How biofeedback applies to real-life situations
We control the majority of our bodily functions. We can choose to take a walk, placing one foot in front of the other. We can choose to do a set of push-ups, or brush our hair, or simply lift a fork to our mouths as we enjoy a hearty meal. But, it is important to note that many of our bodily functions are not controlled by our brains. For example, we might sweat profusely when we are hot or experience a spike in heart rate while watching a scary movie – these reactions are out of our control. Our bodies react to our environments and our current circumstances after our brains send a message through the central nervous system.
Benefits of biofeedback therapy for treating mental health disorders
Biofeedback Therapy refers to the process of gaining some level of control over these otherwise involuntary reactions. Clients gain the ability to control the direction their mind goes, therefore controlling the way that they react to certain situations. For example, many men and women who struggle with substance use immediately reach for a chemical substance when they are experiencing high-stress levels. Not only does biofeedback help clients reduce these stress levels, but it also helps them replace unhealthy yet compulsive behaviors with healthy and self-serving ones.
Ample research has been done on biofeedback, and it is now considered an evidence-based therapeutic method. At Agape Treatment Center, we combine Biofeedback Therapy with a range of other effective treatment options, to provide men and women of all ages in walks of life with the most effective clinical care available throughout Southern Florida.
Uses of biofeedback therapy in addiction treatment and co-occurring disorders
Helping clients control their addictions is not the only benefit of biofeedback. In addition to helping clients control involuntary responses, it also helps with the following:
- Lowered heart rate and blood pressure
- Decreased stress levels
- A better night’s sleep
- Self-esteem and developing a sense of self-worth
- Working through emotional baggage, including unresolved trauma
- Pain management
Numerous therapeutic techniques are employed during a biofeedback session. Our therapists utilize deep breathing guided imagery mindfulness meditation and relaxing the muscles progressively to help clients achieve their personal treatment goals.
Our therapeutic-driven program of recovery
At Agape Treatment Center, we offer a therapeutically-driven program of recovery – but one that is also fully integrated, and focuses on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. In addition to Biofeedback Therapy we offer:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Brain Mapping
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Traditional Talk Therapy
- Rapid Resolution Therapy
To learn more about the services we offer, reach out to us at any point in time.
Agape uses biofeedback therapy for addiction and mental health treatment
At Agape Treatment Center, we sincerely believe that with the right program of clinical care in place, recovery is possible for everyone – regardless of their current circumstances. We know how difficult it can be to commit to a long-term program of addiction recovery, especially if you or your loved one has been abusing chemical substances for years and has no previous experience with recovery. We also understand that inpatient drug and alcohol rehab is not a viable option for everyone. Some people have careers that they cannot simply step away from for months at a time, and others might be enrolled in school, or might be taking care of dependents that rely on them. For this reason, at Agape Treatment Center we offer multiple levels of care, including Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, and Outpatient Treatment.
Every level of clinical care we provide includes intensive individual therapy, group therapy and group workshops, holistically-based treatment methods, 12-step program education and involvement, case management services, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and dual diagnosis treatment options for people who are simultaneously struggling with mental illness and addiction. To learn more about the clinical services we provide, or to get started on your journey of healing, contact us today.
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Stephanie Catalano is an accomplished Clinical Director at Agape Behavioral Healthcare. With a Master of Social Work degree, LCSW license, and extensive training in Rapid Resolution Therapy under her belt, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Her unique combination of education and experience allows her to provide exceptional care to clients and lead her team with confidence. Stephanie’s joy comes from witnessing the moments when her patients creatively connect the dots and bravely move toward reclaiming their power. Her purpose is to help individuals understand their past so they can create a future full of hope, growth, and success. Stephanie attributes a large portion of her success to the supportive culture and strong sense of community fostered by the Agape team.