What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a form of training that uses various monitoring instruments attached to
the body that then feed back biological information about body functioning. There are
several different monitoring instruments. I will be utilizing a respiration belt and a
blood volume pulse to help clients train their breathing and maximize relaxation. This
is a very practical way for clients to practice taking deep, slow breathes and for their
heart rate to match up with their breaths. Over time this way of breathing becomes
more normal for the client and can induce the relaxation response much quicker once it
Who can benefit from biofeedback?
Biofeedback works well with people who struggle with anxiety, whether it’s panic
attacks, PTSD or generalized anxiety.
What is neurofeedback?
Another form of biofeedback involves monitoring brain wave activity. This is called
EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a growing field and is of
particular interest in the counseling realm because of the central role that the brain has
in contributing to emotions, physical symptoms, thoughts and behaviors that define
many of the problems for which people seek psychological consultation.
Neurofeedback works by placing sensors on the scalp that pick up the brain’s electrical
activity. These sensors are plugged into an amplifier and the information is sent to a
computer and then fed back to the client. This feedback allows the brain to self-regulate
as it is rewarded when it functions within the set parameters. This is a gradual learning
process and one, that when learned, helps the brain to function better.
Who can benefit from neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback addresses a number of problems including: Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Emotional Disturbances, Sleep Disturbances, Panic Attacks, Headaches/Migraines, Behavior Disorders, and ADHD.