An advanced form of biofeedback that stimulates the brain to reset itself for optimal functioning.
How does it work?
An EEG reads brainwaves through wires placed on the head. For fractions of a second, the EEG program mirrors back the brain’s faint electromagnetic impulses. This brain-mirroring causes a fluctuation in brainwaves, allowing dysfunctional patterns to correct themselves. It’s like pushing the reboot button on your brain, and then clicking on “delete unused programs”. The brain returns to its natural, healthy state.
Is it easy?
Yes. Unlike other types of therapy, the brain itself decides what changes are needed in LENS. No conscious effort is required on the part of the client. The mirroring feedback signal is far less strong than holding a cell phone, yet it typically triggers the brain to make profound, lasting changes. No effort or belief is required. All that is necessary is to sit still for a few seconds, making LENS especially suitable for children and people uninterested in talk therapy.
Most clients (over 85%) benefit greatly. They often notice improvements immediately–nearly always within the first three sessions. A typical course of treatment is 15-20 sessions, and after that the gains are permanent, with no further treatment needed. The combination of effortlessness, effectiveness, and fewer sessions makes LENS a very economical form of therapy.
This is not an experimental technique. Over 75,000 people have been treated. Dr. Len Ochs invented the Low Energy Neurofeedback System in 1994, and continues to support its development and use by hundreds of licensed medical practitioners with impeccable professional standards. LENS integrates the best of neuropsychophysiology and behavioral biophysics in an empirically driven, custom treatment.
In fifteen years of use, there has never been a case of someone being harmed by LENS. The body may show symptoms of dealing with brain pattern changes for a short time: feelings of being light-headed, wired, or fatigued. Old repressed symptoms like headaches can reoccur temporarily as they heal. Brain reorganization means disruption of old compensating habits–an unsettling. Typically, these healing indicators soon vanish, and clients begin making long-intended life changes and reestablish balance.
Research and Documentation
Much research and documentation is available (Research). The National Institute of Health sponsored a study of LENS for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the government of the Netherlands sponsored a large double-blind study of successful treatment of adult ADHD with LENS, to be published in 2012.
Your positive qualities are anchored in resilient brain-waves. Only stuck, frozen patterns are affected by LENS. If you feel less anxiety or function better after LENS treatment, some counseling may be beneficial, as you transition into using new criteria for making life choices.
It is not necessary to be off medications, drugs, or alcohol before LENS treatment. Please communicate with your prescribing physician about your ever-changing needs for medication. Many people feel less interested in recreational drugs and alcohol after treatment with LENS. See Addictions for more information.
Clients often say they feel clearer and more present after LENS treatment. But you are still you, and may be unaware that you are functioning more effectively. Parents, spouses and other people close to LENS clients are often more surprised by the clients’ improved moods and functionality than they are themselves. So it’s a good idea to note some measurements before treatment. Ask yourself quantifiable questions: how long am I able to concentrate before being distracted, how often do lose my temper, how many hours a day am I usually awake and energized? How will I know if I my functioning in the world changes?
LENS neurofeedback is even more effective on people with multiple symptoms.
“LENS Neurofeedback is so effective at reducing relapse rate because so many people suffering from substance abuse are also struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, and trauma. Because neurofeedback can be so effective at treating these, it is much easier to remain abstinent. Neurofeedback is also extremely helpful withdrawing from antidepressants, sleeping pills, benzodiazepines and other medications.”
—David Dubin, MD
“Developed by Dr. Len Ochs, in 1992, LENS Neurofeedback has had extraordinary results using weak electromagnetic fields to stimulate brain-wave activity and restore brain flexibility. A controlled study of 100 subjects with different diagnoses — ADHD, traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder — showed that 90 percent of them did better after LENS.”
“LENS is exceptionally effective at reducing anxiety. Ninety percent of clients begin to experience improvement in the first or second session. LENS Neurofeedback also improves resilience, the ability to handle stress, and helps create a sense of calm in difficult situations”.
—David Dubin, MD
“A 2006 study using neurofeedback showed a 40 percent reduction in autistic symptoms, enhancement of function between the brain and behavior, and reduction of hyperconnectivity….”
Children and Teens: No more Band-Aids or blaming parents
“Instead of teaching parents coping strategies and behavioral “containment” techniques, therapists can now directly address dysfunctions in your child’s brain. LENS neurofeedback resets the brain for optimal functioning, without drugs, effort, or belief by the child.”
—Grant Rudolph, MFT
“Staff Sgt. Roberts, however, doesn’t care how neurofeedback works — only that it does. Despite being told by doctors that he’d never be healthy enough to return to his former life as a police officer in Dallas, Roberts is back at work — and credits neurofeedback with the turnaround.”
“Much of the work of couples counseling can now be accomplished more efficiently through passive LENS Neurofeedback… What if your partner COULD just stop being annoying?”
—Grant Rudolph, MFT
“Neurofeedback treatments for depression (Baehr, Rosenfeld, & Baehr 1997, 2001; Hammond, 2000, 2004) appear very promising not only in bringing relief from depression, but in modifying the underlying biological predisposition for becoming depressed. Neurofeedback focuses on retraining the brain, for example, reversing the frontal brainwave asymmetry, with the goal of producing an enduring change that does not require people to remain on medication indefinitely.”
—D. Corydon Hammond, PhD
“These findings suggest the possibility that neurofeedback specifically aimed at remediating reading disability would be effective.”
“LENS helps memory by improving anxiety and distractibility.”
—Peter Fairfield, Licensed Acupuncturist
“We have had lots of opportunities with incipient or even full-blown migraines [for Low Energy Neurofeedback]. The results can be dramatic: often the headache is aborted on the spot or its severity is greatly reduced.”
—Steven Larsen, PhD, page 226
“With the decrease of physical pain, there is an improvement in energy because, as Len Ochs says, one recovers all the energy one previously spent defending against the pain.”
—Steven Larsen, PhD, page 235
“Perhaps the most noticeable thing is reduction of performance anxiety, and an ability to jump into things easily and see what is required. Routines and subroutines are acquired relatively easily, and I notice myself less and less stuck on self-criticism or negative witness of my own performance.”
—Steven Larsen, PhD
“Many people who have lost their clear thinking, memory, motivation, or sense of humor – people with migraines, irritability, ADD, sleep disorders, learning disabilities and many other symptoms, don’t realize their troubles began after a long-forgotten whiplash in a car accident, head blow in sports or work, a fall, stroke or coma. And people who consider themselves normal are often surprised by how much LENS neurofeedback boosts them into peak performance ”
“Although many mental conditions seem to respond favorably to LENS Neurofeedback. People who are mentally healthy also use our LENS Neurofeedback Marin service to attain peak performance.”
—Grant Rudolph, MFT
More Information on LENS
Stephen Larson wrote a book about his experiences treating clients with LENS in his New York State clinic:
The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: the Revolutionary LENS Technique for Restoring Optimal Brain Function (2006).
His website is www.StoneMountainCenter.com.
Dr David Dubin, clinical director for LENS in Los Angeles, has much useful information on his website:
Neuropsychologist Len Ochs, the inventor of LENS, has questionnaires you can download from his site, to bring to your first session.
Echo Rock Neurotherapy is an integrative medicine outpatient patient clinic featuring LENS neurofeedback, mindfulness training and brain supplements. Located in Mill Valley, Marin County, California, we work with patients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Echo Rock Therapy Center
45 Camino Alto, Suite 204 – Mill Valley, CA 94941
415.302.4848 – Grant Rudolph | 415.302.4858 – Victoria Vogel