NOTICE

My private practice is closed; I am now affiliated with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, part of the University of California in San Francisco. Referrals cannot come directly to me there, but have to be from somewhere in UCSF, and most of my work is with patients already involved with the Osher Center.

Best contact number is  415-480-4184, and email is cgilbert2@gmail.com, or christopher.gilbert@ucsf.edu.

I prefer to work with problems that involve both mind and body (sometimes called psychophysiological disorders). Most often I often use biofeedback to work with chronic pain, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, and miscellaneous psychosomatic problems. I have special interest and experience with chronic headaches and with breathing problems such as hyperventilation, provided there has been an adequate medical evaluation.

Feedback modalities available are muscle, skin temperature, skin conductance, heart rate variability, breathing pattern, blood volume pulse, and end-tidal CO2 (for breathing).

Beyond biofeedback, I also sometimes use hypnosis and guided imagery, sometimes in combination with biofeedback, combined with psychological techniques derived from behavioral and cognitive therapy. Sometimes feelings are expressed more in the body than consciously felt, so that’s a prime area for biofeedback: with this instrument-based process, you can see and hear your body responding to your emotions, which are sometimes not so obvious at the conscious level!

If you’re familiar with John Sarno’s approach to chronic pain and other problems, I sometimes use that too, as long as the medical angle has been covered. Here’s a link to more information about this approach:   mindbodymedicine.com

My experience: 15 years in Kaiser Permanente’s Chronic Pain program. Before that, I did many years of private practice working with the disorders above.

Check out the other links on this site — there are some interesting graphics of biofeedback in action. If you want to find a reputable biofeedback practitioner, names are available at BCIA.ORG and AAPB.ORG.

Christopher Gilbert, PhD
—    Licensed psychologist (CA PSY # 18016)

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