Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that involves using visual or auditory feedback to gain control over involuntary bodily functions such as blood flow, blood pressure, and heart rate, and more.
Biofeedback can be used in addition to psychotherapy, separate from talk therapy, or integrated with psychotherapy in sessions with a specially trained provider.
Biofeedback is a non-invasive learning technique that puts you more in control of your body and your emotional reactions. Training sessions will teach your body to regulate itself and to maintain that balance. Because the body craves regulation and efficiency,
these changes are self-rewarding. Your physical body and mind feel better when your brain makes use of the learning, thus the changes tend to become permanent.
Who is a good candidate for Biofeedback?
Clients who may be having a hard time grasping mindfulness, meditation, etc. on their own.
Clients who have less insight about the cognitions associated with their difficulties.
Clients who are unsure about the efficacy of therapy or hesitant about participation in therapy.
Clients who have a lot of insight but continue to have a great deal of physiological stress.
Clients who tend to have more physical manifestations of their stress.
Clients who have health conditions or chronic pain that is exacerbated by their mental health.
Clients who will practice strategies outside of sessions.
Clients who are technologically savvy enough to use a device after instruction and demonstration.
Clients with a history of trauma and going into the details of trauma is too overwhelming at the time.
Clients who are not making progress in treatment and may benefit from an additional tool in the toolbox.