Light Therapy and Biofeedback

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Light Therapy

University Counseling Services offers use of a light therapy box for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and related conditions. Research has shown that light therapy is an effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Between 75-80% of individuals who experience SAD will note improvement of symptoms when using light therapy.

  • Light therapy involves the use of a special light box that is designed to provide between 2,500 to 10,000 lux (the measure of the amount of light you receive at a specific distance from a light source) exposure. 
  • Treatment involves daily sessions that range from 15 minutes to 30 minutes in length.  Your counselor will review procedures for correct use of the light box with you.
  • Light therapy is most effective if used in the early morning and is for use during the fall and winter months only.
    Appointments with a counselor and psychiatrist are required prior to participation in light therapy. More information about SAD.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is the use of non-invasive sensors to measure psycho-physiological processes, such as breathing and heart rate, to provide immediate feedback to an individual. University Counseling Services offers students biofeedback training through use of Heart Math’s emWave software (more information about HeartMath).  Students could notice reduction of stress-related symptoms including: increased self-regulation skills; improved sleep, exercise, diet, and daily activities; modulation of physiological functions such as heart rate, breathing, and muscle tension; and modulation of emotional states such as anger, fear, and depression.

If you are interested in trying either of these services, schedule an appointment with University Counseling Services by calling 608.342.1891.

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