I also want the you to know the difference between a stressor and stress. I would like to know how you react to different types of relaxation exercise as well. I want to accomplish this in the first 3 sessions if possible, but the question is how to get this information quickly and at the beginning of the therapy program.
In addition to the standard assessments I conduct a Psychophysiological Stress Profile (PSP). There are many examples of different types of PSP but it should consist of a number of tasks that introduce a mild stressor and then let the person relax after the stressor has been introduced. The therapist needs to measure all of the modalities that they usually use during a therapy session.
I have used the same type of PSP for many years, but recently my practice has quietened down and I am reassessing it. I've been reading “The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback” by Inna Khazan. Her approach to biofeedback is to integrate the mindfulness component as strongly as possible. I have been doing this for many years, but in chapter 4 she addresses the initial evaluation. She has made me think about redesigning my initial assessment and I have been rereading texts that detail the various possibilities and changed things around a bit