Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 14820 Chester County Life / CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM I N T E G R AT E D H E A L I N G ing her breath (she believed her breathing was normal), and thus it was contributing to headaches and chronic upper body pain in the chest and neck areas. Next, Dr. Mc- Carel began therapy by training the patient in mindfulness meditation, a popular tool which trains a patient to pay attention to his/her body in a calm and nonjudgmental way. Mindfulness training then led to slow breathing exercises to develop a better oxy- gen interchange which resulted in reducing stress and headaches. Psychotherapy ses- sions covered the patient’s history of stress and revealed which situations or patterns of behavior preceded stress. For example, during arguments with family members, A form of biofeedback is neurofeedback. Dr. McCarel remarks, “Biofeedback mea- sures physiological activity below the neck, while neurofeedback measures activities above the neck in the form of brain waves.” Neurofeedback focuses on the brain and central nervous system and uses specialized monitoring devices to provide information to an individual on the state of their physi- ological functioning. The brain learns how to change via the feedback it receives. CASE ILLUSTRATIONS During our interview, Dr. McCarel shared with me a few case illustrations to dem- onstrate the effectiveness and value of her practice’s professional services. These illus- trations are loosely based on the typical pa- tient issues that present in the practice, with details modified and combined to protect patient privacy. A physician referred a patient, anguish- ing from chronic health problems exacer- bated by stress, for stress reduction train- ing and stress management. The first few sessions focused on biofeedback in order to increase the awareness of where the pa- tient was holding stress in her body. Bio- feedback revealed the individual was hold- The Integrated Healing Center and its team and specialties are: Physical Therapy Christine Hayes, PT, PC Barbara Brennan Healing Therapy Michele Mallon, BHSP Acupuncture Talia Malka, LAc, RAc Psychology Nancy McCarel, PhD, BCB, BCN, and Associates Craniosacral Therapy Brigid Meagher, LMT Functional Movement & Yoga Christine Sturgis, PTA, FMS Certified Massage Sara Fortunato, LMT, PTA, CLT-UE; Brigid Meagher, LMT; and Bettina Becker, LMT Nutrition/Yoga Sandra Gargus, CHHC Pilates Jennifer Bergh and Bettina Becker, LMT Dr. McCarel says, “Psychotherapy helps a person overcome problems and improves their mental health and well-being. We use evidence-based methods in therapy along with biofeedback and neurofeedback in treatment.” In this picture, Dr. McCarel is shown performing a neurofeedback session. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Katie Bhogal performs a biofeedback session. In a biofeedback session, electronic equipment measures and monitors physiological processes such as heart rate, breathing patterns, muscle tension, and skin temperature. Biofeedback provides a window into how the body is functioning in a way that the mind can understand and subsequently respond.