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Personal Biofeedback Training

Personal Biofeedback Training

with Rob Kall
Bucks County Biofeedback / Neurofeedback 
211 No. Sycamore Street, Newtown, PA 18940
(Lower Bucks County-- Between Phila and Trenton/Princeton)
215- 504 -1700

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   If you are interested in receiving personal biofeedback (including EEGNeurofeedback)  from Rob Kall or his staff, this is the place.

Rob believes it is just as easy and nobler to seek health and optimal functioning as your goal, rather than symptom elimination (like getting rid of stress, headache or anxiety.) Rob’s coaching and biofeedback training goal is to help you go beyond symptom elimination to creatively envision ways you want to grow, stretch, challenge yourself and achieve new success levels and then build skills and abilities to make those goals and dreams realities.

    Rob Kall, M.Ed., is a world-renowned Biofeedback expert with 30 years of experience, co-editor of two clinical biofeedback books (only 4 have been published in the last ten years,) co-author of two biofeedback software programs, founder and organizer of the world’s largest neurofeedback meeting and he has trained over 1000 professionals in his approach to optimal functioning. He and his work has been featured in media including CNN, Good Morning America, ABC Morning News, Evening Magazine, AM Philadelphia, the Inquirer, NY Times, Success, OMNI, Prevention, Discover, and many more.

Biofeedback Basics

Biofeedback is a coaching and training process which helps people learn how to change patterns of behavior-- physiological response patterns-- to take greater self responsibility for their health and for their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual functioning.

In all biofeedback, some form of technology is used to provide extra information beyond the ability of normal senses about some bodily (physiological) function. The person first uses the information as feedback to increase awareness or consciousness of the changes in the body/mind function. Then, the feedback is used to learn to develop new levels of voluntary self control over the function.

Biofeedback training usually involves the following body measures:

EMG (electromyograph= muscle) for relaxation, muscle pattern optimization, sports performance, (electromyograph= muscle) for relaxation, mind quieting, muscle pattern optimization, sports performance,

EEG EEG (electroencephalograph= brain waves,) Attention, mental clarity, relaxation, pain, meditation (electroencephalograph= brain waves,) Attention, mental clarity, relaxation, pain, meditation, quiet mind, sitting very still, creativity, meditative, 

thermal thermal (blood flow in fingers and toes,) relaxation

Cardio-Respiratory abdominal breathing relaxation, RSA (Breath entrained heart activity) Heart Rate Variability training. This is a very powerful approach developed in Russia. Rob is one of a handful of Americans who have gone to Russia for training (and also trained Russians in his approaches) Heart rate variability (HRV) is an important predictor of heart health. You can learn to increase  your HRV with biofeedback.

SCL SCL (Skin Conductance Level= related to sweat gland activity,) relaxation

Studies have shown that after adequate training, including training to transfer the self control skills to real life, people automatically and effortlessly use the skills they've learned in biofeedback.

Usually people use the skills to bring aspects of their life into better balance and to function at a higher, more optimal level. If they have anxiety, stress, attention, or performance problems, these will often respond very well to biofeedback training, usually either disappearing altogether or decreasing in frequency, severity, intensity and duration.

Once you learn to voluntarily control what were previously involuntarily, subconsciously, or habitually controlled behaviors, you then go on to develop new, positive automatic self-responsible habits. It's like riding a bike. Once you learn it, you can do it. You don't have to re-learn it, though you may be a bit wobbly if you don't ride for ten years.

With biofeedback you learn skills which you will use and practice on a regular basis. It is not a treatment that is done to you. It is a learning process which you integrate into your repertoire of inner strengths and skills. A good trainer will combine biofeedback with the activities which challenge you, such as reading, studying, problem solving, concentrating. You learn to recognize how it feels when you are focusing more effectively and when you are spacing out, allowing yourself to become distracted.

If you exercise in a gym, lifting weights and using muscle building machines, after 30 or forty sessions your muscles will be bigger. If you keep at the exercise, they will stay that way. If you just stop exercising altogether, the new muscle tissue will go away. It is believed that with brainwave biofeedback, a similar process occurs. Over the course of thirty or forty sessions, more blood lows to the areas of the brain being trained and eventually, more blood vessels grow there, increasing the vascularization of that part of the brain. PET scan studies seem to support this theory.

If you continue to use your brain-- ie., keep exercising it-- at the new level, then the improvements are retained-- even without the continued use of biofeedback for most people.

When it comes to ADD, the results are sometimes good enough so people can stop or reduce meds. Sometimes the results are only improvements in aspects meds don't help.

The same is true for other forms of biofeedback. Sometimes hypertensives get off all meds, sometimes they cut back, sometimes the blood pressure just becomes more stable. Headache sufferers whose headaches have been occurring because of less than optimal physiological balance and susceptibility to stress often rid their lives of headaches.

One variable in all this is responsibility . Biofeedback requires that the client work at it, do homework and take self responsibility for practice. It is not something one passively has done to oneself. This is often the reason for failures. The biofeedback process is not going to work if you don't . Of course other valuable things, like freedom, intelligence, opportunity are like that too.

On the other hand, some people do not respond to biofeedback through no fault of their own, for various reasons. But it's worth a try.

The biofeedback approach offered at the Center for Optimal Living is oriented toward helping the individual learn skills which empower him or her to take greater self responsibility for health and all the other dimensions of functioning life. It is not a treatment or therapy. It is a coaching and training process.

Some of the areas in which biofeedback has proven helpful by teaching people to optimize their mind/body functioning:
*Headache-- Tension, Migraine, Mixed, etc.
* Stress / Panic Disorders, 
* Anxiety
* Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia
* Creativity, Personal Growth
* Consciousness Exploration
* Meditation fine-tuning
* High Blood Pressure
* irritable bowel, colitis
* incontinence
* immune system functioning: HIV, cancer,
* arthritis pain and related mobility
* diabetic neuropathy, wound healing & claudication
* Traumatic Brain Injury TBI or MTBI
* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
* premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
* Sleep Disorders
* Stroke
* Alcoholism/Addiction
* Bruxism (teeth grinding)
* Depression, Poor Self Esteem,
* Smiling, laughter & deeper Emotional expression
Neurobehavioral Continuum:
* "Attention Deficit Disorder" (ADD/ADHD)
* ODD Oppositional Defiance Disorder
* OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
* Tourrette’s Syndrome
* Autistic disorders
* Conduct and Rage Disorders
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
*Learning Disabilities
*Epilepsy

To find outmore about how personal biofeedback training is approached, just read some of the articles in this site written by Rob Kall, starting with Biofeedback Basics,  Biofeedback Overview and informed consent

Check out Biofeedback Central ,   Positivity Central ,  Stress Control/Relaxation Central,          Neurofeedback Central and Responsibility Central to get to the articles and information you can start using immediately.

Biofeedback fees:

Biofeedback Intake: $125-200 (based on $125 per hour)
Psychological Intake $150-$250 (if necessary) performed by licensed psychologist
Single 55 minute biofeedback (BF) session $110-$125 each (required for first two sessions) 
$125 with clinical psychologist supervision and insurance billing, or with cash pre-payment, 
            $1050 for 10 hours pre-paid. ($105 per session)
$110 optimal Functioning training*, no insurance bills. 
            $1050/ 10 sessions ($105 per session)  $1950/ 20 sessions for  ($97.50 per session) 
Single 40 minute BF session $75-$85 each (after first two sessions, these are fine for about half of all clients) minimum 10 sessions prepaid to get this rate.
$90 with supervision and insurance (10 session prepayment min.)
10 Sessions/$900, 20 sessions for $1700   40 sessions $3250
$80 optimal functioning training*  
10 Sessions/$800, 20 sessions for $1525, 40 sessions $2875
We prefer not to get involved with insurance, That's why we offer low rates. 
Single biofeedback session with licensed psychologist supervision and consult $125 
Deduct 10% if prepaying for ten sessions. 

Our terms: We bill you by the session or package and you pay when seen, or in advance. We will provide simple bills documenting our services for you to use to submit to your insurer. Not all  insurers  pay for biofeedback (unless it is for a medical condition like headache, and then it is only with supervision by a licensed psychologist.)

Think about it. Insurers don't pay for tuning up your car or for the orthodontic treatment your children need either. Biofeedback is worth the investment in your health, your optimal functioning and happiness. Biofeedback is worth the investment in your child too. While we cannot ethically guarantee that biofeedback is always successful, most people see improvement in school at home, and in social settings.

call for an appointment 215-504-1700

Rob Kall, M.Ed., BCIAC

*(without supervision and insurance )

 

 

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