Counseling and Psychological Services

Biofeedback

Biofeedback means "feedback from the body." Biofeedback can be particularly useful in increasing our capacity to relax. This type of feedback from our body is usually ignored unless it becomes quite intense like a sick stomach or a painful headache. Biofeedback training allows the student to become aware of the body's signals before they become too intense and to take action to relieve the stress before it becomes debilitating. 

During each session at the biofeedback lab, the student's stress response will be monitored using a biofeedback instrument (e.g. emWave). The emWave program is used to measure heart rate variability. During periods of stress or negative emotionality, heart rate generally increases. In contrast, during periods of emotional well-being, heart rate generally decreases to an optimal level. 

Being aware of this ongoing information about the body helps you learn how to regulate some of the internal tension you are experiencing. Biofeedback training involves the development of a skill. We suggest you come in for a weekly Biofeedback session and then practice relaxing a few minutes each day.

We utilize a variety of biofeedback programs including emWave and the Wild Divine program suite.  Be sure to check out our other resources on this website.