Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a technique used to gain awareness of involuntary physiological functions (such as your heart rate, blood pressure or skin temperature), with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will. The idea behind biofeedback is that if you use the power of your mind and to become aware of what's going on inside your body, you can gain more control over your health. Biofeedback is considered a mind-body technique. Biofeedback therapy will focus on teaching clients how to better control the body’s involuntary responses to facilitate improved health. Sound like something you’d like to try? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified biofeedback therapists today.

Meet the specialists

Biofeedback has been found to be effective for treating headache, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, alcohol dependence and many other problems. Biofeedback can show you how your body reacts physically so you can alter your responses to decrease your pain, anxiety, etc.

— Tenley Fukui, Counselor in Houston, TX
 

I am Board Certified in Neurofeedback and have been practicing it since 2010. I have the capacity to do various types of neurofeedback training, but my primary intervention is Infraslow Fluctation (ISF) Neurofeedback. This type of neurofeedback influences the slowest waves produced by the brain. These brainwaves are instrumental in regulating a multitude of physiological functions, including sleep, emotional regulation and attention networks. This type of training can promote global, lasting changes to the brain.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Biofeedback is a fancy word for describing any object that provides information to you about yourself. So, stepping on a scale is a form of biofeedback. Looking into a mirror is biofeedback. During in-person sessions, I can provide a heart rate variability monitor that can be used as a source of biofeedback and can assist you in learning self-regulation skills. Believe it or not, you can control your heart rate! Sometimes seeing a bit of evidence is all we need to believe in ourselves.

— Anna Hope, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

I am Board Certified in Neurofeedback and have been practicing it since 2010. I have the capacity to do various types of neurofeedback training, but my primary intervention is Infraslow Fluctation (ISF) Neurofeedback. This type of neurofeedback influences the slowest waves produced by the brain. These brainwaves are instrumental in regulating a multitude of physiological functions, including sleep, emotional regulation and attention networks. This type of training can promote global, lasting changes to the brain.

— Jessica Weimer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback focuses on treating an overactive "fight or flight" system, so that when you feel your anxiety go into overdrive, you have the tools to physiologically bring down your anxiety. You can actually control your heart rhythms! Athletes, musicians, olympians and others utilize these very same techniques to help them achieve peak performance.

— Cassandra Cannon, Clinical Psychologist in San Marcos, CA
 

Biofeedback is sometimes marketed as a magic bullet but it’s just a tool and it’s only one approach. There is extensive research showing that using relaxation skills ( biofeedback as well as other strategies) helps us access our body’s built-in self-regulation tools so we can feel and do better. The bottom line: When we self-regulate better, we’re better at just about everything else.

— Dr. Jenny Evans, Psychologist in Seattle, WA

Manhattan Mental Health Counseling has a resident biofeedback practitioner. Rene Gonzalez specializes in biofeedback therapy.

— Natalie Buchwald, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

Biofeedback is sometimes marketed as a magic bullet but it’s just a tool and it’s only one approach. There is extensive research showing that using relaxation skills ( biofeedback as well as other strategies) helps us access our body’s built-in self-regulation tools so we can feel and do better. The bottom line: When we self-regulate better, we’re better at just about everything else.

— Dr. Jenny Evans, Psychologist in Seattle, WA

HeartMath is a form of biofeedback. We monitor your heart rate and simultaneously teach you strategies to make your heart rate more consistent. When folks suffer from anxiety, stress, or depression, the heart rate changes. Our autonomic nervous system can work in hyperdrive and we have to begin to teach our body to regulate itself. When our heart rate increases, it tells our brain we are in "fight or flight" mode. I've personally found this modality to be very effective.

— Yvonne DelZenero, Psychologist in Lakewood, CO