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Therapy & Counseling In Santa Fe

JOHN CHRISTOPHER PH.D & KIM SEELBREDE, LCSW

Healing For Individuals & Couples

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Integrative Psychotherapy of Santa Fe

Welcome to our practice. We are skilled and dedicated psychotherapists based in Santa Fe providing counseling and therapy to individuals and couples in the Northern New Mexico area. We specialize in both traditional as well as research-proven psychotherapy techniques with a deep commitment to supporting mind, body and spirit, with acceptance and presence throughout the healing process. You can successfully move through some of life’s most challenging and confusing times.

Whether you find yourself facing a challenging life-circumstance or symptoms impacting your body, behavior, emotions or spirit, a skilled psychologist or counselor can give you the support and guidance that you need. The many challenges of daily life can contribute to feeling “stuck,” paralyzed or blocked, and this interferes with our innate wisdom, resilience and life force. We easily fall back into old patterns and habits that feel safe, but ultimately cause suffering and disconnect. We feel anxious, depressed, hopeless and even experience symptoms such as chronic pain and tension held in the body.

Whatever your personal or professional situation may be, whether longstanding or new challenges, good therapy and counseling should support you in reducing distressing emotional and physical symptoms and guide you to resourcing resilience, strength, clarity and hope. Openness, authenticity and warmth is how we approach this practice—helping clients feel deeply understood, as well supporting new and healthier coping skills and the resources necessary to navigate new and challenging transitions and other stressful life-situations.

We provide integrative, mind-body therapy using somatic techniques and mindfulness as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, CBT, MBSR, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and biofeedback to help reduce troubling symptoms related to: anxiety, depression, transitions, loss or grief, loneliness, self-defeating patterns, self-esteem issues, creative blocks, trauma, addictions, crisis, boundary problems, codependency, shame, guilt, chronic pain, stress, professional burnout and relationship concerns.

We Provide Therapy & Counseling For:

  • Anxiety,Chronic Worry & Stress

  • Sadness, Loneliness, Isolation & Depression

  • Personal or Professional Relationship & Family Challenges

  • Difficult Life-Transitions, Trouble Coping, Loss & Grief

  • Emotional Pain From Past Trauma, PTSD

  • Existential & Spiritual Concerns

  • Self-Esteem, Self-Doubt, Guilt & Shame

  • Chronic Pain, Medical Diagnosis & Mind-Body Concerns

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse Issues

Your body holds the wisdom to heal.

Our Professional Services

Individual Therapy

  • Interpersonal & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • CBT, DBT

  • EMDR, Focusing

  • Biofeedback

  • Somatic Therapies

Couples Therapy

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Healing Infidelity

  • Communication

  • Divorce Support

  • Sexual Concerns

  • Work/Life Balance

Mind-Body Healing

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Yoga Therapy

  • Qigong

  • Mindful Self-Compassion

  • MBSR

 
 

Healing happens in the context of corrective relational experiences. We all have obstacles and emerging life-challenges. A therapist who is present, supportive and active can provide the necessary support and skills that will lead to enhanced resilience, recovery, and ultimately, renewed hope.

 

HEALTHY, CORRECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL

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How We Help

Using an integrative therapy approach during psychotherapy sessions we help clients, individuals or couples—heal mind, body and spirit. Fully present, we support clients on their healing journey using the following techniques:

  • Mind-Body Medicine

  • EMDR Therapy & Somatic Experiencing Techniques

  • Focusing Techniques

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Interpersonal & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

  • Psychoneuroimmunology (The Mind-Body Connection)

  • Qigong, Yoga and Meditation Support.

 
 

Mind, Body + Spirit

Expertise

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Emotional Concerns Treated

 
  • PTSD, Dissociation, Trauma Resolution, Emotion Regulation

  • Anxiety, Panic Disorder, GAD, OCD, Phobias

  • Depression, Bipolar Disorder, SAD

  • Stress, Insomnia

  • Guilt, Shame, Negative Self-Concept, Perfectionism

  • Boundaries, Codependency, Compliance

  • Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Life Transitions, Aging

  • Addictions, Substance Abuse

  • Men’s Issues, Women’s Issues

  • Self-Defeating Patterns, Negative Patterns

  • Existential, Spiritual, Life Purpose Concerns

  • Chronic Pain, Medical Diagnosis

  • Relationships, Sexual Problems, Communication Concerns

  • Healing Infidelity, Betrayal, Attachment Wounds

 
 
 

About Us

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John Christopher, Ph.D. (505) 395-6760

Santa Fe Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Christopher specializes in psychotherapy that blends mindfulness with the latest findings in developmental and cognitive science and body-centered therapies with an emphasis on interpersonal and attachment-focused interventions. He treats clients with a range of behavioral, emotional and medical concerns, with a speciality in chronic pain. He helps clients work with their emotional life and lessen their stress response, which serves to improve their immune system and relationships with self and others. Specialties include individual adult counseling, executive & leadership coaching, stress management coaching. Dr. Christopher provides expertise to healthcare organizations, educational institutions and corporations. Full Bio

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW (505) 819-0591

Santa Fe EMDR Therapist, Licensed Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a trauma-focused therapist and a women’s emotional health and relationship expert. In addition to being a trauma-focused therapist, she specializes in couples therapy and individual counseling to help clients who feel “stuck” or need to resolve recent or longstanding trauma(s). Additionally, she focuses on helping clients with stress responses, anxiety, grief, loss, health, unhealthy patterns or habits, addictions, hormone and autoimmune concerns. She provides counseling in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico, and online for her New York City clients. Full Bio


FAQ’s:

About Santa Fe Integrative Therapy Practice

What kind of therapy do you do?

Our psychotherapy practice is devoted to helping clients heal mind and body. We se a range of techniques including: psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment-focused therapy, CBT, EMDR therapy for trauma resolution, negative images or self-concept and performance blocks, somatic experiencing techniques, focusing, and more, using a short-term or long-term treatment model. We work with both individuals and couples. In other words, we have a shared philosophy that blending therapies in an integrative, holistic and personalized approach works best for our clients.

Goals Of Psychotherapy

  • Know yourself better

  • Guidance for moving through the areas of your life where you feel “stuck”

  • Enjoy healthier, more satisfying relationships

  • Develop the capacity for intimacy

  • Support for emotional pain, distress or confusion

  • Develop resilience during challenging times, crisis or transitions

  • Assist you in developing a more complete understanding of any psychological concerns

  • Understand unhelpful repeating patterns or dynamics with lovers, partners, friends, family and colleagues

  • Establish more effective coping mechanisms

  • Foster a more accurate understanding of your past and what you want for your future

  • Recover from painful experiences of the past

  • Manage chronic pain and stress

Where are you located?

We are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico but also help clients in Taos, Albuquerque and other areas of New Mexico.

Do you take insurance?

We provide out-of-network reimbursement. Please inquire about in-network reimbursement.

How long is a session?

Sessions last 50 minutes and work best when appointments are weekly and ongoing. Sometimes during challenges, transitions or a crisis, some clients find it helpful to come in twice weekly. We can discuss your needs directly.

Who do you help?

We provide psychotherapy for clients who are struggling with a range of concerns including crisis situations and transitions. Others need someone other than friends and family to discuss their concerns with.

What Follows Are Some Of The Challenges That Bring People Into Therapy & Counseling

  • Relationship problems with spouse, partner or colleagues

  • Difficulties related to being an empath or HSP (highly sensitive person)

  • Sexual and emotional infidelity

  • Sex therapy

  • Narcissistic abuse recovery

  • Personality disorder concerns of a partner, family member, employer or co-worker

  • PTSD or trauma symptoms

  • Sexuality or identity concerns

  • Spiritual exploration

  • Women’s Issues

  • Men's issues

  • Divorce or separation

  • Parenting advice or concerns

  • Support for meditation and mindfulness

  • A personal crisis or challenging situation

  • Loss or grief

  • Aging and life-transitions

  • A medical diagnosis or chronic pain

  • Addictions (alcohol, substance or behavioral) or compulsions

  • History of abuse, emotional, physical or sexual

  • Depression, sadness, seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

  • Anxiety symptoms, including panic and OCD

  • Stress management support

  • Motivational concerns

  • Professional or career concerns

  • Creative blocks, performance problems

  • Employment-related stresses and conflicts

  • Professional burnout, self-care support

  • Co-dependency and enmeshment

  • Second opinion for a mental health diagnosis

Anxiety Therapy

We all experience anxiety, but when it overwhelms your nervous system then you experience distressing symptoms such as panic, generalized anxiety and even paralysis. Anxiety can show up in many ways such as chronic worry, stress, fear, insomnia, and tension in the body, or generalized, where one worries about everything. Finding a therapist for anxiety may include a variety of helpful treatment options to help clients feel balanced and well again, including: CBT, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, acceptance, hypnosis, EMDR therapy, breathing techniques, medication and more.

Depression Therapy

Depression is a common mental health issue, and often, needs to be treated by a qualified depression expert. Depression is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including: trauma, environmental challenges, social stressors, developmental problems, unhelpful and habitual thought patterns, hormonal imbalances, neurotransmitter imbalances and a genetic predisposition. Therapy for depression may include different approaches including: supportive therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, trauma resolution, cognitive behavior therapy or CBT, DBT skills, EMDR therapy, acceptance, mindfulness, medical evaluation and medication to name just a few effective treatments for depression. Finding a therapist to help with depression and mood problems is an incredibly supportive and helpful step in your recovery process.

Substance Abuse And Addiction Therapy

Addictive states are very challenging to treat alone. People try in earnest to treat their own addictions but they often find that they need support. Finding a therapist to help with addiction issues is a first step to recovery. Denial, shame and stigma are common barriers to the successful treatment of substance abuse and addictions. Reliance on substances or behaviors can be treated in both outpatient or inpatient settings and some individuals may need complete abstinence to lead healthy lives while others are able to achieve a healthy balance using harm reduction approaches or moderation. CBT, DBT, EMDR, mindfulness, mind-body techniques such as yoga, twelve step programs, moderation management and medication, when indicated, are a sample of helpful treatment techniques used in the recovery of addictions. Often, there are symptoms that accompany addictions such as anxiety, depression or unresolved traumas that trigger use and abuse and may need to be addressed. Life events, a genetic predisposition and traumatic events should all be considered when seeking treatment for addictions and substance abuse. Addiction treatment should provide an environment of non-judgment and facilitate openness and collaboration with your treatment provider.

Crisis, Transitions and Challenging Life-Situations

Life is hard enough, and it’s especially easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed and confused when transitioning to a new phase or change of life. Additionally, people may experience loss and grief and these experiences need to be processed. Examples of life transitions are: Divorce and separation, sexual or identity concerns, career issues, moving, parenting, care-taking concerns, health or chronic disease issues with oneself or another and loss of a loved one or pet. Some useful therapeutic options include: Supportive therapy, acceptance, CBT, EMDR therapy, mindfulness, MBSR and more. Having someone other than friends and family, such as a counselor, can be incredibly helpful to ease the pain of a crisis or life-challenge.

Stress Management Support

Individuals frequently enter therapy because they are struggling to handle longstanding or new stressors. In many cases, we experience stress as a result of situational or psychological threats. Some of these threats might be job stress, moving, the death of a loved one, or relationship issues. Stress evolved in the form of a fight or flight response which was a response reaction to physical danger. Adrenaline and cortisol are released into the bloodstream which increases blood flow, an elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar changes. This stress response is immediate. Some individuals are wired so that they experience high stress levels frequently throughout the day in ways that are out of proportion to actual events. People tend to cope with stress in unhealthy ways, such as: Drinking alcohol to access, drug use, smoking, emotional eating, shopping and reckless behaviors, to name but a few. Finding a therapist who is an expert in stress management to help you manage your experience of stress may include cognitive strategies, support in making changes, acceptance, learning healthier ways of coping, and learning relaxation responses to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Couples Therapy

The challenges of daily living can impact closeness and intimacy for couples. Couples ultimately seek therapy for many reasons, some desire more closeness and intimacy, while others are struggling to understand patterns, dynamics and triggers that get kicked-up in everyday life, often from family of origin experiences. Couples therapy may include couples who are not yet married, married, partnered, in open relationships and many other forms of relationships. Sex positive couples counseling refers to therapy that does not shame for any sexual preference. Therapists who provide couples counseling are also trained in best practices for building intimacy in relationships. Some common types of couples therapy modalities include: Experiential, The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Imago, Psychodynamic and even individual counseling that takes place before the couple can engage in relationship counseling together. Good couples therapy helps each member learn to “hear” the other, express needs and desires clearly and honestly and develop compassion and understanding for the other.