Individuals may experience stress due to certain life events. Without proper coping tools, experiencing a stress response for a duration of time may result in dysfunctional patterns of behavior and psychological distress. Biofeedback provides a visual representation of these internal stress responses in real time, thus enabling the therapist to develop appropriate training protocols as well as providing validation for the individual's lived experiences.
The primary goal of biofeedback training is to provide necessary tools for individuals to develop a skill-set in order to become their best self. Biofeedback allows individuals to view their responses to stress in real time, increasing self-awareness. Implementing biofeedback training in conjunction with counseling enables individuals to gain control over stress responses while reconstructing faulty thinking.
This therapeutic process enables individuals to decrease symptoms associated with mental health conditions, thereby achieving mental clarity and well-being. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Biofeedback is a training modality used in conjunction with therapy. Through training, individuals are better able to understand and identify their personal, physiological responses to stress. In addition, individuals are able to manipulate their personal reactions, thus enabling control over the symptoms they experience. Non-invasive sensors are attached to the individual to measure the body's internal reactions. These include heart rate variability, skin temperature, skin conductance, and electrical activity of the muscles. The sensors are connected to a biofeedback device which quantifies the data. The information is then displayed on a computer screen in the form of visual and auditory feedback. The therapist helps the individual make sense of the information according to their symptoms experienced and then teaches the individual how to control these parameters. With the ability to self-regulate, participants are able to diminish the impact of stress on their daily life, decrease symptoms associated with mental health conditions, and achieve emotional well-being.
Working in the same way as biofeedback, neurofeedback entails non-invasive sensors which are attached with conductance paste on various places of the individual's head. Electrical activity of the brain, or brain wave data, is then recorded and computed with the biofeedback equipment and displayed on a computer screen for the individual to see. The therapist explains these signals in relation to thoughts, emotions, and symptoms presented. The participant can then 'see' the electrical activity of their brain and how this activity changes with certain thought patterns and while experiencing various emotions. The brain creates loops or 'highways' of information. Neurofeedback allows the individual to see these feedback loops. Training thus enables the individual to change the feedback loops within the brain and create healthier pathways. The process allows the person to regulate their own brain wave activity to improve overall mental and emotional health and achieve their desired mental performance.
Through training, individuals learn the skills necessary to decrease symptoms associated with the following conditions:
Dr. Fragedakis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of North Carolina and is board certified nationally in biofeedback. She also holds a recreational therapy license in the state of North Carolina and is a nationally certified therapeutic recreational specialist. She provides services for both children and adults experiencing mental health conditions and stress related disorders.
In conjunction with biofeedback training, Dr. Fragedakis incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and, when applicable, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals learn to change negative thought patterns which are exacerbating symptoms. Identifying and negating one's internal, critical voice is an important piece to the healing process. She also incorporates a behavioral component to treatment with Solution Focused Therapy, assisting individuals in changing behaviors which are causing or enhancing current problems.