Life presents challenges as well as endless opportunities to learn, grow and change. Sometimes satisfaction is found somewhere between the exquisite balance of acceptance and change. The experience of feeling "stuck" in your life can feel hopeless and is often downright painful. However, feeling frustrated and fed-up can also be the catalyst to help you finally reach out to someone who can help you find your way. It may take a bit of soul-searching, as well as experimenting, to unearth the parts of you needed to move forward. Additionally, we will work to set goals and intentions as well as uncover obstacles and blocking beliefs that interfere with your ability to have a more satisfying life. It's familiar and safe to remain "stuck" but it takes commitment, courage and support to create a life that's more aligned with who you are or wish to be. My mission is to help you identify your strengths as well as explore new ways of "being," in both your personal and professional life. As a licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Coach, I use my advanced, specialized training to help my clients using evidence-based tools as well as cutting-edge techniques to support self-care, balance, goal attainment and important lifestyle changes. No matter how skilled the therapist, I believe corrective experiences and healing occurs in the context of that relationship.  

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 
  • EMDR Therapy, Brainspotting
  • CBT, DBT Skills, Crisis Counseling
  • Couples, Pre-Marital, Marriage
  • Distance + Online Therapy 
  • Personal Coaching, Self-Care, Health
  • Executive Coaching + Peak Performance
  • Chronic Pain + Illness Support
  • Relationship, Divorce + Dating
  • Anxiety Coaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Guided Imagery, Self-Care Workshops
  • Stress Reduction Intensives
  • Mindfulness Workshops
  • Corporate Stress + Wellness

About Kim Seelbrede

Kim Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed Psychotherapist, Coach and Consultant with extensive post-graduate training and experience. Her New York City therapy and consultation practice is devoted to helping clients find their strengths and manage their feelings, thoughts, relationships, and professional lives. As an integrative psychotherapist, she is trained to use a variety of techniques during coaching, psychotherapy and EMDR therapy sessions. Her supportive, intuitive and flexible style helps her clients increase their self-esteem, establish life goals, improve relationship dysfunction, resolve trauma and blocks and create a healthier work-life balance. Kim Seelbrede works with individuals, couples, adolescents and families using traditional psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy or from a life-coaching model for high-functioning individuals who are interested in goal attainment. Her integrative philosophy and approach with her clients is a result of having trained with outstanding experts in the fields of traditional and cutting-edge western psychology and eastern mind-body medicine. Kim Seelbrede engages clients with collaboration, insight, curiosity, sensitivity, solution and change-oriented approaches, and often, a healthy dose of humor.

Kim Seelbrede understands the unique challenges, demands and struggles of celebrities, high-profile and talented individuals and has a special understanding of celebrity mental health. Her own personal life experiences and unique training enables her to provide the mentoring, support and guidance that clients benefit from the most. As a consultant and coach Kim Seelbrede works with individuals and companies on issues related to stress management, communication and relationships. She sees therapy clients in her Manhattan office and consultation and coaching clients in-person or online via Skype, FaceTime or VSee.  


Therapy + Coaching For Individuals + Couples

  • Gain support through a personal crisis, transition or challenging situation
  • Uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness
  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance use or abuse and obsessions
  • Counseling and psychotherapy can help you identify important thoughts, feelings and motivations 
  • Change and growth occurs when clients develop a deep understanding of self and others
  • Relationship counseling can help you break through blocks in intimacy, detach from unhealthy relationships
  • Learn to identify triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction
  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships
  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, self-care rituals and habits
  • Uncover patterns of crippling perfectionism that interferes with your achievement, success and personal happiness
  • 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 healthy boundaries and heal early attachment wounds

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Personal + Professional Executive Coaching

Dynamic, laser-focused and efficient coaching for your relationships, career, health, wealth, success, physical fitness, confidence, happiness and life.

Personal, Executive Coaching, Relationships + Peak Performance Coaching

Clients seeking coaches are not looking to heal issues rooted in the past, nor are they looking for an expert to help them understand and explore complex family dynamics, neurotic patterns, conflicts or trauma. While the past may interfere with goals and moving forward, it is only addressed in an effort to understand what may be blocking the client from moving forward. The focus is always on clearing the path and any blocking beliefs, as needed, to help clients become more available for a new reality and way of life which includes creating goals, strategizing, taking action and gaining accountability. Generally speaking, coaching clients are men and women who are busy, self-directed, goal and performance-oriented, high-achievers who thrive using personal accountability, honesty, feedback, perspective shifting, action steps and focused, challenging questions that will bring them extraordinary results. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change and restore balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, repairing a relationship or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration, knowledge, accountability and results one desires.

I work with creatives, entrepreneurs and successful professionals who are working on or need dynamic coaching support in these areas:

  • Change + Challenges - breakups, separation, divorce and other major transitions
  • Passion + Purpose - discovering what you really love
  • Healing + Personal Empowerment - learning to communicate your needs and get what you want
  • Self-Love + Self-Care - discovering your strengths and possibilities
  • Happiness + Inner Peace- aligning yourself with your true nature and developing intuition
  • Goals + Dreams - identifying and taking action
  • Weight Loss + Health - undoing bad habits while creating new, healthier possibilities
  • Creating Prosperity + Abundance - opening to the possibilities
  • Love + Relationships - Breaking old patterns and habits and attracting the right relationships 

Wellness Coaching

Wellness Coaching can help individuals find the motivation and tools to make changes in their lifestyle habits to reach or maintain their health goals and improve their physical wellbeing. Some common client goals include: weight control, reducing stress, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, fitness, energy levels and managing a pre-existing condition such as pain or a chronic illness such as an autoimmune disorder. Wellness consultations differ from the work of nutritionists or trainers as wellness coaching uses a combination of complementary therapies and mind-body medicine including Eastern medicine and Western treatments to offer a more balance, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. 

Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy + Professional Consultations

Light will someday split you open, even if your life is now a cage.
— Hafiz

Consultations, Referrals, Professional Supervision

Kim Seelbrede is a licensed Psychotherapist + Consultant and practices psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT skills, crisis counseling and solution-focused therapy. She views many mental health issues such as addictions and eating disorders as symptoms that hold meaning, as such, they can be understood and healed as the root of the problem is addressed. As a mind-body expert and integrative therapist, she understands the importance of integrating important behavioral interventions into the treatment as needed, in addition to interpersonal psychotherapy, for successful and complete healing. To help address developmental and other sources of trauma, Kim Seelbrede is a level II EMDRIA-trained EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and frequently integrates this modality to target underlying issues. EMDR therapy can successfully be used for trauma, attachment deficits, accidents, abuse, losses, anxiety, blocked energy, negative beliefs, physical symptoms, irrational emotions, phobias, addictions, compulsions, performance blocks and painful memories She uses this modality to unlock the wisdom and innate healing capacity of the mind and body that has been blocked and can be unblocked. Kim Seelbrede a registered yoga therapist (RYT 200, 500) and uses her knowledge of ancient healing arts with clients who are open to this.

Kim Seelbrede provides consultation sessions for those looking for referrals or in need of a second opinion or additional information. Consultation sessions are an opportunity to obtain helpful information and education for clients and their families. She is delighted to share her resources and make traditional and complementary/alternative referrals to allied professionals such as therapists, psychologists, internists, psychopharmacologists or psychiatrists.

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EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy for Trauma, Abuse, Childhood Abuse, Neglect, Medical Trauma, Sexual Assaults, Accidents, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Addictions and more...

Kim Seelbrede is trained to provide EMDR Therapy which can be done as a primary therapy modality or as an adjunctive therapy for those with an already-established treatment team. EMDR therapy is an effective and powerful form of psychological treatment as a stand-alone modality or as an adjunct to weekly psychotherapy sessions. It is an evidence-based form of therapy, and many clinicians find that it is more effective for their clients than CBT. Therapists and psychologists who use EMDR attest to the healing power of this treatment, and controlled research studies consistently demonstrate its efficacy and effectiveness. EMDR psychotherapy facilitates adaptive information processing and patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. Kim Seelbrede offers this intervention to alleviate symptoms related to trauma as well as other distressing symptoms such as: phobias, anxieties, fears, panic disorder, obsessions, depression, eating disorders, medical trauma, insomnia, sexual and emotional abuse, flashbacks, relationship issues, self-defeating patterns, poor self-esteem, accidents, performance problems and triggers for addictions. 

EMDR treatment is based on the neuroscience of the brain and uses the technique of bilateral stimulation to process through memory networks and release the emotional charge associated with distressing thoughts, memories and blocks. Compared to traditional forms of cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, EMDR has proven to be extremely effective in treating even the most problematic issues in fewer sessions. Because EMDR therapy addresses the root cause and heals at the level of the nervous system, clients have a better chance of achieving healing without needing to return to therapy. EMDR is effective for changing negative thought patterns, emotional reactions, entrenched habits and even physical discomfort that people can’t “think or understand" their way out of using traditional psychotherapy. EMDR therapy is a non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy that facilitates adaptive information processing. EMDR therapy identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity and resilience, which has led to traumatic symptoms and harmful coping mechanisms. EMDR helps clients reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive leading to a peaceful resolution. Negative, painful thoughts and beliefs are replaced with more adaptive and realistic, here and now, self-concepts.

Kim Seelbrede is a level II EMDRIA-trained EMDR clinician with a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Manhattan. Learn more about EMDR Therapy Here.

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Online Therapy

Online therapy refers to the delivery of mental health counseling via the Internet. Sometimes referred to as distance therapy, e-therapy, web therapy, internet therapy and thera-coaching. Therapists who utilize online therapy use a variety of mediums such as apps for texting, video chatting, voice and audio messaging. How effective is online therapy? Studies have proven the efficacy of therapy via the internet to the point where it has become a viable alternative and/or supplement to face to face, in-person therapy. Who takes advantage of online therapy? Clients who may not have access to, or the ability to make in-person sessions and busy clients who travel or cannot take the time to travel to sessions. 

Here are some other common reasons why people prefer online therapy:

  • The commute can be inconvenient, difficult or impossible
  • Concerns about the stigma of in-office therapy, or being seen entering or leaving a therapist's office
  • Greater comfort and privacy while at home
  • Some clients prefer shorter sessions with greater frequency
  • It is easier for clients to cancel or reschedule when sick or with work/family obligations
  • Convenient for clients with disabilities

Relationships, Partnerships + Couples

We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.
— Rumi

Couples + Marital Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Pre-Marital 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 emotional closeness. I work with high-functioning couples and couples in crisis to help them heal, and listen for and understand the emotional needs of the other. Effective couples therapy should provide helpful feedback, support and guidance so that communication can feel safe constructive. Additionally, couples can learn tools to navigate problems, work through conflicts and increase the attachment bond, which results in deepened intimacy and trust. Kim Seelbrede has received training with The Gottman Institute and integrates EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy and Non-Violent Communication into sessions with clients.

What 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 is designed to help clients work through relationship and communication problems, heal from painful wounds and create or reconnect to love, respect and emotional closeness. Some individuals benefit from individual sessions without their partner to help them work on their relationship needs before working with a couples therapist. Kim Seelbrede counsels individuals and couples in various stages of relationships including: pre-marital therapy, married, committed and partnered, as well as those considering separation, divorce, newly-single or dating again. Sessions are available weekly, bi-monthly or as weekend intensives in her Manhattan-based office or via Skype. Learn more about relationship and couples counseling here. 

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Psychotherapy

Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering
— Carl Jung

Individual Adolescent + Adult Psychotherapy

Using an individualized approach, Kim Seelbrede is able to blend modalities that best meet the needs and goals of her clients. Her training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, dialectical behavior therapy or DBT, trauma therapies such as EMDR & Brainspotting, mindfulness meditation techniques and specialized training for couples. Through an integrative lens, Kim Seelbrede addresses a range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, self-defeating behaviors, performance problems, relationship challenges, bereavement, loneliness, perfectionism and self-esteem issues. She has a trusted network of professionals that she is able to refer clients to as needed. 

Therapy for Anxiety + Depression

Generalized Anxiety, OCD, Panic Disorder, Major Depression, Post-Partum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Kim Seelbrede specializes in anxiety treatment and is a mind-body practitioner with expertise in meditation and other stress management techniques. Her training and experience makes her uniquely qualified to offer an integrated delivery of anxiety management techniques. 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 CBT skills 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 improvement in 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. This treatment protocol is effective for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and PTSD. Because CBT is skills-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.

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Depression and anxiety symptoms are a common reason teens, adolescents and adults seek treatment. Therapy and the support of talking with an experienced 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 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, mindfulness and acceptance. Depression can be complex in nature and includes a combination of genetic vulnerability, medical problems and medications, trauma, stress and life events. For some, a combination of psychotherapy and medication offers the safest most comprehensive healing approach. Mood disorders include major depression, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum and situational depression as examples. Sometimes therapy alone is enough to resolve symptoms. A combination of interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and when appropriate, medication, are effective treatments for depression.

Addiction Treatment + 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. Common examples of co-occurring disorders include the combinations of major depression with cocaine addiction, borderline personality disorder with episodic polydrug abuse, alcohol addiction with panic disorder and trauma or PTSD with a variety of substance abuse and process addictions. Many may have more than two disorders 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.

Integrative Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders


Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Overexercising, EDNOS, Body Image Low Self-Esteem

Using integrative ED treatment, Kim Seelbrede offers clinical excellence and support for individuals struggling with the symptoms of an eating disorder. Patients find the strength to confront their problems, learn the tools and skills to overcome their disorder and eventually enter a recovery phase. An integrative therapy approach including interpersonal psychotherapy, behavior therapy and EMDR therapy are effective treatments for bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other forms of ED's. Treatment success can be defined as the following: the restoration of relationships with family and friends, the ability to return to a productive, healthy and meaningful life, the reduction of eating disorder symptoms and behaviors and a renewed interest in school or work. The goal is to help patients become committed to a life of good health, freedom, balance and purpose. Treatment is most successful when a team approach is utilized. Kim Seelbrede received specialized training in eating disorder, compulsions and addictions at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology and uses her network of professionals for support and referrals.

 

Mindfulness & Integrative Therapy

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?
— Rumi

As an integrative therapist specializing in trauma resolution using EMDR Therapy, Kim Seelbrede, LCSW works with individuals and couples from an experiential, intuitive and present-focused, mindfulness 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 which can also support wellness goals. As a registered yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, she regularly recommends a variety of  helpful practices for her clients including referrals for 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 and EMDR therapy to help clients strengthen inner resources and develop self-soothing techniques with the goal of a healthier life-balance.

Kim Seelbrede trained with Donna Karan's groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program and mentored students in the UZIT 2010 program. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 hours), she received training in five key modalities (yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oils, nutrition and contemplative care) to address the needs of patients in the healthcare system, medical professionals and caregivers. She is comfortable working with patients receiving conventional treatments for a variety of conditions including cancer and individuals interested in alternative mind-body healing and managing chronic pain, Lupus, MS, Diabetes, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune issues and more. Kim has received extensive post-graduate training including: Interpersonal and relational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy training, dialectical behavior therapy or DBT and EMDRIA certified EMDR training level I & II. 

Self-Care

“Healthcare without self care is sick care.”
— — Roshi Joan Halifax

Lifestyle Coaching, Meditation, Mindfulness + Self-Care Support

Self-care is not being selfish or indulgent, it is the ability to care for one's own emotional needs, set boundaries with people, manage anxiety, anger, sadness and other feelings or emotions and attend to one's more complex needs. Individuals with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dependency issues and codependent individuals fail to care for themselves, often until it's too late and they become sick. 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 and diseases of aging as a few examples. Conventional medicine rarely addresses the root causes of many of these chronic conditions, and treats only the symptoms. A whole-body approach gives clients the choice to make radical lifestyle changes that may actually cure these common diseases or at least, greatly reduce symptoms and suffering.

Many simply aren't aware that modifications to one's habits and lifestyle can make a world of difference in terms of health and wellbeing. Change takes work and the motivation to be disease-free or radically healthy must be present. Therapy and coaching can help with self-care issues by uncovering the root of the problem such as self-esteem issues and other obstacles that lead to a failure to treat one's body with care.

Recovery Support + Aftercare

Kim Seelbrede works with individuals just released from addiction or eating disorder inpatient rehab and provides support in the form of individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and when helpful, family therapy. This gives the person in recovery the opportunity to continue learning and practicing new skills and coping mechanisms. Additionally, clients can begin to work on underlying trauma, anxiety, depression or other co-occurring difficulties that have contributed to their eating disorder symptoms, use of substances or reliance on additive behaviors. They can learn and practice more helpful behaviors in their recovery life as well as develop self-care routines to nourish the mind and body. Other important goals includes helping clients create a "life worth living" and develop healthier relationships with self and others, as an alternative to the dependence troublesome behaviors or dangerous drugs, alcohol and behavioral addictions.

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist, Kim Seelbrede help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and at any phase of recovery. It is not uncommon for those just released from an addiction treatment program to conclude that their problems are over. You made it through treatment, however the road ahead is paved with uncertainty. You will hear from professionals about the importance of good step-down or aftercare to reinforce newly-learned coping skills and self-soothing strategies to maintain a healthy life of sober living or harm-reduction. Immediately upon release, aftercare may require a period of extra support such as several times weekly counseling sessions to reinforce new skills, support groups such as AA, Rational Recovery or SMART Recovery, booster sessions and sessions to support family members. Recovery coaching can help individuals identify, manage and remove the many environmental and personal obstacles that interfere with successful recovery. Because it's hard to do it alone, how does a recovery coach help?

Help and guidance for family members...

Getting a loved-one into treatment and finding the right program requires help, support and resources. It's difficult to do this alone. Additionally, family members experience terror and trauma related to the experience of having a family member who is addicted and at-risk. The last thing on one's mind is self-care, but this is the most important thing that you must do for yourself. Asking for help and support for yourself is not only wise, but will help you feel less alone, help you stay focused, help you feel better and ultimately enable you to remain strong through the process. 

Recovery support can help clients with the following:

  • maintaining motivation and staying focused on personal goals 
  • support for creating healthy and safe boundaries for self and others
  • support for maintaining the energy, passion and desire for healthy relationships
  • help for engaging in activities and relationships that replace the desire to use drugs or engage in harmful behaviors 
  • self-empowerment and learning to ask for help as needed
  • identifying needs and learning to connect to inner guidance
  • creating a self-care practices that nourishes mind and body
  • support in identifying and managing cravings and triggers
  • learning to "own" actions and take responsibility in relationships and with behaviors
  • celebrating important gains and achievements
  • feeling empowered to make healthy choices
  • support with structure, activities, exercise, nutrition, socializing and sleep hygiene
  • maintaining hope and staying positive during the recovery process
  • help with learning to be present, tolerate discomfort and live in the present moment
  • create a practice of awareness, acceptance, gratitude, self-compassion and change 
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Approach

Insight and self-awareness into one's patterns and conflicts may not always lead to change, therefore, Kim Seelbrede has found that integrating practical tools and skills into sessions, in addition to psychodynamic psychotherapy can support desired growth and behavioral change. In addition to her relational and interpersonal training, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills or DBT, Solution-Focused techniques, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulnessgroup therapy and weekend intensives as needed. In her counseling work with couples, she enjoys using her training with The Gottman Institute as well as Solution-Focused Therapy and Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Kim Seelbrede provides clinical supervision to new therapists working towards licensure as well as those building their private practices. Kim Seelbrede has been a student of psychology for decades and has enjoyed learning and gaining new skills from a variety of traditional and cutting-edge disciplines. She enjoys the creativity of weaving various modalities into her work with clients. She uses her blog LifeFix Rx and #shrinkthinks for educational purposes and to reach those who might not have access to mental health information. She consults and coaches clients in person and worldwide via telephone, Skype or HIPPA compliant videoconferencing. Online learning webinars and CBT Tools will be available soon for individuals struggling with anxiety, stress and self-esteem. 

Kim's nature is curious, non-judgmental and compassionate; her psychotherapy and consultation practice reflects her core values of respect, integrity and kindness, as well as offering a flexible and eclectic approach to treating psychological symptoms. Her clients describe her as a warm and dynamic therapist and particularly helpful for clients who are seeking counseling for the first time. Psychological counseling is not only a place to explore personal struggles, but also a place to feel supported as clients celebrate and enjoy personal growth and success. Private consultations tend to be time-limited and offer clients the opportunity to gain professional knowledge and guidance to help and evaluate a particular issue or situation regarding themselves or someone they care about.


How Can Therapy Help You?

  • Life is improved 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
  • Gain support through a personal crisis or challenging situation
  • Identify triggers that lead to anger, confusion and relationship dysfunction
  • Become more confident, effective and assertive in personal and professional relationships
  • Uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging success and happiness
  • Learn more adaptive coping skills, self-care rituals and habits
  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance reliance and obsessions
  • Uncover patters of crippling perfectionism
  • Process and heal painful feelings of loneliness, disappointment, sadness, loss, grief, guilt, shame, anger, envy and fear
  • Develop enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance
  • Resolve trauma and abuse symptoms as well as heal early attachment wounds

What to Expect

Problems, challenges and long-standing difficulties are rarely resolved as quickly as people would like. Quick fixes, so to speak, are rare. Some problem behaviors can and should be addressed immediately. I believe in an integrated approach to solving psychological issues that addresses the root cause of the problem as well as offering tools and strategies that change maladaptive thoughts and behaviors.  I am able to provide both short-term therapy such as solution-focused treatment or coaching as well as long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy that works to resolve conflicts, obstacles and dynamics that interfere with leading a vital and fulfilling life. I am motivated to help my clients achieve their goals as quickly as possible. Some individuals have longstanding difficulties that may require a longer course of treatment.  A consultation and assessment is the best way to determine client needs.

Solutions For Clients

  • To help clients gain the necessary insight and self-awareness for change to occur
  • To help clients have more satisfying relationships both personal and professional
  • To help clients recognize and break through obstacles, negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors
  • To provide clients with practical skills and support to improve their lives, including identifying problem thoughts that contribute to symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • To help clients improve their emotional and psychological well being and find balance in their lives
  • To support clients through challenging situations or times of transition and change

Expertise

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  • 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 another, 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
  • Anxiety - Panic attacks, 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 skills 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, ending relationships, separation, divorce, career or job struggles, death of loved one, becoming sober or challenges to maintaing sobriety