Integrative Counseling & Therapy, Santa Fe
Whether you find yourself facing a challenging life-circumstance or relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, unresolved trauma or other 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
Our Professional Services
Interpersonal & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Life Stages, Chronic Illness
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
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:
EMDR Therapy & Somatic Experiencing 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
Emotional Concerns Treated
PTSD, Dissociation, Trauma Resolution, Emotion Regulation
Anxiety, Panic Disorder, GAD, OCD, Phobias
Depression, Bipolar Disorder, SAD
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
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
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 online for her New York City clients and is licensed in New Mexico and New York. Full Bio
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
Narcissistic abuse recovery
Personality disorder concerns of a partner, family member, employer or co-worker
PTSD or trauma symptoms
Sexuality or identity concerns
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
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
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 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.
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.