Biofeedback is a research-based treatment method that allows individuals to learn how to self-regulate emotional and physiological markers, which are associated with stress, frustration, anxiety, and other forms of emotional distress. While there are many ways to monitor these physiological markers, such as skin temperature or muscle tension, Gersten Center for Behavioral Health specifically utilizes a biofeedback technique that focuses on Heart Rate Variability (HRV training). Biofeedback can help you focus on bringing awareness and control to your body in new and exciting ways. It aims to shift emotions, as opposed to focusing on thoughts, making it an excellent supplement for talk therapy.
Biofeedback effectively treats a variety of concerns such as the following:
- Chronic pain
What to Expect
Sessions typically last 10 to 20 minutes and usually include a censor placed on the ear or finger. Individuals engage in various breathing exercises while monitoring heart rate rhythms and receiving real-time measurements on their HRV. These exercises are utilized prior to neurofeedback; but they may also be used alone or to supplement talk therapy, to build mindfulness and relaxation skills, or to improve emotional regulation. If you feel you are not benefiting from talk therapy alone, please call us at 847-329-9210 or talk to your individual clinician about including biofeedback in your treatment plan.