Low Energy Neurofeedback (LENS) is a unique and highly effective EEG Biofeedback modality. For a specific issue such as anxiety, a series of sessions may run less than 5. For ingrained issues that may have an epigenetic (family history/cultural) aspect, perhaps as many as 15 – 20 sessions will be needed to alleviate symptoms. The discussion below offers an explanation of the mechanism of efficacy and outlines the transformational potential of this modality.
Clients are not required to actively engage with the feedback (they can shut their eyes if they want to), with efficacy comparable to traditional neurofeedback (which usually requires between 20 – 80 sessions of focused participation to achieve goals). The section below describing LENS sessions had more information on this.
We are just beginning the journey into unraveling the mysteries of the mind/brain interface. As we clarify how our brain processes a task or perception (THE CONNECTOME), the outlines of the mechanism of efficacy of LENS begin to emerge. A single task or experience involves many hundreds of nodes (synaptic clusters) in our brains. Every node in the chain influences the competence and responsiveness of all involved nodes, thereby impacting the capacity for implementing the associated task/experience. LENS identifies suboptimally performing nodes (based on their region in the brain) and prompts those nodes into more effective collaboration by using a proprietary low energy feedback algorithm. The challenge is so subtle it is rarely felt – a curious attribute of this style of therapy is that the more subtle, the more powerful.
Our conscious minds float on a sea of Reflexes, Drives, Instincts, and Emotions. These ancestral, “non-conscious” cognitions have a narrow scope (adaptive capacity) and much of their functionality is “hard-wired”. We are predestined to express these cognitive functions as they are configured. However, as Human Beings we are blessed with a conscious mind with the ability to edit the output of these ancestral cognitions, which we learn to do as we grow up. The conscious mind seeks out successful response patterns to the inputs from this non-conscious neurology and habituates to these patterns. These habituated responses were the “best-case” solution while we were actively working on this, usually up to the age of 7 to 9, and form the basis for further development, becoming ingrained in our psyche as our personality. Therefore it can be stated that the manner in which many of us handle our non-conscious neurology is established on decisions made by a 9-year-old child.
It is also common for a traumatic event or sequence of events to disrupt habituated response tactics as the conscious mind reconfigures how to manage the interactions between its non-conscious neurology and the surroundings, based on experiencing an elevated threat level. If the threat is significant enough this “best-case” solution can persist, influencing personality long after the threat is removed, resulting in the experience of being hypervigilant for threat in a safe setting, often decades later. This vigilance usually orients more to controlling the reactions of that individual’s non-conscious cognition to the surroundings than to actual potential threats. A discussion of the protective attributes of our Reflexes, Drives, Instincts, and Emotions is found in this section of papers on Protection.
Our conscious mind has the ability to reconfigure its system of operation on “the fly”, and continually does so as we encounter changing situations. However, some attributes that higher-level functions extend from and rely upon are resistant to change. If these attributes are experienced as sub-optimal we may wish to change their response patterns, but will likely not have been successful in the effort. It is possible to “reset” these attributes through LENS, which (re)awakens our brain’s ability to seek out successful tactics for managing the non-conscious cognition which we continually process. Once awakened, our conscious minds will tend to implement the most effective, appropriate patterns for handling expressions of non-conscious neurology it can find, to which our conscious awareness will then adjust, bringing a sense of normalcy to that change. Much of this happens automatically and it is common for the subject to know that something has shifted, but not be able to describe much about it. It is simply that the habituated patterns for dealing with one’s non-conscious neurology have been updated.
There is a strong correlation between feeling competent and feeling safe. With LENS, as we bring more facets of the brain “onto the team” competency increases, thereby increasing feelings of wellbeing and safety. Adaptations and compensations that limited our scope may disappear as we find ourselves simply dealing with our challenges more efficiently and without habituated reactions. Feelings of Anxiety, which commonly express a perceived adaptive insufficiency, are often the initial issue to alleviate, usually within the first few sessions.
LENS starts with an initial 50-minute session where we will map your brain to identify regions that may not be completely “on board” with your agenda*. Subsequent 30-minute sessions focus on sites designated from the mapping process. As we work through these sites, you can observe your progress in the embedded reporting function, as well as, more importantly, changes you observe in your experience and optimization of task performance.
* Neurofeedback is enabled during this process so you very well may notice some results from the first session.
VIDEOS DISCUSSING LENS
Here is a story of LENS enabling a profound reset from a traumatic experience. LENS is very effective with recovery from all forms of traumatic experiences, including physical trauma (TBI):
This presentation by Daphne Waldo at OchsLabs is an excellent overview of what happens in a LENS session
Paper on the application of LENS for a profound Traumatic Brain Injury:
QEEG Evaluation of the LENS Treatment of TBI – Dr. Cory Hammond
You can schedule a 50-minute LENS intake and mapping with feedback session here:
LOW ENERGY NEUROFEEDBACK