Meet Our Biofeedback Team
Lucia Foster-Engen, MA, BCB
I have been helping individuals who are struggling with emotional and physical pain for many years. My background is in Health Psychology and I focuse on understanding the connection between mind and body, and how this interaction can affect health. My interest in the field of health psychology motivated me to obtain certifications as a Biofeedback Therapist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a Pre-Licensed LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy Provider, an Addiction Counselor, a Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury Counselor, a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Counselor, and Jungian Psychotherapy provider. I am currently a doctorate candidate for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in health psychology, and I am working on my dissertation that aims to investigate the Physiological and Psychophysiological Markers of Emotional Eating.
I work at the Positive Choice Integrative wellness Center as a biofeedback therapist. I help people learn how to manage stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain related to different medical and psychological disorders by using Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB). I am also a group facilitator for the weight management and pre-bariatric surgery programs. I have many years of experience with bariatric and obese patients and my passion is helping people learn to cope with life stresses without relying on food as a coping mechanism.
Understanding that every individual is unique and that individuals will respond differently to different interventions, I often use a combination of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Self-Compassion Therapy as means to help our patients increase awareness about their own patterns of behavior and understand the connections between their mind (psychological symptoms) and body (physical symptoms). My goal is to help patients increase their ability to manage symptoms and consequently improve the quality of their life while reaching optimal health.