Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS): Is It for Me?

relaxing-head-massage-stress-0613136Many people have problems with daily life that begin in the brain. There are many ways this can occur. High levels of stress over time can cause problems with sleep, energy, and mood. A mild traumatic brain injury from a car accident or sports injury may cause difficulty with memory and attention span, and may induce depression. Exposure to chemicals such as those used in chemotherapy can cause problems with mental clarity, leading to a condition referred to as “chemo brain.” Problems with focus, concentration, and attention can be related to a variety of psychiatric diagnoses or sleep deprivation. Is taking medication always the answer?

The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) was developed in the early 1990s by Len Ochs, PhD, a northern California psychologist. LENS was created as an alternative to medication for brain-based problems and is often used along with psychotherapy. LENS is a computer-based software program that is connected to an EEG box, which measures brainwaves. LENS directly stimulates biochemical changes that are thought to help the brain regulate itself.

The brain is both a biochemical and a bioelectrical system. Medication works on the chemical system, while LENS works on the electrical system. We might think of LENS helping the brain to reboot, like a computer that is no longer functioning optimally. LENS is just as safe and effective as traditional neurofeedback, and works much more quickly, saving both time and money.

Process of Treatment

The treatment itself consists of sitting quietly in a comfortable chair with your eyes gently closed, while the neurofeedback practitioner applies a tiny electrode with conductive paste to your scalp to both measure the brainwave activity and to deliver treatment. It is a completely painless and noninvasive procedure and most find it very relaxing.

Treatment consists of invisible radio frequency waves that are 4,000 times weaker than what your brain is exposed to each time you hold a cellular phone to your head. Not only is the feedback signal incredibly weak, but the length of exposure to it is extremely short. The duration of actual feedback during a typical LENS session is from one second to one minute per site on the head. It might seem impossible that a signal so weak could do anything at all, but it is effective because the brain can respond to the low-energy signal, whereas it would react and defend against a stronger one.

Neurofeedback clinicians have noticed a strong connection between excessive activity in the EEG, particularly in the slower brainwaves, and difficulties with mood, energy, focus, and mental clarity. Trauma and stress tend to cause EEG suppression, in which the brain protects itself from overload and seizure activity by reducing activity, which in turn limits functioning. In this case, the person doesn’t have the full range of emotions, thoughts and abilities they once had. LENS helps to normalize both excess activity and suppression in the EEG, and people feel better and are able to do more of what they want. Most people who receive LENS treatment report feeling more calm, relaxed, and in control of themselves.

Who Can Benefit from LENS?

We all know individuals who are rigid and inflexible, who are stuck in patterns of thinking and feeling that make them miserable, and yet they just can’t seem to change. Some people struggle because they seem to be perpetually stuck in overdrive — unable to wind down at the end of the day, or even to sit still for very long without excessive fidgeting, foot tapping, knuckle cracking, or frequent smoking breaks. Other people seem to be perpetually shut down emotionally and physically, with a sad, downcast appearance, low energy, and minimal interaction with others.

These patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving are both psychological and physiological. Releasing suppression and reducing excess activity in the brain allows the person to begin to feel that change is possible, so they can begin to make new choices and form new habits. Psychotherapy combined with LENS neurofeedback treatment is optimal in these cases. LENS helps make the brain more flexible and therapy provides the support and coaching for how to make changes and develop new patterns in how we deal with our thoughts and emotions.

One woman I worked with, “Linda,” a middle-aged attorney, had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury ten years ago during a car accident. Her doctors told her, “this is as good as it’s going to get” when she complained of memory problems, headaches, insomnia, and the feeling that her brain “just didn’t work right anymore.” Since then, she was forced to give up her law practice because of these limitations. Her self-esteem and relationships suffered, leading to depression and a feeling of hopelessness about the future.

Linda began to respond to LENS within four or five sessions. Over the course of the four months I worked with her, I saw her twice weekly and each time we met, I noted and she reported improvements. She became giddy when she suddenly realized she could remember words that she had not been able to think of in over a decade without effort. As her limitations were eliminated, her mood brightened as well.

When I first met Linda she presented as someone who had given up and was just going through the motions, appearing disheveled, with dirty hair and stained and wrinkled clothing. She arrived smiling on the day of our final LENS session, her hair and nails freshly done, wearing a bright and flattering dress. As she left, she tearfully thanked me for “giving me my life back.” She had already announced to friends and family she was reopening her law practice and was open for new referrals.

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  • Grayson

    June 14th, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Well, it might mean thinking a little bit out of the box especially for those who are the most set in theri ways and the most rigid. However if they have tried other ways of changing and have had little luck or success then it seems perfectly reasonable to me that this could be something that would help. I am all for trying any method that I can when I want to accomplish something even when it means that it could be a little alternative to what the norm traditionally is. I just have this feeling that if you believe in something and embrace it then the opportunity for it to help you grow is there. Again, you just have to keep your mind open to the possibilities of how it can actually help you in your life.

  • Diann Wingert, LCSW, BCD

    June 14th, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Grayson, You make a very good point about belief. I agree that when we believe a treatment is going to be beneficial, we empower that treatment to be effective for us. This is not exactly the same as the “placebo” effect, when a sham treatment seems to work because the individual believes they are receiving an actual treatment. It is more like the mind giving the brain permission to heal. Thanks for writing ! DW

  • Michelle C.

    July 22nd, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    How are they different from each other? Thank you

  • Ada

    June 15th, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Frankly I had never even heard of this technique before.but if this really is so effective then our medical community really needs some stick for not having propagated this enough over chemical substitutes.if and when healthcare stops being all about money and starts being about care that is when we will truly achieve happiness.

  • Lydia

    June 15th, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    You have to remember that for many of us it isn’t that we wouldn’t be interested or that it wouldn’t benefit us but that it just isn’t available to us where we live.

  • Sallie Few

    June 17th, 2013 at 4:33 AM

    There was a time in my life that I would have just thought that this was only something that hippies would do. Yes, I thought that way! But the more I have read and the older I have gotten, the more I have developed the ability to think outside of the box and not to only turn to the traditional methods of treatment for overall life improvement. There are so many techniques avaailable today, and I am not aboove giving just about anything a try. Call me adventurous in my old age, but when it comes to self improvement, you never know when you are going to hit on that one little thing that is going to have the ability to deliver a whole lot of positive change for you in your life.

  • Diann Wingert, LCSW, BCD

    June 17th, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Sallie, I was trained in the medical model of psychiatric social work. For many years, psychotherapy & medication were the only options. Like you, I have found myself becoming more open minded as I have gotten older. Perhaps it is because we feel more comfortable and secure with not knowing all the answers, so we are less threatened by something new and different. Alternative and complementary techniques are not only gaining credibility but there are many more of these techniques available than ever before. I have clients who choose to utilize traditional modalities and I respect their right to do so. I just like being able to offer alternatives and giving people choices. Thanks for writing, Diann Wingert, LCSW, BCD

  • Alan

    August 5th, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    I echo Lydia’s comments. I have known about LENS for almost a decade, but unfortunately for me the nearest practitioner is in the Chicago area… about 250 miles away.

  • Diann Wingert, LCSW, BCD

    August 6th, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Alan, While it is true that there are only about 600 certified LENS practitioners at this time, it is also true that introductory and advanced LENS training classes are being held several times a year and new providers are being certified all the time. Please check the ochslabs.com website regularly as new providers are added.

  • Joe D

    July 7th, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    What kind of background or education is needed in order to take the training to become a certified administrator of LENS?

  • Michael

    March 24th, 2014 at 2:59 AM

    I did this weekly for 1 yr with someone who is considered the leader in this field and sadly my panic disorder did not improve ..I was told that the majority of oeoole do get better ..was told that with every differant treatment I’ve tried ie weekly accupuncture with an md etc etc .. I must be treatment resistant

  • Diann Wingert

    March 24th, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Michael, Are you sure it was LENS ( Low Energy Neurofeedback System ) ? It is quite unusual to do that many sessions, especially without improvement in symptoms.


  • Dustin

    May 15th, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Does anyone know what are all of the options to become a certified LENS practitioner? I am really interested in this.

  • Diann Wingert

    May 15th, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Dustin, In order to be eligible to be trained and certified in LENS neurofeedback, you must be a licensed health provider (physician, nurse, psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, naturopathic physician, etc.) If this applies to you, please contact Ochs Labs in Sebastopol, CA to inquire about taking the Introductory Course in LENS. Their website is ochslabs.com

  • Lucy

    May 29th, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    I have been getting lens therapy since April. I do not know if it works or not. I feel better than I did but I am unsure if I’ve gotten better on my own or it is helping slowly. I still have anxiety and am not able to cope at times. It is hard and my life is still affected. I have had insomnia too and usually fatal asleep with an aid. I think I’ve had 7 treatments so far. The clincher would b for me to start sleeping all night with no interruptions in sleep. They say it takes 10 to 20 sessions. I will follow through.

  • Diann Wingert

    May 31st, 2014 at 9:47 AM


    Thanks for writing about your experience with LENS Neurofeedback. Your doubts about what is actually happening in response to LENS therapy are common. Most people do respond to LENS treatment, some of them dramatically and some on a more subtle level.

    I would recommend that you speak with your LENS practitioner about your expectations. If you seem to be feeling and functioning better, you probably are. It might be helpful if you and your LENS provider track your primary symptoms over time so that you can monitor your response in a more objective manner.

    Change is an interesting and complex phenomenon. When clients respond well to LENS treatment (or to medication or psychotherapy or any other intervention for that matter ), they frequently attribute the change to something else (placebo effect, spontaneous remission of their symptoms, positive thinking, etc) rather than the treatment they are receiving. This is frustrating to both clients and practitioners.

    There is usually some discomfort with the process of change itself. Just because we want our symptoms to go away doesn’t mean we will feel entirely comfortable when they do. The healthier state is new and unfamiliar, so we doubt it and question it. This is all a normal response to the change process and gets better with time.

    If your LENS practitioner is a licensed psychotherapist, you may want to explore ways to develop greater comfort with your changing self as treatment progresses.

    Good luck ! Diann

  • felix

    September 25th, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    i’ve had about a dozen treatments and although my anxiety (reason for treatment) has lessened considerably, so have ALL emotions and my ability to feel empathy!!!!

    after some research online i’ve found more people with such experiences and worse that lasted. i don’t enjoy things anymore or feel much of anything. its pretty disturbing. whats the point if passion and feelings die?

    without any feeling…whats the point to anything?

  • Diann

    September 29th, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Felix, Your response is disturbing and unusual, in my experience. Please discuss this with your treating clinician. Sometimes anxiety symptoms may resolve quickly with LENS neurofeedback, and when they do, an underlying depression comes to the surface. Based on your reported symptoms, I suspect this may be the case. Regardless of cause, your experience must be addressed. I sincerely hope you will be feeling better very soon.

  • Pat

    August 16th, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    How likely is it that the depression was always there and masked by the anxiety?

  • Rashida C.

    August 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    I truly got into this post. I found it very interesting and loaded with unique points of interest. I like to digest material that makes me wonder. Thank you for writing this great content.

  • Diann W.

    August 2nd, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks for your comment. I am glad you found the information on LENS to be thought-provoking. It is truly a cutting edge treatment.

    Be Well,

  • Pat

    August 16th, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    This is a question for the LENS practitioners: when a patient is hooked up and receiving a full EEG scan with a small charge, does the practitioner typically have a line questions or a line of thinking they practice before and during the treatement? Is the general idea behind LENS to reinforce the brain waves associated with a positive thoughts resulting in stronger positive thought thoughts?

  • Diann Wingert

    August 17th, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    Depression can often co-exist with anxiety and be masked by anxiety. Once the anxiety is “dialed down”, the depression seems to emerge, but has actually been there all along. I use an analogy of “front burner, back burner” with my clients to explain this. As for your second question, this is much more in depth than the focus of this blog. I would suggest you visit the Ochs Labs website (the developer of LENS) for specific info on how the LENS technique works. LENS is a passive neurofeedback system, so the practitioner is not directing the client toward any particular brainwave frequency through a line of questioning or any other procedure. Thanks for your comments.

  • Michelle

    August 27th, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I have a colleague who is a LENS practitioner and we were discussing the actual functioning of the brain and what changes during LENS therapy. We had established that what occurs in the brain is a rewiring of certain pathways, much like that of what mindfulness therapies do as supported by the now overwhelming evidence found through scientific study (particularly in practices such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). The only difference is LENS is the same treatment, without all the mindfulness sessions–much like exercising results without the exercise. I find that fascinating! I actually specialize in the research areas of mindfulness and what it can do to lower anxiety and depression, and sometimes it just cannot work for certain individuals. It has many additional positive aspects obviously (being able to do it anywhere and producing positive wellness practices, etc.), but a therapy such as LENS can provide this to so many individuals that cannot or do not subscribe to such modalities. It is so very exciting that a wonderful therapy like this can be available to so many people, whether as an alternative or as a primary therapy.

  • Diann Wingert

    August 28th, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Michelle, YES, this is fascinating data that supports what the world’s contemplative traditions have known for some time, mindfulness mediation really works. I teach all of my LENS clients mindfulness practices so that when we are finished with their LENS treatment, they can continue to rewire their neural pathways on their own. Thanks for writing! Diann

  • Sandra

    August 30th, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Questiion. Looking to see if LENS or traditional neurofeedback is best to treat ASD and HDHD on a child 6?years old?

  • Diann Wingert

    August 31st, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Thanks for your question. I do not treat children or ASD, but know that both approaches are used. For more info on the use of LENS for autism spectrum disorders, I would suggest that you check with Ochs Labs, the developer of the LENS system. The EEG institute in Woodland Hills, CA trains practitioners in traditional neurofeedback, and a great resource for info on that option. Diann

  • Karsih

    September 23rd, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    bit about stroke prevention 9 because this is certainly been an area where there’s been a tremendous amount of work done in the last twenty to thirty years in this country and if one looks at strokes statistics for instance from the nineteen fifties looks at the incidence of stroke per hundred thousand people that .

  • sean

    January 16th, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    I received LENS therapy after reaching out to a friend about feeling suicidal. I had been suffering from depression for a number of years that only seemed to increase. After numerous LENS sessions over a lengthy period of time I can say it might have saved my life. Medications were not the answer for me personally. 2 years later my mental state is quite solid. I have an easier time focusing on positive aspects of my life & feel like I am making forward progress in living. I would recommend LENS to anyone who feels like they’ve reached a point that feels hopeless due to depression & medication is not working for you. It can be hard to ask for help when you feel so depressed especially if you’ve been dealing with it for a long time but it might be the best thing you can do. I hope this helps someone else.

  • Jessica

    February 2nd, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    How is this different from electro shock treatment? Seems like its the same to me

  • Diann Wingert

    February 4th, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Jessica, While it might seem that LENS and ECT ( electroconvulsive therapy or “shock therapy”) are the same, they are very different. ECT is administered by a medical professional to a sedated patient and is used for severe depression that does not respond to medications. ECT causes significant short term memory loss and other complications. LENS is a safe, gentle administration of a radio wave which mimics the brain’s own electrical rhythm. The LENS frequency is 400 times weaker than a cell phone signal and is not known to have any lasting or significant side effects. Thanks for your interest and for writing.

  • Bree

    February 10th, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Diann, Thank you for this article. I received LENS treatment in 2010-2011 and found it immensely beneficial and healing for my postpartum depression. Like others, I was skeptical, but was searching for a non-chemical solution. With time, patience and trust in my practitioner, I saw restoration from the treatment. I am so thankful that this option is out there and only wish that it was more readily available. Again, thank you for your succinct and educational article.

  • Diann Wingert

    February 10th, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Bree, Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the LENS for your postpartum depression. I agree that it should be more widely known, appreciated and utilized. Diann

  • Dennis D

    April 22nd, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    First of all I would like to say I’m delighted to see an article like this discussing the benefits of LENS. I’ve been in the counseling field for 15 years starting our as an employment counselor, working in a Vet Center for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and 4 years in private practice as a Clinical Mental Health Therapist, and Certified LENS Clinician. In the community based mental health system there is a great deal of resistance to alternative therapies such as LENS. My primary population is Combat Veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. There rest of my clients are adult female and male clients most of which are suffering from complex traumas, anxiety, and depressive or mood disorders. Over 90 % of my clients have showed moderate to significant improvement, and those that don’t usually jump ship to soon, or quit therapy prematurely usually are amazed by the improvement in overall brain function. I have had a number of Veterans in the court system because the treatments they were undergoing did not adequately address their need for the brain to return to a healthy self regulated state, like it was prior to combat stress and physical blast injuries to the brain. The complexities of our modern world, and the complex trauma’s that go hand in hand with navigating life alter healthy brain patterns. Trauma is trauma, and the brain responds to various negative inputs virtually the same no matter what method of insult caused the damage. There is some resistance in the medical community, and especially the VA. For the VA it’s more about liabilities, a refusal to admit that there are a truckload of Veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, and they do not want to compensate them. It’s easier to call it PTSD, because PTSD can get better much faster in most cases, and it shares overlapping symptoms with TBI’s. In the community my wife and I work in we have done quality work utilizing LENS as an intervention tool and we have had clients come in on referral by medical doctors straight from the hospital, because they cannot help a patient with Conversion Disorder for example. It is a crippling anxiety based disorder that can render you unable perform certain motor functions, or render you completely bedridden. We now get referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who see enough improvement in their clients the first 20 sessions or so that they are able to place them in jobs and clear them from their case loads. My wife works with children and families who are adoptive parent with children suffering from Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ODD, Reactive Attachment Disorder etc. Because of LENS and Rythmic Movement Therapy and Kinesiology she has distinguished herself as a very effective therapist. So, LENS is a tremendous tool in our tool boxes. It’s not that in itself it can alleviate all mental health challenges, however it calms the psychophysiological responses to a dysregulated brain, and it gives the client a chance in talk therapy to clean up the life they are living which reduces the risk of further damage to the psyche, and if they are willing to take an honest look at their circumstances, and do a little house cleaning life can once again return to a more healthy, less traumatizing endeavor. As a Clinician I really take it hard sometimes when a old school neurologist tells my clients I’m nothing more than a snake oil salesman, or that he or she is an expert witness against people like me. Here locally in the Vet Court System I’ve had great success helping vets get to a place where they can successfully get through an 18 month program and graduate with lesser or no charges after completion. It’s happened multiple times, and one day I got an invitation to talk to the judge and share with him and the team about the wonders of LENS. Sadly the VA decided they did not want me there and their loud protest was successful in the sense that the invitation was later recended. Thankfully the Vets kept coming and reporting back to the court that they were still getting LENS Therapy and it was the best therapy they have ever had. 80% of my veterans have been pro-Bono clients, so it cost them nothing to come see me, and I must say that it has been a pleasure watching these guys heal. The residuals of TBI can make life very difficult for these warriors and others who suffer from debilitating mental illnesses, and brain insults. Although the brain does the vast majority of the work when LENS is being deployed, it is LENS that gives the brain an opportunity to reset and self regulate to a healthier pattern of brain function. It can work quickly with younger clients with simple and complex traumas, however as layers and layers of insults are added over time, the process of helping the brain self regulate back to an acceptable level of function can take more time. So, if you do LENS Therapy make sure you understand, the more trauma you have suffered, the longer you have suffered from mental health, and chronic pain issues, and some neurally mediated conditions the more sessions you will likely need. The shorted the period of suffering is, the fewer sessions you may need to reach your treatment goals. Children who’s brains keep developing until around the age of 25 years old or so can possible need periodic maintenance sessions while the brain developmental processes are still active. On the other hand there are times when just a few sessions will get the job done. The most important thing you need to do is take a look at your life during the early days of LENS Therapy and identify the things in your life that need to go in order for you to be in an environment that promotes both mental and physical health. If you can eliminate the issues that caused the decline in health, then you can eliminate these things be it a volatile relationship, a stressful dead end job, or environmental stressor that keeps you up at night, the better off you will be. LENS is a marvelous tool for us clinicians to add to our arsenal, but it is nothing more than a very effective tool that aids the brain in healing itself. Look for a Clinician in your area. We are happy to just talk and share our experiences as well. I can’t imagine being without this wonderful tool. Have a great day and be well.

  • Diann Wingert

    April 23rd, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    Thanks for your comments, Dennis !

  • Mary

    July 6th, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Does this treatment work on stroke patients? If so, in what way? Does it actually help them regain movement in extremities? Vision? Mood?

  • Diann Wingert

    July 7th, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    For information about the use of LENS with stroke patients, I recommend you visit the LENS website at ochslabs.com for complete information on the efficacy of LENS for medical disorders and diagnoses.

  • Steve h

    July 18th, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    I’ve had 3 sessions and I be already have realized a remarkable improvement in calmness and relaxation

  • Diann Wingert

    July 19th, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Steve, I am very excited for your rapid progress. Of course, not everyone responds to any intervention, but those who respond to the LENS often do so very quickly. Here’s to your continued improvement and health ! Diann

  • Jeff

    July 25th, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Is it unusual for symptoms of depression and anxiety to worsen before it gets better during treatment? I’ve had four treatments so far during the past month; the 5th will be in 4 days. I spent last weekend in bed because I felt so bad.

  • Sean

    June 21st, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Hey Jeff, I had my existing symptoms worsen before they improved. Just hang in there it’s great that you’re taking steps in the right direction :)

  • Diann Wingert

    July 25th, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Jeff, I’m sorry to hear that your symptoms of depression and anxiety got worse during treatment with LENS. In the 20 years since LENS was first developed, there have been no reported cases of new symptoms developing, however some individuals do experience a temporary increase in some symptoms prior to these symptoms resolving. You definitely want to inform your LENS provider of this change, so he/she can be monitoring you closely and adjusting your treatment as needed. I hope that you are feeling better by the time of your next appointment. Diann

  • Stephen M

    February 13th, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Hi Diann,
    I have the following questions.
    ” whereas it would react and defend against a stronger one.” Can you cite a source for this statement?
    “Trauma and stress tend to cause EEG suppression, in which the brain protects itself from overload and seizure activity by reducing activity, which in turn limits functioning. ” Can you cite a source for this statement?

  • Diann Wingert

    February 13th, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Stephen – Thanks for your questions. If you are interested in the research behind LENS, the best source of information is the website of the developer, ochslabs.com. Diann

  • Melissa

    June 21st, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Honestly, I was nervous to try this when it was suggested to me by a nurse practitioner who works with my therapist. However, I was interested in the brain mapping feature and what it would show about my brain activity. It showed exactly the issues I’ve struggled with my entire life and it was enlightening to see which parts of the brain were lower in activity and which were over-active. I received the treatment for a couple of months and didn’t notice anything. Once I stopped treatment completely, I began to realize what an amazing effect it had had on me. I wish I had stopped more slowly as is recommended than stopped altogether. It is a treatment that you don’t realize is happening, and doesn’t involve medication. I was more stable while this therapy was done.

  • Diann Wingert

    June 25th, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Several of my past clients for LENS treatment made similar observations. Just as with medication, each person responds differently. Some notice significant changes right away, others more gradually, still others not until treatment stops, and some don’t seem to benefit at all. I’m happy to hear that LENS treatment was beneficial for you, even though the effect was somewhat delayed. Thanks for writing.

  • Monique

    July 13th, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    My brother began treatments three weeks ago. After the very first treatment, we noticed a difference. He has suffered from depression for years and has been suicidal. He’s been in a psychiatric hospital, been placed on meds, and has been in therapy for years. None of this has helped. He would get high, daily, just to cope with life. He smoked weed like one smokes cigarettes. There isn’t a time that I can think of over the past few years that he hasn’t been high. He says he’s never been able to think clearly and it’s as if so many different things are going on in his head at once. He was very disrespectful to our mother, and he’s always been a selfish person, a taker, not a giver. Whenever he got angry, he would go off, scream and cry, punch things and bang his head with his fists. He has punched so many holes in my mothers walls, we’ve lost count! After only three treatments, he’s become a different person. He is very mild mannered. He says he can think clearly. Prior to the treatments, he took a test twice and failed. A week after his first treatment, he retook the test and passed it with flying colors! He smiles now. He’s happy. He said he no longer has the desire to get high, and my mom confirmed that he hasn’t been high since starting the treatments. He tells everyone he loves them all the time, and he actually shows it. If he feels he’s done something wrong, he apologizes. I can go on and on about the positive changes that he’s made, all without meds or therapy. My brother is 20 years old, and he’s expecting his first child. I feared that he wasn’t ready to be a father, but now he’s talking about all the positive expectations that he has for his son and all the positives that he will instill in him. LENS has truly been a God-send to our family!!!

  • Diann

    July 13th, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Monique, Thanks for sharing this amazing story. When meds and therapy have not been effective, it’s incredibly gratifying when the impact of LENS is not only dramatic but so rapid as well. I hope your brother continues to benefit. Congratulations to you on becoming an aunt as well. 27kA

  • Jesse

    July 21st, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Diann, What is your experience with using LENS with Stroke Recovery Patients who are dealing with Aphasia (speech issue)? Any success in improving their speech?

  • Diann Wingert

    July 21st, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Jesse, I have not personally treated stroke patients, but encourage you to contact the developers of LENS at Ochs Labs to request more information.

  • Cynthia W.

    September 7th, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    I am afraid to try LENS, having trauma based ptsd. Ten years ago today the trauma happened. I have tried so many medications, therapy and I wish there was a blog of people talking about their experiences with LENS.

  • Diann Wingert

    September 8th, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Cynthia W – My suggestion would be for you to contact the developer of the LENS system and see if they provide you with information on the use of LENS with PTSD. At the present time, I believe EMDR is still considered the gold standard for treating trauma.

  • Larry

    March 30th, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    If this technology is supposed to cure people from ADHD, bipolar and depression, then why haven’t I heard of until now. Why hasn’t this been presented by 60 Minutes or 20/20?

  • Diann Wingert

    March 30th, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    There is no cure for ADHD, bipolar or depression that we know of. At this time, brain based disorders (mental illness) can be treated and managed to varying degrees of success. Some individuals do not respond well to medications, some cannot tolerate them and others choose not to take psychotropic pharmaceuticals. For these individuals, neurofeedback is one of the options that are available. In my experience, anxiety disorders and adult ADHD respond better to this form of treatment than do depressive disorders. There is no medication, therapy or any other modality that is effective in 100% of individuals and neuro feedback is not either. Thanks for your question. Diann Wingert

  • Tarik

    June 17th, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Hi Diann. In response to the last question about ADHD, you mentioned first that there is no cure for ADHD, but later you stated, “In my experience… adult ADHD respond better to this form of treatment than do depressive disorders.” Could you clarify what you meant by “this form of treatment”? What about kids with ADHD, does LENS work for them in any way?

  • Diann Wingert

    June 18th, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Thanks for your question. LENS, just like medication, is treatment, not a cure. LENS is the form of treatment referred to in my comments. Children with ADHD can and do respond to LENS, but there isn’t any treatment that all patients respond to.
    Diann W.

  • lisa

    July 27th, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    I have done about 8-10 treatments. In the beginning I felt nothing. Then after about 3-4 treatments I noticed that I had more stamina. I suffer from chronic pain that lies in the gray area and NO ONE has been able to cure me. The good side, it’s not completely debilitating pain but it’s enough pain to make my life challenging. After 2 doctors mentioned that my ailments could be manifesting itself because of an emotional imbalance, I went to counseling to try and get rid of “stuck” emotions. Unfortunately the therapist was out of pocket and extremely expensive. She helped a great deal and I was feeling a tad better physically but mentally I felt amazing. To continue my progress, I continued to go to counseling with a provider that was in network and he swore by LENS. Like I said, LENS was helping me but after the last 3 times, it has been a very negative experience. I struggle to be in a good mood. All the positive cognitive techniques I learned before LENS that helped me tremendously aren’t really working now. I feel a cloudiness in my mind. I can’t think as clear. There have been a few times when I have forgotten complety what I was doing during a task. The therapist is using a Osch LENS unit and he is fairly new at using this. I fear this might be the issue. Thoughts? I do not want to continue but at the same time he said I have some brain trauma and LENS would fix it. I’m VERY curious if this could perhaps cure me from all the unknown medical issues I have.

  • Diann Wingert

    July 27th, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Lisa, I can only imagine how confusing and frustrating this much be. Unfortunately, any advice I might offer here would be inappropriate given that I am a licensed healthcare provider, but you are not under my care. Legally and ethically, this would not be wise and perhaps not even helpful. The most helpful suggestion I can make is for you to contact Ochs Labs, the developer of the LENS system, if you are questioning the expertise of the provider you are working with. I hope you get the answers you are looking for and are able to resume your progress in the healing journey.

  • Carolyn

    June 24th, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Diann – I am starting my first treatment tomorrow. My issue is anxiety & depression which led to alcohol addiction. Will LENS help with addiction?

  • Diann Wingert

    June 25th, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Wishing you a successful outcome with your treatment. I did not treat addiction specifically, however many of my clients with anxiety responded very well to LENS. For more specific information on LENS treatment in addiction, I would recommend you contact the company directly at http://www.ochslabs.com

  • Susan

    August 17th, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    diann-considering LENS for anxiety/panic and wondered approx. what percentage of patients you see have improvement with anxiety and how many treatments usually does that take. Also is there optimal spacing of appointments that is best- I’ve seen people say they go once a week and some 2-3 times a week. thanks

  • Dennis

    August 17th, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    It is an interesting question you pose here. In the 8 years I have been a LENS Clinician I have seen varying degrees of Anxiety, some are related to genetic mutations, life stressors, poor diet and unresolved histories, as well as real-time stressors. Science has recently discovered that Anxiety can actually alter the genetics of future generations and pass on the dispositions of our ancestors. There are other factors like the MTHFR gene, issues with B-12 and Folate Deficiencies, vagal nerve and thyroid issues, Traumatic Brain Injuries etc. Another factor is how safe and secure are you at home, in your personal relationships etc? LENS can calm the storm in most of these situations, however Anxiety can be multifaceted. You have to address the underlying causes to some degree and LENS with then quickly resolve the Anxiety symptoms. I have seen as little as 2-6 sessions be effective for some even at the Panic Disorder level if the rest of their life is in order. Some I have had to work at it for months. LENS will give you an innate ability to have some cognitive clarity as sessions progress, which allows the client to examine the precipitating factors that feed their anxiety and many begin to systematically restructure their lives. Even if their predisposition remains their choice to alter their circumstances gives them the ability to manage their symptoms effectively. So in summary it can be as little as 6-20 sessions on average for some, usually one session per week is ideal. If there are unresolved underlying medical and relational factors involved it can provide immediate relief, however if the underlying causes are not fully addressed it becomes palliative in nature. Even in the midst of chaos periodic sessions can alleviate a great deal of suffering as clients begin to examine their lives and clean house. In my practice I also have recommended that some of my clients see a local Medical Doctor who has specialized training in the medical applications of CBD Oil. Israel has been doing studies on full spectrum CBD for over a decade and the neuro-regenerative properties combined with LENS have been an absolutely amazing combination in my practice. It’s good to see that the medical community is now more open to LENS and other alternative therapies. My wife and have received referrals from Local Physicians in Oregon and El Paso Texas for clients suffering from Conversion Disorder which can literally cause paralysis that is Anxiety generated. LENS I feel absolutely has its place in modern mental healthcare circles. I hope this is helpful. Blessings and Peace to you.

  • Diann Wingert

    August 18th, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Susan, Thank you for your question. As mentioned in earlier comments, I am no longer a LENS practitioner, so I will refer you back to the developer for more information. Unfortunately, Good Therapy will not take down this post, so I continue to get inquiries. Someone named Dennis has actually responded to your question in this thread, however I do not know Dennis and cannot verify his advice. What I can tell you Susan is that during the years I was treating anxiety with LENS, I had the greatest success with this disorder in particular. Many client responded in as few as 5-10 sessions, others needed up to 20. If I was not receiving a great result by 10 sessions, we were typically adding other modalities. Many clients got great results with once a week sessions, others needed twice a week. One thing to consider is this: I have been a therapist for over 20 years and have worked with hundreds of people with anxiety. It tends to increase and intensify over time, and many people identify so strongly with their anxiety that they literally wouldn’t know who they are or how to function without it. While this might sound bizarre to a sufferer, consider this. If your anxiety were to disappear overnight, while that might seem like an answer to your prayers, it could also be so disorienting that you wouldn’t know how to think, feel or behave. With clients I have treated who had a very strong identification with their anxiety and it had really become a major part of how they see themselves in the world, I would choose to spread out their LENS treatment and work more slowly, using cognitive behavioral therapy to change their thoughts around their anxiety while using LENS to change their brain at the same time. I hope that helps and that you find the right provider for you.

  • Sophie

    December 16th, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Diann…i would like to ask…for a chronic insomnia case of around 6/7 months duration that started gradually getting worse (from just the inhability to fall asleep to waking up every hour to sometimes even waking every half hour or 20 minutes to sometimes being in an awake like state to altogether), would either traditional/lens neurofeedback help? Which one would help better? And in how many sessions do you think you would see an improvement? Speaking a 23 when it started now 24 year old young female adult speaking

  • Diann Wingert

    December 17th, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Before recommending neurofeedback ( traditional or LENS), I would recommend you first rule out medical causes for your insomnia, such as hormonal imbalance or thyroid issues. The #1 non-medical cause of insomnia is anxiety/stress and once the brain ‘learns’ insomnia, it tends to get worse. I am a big fan of CBT-i which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, an evidence-based treatment that is very effective in the majority of cases. Neurofeedback might be helpful, but is it more expensive and will take longer to work than CBT-i in most cases. You may want to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician and find a CBT-i practitioner near you at the same time. Good luck getting back to sleep.

  • Sophie

    December 17th, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Thank you for the honest answer, Diann. I already went to my primary care physician and am now under sleeping pills. She also send me to get a thyroid test done that i will do next month due christmas expenses this month. The reason why i wanted to try neurofeedback is because i have read many scientific reports about it’s benefits, and testimonials online and on youtube of people with insomnia that have tried therapies for years. Even CBT and nothing helped. Until they found neurofeedback and that’s what personally helped them. I do know my insomnia is primary. By this, i mean with no other apparent cause. I do know i do not snore, nor have apnea or restless leg syndrome. It is also not for stress or depression or anxiety. My mind is calm when i try to start to sleep and i still can’t. However, it started after periods of anxiety in my life that lasted months. The anxiety eventually went away, but not my sleep. I have read and informed myself and i do believe what caused this insomnia of mine is an hyperarousal brain that became that way for getting it used to many periods of stress and anxiety. Is not like i have tried CBT myself so i don’t know if is because i have done it self directed (by this i mean, i have tried most CBT methods for insomnia by myself that i have read online) such as stimulous control, sleep hygiene and sleep restriction with little to no success. My heart and instincts just tells me that neurofeedback might be my solution. As i have seen that is effective for the long term. I will see how i do to pay it and i don’t care if it works slowly, i have a big faith on the therapy based on many research i have made by myself. But i just wanted to know which one would be better for insomnia improvements faster. I will still try it regardless of what you said. Still, i thank you for the recommendation and for wishing me a good luck!

  • Gregory

    January 27th, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Diann- it seems as if you’ve had much success utilizing LENS therapy with your clients. May I ask why you are no longer a LENS practitioner? Thank you.

  • Ian

    July 22nd, 2020 at 2:38 AM

    Hi Gregory, Diann,
    Diann, thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind answers above. They have been most illuminating.
    Gregory, I was just going to ask the same question :-)
    Warmest regards,

  • Carol

    September 28th, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Am looking for a LENS therapist. I had the therapy in Seattle in 2013 and found it to be very successful in treating my depression.

  • Alexa

    October 5th, 2021 at 6:32 PM

    A current student in the MA for Clinical Mental Health. I also have twins that went through years of Epilepsy, now in remission thank God. Have you seen any cases where LENS helps teens with General Whole brain Epilepsy regain energy and relieve anxiety caused by Epilepsy?

  • Tammy

    August 5th, 2023 at 9:33 PM

    I’m trying to understand specifically what the difference is between administering Neurofeedback vs LENS? I don’t mean the length of a session as much as is there an administration of a radio wave during Neurofeedback? My son did 20 Neurofeedback sessions with great results but LENS is an avenue I hadn’t hear of until recently and he’d like to utilize similar therapies again. Just not clear on if it’s the same sort of process.

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