LENS vs. Traditional Neurofeedback

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LENS stands for Low Energy Neurofeedback System and is a cutting-edge new Neurofeedback. LENS is considered “direct neurofeedback” and is one of the latest advances in Neurotherapy. The original Neurofeedback was developed in the early 1970s. Since then there has been many advancements in Neurofeedback technology.

What LENS and more traditional Neurofeedback have in common

  • the need of a computer and software

  • the use of an EEG amplifier

  • special sensors and electrodes

  • brain features as brain waves, amplitudes, frequencies

  • feedback of information

Their Major Differences

  • The key point is that the feedback from the LENS is provided in the form of an electromagnetic wave (extremely weak and brief current) through the same sensors that are hooked on the clients’ scalp. 

  • In contrast, traditional Neurofeedback delivers the feedback by means of images (through a TV screen), sounds (through headphones or speakers) or vibration (for example through a teddy bear).

  • LENS disrupts maladaptive communication brain patterns. Immediately afterwards the brain starts reorganizing itself into a more functional pattern. 

  • Traditional Neurofeedback, on the other hand, relies on learning theories for the client to modulate the amplitude of certain deviated wave frequencies.

What are sessions like?

In a regular traditional Neurofeedback session, the client remains still for 20 to 40 minutes in front of a computer/TV screen (named secondary screen), focused on what is being shown there. The neurofeedback practitioner adjusts, in real time, the reward thresholds at the brain frequency bands that are aimed to be trained based on a normative criterion. The client’s brain comes to learn how to modify these amplitudes thanks to sound, visual and/or kinesthetic rewards.

In a LENS Neurofeedback session, however, the client can have their eyes open or closed and will receive a few-seconds of a LENS Neurofeedback signal. In fact, clients can even undergo counseling or EMDR therapy during their Neurofeedback treatment.  

How many sessions would I go through?

The frequency for traditional Neurofeedback sessions usually ranges from 2 to 5 days a week, during a treatment that usually lasts 20, 30, 40 or more sessions.

With LENS Neurofeedback, frequency of sessions is usually once a week. LENS treatment ends in about 10 to 15 sessions on average.

Who can benefit from LENS neurofeedback?

LENS has been shown effective in the integrating of Neurofeedback with therapy. EMDR therapy can be helpful in processing traumas which have impacted a client’s life or traumas from conditions which lead clients to seek Neurofeedback in the first places. These conditions are:

  • PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders)

  • Depression

  • Addictions

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • ADHD

  • other emotional health and physical health conditions

Get in touch with me to schedule a LENS neurofeedback session or discuss it’s therapeutic benefits.

Lemecia & VWS Team

Resources

Overview of Electroencephalogram (EEG) from Mayo Clinic
LENS Neurofeedback from Ochs Labs


Lemecia Lindsey is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant, and now offers LENS Neurofeedback. She began her early counseling work in community agencies and schools, helping children and teenagers who were struggling with social, emotional and behavioral issues, and providing family therapy. Her desire to help children and their families with complex emotional issues led her to explore and later be trained in the most advanced therapeutic approaches for treating trauma.

To schedule a Neurofeedback session email or call Lemecia.