Psychotherapist, EMDR, Individual and Relationship Counseling, Coaching + Consultation

Developing a life that is satisfying and rich may involve finding balance between elements of change and acceptance. The experience of feeling “stuck” in your life can feel hopeless, and is often downright painful. Understanding unhelpful patterns and dynamics that are repeated again and again in the here and now, contributes to enhanced maturity and a more reality-based, conscious life. Coaching and counseling can help you identify unhelpful adaptations to life and circumstances as well as connect to and unearth the parts of yourself that will contribute to optimal emotional and physical health. My mission is to help you identify your strengths, live mindfully, develop acceptance where needed, resolve trauma and addictive behaviors and explore new ways of “being” in both your personal and professional life. I believe that growth, corrective emotional experiences and healing occurs in the context of healthier relationships, including the therapeutic relationship.
— KS

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed Psychotherapist, Coach and Consultant with extensive post-graduate training and experience. As a practitioner of mind-body medicine, Kimberly works to create a unique and integrative practice for her clients that skillfully blends interpersonal/relational psychotherapy with CBT, DBT skills, mindfulness, neuropsychology, EMDR therapy, lifestyle counseling, coaching and clinical consultation. As an integrative psychotherapist, Kimberly counsels her clients to find balance in their lives and identify unhealthy habits, dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs that contribute to mood and behavior concerns, with the goal of replacing these with more effective ones. Her clients are supported to gain the insight and clarity to help navigate difficult life circumstances and dilemmas, heal from traumatic events, develop healthier work and personal relationships and feel resilient, productive and fulfilled. Kimberly incorporates a holistic approach, providing alternatives to conventional medications for anxiety, depression, ADHD and health concerns including chronic pain, illness and autoimmune disorders. As a mind and body practitioner, she emphasizes life-balance, nutrition and self-care as they directly impact mood, behavior and health. Kimberly Seelbrede maintains relationships with talented professionals who offer such services as meditation, nutrition, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, psychiatry, massage therapy and mindfulness coaching.

Kimberly works with adolescents, adults and couples helping to optimize health and wellness in addition to addressing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, eating disorders, addictions and compulsions, phobias, grief and loss, loneliness and isolation, work/family balance, stress, negative patterns and habits, self-defeating behaviors, creative and performance blocks, life transitions and relationship issues. Kimberly has received specialized training with the William Alanson White Institute For Psychoanalysis for eating disorders, addictions and compulsions, couples training with the Gottman Institute, mindfulness, nutrition and yoga therapy with The Urban Zen Foundation and is an advanced level II EMDR specialist. 

Kimberly 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 HIPPA-compliant VSee.  

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Psychodynamic/Relational Psychotherapy

Couples + Relationship Counseling

CBT, DBT, Crisis Counseling

Family Therapy + Support

Distance + Online Counseling

Anxiety, Trauma + Depression

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Executive + Peak Performance

Clinical Consultation + Referrals

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Lifestyle + Stress Management Coaching

Recovery Support

EMDR Therapy

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Meditation + Mindfulness

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Integrative Therapy Workshops

Stress Reduction Workshops


Therapy + Coaching For Individuals + Couples

  • Gain support through a personal crisis, transition or challenging situation
  • Uncover hidden blocking beliefs that may be sabotaging your success and happiness
  • Address body image, eating disorders, compulsions, addictions, substance use or abuse and obsessions
  • Identify important thoughts, feelings and motivations 
  • Develop a deep understanding of yourself and others
  • 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 interfere 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 healthier boundaries and heal early attachment wounds

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Personal, Executive Coaching + Peak Performance Coaching

Dynamic and focused coaching for clients who feel “stuck” or need support for relationship issues, career concerns, health, fitness, life-balance, stress management, enhanced success, increased confidence and greater life-satisfaction. My clients enjoy using EMDR Treatment to enhance performance and remove personal blocks.

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 a client from moving forward. The focus is always on clearing the path and any blocks, 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 and often, high-achievers, who thrive using personal accountability, honesty, feedback, perspective shifting, action steps and focused, challenging questions. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering. Coaching can help clients navigate change and restore balance and enhance life-satisfaction. Whether you're interested in taking control of your health concerns, losing weight, repairing a relationship or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration, knowledge, accountability and results that you desire.  Read more here...

I enjoy working with creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals who are in need of dynamic coaching and support in these areas:

  • Change + Challenges - breakups, separation, divorce and other major life-transitions
  • Passion + Purpose - discovering what you really love to do
  • Healing + Personal Empowerment - learning to communicate your needs in healthy ways
  • 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
  • Goals + Dreams - identifying goals and taking action
  • 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 and opening to potential and possibilities
  • Love + Relationships - breaking old patterns and habits and attracting the right relationships 

Mindfulness & Integrative Therapy

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?
— Rumi

As an integrative psychotherapist 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 and body scans 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, Brainspotting 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 (UZIT) 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. 

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, 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.

Recovery Support + Aftercare

A Life Worth Living

Kim Seelbrede works with individuals just released from addiction or eating disorder inpatient rehab and provides support in the form of individual psychotherapy, EMDR trauma treatment, 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. 

As a professionally trained addiction and eating disorder psychotherapist, Kim Seelbrede help clients navigate the challenges they face post-rehab and during 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, 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, identifying needs, learning to ask for help, and self-empowerment
  • Repairing relationships and gaining 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 
  • 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, learn 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
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Psychotherapy In New York City

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 disorder (GAD),  panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety, phobias, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 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 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 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.

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 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, lifestyle changes, 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 supportive and interpersonal therapy alone is enough to resolve symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy, and when appropriate, medication, are also 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, 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.

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 symptoms 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.

 

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 intimacy. 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 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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EMDR Therapy

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 adjunct therapy for those with an already-established treatment team.  EMDR 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 as 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 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 and Brainspotting clinician with a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in Manhattan. Learn more about EMDR Therapy Here.

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Consultations, Referrals, Professional Supervision

Consultations and Referrals

 

Kim Seelbrede, a New York State licensed psychotherapist, offers psychological consultation and guidance to individuals and families to help them move through personal and life challenges, a difficult transition or a crisis. Clients benefit from the expertise of working with a highly-trained clinician who provides a focused, solution-based approach using assessment, education, guidance, advice and resources. One example might be a family member who is struggling with an addiction and/or a mental health issue. Consultations tend to be time-limited and problem or goal-oriented in nature. Consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns and to make decisions or changes in their lives that move them forward in a helpful direction. 

The consultation process is an opportunity to speak about a crisis, or problems and concerns in one's current situation. A consultation is a proactive and preventative approach to obtaining guidance and support during a challenging situation. What makes this different from ongoing therapy is that the experience is limited--usually one or two sessions, and is not meant to replace ongoing therapy or counseling.  A consultation can help a client gain supportive advice, insight, perspective, guidance and resources for their particular circumstance. At the end of the consultation process Kim Seelbrede offers clients an assessment of the situation,  a recommendation for treatment if needed, and possible referrals to allied professionals, complementary/alternative referrals, medical doctors or other psychological services such as psychopharmacologists or psychiatrists. Because of the nature of the consultation process, clients are offered sessions in Manhattan or online for convenience. Learn more here.

Professional Supervision and private practice building

As a mind-body practitioner, Kim Seelbrede has a special interest in helping psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and marriage and family therapists interested in practicing integrative psychotherapy, blend mind-body techniques into their practice with clients. Her special interests includes helping professionals incorporate complementary modalities such as relaxation techniques, guided imagery, mindfulness, grounding techniques, breathing exercises, self-care and meditation into their work with clients. 

As a psychotherapist with over ten years of experience in the mental health field, Kim Seelbrede offers the opportunity for clinical case consultation and supervision, as well as private practice building support to new practitioners or to those interested in deepening the work with their clients or patients. She provides consultation services to therapists and other mental health care providers who are interested in increasing their awareness of issues impacting therapy cases. Clinical consultation and supervision is offered as 50 minute sessions. Professional case supervision can be counted toward the requirements for clinical social workers in training. Career consultation appointments can include a one time evaluation and strategies for practice development, or more in-depth ongoing work to support ongoing professional goals.

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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