LENS, or The Low-Energy Neurofeedback System, is a safe and effective form of neurotherapy developed by Dr. Len Ochs that can be very helpful with a variety of issues, ranging from PTSD to anxiety, and from depression to ADD & ADHD. There have also been excellent results seen with some forms of chronic illness, such as Parkinson's Disease and MS, with continued therapy. Results can be seen soon after beginning and are long lasting, with an 85-94% rate of effectiveness.
How is the LENS Different?
Unlike other forms of Neurofeedback requiring hours and as many as 60 sessions, the LENS is 100% passive for the client, requiring no focus or concentration. Sessions are typically short, lasting anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, and results can be seen in as few as 6 sessions. (Treatments can take up to 20 sessions.) The LENS uses a process of disentrainment, gently disrupting maladaptive signals, replacing them with new ones that allow the brain to better communicate with itself. It isn't magic, but it sure does feel like it.
The LENS is different than traditional neurofeedback, making it easier to use, especially for people who can't sit still or focus for long periods of time. A disruption of the electrical signals with an impulse that is barely detectible is all it takes for the LENS to work. This is done with the use of three sensors: one on each ear lobe, and one placed on different areas of the scalp, which eventually gives us a picture of where the problems lie. Then we have a guide to assist in self-regulation, and that self-regulation is required for the brain to function at its best.
Does It Work?
Yes. Some can feel the effects after just a few treatments, and for others, it's a more subtle feeling and a knowing that something is different. Whether it is an improvement with sleep, in motivation, in being able to complete tasks and projects, in feeling decreased anxiety or your depression lifting, the effects of the LENS will be noticeable. It's a very personal and individual process.