Merry Christmas

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DCP would like to wish all our clients, colleagues and associates a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Our offices are closing on the 22nd December and re-opening on the 3rd January.

Biofeedback & Clinical Psychophysiology

Your body talks, do you listen?

What “biofeedback” is and why this not-so-new therapy could offer new treatment possibilities for many conditions

Biofeedback/clinical psychophysiology will help you:

  • reduce stress both at work and in your personal life,
  • manage chronic pain (migraine, back pain, shoulder pain, repetitive motion injuries or injuries incurred at work etc.)
  • ease or eliminate persistent problems such as panic/anxiety and depression.


Fig 2 A computer generated feedback screen linked to one of the physiological systems a person is interested in learning to control.


This approach appeals to many types of people including those of us in an industrial environment. Everyone has used a thermometer at some time. You take your temperature; if it’s normal, you just get on with life, but if it’s too high you may go running to your GP or looking for a cold compress. This is a basic form of “biofeedback” – you’ve used a device to measure your physiology and then changed your behaviour in order to induce your body to behave itself.  Biofeedback therapy is as simple as that; it’s about using a device to observe your body and responding to what it tells you.

Another biofeedback device you are familiar with is a mirror. You see your image and change the way you do something (even if it’s as simple as brushing your hair or fixing your shirt/blouse).  You change something because of what you became aware of. That’s why there are mirrors in gyms (not just for posing).  You can see yourself doing the exercise and alter the way you do the exercise if you need to.

Clinical psychophysiologists/ biofeedback therapists use a computer to measure and feedback physiological changes to a client. The difference between a biofeedback instrument and a mirror is that the biofeedback instrument feeds back information about processes that are usually below your awareness such as heart rate, the way you breathe, blood pressure, temperature, pupil size, the way we handle sugar, actually almost everything we do to live.  If we were sensitive to what our body is doing all the time, we’d go nuts. There’s just too much happening.  So, most of the time, in order to stay sane, we filter most of it out. The important thing is that if we become aware of what we are doing we can learn to change it.


Fig 1 A monitoring screen from a biofeedback device showing your electrical brain activity (EEG), muscle activity from your shoulders, pulse and your respiration rate.

Added to that, every emotion and thought is both psychological and physiological.  If we feel fear or anxiety lots of things happen in our body. For example, our heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up, pupils dilate, our mouth goes dry, digestion stops (butterflies in our tummy), breathing becomes more shallow, hands begin to sweat and go cold etc. It’s pretty much the same in lots of situations. When the boss shouts at us, we shout at people reporting to us, colleagues are annoyed at us or when a car comes barrelling down the road as we’re crossing we will react.  Sometimes it’s just a reaction we feel and keep to ourselves but it’s always there. These reactions can become an issue very quickly in both the workplace and in our personal lives.

If you want more information about biofeedback/clinical psychophysiology contact us here at DCP or call Daren Drysdale (our associate) at 086 872 7668.

Hogan Assessments with DCP

DCP are now offering the full range of Hogan assessments to our clients

DavittCorporatePartners – Organisational Psychologists and Experts in Hogan Assessment Systems

New Bespoke 360° Feedback Questionnaire launch

DCP are delighted to announce the successful launch of our new bespoke 360° Feedback Questionnaire.

360° Feedback – an overview

We are privileged to work with Board members and executive teams of some of the most successful and high performing organisations.  This unique access has allowed us to directly observe what highly effective leaders do.  This knowledge has now been crystallised into a model that defines the hallmarks of true leaders.

The model groups leadership behaviours into six clusters:

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Each cluster is built on the foundation of individual behaviours.

Much of our work consists of helping individuals develop to become more effective leaders.  We have a wealth of experience and knowledge that aids the individual in understanding the motivational and temperamental drivers that are at the root of their behaviour.

A recent initiative has see us develop a 360° feedback process to measure the leadership behaviours.

A key to unlocking individual potential is the capacity to hold up the mirror so that they can see themselves as others do.  Leadership is essentially about getting other people to do things.  The positive impact that the leader has on others is the benchmark of their effectiveness.

Our 360° process gives a precise comparison of what an individual thinks they are doing and what others actually see.  By this means development can be precisely focused to deliver quick positive impact on performance.


DavittCorporatePartners – Organisational Psychologists and Experts in 360° Feedback and Development