The LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) is a specific kind of neurofeedback that works much faster than traditional neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20. With the LENS, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn. The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-25 minutes. This means that the LENS works well for people who prefer shorter sessions or who are too young to pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods.
How does the LENS work?
Sessions begin with sensors placed on the scalp to monitor brain wave activity. The signals are processed by the computer software and a brief microcurrent is fed back to the brain based on an offset of the dominant frequency. These microcurrents are thousands of times weaker than a cell phone. The person feels nothing. This feedback, which is given at each of 21 different sites of the brain determined by a diagnostic brain map, results in breaking up dysfunctional patterns. In other words LENS is a disentrainment neurofeedback device that disrupts the brain, allowing it to re-organize itself. This stimulation of the brain moves it towards healthier and balanced pattern. The length of the session and the number of sites trained are determined by the condition being treated.
What conditions does the LENS help with?
The LENS works extremely well with the symptoms of TBI (traumatic brain injury), no matter how long ago the incident occurred. The trauma can be from a physical blow, a concussive injury, a psychological incident (PTSD), or any other incident(s) which results in a decrease in cognitive ability.
The LENS has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, headaches, migraines, anger outbursts, PMS, seizures and sub-clinical seizure activity, severely disruptive behavior disorders such as conduct disorder, reactive attachment and bipolar disorder, autistic spectrum and pervasive developmental delay, cerebral palsy, fatigue, and birth trauma. The LENS is helpful as an adjunctive protocol for addictions as it reduces defensiveness, argumentativeness, and cynicism while improving clarity of emotions.
Children can be helped with bed wetting, sleep walking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, nightmares, and night terrors. The LENS can also be helpful with adolescent issues of drug abuse, suicidal behavior, anxiety and depression.
For athletes, it can improve motor coordination and balance. The LENS can also help in maintaining good brain function as people age.
Do the results of LENS last?
Yes. In fact, many report noticing further improvement over time as the brain integrates the lifting of the suppression. Things that interfere with progress or having the effects hold are 1) having an undiagnosed early-stage degenerative disease, 2) allergies, 3) a new concussion, 4) continued use of marijuana. The LENS can’t do everything for everybody, but it can and has made a difference that other approaches have not provided, and in general, in a much shorter time. Degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia can see improvement, but LENS may need to be continued indefinitely. A naturopathic physician can be very helpful if there are allergic susceptibilities, food intolerances, poor digestive function, poor nutrition, and high loads of heavy metals.
What is the success rate with LENS neurofeedback?
The success rate is equal to traditional neurofeedback, ranging from 50-85%, however, what separates LENS is the reduced number of sessions required. The LENS treats the entire brain instead of local regions or individual neural networks like other neurofeedback systems.
Is neurofeedback a cure?
This requires a paradigm shift to answer. We are not in the business of curing anyone. Rather, we are assisting the brain to self-regulate and self-correct. This concept is the foundation of all biofeedback. We provide the feedback and the brain does the rest. We trust in the intelligence of the brain to know who to fix itself, and it appears this is exactly what is happening.
How do I start?
You go to this website and fill out the questionnaire.
A well written article on the LENS appeared in goodtherapy.org website.
Mike Beasley also wrote a good summary
The Listen and Learn Centre in Australia wrote this
The NeurOptimal system, developed by Zengar Institute, is designed to train the brain as a whole, without reference to a particular location or frequencies. Unlike classical neurofeedback approaches, in which the client engages actively and/or consciously with the software and is rewarded for producing prescribed brainwave patterns, clients in the NeurOptimal approach simply “let’s go” and allow the brain to use the feedback – provided as brief interruptions to the music he or she is hearing – to enable its own innate brain capacity for self-organization.
The feedback delivered by NeurOptimal is systemic – based on the whole brain’s dynamic activity over time, not its achievement of prescribed states for prescribed locations (as in classical neurofeedback).
This approach recognizes that the brain has natural tendencies toward self-regulation and resilience, allowing flexible cognitive and behavioral responses to a challenging and changing environment. The brain is always seeking its highest and best good in the training.
For an excellent educational video on NeurOptimal:
Neurofield X2000 is a pEMF (pulsed electromagnetic frequency unit). It is an energy replenishment and stress reduction device that is often used in combination with neurofeedback to potentiate effectiveness. The process of neurofeedback often pulls a lot of energy from the body and Neurofield adds energy to help the body repair itself. For treatment resistant depression, combining the LENS with Neurofield has been powerful in reducing symptoms in as little as 6 sessions.
We recommend three optional tests that will help with providing a baseline of where you start and then be able to show progress after treatment.
Two are neuropsychological tests (choose one)
WebNeuro is an online neurocognitive test designed to provide reliable objective information about your memory, concentration, and emotional well-being. It takes about 35 minutes to complete. Taking the test before neurofeedback will give you a baseline of your brain’s performance compared to others your age. Then after neurofeedback we can determine what measurable effects it may have had. Cost $99
BrainSpan combines a cognitive performance test with a simple at home blood test. With the online test, memory capacity, sustained attention, and processing speed are measured and compared to a normative database. The blood screening measures the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in your body. The combined data is then explained and a list of supplements is offered to help improve your score on a follow up test. Cost $149
The other is a personality test
NEO™ Personality Inventory-3
The NEO-PI-3 provides a general description of normal personality in five domains. The five factors measured are: Neuroticism (Anxiety, Hostility, Depression, Self-Consciousness, Impulsiveness, Vulnerability); Extraversion (Warmth, Gregariousness, Assertiveness, Activity, Excitement-Seeking, Positive Emotions); Openness to Experience (Fantasy, Aesthetics, Feelings, Actions, Ideas, Values); Agreeableness (Trust, Modesty, Compliance, Altruism, Straightforwardness, Tender-Mindedness); Conscientiousness (Competence, Self-Discipline, Achievement-Striving, Dutifulness, Order, Deliberation). Since often clients report improvements in how they feel, this is a good measure of how your personality may have changed. Cost $50.00
We offer an initial 25 minute free consultation.