Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are biobehavioral services?

Biobehavior is the interaction of biological factors with behavior.  Biobehavioral services are educational and therapeutic ways to help people manage their symptoms, feelings, and behaviors by understanding and learning how to manage how their body and mind works. The Center for Applied Biobehavioral Services (CABS) provides educational outreach services and programs and in-person treatment at the CABS clinic office on the campus of Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA 92131, in building M15.

What is biofeedback?

“Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.”

Approved May 18, 2008, by:Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB),Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)

Source: https://www.aapb.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3287

Put more simply, biofeedback is a process that enables a person to measure and observe how their body is functioning, by measuring and displaying their brain, heart, muscle, body temperature and breathing, so that they can learn ways to manage these functions and, in turn, how they feel. It is non-invasive, that is, there are no needles involved and no instruments go inside the body.

What kinds of issues and problems will benefit from biobehavioral treatments?

The following issues, among others, have been treated effectively using biobehavioral treatments:

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Pain

  • Depression

  • Headache

  • Gastrointestinal problems

  • Hypertension

  • Headache

  • Phobias

  • Stress Related Disorders

Is there scientific evidence that these treatments work?

There is extensive research demonstrating that biobehavioral treatments, including biofeedback are effective.  A good summary of these findings is posted on The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Inc. (AAPB) website: https://www.aapb.org/.

The AAPB has published several “White Papers” that review the evidence for biofeedback.

Who provides the treatment?

Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Distinguished Professor at Alliant University, San Diego is a California Licensed Psychologist (License # PSY 7204).  He supervises the treatment provided by graduate psychology student interns who have each completed extensive study health psychology and biofeedback. An overview of Dr. Gevirtz’s credentials can be found at:

https://www.alliant.edu/faculty/richard-gevirtz

How many sessions are typically required?

The time required for treatment, of course, depends on the individual, their symptoms, and their needs, but typically, clients/patients complete treatment within 5-7 meetings.

What is the cost per session?

The Center for Applied Biobehavioral Services (CABS) operates on a sliding fee scale.  Costs are based on the client’s income and ability to pay.  Fees range from $5 to $35 per session. To keep costs low, we only accept cash or check payments for services.

How can I make an appointment?

Where do I go for my appointment?

Alliant International University

10455 Pomerado Road,

Building M15.

San Diego, CA 92131

  • A map is provided on the website and is very helpful in locating the building.

Are virtual appointments available online?

There are limited options for Zoom sessions.  Contact the center to request.

How is the Center for Applied Biobehavioral Services dealing with COVID?

To address COVID concerns, we require that all staff, clients, and visitors be vaccinated.  Social distancing is maintained in the office. Staff will wear masks and clients are expected to, as well.