by Jeffrey Rutstein
What is LENS?
Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.
Who can benefit from LENS and how?
Children, teens and adults who experience anxiety, depression, tics, traumatic brain injuries, chronic fatigue and chronic pain can benefit greatly from the treatment. Also abetted by LENS are those who have ADD/ADHD, OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, addictions and more. Here is a further explanation on how LENS can help individuals with such concerns.
ADD/ADHD: LENS decreases distractibility and impulsivity, and increases focus and the ability to concentrate. Life becomes much easier and manageable and less of a struggle.
Anxiety: LENS powerfully decreases anxiety and the tendency to worry. It helps patients to live life with less fear and with a greatly improved ability to relax, better handle stress and face challenges with a sense of calm and resilience.
OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, Tics: LENS can help reduce or eliminate OCD, increase social awareness and sensitivity in individuals with Autism and Asperger’s, and to reduce or eliminate the tendency in individuals with tics.
Depression: LENS can help with Depression, even in certain cases where it has been resistant to other types of treatments. It can increase energy and focus, brighten mood and outlook and begin to restore a sense of hope and healing.
Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Multiple or Environmental Sensitivities: LENS helps with increasing energy, decreasing fatigue and pain, restoring mental clarity and enhancing memory.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Concussion: In mild and moderate TBI, LENS has helped improve concentration, focus, memory, energy, clarity and the ability to multitask.
Addictions/Substance Abuse: Since LENS effectively helps with depression, anxiety and impulse control, it supports one’s attempts to break free of substance dependence and addiction.
Athletes: For anyone who desires performance enhancement, the LENS approach supports and enhances optimal and peak performance in sports, as well as most other areas of life.
Pets: Even dogs, cats and horses with anxiety, seizures and other mental/emotional problems benefit from this therapy. LENS effectively reduces anxiety, fears, depression and reactivity, while improving outcomes for concussions and potentially reducing frequency and severity of seizures.
Jeffrey Rutstein is a clinical psychologist specializing in body-centered psycho-therapy, mindfulness and neurofeedback, including the use of the LENS technique, with offices in Lambertville and Skillman, NJ. Connect with him at 609-426-4144 or DrJeffreyRutstein.com. June 2014.