but may not provide psychotherapy, however some do. A psychologist has a doctoral degree as a foundation in psychology and may or may not have received additional expertise and training beyond what they learned in graduate school. Some Psychologists work in research, others provide therapy. Psychoanalysts have been through an extensive training experience which includes their own psychoanalysis or psychological exploration. They help people develop awareness of unconscious aspects of the mind. Some training institutes are allowing individuals with any graduate degree (law, history, as examples) study psychoanalysis and become a psychoanalyst. You may not know whether your therapist has had their own in-depth therapy, it’s a question that you can ask. In my opinion, good psychotherapists have had their own therapy.

HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THERAPY?

Your personal needs and goals are always a priority, and will shape the time you spend in sessions. Many individuals desire focused, structured and time-limited sessions with a clear plan, targeting specific problems or goals that can be met within a relatively short period of time. Other difficulties require a more intensive focus and may take longer to resolve (a history of trauma is one example). This is especially true when people have been struggling for a long time and patterns and habits are rigid and entrenched. Some will do best with once weekly sessions, while others benefit from meeting twice weekly, or more frequently when in crisis. Consistent sessions allow clients to examine patterns and dynamics that may interfere with healthy functioning and relationships. 

WHAT KIND OF THERAPY SHOULD I BE LOOKING FOR?

Increasing insight into problems and self-awareness is one goal of therapy, but unfortunately, that alone does not always lead to the desired change. For this reason, and with certain clients, it may be necessary to implement behavioral changes and track progress between sessions. You may need a targeted form of therapy that works to resolve symptoms related to trauma. The duration of treatment is highly variable and depends on many factors, including: the nature of the problem, individual motivation and having realistic goals for change. Depending on your needs, you may benefit from a number of different therapeutic strategies and techniques. In your initial consultation, you should work with your therapist to figure out the best approach for you. Therapists may use or combine the following approaches: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, relational therapy, interpersonal, humanistic, gestalt, attachment-focused therapy, art therapy, trauma resolution techniques as well as evidence-based therapies such as EMDR therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to name a few.

HOW CAN THERAPY, Consultation AND EMPOWERMENT COACHING HELP YOU?

  • Know yourself better by identifying important thoughts, feelings and motivations

  • Change and growth occurs when clients develop a deep understanding of self and others

  • Break through blocks in intimacy, detach from unhealthy relationships, develop healthy personal boundaries

  • Recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors

  • Gain support through a personal crisis, transition or challenging situation

  • Identify problem thoughts and triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction to allow for more satisfying relationships

  • Gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur

  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships

  • Uncover hidden blocking-beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness with the help of EMDR therapy

  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, establish self-care rituals and habits

  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions

  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear

  • Develop self-compassion and enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Resolve trauma, abuse and PTSD symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds

  • Work towards enhanced physical health and work/life balance

Clinical Expertise

  • Celebrity mental health expertise, high-profile clients

  • Trauma—Sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repeating family dynamics, violence, witnessing or involvement in crime, catastrophic events, rape, accidents

  • Sexual Disorders—Difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, resolution) that prevents or limits the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity, either alone or in the context of relationships

  • Creativity and Success—Blocks in writing, creating and producing, repetitive patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns, perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success, neurotic undoing

  • Communication Difficulties and Relationship Problems—Difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, feeling victimized, attacked and blamed, defensiveness, problems listening or understanding the other, feeling easily angered and triggered, frustrations due to not feeling heard or seen, violent or destructive communication patterns, problems with intimacy or maintaining relationships, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin problems

  • Postpartum, Parenting Issues, Family Problems and Crisis Counseling—Feeling easily frustrated, alone or isolated, overwhelmed and confused, difficulties communicating feelings and needs, exhaustion, helping a loved-one get sober, mental health issues affecting family members

  • Anxiety—Panic attacks, generalized anxiety, fear, excessive worry, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors

  • Depression—Major Depression, Dysthymia, Bipolar Disorder, sadness, irritability, social withdrawal, hopelessness, sleep disturbances, guilt, lack of desire, poor concentration

  • Eating Disorders—Compulsion to eat or not eat as well as other disturbances in body image and thoughts, beliefs and behaviors affecting physical and mental health.

  • Addictions—Destructive coping mechanisms and compulsions to engage in specific activities despite negative consequences to one's health, mental state, career, family and social life as well as co-occurring or underlying mental health problems such as ADD, anxiety, trauma and depression that may have led to the reliance on substances or problem behaviors

  • Recovery—Support for individuals in all stages of recovery from addictions, alcohol, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and trauma (pre-rehab, post-rehab or residential step-down support), wellness planning, practicing new habits, maintenance and self-care

  • Life Changes—Transitions in the life cycle that cause emotional, psychological and physical challenges (new relationships, marriage, birth of a child, aging, perimenopause, menopause, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaining sobriety)

  • Sexual Disorders—Difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (desire, arousal, orgasm, resolution) that prevents or limits the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity, either alone or in the context of relationships

  • Creativity and Success—Blocks in writing, creating and producing, repetitive patterns of self-sabotage and self-defeating patterns, perfectionism, fear of failure, fear of success, neurotic undoing

  • Communication Difficulties and Relationship Problems—Difficulties identifying and expressing emotions and feelings, feeling victimized, attacked and blamed, defensiveness, problems listening or understanding the other, feeling easily angered and triggered, frustrations due to not feeling heard or seen, violent or destructive communication patterns, problems with intimacy or maintaining relationships, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin problems

  • Postpartum, Parenting Issues, Family Problems and Crisis Counseling—Feeling easily frustrated, alone or isolated, overwhelmed and confused, difficulties communicating feelings and needs, exhaustion, helping a loved-one get sober, mental health issues affecting family member

The Benefits Of Transformation Coaching

I ENJOY WORKING WITH MOTIVATED CLIENTS + VIP CLIENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF HIGH-LEVEL COACHING THAT ACTUALLY ADDRESSES THE ROOT CAUSE OF PROBLEMS + HABITS WHICH LEADS TO LASTING CHANGE... 

  • Change + Challenges - breakups, separation, divorce, marriage, parenting, moving and other major life-transitions

  • Passion + Purpose - discovering what you really love to do and work towards fulfilling your desires

  • Healing + Personal Empowerment - learning to communicate your needs in healthy ways both personally and professionally

  • Self-Love + Self-Care - discovering your strengths, talents and possibilities

  • Happiness + Inner Peace - aligning or re-aligning yourself with your true nature and developing intuition to keep you on your path

  • Goals + Dreams - identifying goals, developing a plan for goal-attainment and taking action steps

  • Weight Loss - undoing bad habits while creating new, healthier possibilities

  • Health - support and coaching for chronic health concerns including cancer, chronic pain and autoimmune disorders

  • Creating Prosperity + Abundance - removing blocks, negative thinking and opening to potential and possibilities

  • Love + Relationships - breaking old patterns and habits and attracting the right relationships

The Benefits Of Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Using EMDR, increase capacity to experience calm and comfort in the body, release trauma, uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness or contributing to anxiety and depression, reduce the impact of negative experiences

  • Address dissociation, body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance use or abuse and obsessions using cutting-edge therapies such as EMDR, Focusing, Somatic Experiencing techniques and Brainspotting, Mindfulness Meditation, Biofeedback techniques, guided imagery, breathing techniques, restorative yoga

  • Learn more adaptive coping skills and self-soothing techniques and develop nurturing self-care rituals

  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear

  • Develop enhanced attention and awareness through relaxation techniques, mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Resolve trauma and abuse symptoms, develop healthier boundaries and heal early attachment wounds

  • Unearth parts of yourself that are dissociated and explore areas of spirituality and your true nature

  • Connect with shadow aspects of the self for healthier integration

  • Heal physical symptoms of disease and pain by connecting to sensations and trauma held in the body, habitual thoughts and unexpressed emotions

About Anxiety Therapy

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER,  PANIC DISORDER, AGORAPHOBIA, SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER, SEPARATION ANXIETY, PHOBIAS, OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER, AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) 

Kim Seelbrede uses a very effective protocol and combination of techniques when working with clients who struggle with anxiety. Her high success rate for helping clients overcome anxiety using combined mindfulness, CBT and EMDR techniques means that clients experience healing at the level of the nervous system, as well as gaining important self-empowerment tools to handle future situations. With fewer anxiety symptoms, her clients report an improvement in both personal and professional aspects of their lives in addition to improved productivity, motivation, focus and a decrease in procrastination. Using the nervous system healing techniques of EMDR combined with the emotion and thought management techniques of CBT, clients are able to effectively control their anxiety symptoms. Because CBT is skill-based, clients feel empowered and are able to manage and control their anxiety symptoms. Because EMDR therapy heals at the level of the nervous system, clients find that they spend less time doing CBT homework, and are more often than not, able to maintain and return to a state of self-regulation. LEARN MORE ABOUT ANXIETY THERAPY HERE

About Depression Therapy

MAJOR DEPRESSION, DYSTHYMIA, POSTPARTUM, PREMENSTRUAL, SEASONAL AFFECTIVE, ATYPICAL, SITUATIONAL, BIPOLAR

Depression and anxiety symptoms are a common reason teens, adolescents and adults seek treatment. Therapy and the support of talking with a therapist helps resolve depression and anxiety symptoms for many. Psychotherapists and psychologists are trained to provide their clients with helpful tools, coping skills and ways to challenge and change or accept the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may contribute to depression. Understanding the source of the problem or situations that trigger depressive episodes may not always lead to symptom relief. Kim Seelbrede uses an integrative approach when working with depression symptoms that includes: psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive therapy, EMDR therapy, lifestyle changes, mindfulness and acceptance. For some, a combination of psychotherapy and medication offers the safest, most comprehensive healing approach. Milder forms of depression can be effectively treated with supportive lifestyle changes. LEARN MORE ABOUT DEPRESSION THERAPY HERE

About Therapy for Loss, bereavement + transitions

Losing something or someone is difficult and complicated for many reasons. Loss can include a loved-one, pet, health, job, lifestyle, home, identity, status, and more. Loss, especially when significant to the individual, requires mourning and grieving that loss, experiencing the associated feelings, and eventually, moving forward. Psychotherapy can give the individual a safe place to grieve and feel the sadness. The healing process is different for everyone as is the length of time required to heal.

About therapy For Crisis Management

Crisis counseling and management is intended to be brief, It is not the same as ongoing psychotherapy. Providing support for individuals, couples or families using crisis intervention therapy is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, if possible, providing emotional support and enhancing immediate coping skills. Crisis counseling involves careful assessment of the situation, planning, strategizing, treatment and focusing on the client’s immediate situation, such as needs and safety. Clients who seek counseling for a personal or professional crisis may need a more robust form of support, including extra sessions and extended time until the situation is resolved or they are feeling more resilient and better able to cope without the help of a mental health professional, psychotherapist or psychologist. 
About Addictions + Compulsions Therapy  

About Trauma-Focused Therapy

THERAPY FOR TRAUMA TREATMENT AND PTSD

Early trauma and chronic, developmental and complex traumas that have impacted a patient's development and attachment relationships are the most difficult to heal. Psychotherapy can help validate the patient's experience, work through any feelings of shame and confusion that may have been internalized, process the traumatic experience or event and help them understand how their current life is impacted by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy can help individuals identify triggers in daily experiences that creates symptoms and contributes to familiar self-defeating patterns and dynamics. While talk therapy can be a good place to begin for some trauma patients, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing are excellent treatment options to provide symptomatic relief and truly heal from trauma.

About Therapy For Addictions + Compulsions

EMDR Protocols For Addictions + Compulsions

Kim Seelbrede views addictive behaviors as symptoms of other underlying, unresolved issues and has developed a special interest in recovery support as well as having received specialized training in this area. Addictions such as substance abuse and process addictions are complex problems and can be successfully treated when other co-occurring difficulties are addressed, such as depression, panic disorder, ADD, Aspergers and personality disorders. Many may have more than two conditions that contribute to maladaptive coping responses. Some common addictions include: alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, shopping, video games, the internet, sex, pornography and work. Successful treatment for addictive behaviors is an integrative approach that may include some combination of psychotherapy and behavioral treatments. EMDR therapy using addiction protocols, psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy or DBT skills are also very effective forms of treatment. LEARN MORE ABOUT THERAPY FOR ADDICTIONS + COMPULSIONS HERE 

about Recovery Support + Aftercare

Recovery support + Consultation can help clients and family members with the following concerns:

  • Maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals

  • Support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others, identifying needs, communicating effectively, learning to ask for help, and self-empowerment

  • Repairing relationships and gaining support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships

  • Help with engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors

  • Creating a self-care practice that nourishes mind and body, maintaining support and positivity

  • Learn to identify cravings and triggers

  • Celebrating important gains and achievements and learning to make healthier choices

  • Support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene

  • Help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment

More Information About Couples Therapy

WHAT GOTTMAN'S RESEARCH TELLS US ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

  • Emotional distance can be as destructive to a relationship as conflict

  • The way a couple fights, repairs and resolves problems is more important than what they fight about

  • Attachment insecurity leads to conflict and or distance

  • In distressed relationships, some partners shut down and withdraw as a way to manage intense emotions

  • Couples must nurture fondness and respect for the other in order to thrive together

  • Couples need shared meaning in their lives to remain connected

Couples therapy or relationship counseling supports couples experiencing external stressors such as illness, job loss and family conflicts as well as natural shifts in couple dynamics and roles. Some individuals benefit from individual sessions without their partner to help them work on personal challenges and relational needs before working together with a couples therapist. Kim Seelbrede counsels individuals and couples in various types and stages of relationships including: pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, committed relationships, open relationships, as well as those considering separation, divorce, newly-single and dating again. Sessions are available weekly, bi-monthly or as weekend intensives in her Manhattan-based office or online via FaceTime or Skype. Learn more about relationship and couples counseling here.

ABOUT EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY OR EFT FOR COUPLES

EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and relationship counseling is an an intervention based on scientific study of adult love and bonding processes in couples. It is designed to address distress in the intimate relationships of adults with a focus on improving emotional attachment. Couples seeking marriage or relationship therapy do so to improve their relationships and may find this method a beneficial approach, as it can help people better understand both their own emotional responses in the context of interpersonal interactions and those of significant people in their lives. Psychotherapists who provide emotionally focused couples therapy typically work with couples and families to help facilitate the creation of secure and lasting bonds between intimate partners and strengthen and reinforce existing bonds. Couples will experience an increase in security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. 

doTerra Essential oils

I've personally used essential oils for years in my home, my own meditation and yoga practice, with Reiki, as well as with patients and clients during therapy, somatic-based trauma-processing sessions or EMDR therapy. Essential oils can help relieve and reduce symptoms of trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, irritability, inattention, fatigue, digestive issues, insomnia, chronic pain and other challenges. Clients are able to use essential oils on their own to help them feel calm, grounded, attentive or emotionally regulated by pairing a new sense of calm and relaxation with the healing properties of the oils  

You may use this LINK to learn more or to purchase doTERRA Oils as a wholesale customer, receiving the discount and the option to join the community. You may also opt to become a Wellness Advocate which is especially useful if you already have a self-care practice or are a holistic-based, therapist, bodyworker or medical practitioner. LEARN MORE ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS HERE

About Mindfulness + Meditation

Science has proven that meditation helps you spend time in a state of conscious rest, thus allowing your body to heal. When you practice meditation, you dissolve stress and release tension. Many find that a regular meditation practice improves creativity and helps with feeling balanced and “well.” Whether you have five minutes or an hour, meditation supports emotional and physical well-being. Meditation and mindfulness can ease symptoms of aging, stress, poor immunity, pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, addictions, compulsions, urges + more. READ MORE TO LEARN ABOUT MEDITATION SUPPORT HERE

About Self-Care, Well-Being + Urben Zen Integrative Therapy 

HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT SELF-CARE PRACTICES

Kim Seelbrede trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) and mentored students in the UZIT 2010 program. As a registered yoga therapist she received training in five key modalities: yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, nutrition and contemplative care, to address the needs of patients with chronic disease, chronic pain, medical professionals and caregivers. She is comfortable working with patients receiving conventional and alternative treatments for a variety of conditions. 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, IBD, hormonal imbalance and diseases of aging as a few examples.

About Integrative Therapy

As a mind-body psychotherapist specializing in trauma, emotion regulation and stress management using EMDR therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindful perspective. She regularly teaches her clients the basics of meditation and gives them the tools to create a mindfulness meditation practice. She works with beginning practitioners as well as individuals who are looking for support with emotional and health challenges. Many clients are interested in creative approaches such as guided imagery and body scans which can also support wellness goals. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 hrs) and a Reiki practitioner, she regularly recommends a variety of helpful practices for her clients including referrals for energy or 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, Focusing, Brainspotting and EMDR therapy to help clients strengthen inner resources and develop self-soothing techniques with the goal of developing a healthier life-balance. Some examples of integrative therapy include: mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, shadow work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more.