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What Is LENS Neurofeedback?
The brain is designed to protect itself. When you experience anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues, your brain resorts to protective measures that often do more harm than good. For instance, in the wake of a traumatic event, your nervous system may cause you to “freeze up” or panic whenever a situation happens that reminds you of your trauma. Although your brain is trying to protect you, this pattern of behavior may keep you in a state of fear and block you from healing.
This stuck pattern creates what neuroscientists call a “neural gridlock” in the brain. Your reaction to trauma and stress begins to feel automatic. It’s as if there is a creative blockage in your brain that prevents you from thinking differently about your situation. This is why it’s easy to fall into unhealthy thought patterns—and hard to get out.
LENS (Low-Energy Neurofeedback System) is a form of therapy that seeks to change your brainwaves so that these blockages become unstuck. It provides tiny sources of feedback stimulation that help you “reset” or “reboot” your nervous system. This allows for more flexibility in your thinking and greater clarity and peace of mind. LENS can help you regain energy, motivation, focus, and calmness.
How Safe And Effective Is LENS Neurofeedback?
The LENS approach was created by Len Ochs in the 1980s. LENS has been used on more than 75,000 clients and there hasn’t been a single reported case of lasting negative effects. Studies have shown that about 85-percent of people who tried LENS have benefited from it. Results are often apparent after the first sessions and can last a long time. LENS Neurofeedback can help people suffering from depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, head injuries, OCD, sensory-processing difficulties, and many other conditions.
What makes LENS so effective? For one thing, LENS does not require constant attention and effort. This separates it from approaches like biofeedback, which requires that you actively try to regulate your brain activity during treatment. With LENS, you can be as passive as you want. The electromagnetic signals that are sent into your brain do all the work for you.
Additionally, the electrodes used in LENS are incredibly safe. Not only are they FDA-approved, but they are considered safer than the devices used in biofeedback. And there are virtually no side effects—occasionally you might feel a little spacey or tired or have a small headache, but these side effects are usually very mild and only last a few hours.
What Does LENS Treatment Look Like?
LENS Neurofeedback is a very relaxing and non-invasive form of treatment. During a session, I will gently place a series of sensors (or electrodes) onto your forehead to measure your brainwaves. The sensors will reflect your brain’s activity and feed radio wave signals back to it. These signals interrupt the dysfunctional patterns in your brain, allowing the patterns to reorganize in a more orderly fashion. In the same way that new hardware makes a computer run more effectively, the sensors can help you brain return to its normal state of functioning. This can help you increase awareness, enhance creativity, and reduce stress.
Before any of the deeper work happens, however, there will be an initial evaluation to make sure you are ready for treatment. I will assess your mood, energy, memory, and other factors relevant to our work together. Additionally, we’ll look at your level of sensitivity and reactivity to light and noise. We can even do some preliminary “brain mapping” to determine any suppressed emotions that LENS may be able to help with.
Once that is done, we can begin the LENS Neurofeedback process. Believe it or not, the LENS treatment itself is very short—the actual application of the electrodes typically lasts for only a few minutes. This is why I generally combine LENS with other forms of therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). I want to help you get the fullest, most well-rounded treatment possible.
Typically, LENS Neurofeedback lasts for about 15-to-20 sessions. Each session in total will usually take around 20-to-30 minutes and you can usually begin to see the positive effects of treatment after the first one-to-four sessions. Moreover, the results are not short-term—the benefits of LENS Neurofeedback can last for the rest of your life.
Why Should I Choose LENS Neurofeedback Over Other Forms Of Treatment?
LENS offers relief that goes beyond the power of traditional talk therapy. While talk therapy can be helpful, it is limited in its ability to correct deep emotional pain. The great thing about LENS is that it resets brainwave patterns automatically—you don’t have to focus your attention to make it work. Most biofeedback approaches aim to retrain the brain by teaching it to work through its dysfunction. LENS Neurofeedback retrains the brain on its own.
What’s more, LENS is generally more effective than its counterpart, IASIS Micro Neurofeedback or Traditional Neurofeedback. IASIS was created by the same program as LENS, but it is older and takes longer to achieve optimal results.
In the end, LENS Neurofeedback can help you form stronger emotional regulation skills, feel more present in the moment, and learn to stop getting hung up on things you can’t control. It can treat everything from fibromyalgia to autism to traumatic brain injuries. By combining this approach with therapy, you can break out of unhealthy thought patterns and achieve a more empowered mindset.
LENS Neurofeedback Can Help You Increase Your Awareness And Enjoy Peace Of Mind
If you’re interested in trying LENS for yourself, we encourage you to connect with us. Our neurofeedback practitioner, Nicole Bankhead, has been trained and certified by the OCHS LAB, the creators of the approach. To get started, you can call 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. You can also click on the button below to fill out the intake questionnaire.
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