Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Uses New Technique To Help Clients Reduce Stress

Friday, November 1st, 2013


GSR2-1Biofeedback has long been accepted as one of the most effective tools available for the control of stress and personal growth. At Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, Counseling Supervisor, William Prasad, utilizes biofeedback for select clients who would benefit from this technique. There are many benefits of biofeedback, including learning to control psychological stress, overcoming anxiety, and improving focus and concentration.

“I use it with my clients, especially those who have an anxiety disorder or who are having reactions to trauma,” said Prasad.

Using a small Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) test, Prasad receives an indicator as to whether a relaxation technique is working. Prasad begins the session with clients by walking the person through a relaxation, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, breathing or grounding technique; then he asks them to practice the technique. Once the client has practiced the techniques, Prasad uses the GSR to see if it is working.

By resting two fingers on the sensing plates, GSR precisely monitors stress levels by translating tiny tension-related changes in skin pores into a rising or falling tone. The GSR is set at a certain tone level that the clinician can listen (with or without headphones) to see if the volume drops. If it drops this is an indicator that the technique is working.

Every day, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392.

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