Biofeedback for couples and families is one of the most recent and popular treatment methods provided by Dr. Lemare-Calaba.
Biofeedback involves the placement of sensors around the waist, fingers and wrists of all individuals so that they can observe the changes in their nervous system as they talk. Each person’s nervous system is seen on a different computer monitor that measures breathing rate, heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature, skin conductance and heart rate coherence.
Since people are rarely aware of the physiological changes that accompany their feelings and reactions, this modality offers a valuable opportunity for clients to observe the impact they make on others and to modify the fluctuations of their own nervous system. (For instance, a father disagrees with a mother and the child’s muscle tension rises; or a couple’s breathing and heart rates stabilize when they hold hands.)