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Scientifically based Ways to Improve Your Health, Energy and Sleep

Dr. Leah Lagos specializes in the treatment of health conditions that are exacerbated by stress and frequently manifest as bodily symptoms such as headaches, low energy, high blood pressure, and panic. Sometimes her clients know exactly what’s wrong and triggering their body’s fight or flight system and need help gaining control over how their body responds to recurring or uncontrollable sources of stress. In other instances, clients come to Dr. Lagos to seek help understanding what is behind their headaches, searching for an understanding as well as a treatment to resolve the presenting health issues.

 


By helping you to overcome the health obstacles that hold you back, Dr. Lagos seeks to help you perform at your highest level of aptitude in work, relationships, health, athletics and life.


 

What Do Health Psychology Sessions with Dr. Lagos Involve?

Many clients have tried traditional talk therapy but continue to experience persistent health concerns. Dr. Lagos implements a unique combination of heart rate variability biofeedback and mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapies to help you strengthen the body’s innate modulation system for self-regulation, emotional control, and stress recovery. Look for her to help you with:

  • Anxiety including performance anxiety, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety
  • Depression, mood swings, or the darks
  • Difficulty maintaining focus or attention
  • Energy management
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias, obsessions, or compulsions
  • Post-concussion syndrome,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Pregnancy and post-partum depression
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Stress management
  • TMJ/ Jaw pain

 

The Power to Retrain The Heart and Brain Simultaneously

Cognitive strategies can be expedited and the speed of transformation dramatically increased when individuals first learn control how their heart responds to and recovers from stress. Research supports that enhanced modulation of the autonomic nervous system, as demonstrated by increased heart rate variability, is mirrored in the brain. In particular, findings indicate that HRV training yields large fluctuations in vessel diameter and also increases the level of oxygenation in each brain region. This is consistent with clinical evidence that HRV biofeedback improves cognitive, emotional, and physical functioning. Beyond improving their health, Dr. Lagos’ clients frequently report an enhanced attunement to their bodily signals which can manifest as heightened authenticity, creativity, and intuitiveness.

 

 

Learn more about which health psychology treatments may work best for you.

 

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