This study examines the additive therapeutic effect of two existing evidence-based techniques, marital therapy and biofeedback. We are studying the benefits of using interpersonal biofeedback as an additional modality to traditional marital therapy. Specifically, the effects on marital satisfaction and psychophysiologic reactivity will be measured.
In this study we will be monitoring and giving feedback to each partner about their physiology and teaching them how to control reactivity in order to remain more calm when discussing emotionally charged subjects with their partner. Physiologic parameters such as breathing, heart rate, sweat gland activity and hand temperature will be monitored with specialized equipment, as well as audio and video monitoring of the couple during the study sessions. The therapist will have the ability to stop and replay recordings in order to demonstrate changes in physiology to the couples. The study hypothesizes that study subjects will be able to learn to modify their physiologic reactions and thereby improve communications with their intimate partner.
The aim of this study is one of directed therapy, to focus on the process of how couples talk to one another and how to better resolve conflicts, rather than to simply talk about burning issues in the relationship. If further therapy is required to expand on specific relational issues, subjects will be referred back to their original therapist.
There will be no financial compensation for participating in this study, as this is a non-funded research project, and no charge will be made for these sessions. Involvement for the full 10 sessions is a commitment that will be much appreciated and, we anticipate will be of benefit to the couples involved.
Here is a short movie explaining I-BF and showing 2 actors resolving a dispute while using biofeedback to control nervous system arousal. Please click!
I have been using I-Biofeedback for over 1 year and have presented at several professional conferences. Since this is a complex therapy, a hybrid of 2 Evidence Based Therapies involving specialized instrumentation, I do not accept third party payment unless it is in writing and worth the overhead and training involved. Please call the office at 661 259-3704 to get further details for training you and your partner or if you would wish to participate in the research for free.