Stress Profiling

Stress Profiling

A psychophysiological stress profile is an assessment technique which is used to identify which areas of the client’s physiology needs to be addressed and how. Muscle tension in the shoulders, respiration, heart rate, skin conductance and hand temperature are measured in a 20-minute test.

The test starts with a baseline measurement followed by an alternation of mental stressors and recovery periods. The psychophysiological stress profile shows what happens in the body in response to stress and provides insight into the ability of the client to relax and to regenerate after stress.

The stress profile shows the cause of the problems more clearly so the treatment can be tailored better to the specific situation of the client. For the client it means knowledge of his physiology which helps to promote awareness and internal self regulation.

In this 1-day workshop attendees learn how to perform, analyze and interpret stress profiles and to use the result to determine what kind of therapy is needed for the client.

This workshop is based on the article “The added value of stress profiling”.

What’s a biofeedback stress profile?
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Learning objectives
After completing this course the participant will be able to perform a 20-minute biofeedback stress profile using the modalities: muscle tension, respiration, heart rate, skin conductance and hand temperature. They are able to analyze the data and use the findings to develop a treatment plan.

Class format

  •  Introduction
  • Stress Profile protocol
  • Analyzing stress profiles
  • From analysis to treatment plan
  • Case examples

Who is this course for?

Health care professionals, like psychologists and physical therapists, who want to add biofeedback stress profiling as a technique to their clinical practice.

Number of participants



Mrs. Drs. D.M. (Daniëlle) Matto, psychologist, biofeedback therapist BCIA-BCB, BCB-HRV

BCIA recertification

This workshop is mentioned in the BCIA international section and can be used for BCIA recertification credits.

Date and location

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