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 biofeedback & neurofeedback training, individuals learn the skills necessary to decrease symptoms associated with the following conditions:
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Insomnia & Sleep disorders
Migraines & Tension Headaches,
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
ETOH Disorder & Substance Abuse
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
Autism Spectrum Conditions
If you are seeking biofeedback therapy in Raleigh, neurofeedback therapy in Raleigh, or surrounding areas, call Capital Biofeedback, Inc. for more information.
We serve clients from the capital to the coast.
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.
Approximately 90% of the conditions we seek help from our Primary Care Physician for are stress-related. Therefore, anyone who is experiencing a stress-response and who has the cognitive ability to participate within the sessions, makes a good candidate for biofeedback & neurofeedback training. For specific conditions and diagnoses worked with here at Capital Biofeedback, Inc., please scroll above to the Symptom Resolution section located under Our Therapy.
YES! Biofeedback & Neurofeedback are TOOLS used in conjunction with therapy. Dr. Tami Maes Fragedakis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and works within the scope of her license. The training individuals engage in are part of a therapeutic process. Therefore, sessions are coded accordingly under the counseling license.
Dr. Fragedakis is paneled by BCBS. Reimbursement, co-pays and fees in which the individual is responsible for will be determined based on your plan.
If you do not have BCBS, you pay up front per session. Dr. Fragedakis will generate a claim form and a mass receipt in which you can chose to file with your insurance. Reimbursement from your insurance will be made to you depending on your plan.
Participants are educated on their physiology and the symptoms experiences that directly impact this physiology. During training, individuals learn techniques to control and manipulate this physiology thus changing symptoms experienced. Dr. Fragedakis takes a therapeutic approach to training. Therefore, all training sessions include a processing component, allowing the participant to relate the training to real life experiences and symptoms.
The amount of sessions required are based on the individual and what they are experiencing and how they can gain the skills and move through the protocol. While all protocols are tailored for the individual, it is possible for individuals to experience changes within 8-12 sessions. After this time, training protocols are re-evaluated and baselines are collected again to determine if and approximately how many additional sessions may be needed.
For more information regarding the approach taken, please read - How to Choose a Practitioner on the blog portion of this website (July 25, 2018).
Typically, individuals will meet to train 1-2 times a week for the first 2-3 months. After the first 8-12 sessions, baselines are reassessed and treatment plans are reevaluated.
For more information or additional questions, please contact us directly.