Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that focuses on the brain. Traditional neurofeedback works by entraining the brain to replicate the frequencies that the therapist prescribes as helpful. It takes much time, effort and expense to practice. LENS neurofeedback works instead by disentraining the fixed frequency brain waves so that the brain can reorganize, reaching for faster processing, greater organization and increased flexibility.
LENS is the most subtle yet most effective form of neurofeedback. It employs a very, very low voltage EEG device that reads your brain waves from the scalp. We make a map showing the amplitudes, frequencies and variability of your brain. This map informs our treatment plan, encouraging your flexibility and healing your cognitive functioning.
How Does LENS work?
While performing a standard 21-site EEG, sophisticated computer technology and software captures and analyzes brainwaves, and coverts them into an infinitesimal electromagnetic radio wave signal that is fed back to the brain for a fraction of a second. The signal interrupts dysfunctional brainwave patterns, allowing the brain to re-boot back to normal brainwave patterns and the associated neurochemistry. It is analogous to optimizing the hardware, which makes the programs run better!
Why LENS works for so many conditions.
From anxiety to ADD, central nervous system dysfunctions can be compared to a car that’s stuck in park. LENS gets traffic flowing again. Your whole system shifts. It is not about just one symptom. Many people see broad improvements immediately after the first 2 to 4 sessions: better focus, energy level and mood. Anxiety and depression lift. Insomniacs sleep better. ADHD kids regain focus. Athletes perform. Artists create.
You don’t do, feel or take anything.
Unlike traditional neurofeedback, in which you actively regulate your brainwaves, LENS is passive. All you do is sit there, and your brain does the work. It’s quick, too. For a fraction of a second, a tiny and imperceptible electromagnetic signal (1/300th of that emitted by a cell phone) is delivered. This signal causes a slight fluctuation in your brainwaves, which allows your brain to reorganize and better regulate itself. Children, adults and the disabled can do it. No drugs are required.
Who Can Benefit From LENS?
LENS is not diagnosis-based. We are treating a dysfunctional brain, one that is stuck in maladaptive brainwave patterns and the associated neurochemistry. LENS does not give one a new brain. It can only help optimize the one you have.
How Safe Is LENS?
LENS is extremely safe. In over 75,000 clients treated with LENS, there has not been a single reported case of enduring negative effects
“LENS is an FDA-certified Class II device. It is 510K exempt. The Class II 510K exempt medical device classification is a less restrictive certification than a 510-K, meaning that LENS is considered by the FDA as safer than the 510-K devices–which includes most other biofeedback and neurofeedback devices
Are There Any Side-effects?
On occasion, some patients experience very transient (lasting only a few hours) side-effects such as feeling wired, tired, spacey, or have a mild headache. I consider these side-effects as a positive response, an indication that the patient’s brain is interacting with the LENS. This is usually a good prognostic indicator.
Do I Have To Stop Taking My Medications To Do LENS?
No. Medication does not diminish the effectiveness of LENS. There is no need to stop or reduce your medication, which should only be done in conjunction with your healthcare provider.
Why is LENS Unique?
Both elegant simplicity and quick results are the hallmarks of LENS treatments.
Both traditional Neurofeedback and biofeedback are active training processes in which the patient is training their mind to regulate their brain. As in all trainings, this takes time commitment and effort and depends on the trainability of the patient; often requiring 40+ sessions to see changes, with a typical session lasting 45 minutes to an hour.
LENS is completely passive. The patient doesn’t take, feel, or do anything, other than sit still for a few moments while a brief, tiny signal is fed back to the brain. The signal does all the work.
How Much Does LENS treatment cost?
Current rates: $180.00 for the first visit (about an hour long)
$ 60.00 for subsequent visits (20- 40 minutes long)
$30.00 as an adjunct to psychotherapy