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Biofeedback is a well-researched therapeutic procedure in which individuals learn to control their psychological responses. Throughout biofeedback training individuals learn to read their body and intervene with mind body discipline. As a result, patients learn to improve and control their autonomic nervous system responses. Research has shown that biofeedback is helpful in treating a variety of conditions including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, hypertension, and many medical conditions.
Biofeedback teaches individuals to focus and calm their bodies by regulating their breathing, heart rate, brain activity, temperature, and muscle tension. A therapist monitors these physiological processes while the patient is guided through exercises. The patient can immediately see how their breathing, heart rate, brain activity, temperature, and muscle tension react to stress and relaxation. Throughout the biofeedback training, individuals practice regulating these physiological processes and are better able to apply these exercises to live happier and healthier lives. Call for a consult with Dr. Hempel at 847-644-8825.
MEET DR. ANDREA HEMPEL
Dr. Hempel is a psychologist specializing in biofeedback, counseling, and psychological evaluations. She earned her Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago, where she also taught graduate classes. Dr. Hempel has worked with children, adolescents, and adults since 2001. She also has experience working with a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders.
"I love my work because I enjoy helping others and seeing clients feel happier and more at peace." - Dr. Andrea Hempel, Ph.D.
COUNSELING & EVALUATIONS
Dr. Hempel's therapeutic approaches include: biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness based therapy. With this eclectic approach, she individualizes each therapeutic plan to address each patients unique needs. Dr. Hempel believes in a holistic approach with a large emphasis placed on the mind-body connection. Dr. Hempel conducts evaluations to assess individual's strengths and weaknesses, as well as identify any relevant diagnoses. As a result, patients report feeling more in control of their lives.