Ongoing Research Projects

1. Self Regulation Therapy® Improves Quality Of Life and
Reduces Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

This study looks at reduction of symptoms of PTSD and improvement of quality of life. Clients are administered a PTSD Scale and the Quality of Life Indicator. Clients are selected for the study based on positive indicators of PTSD. Clients are in treatment with an SRT practitioner who has had at least one year of SRT training. Measures are taken at the onset of treatment, at one month, three months and six months.

2. Monitoring Changes of Problem Solving Style During Therapy
Using Self Regulation Therapy®

The Rorschach’s introversive/extrotensive/ambitensive style is used to indicate changes in problem solving preference. In the Rorschach literature, it is suggested that the problem solving style is fairly stable across the lifetime. An ambitensive problem solving style is considered to be the least efficient; however, a strongly introversive or extroversive style may not be flexible and is therefore less adaptive in some situations. It is suggested that problem solving style becomes more efficient as one is more adaptive in their life. It is hypothesized that in the case of those clients with an ambitensive style, there will be a shift toward an introversive or extratensive style, while in the cases of clients with strongly introversive or extrotensive styles, there will be a shift toward a less introversive or extratensive style, indicating a more flexible problem-solving style.

3. Decrease of Anxiety and Depression Using Self Regulation

Anxiety and depression are among the primary reasons for entering therapy. In this study, clients will be administered the Beck Anxiety and the Beck Depression Test. Subjects will be selected randomly as they begin therapy with any SRT practitioner who has at least one year training. Dependent measures will be sampled at four times: 1) before beginning therapy; 2) after five sessions; 3) after ten sessions; 4) after twenty sessions. Any other possible significant variables that contribute to change in client conditions will be recorded, such as medication, change in relationship and, change in job.

4. Sleep Problems

It is suggested, through clinical observations, that sleep problems are often related to a client’s experience(s) with anesthesia and surgery. In this pilot study, several clients, with a history of sleep problems, will be monitored for changes in sleep while working with previous surgical experiences using SRT. Clients will keep a daily sleep log before, during, and after treatment.

5. Physiological Activation In Therapists Using Self Regulation Therapy® vs. Therapists Using Other Trauma Therapies

It is hypothesized that practitioners using SRT as a treatment for trauma are better regulated than practitioners who use other methods to work with trauma. In addition, as practitioners become more dysregulated, they are prone to transfer negative feelings to their clients. Heart monitors will be used to measure the heart rate of practitioners using SRT vs. practitioners using various other methods of trauma therapy, including: EMDR, Cognitive/Behavioral, Thought Field Therapy.