Biofeedback

When it comes to body-focused psychotherapy, we are focusing on body sensation that often hold repressed memories, and gain the ability to regulate their autonomic body functions such as muscle tension, body temperature, heart rate and respiration. The use of biofeedback in therapy offers patients to gain greater awareness of their body’s physiological functions through the use of technological instruments designed to provide immediate information on the activity of those psychophysiological systems. The goal of biofeedback is to train patients to activate or deactivate psychophysiological systems at will, and therefore self-regulate their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral reactions. When combined with mind-focused, language-based approaches, patients can see sustainable relief from headaches, pain, hypertension and other physiological stress-related conditions. Biofeedback can help correct and fine-tune one’s breathing patterns, which has a direct impact on the physiology, mental and emotional states and can improve mental and physical states. Another benefit is linked to enhanced practice in meditation, which are specific techniques used to still and empty the mind allowing the natural homeostasis and healing process to begin. One of the most challenging tasks, the ability to focus and not react to distracting thought and feelings can be strengthened through guided practice using biofeedback technology. 

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Dr. Khodik, Psy.D., B.C.B. is credentialed as a National Register Health Services Psychologist. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and his Board Certification in Biofeedback from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP). With over ten years of working in the field, Dr. Khodik has experience of working in a variety of clinical and counseling settings, with a broad range of patients and psychological issues. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, psycho-somatic disorders, addiction, and various stress-related issues. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik completed his APA accredited internships at the Keystone Center for addiction treatment, and the Joseph J. Peters Institute. His dissertation investigated the relationships between self-regulation and addiction, where he proposed an integration of psychophysiological and psychospiritual interventions to maximize treatment adherence and gains. Dr. Khodik completed his undergraduate education majoring in psychology at Rutgers University, and his Masters Degree in organizational development at Columbia University, T.C. Dr. Khodik completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. In addition to his advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP), he is now pursuing his candidacy in Psychoanalysis. This training is deeply rooted in the tradition of Karen Horney along with other influential and contemporary psychoanalytic theorists. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik currently serves as the Co-Director of Psychological and Psychophysiological services at Avita Integrative Care, LLC, a boutique group practice dedicated to providing an integrative and comprehensive treatment for various disorders related to anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and poor stress resilience. With formal training in several theoretical orientations including long-term and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, biofeedback, and evidence-based drug and alcohol counseling, Dr. Khodik is able to integrate and personalize treatment strategies to best fit his patient’s unique needs. Furthermore, Dr. Khodik integrates spirituality into his own personal life and professional work. Although this type of integration remains unusual among traditional psychotherapists, through his own spiritual journey and current practice, Dr. Khodik is uniquely positioned to help patients explore openly their relationships with the sacred, overcome their spiritual struggles, and guide them to reaching an integrated sense of self. The use of biofeedback and other psychophysiological interventions in this regard could help those individuals who find it difficult to regulate their attention and emotion in their own meditative and contemplative practices. Dr. Khodik speaks fluently both English and Russian, and in addition to having international and multicultural exposure, he is especially keen on being open-minded in providing a culturally-sensitive treatment. Dr. Khodik effectively provides a uniquely non-judgmental environment in which patients feel free to express themselves and explore their conflicts, while creating real and sustainable change.

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