Questions about the Harmonized Brain Centers

Questions Harmonized Brain CentersQuestions about the Harmonized Brain Centers are important to us.  We encourage clients and the public to ask questions about the Harmonized Brain Centers as we believe educating our clients and potential clients is something we value highly.  As the old saying goes “there is never a bad question” and hopefully you can find your answer on our website.  If for some reason you are not satisfied then please email us at info@HarmonizedBrainCenters.com or please give us a call at 719-661-6422.  We are committed to helping our clients achieve the full potential of their brain by using the cutting edge technology of LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) and other common sense modalities.  No method is 100% effective; however, our methods have proven to be safe, efficient and effective for our clients.  So if you have questions about the Harmonized Brain Centers, please ask.

Please look at the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) below and please feel free to contact us if you have other questions.

What is LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System)
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The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates much more rapidly than traditional Neurofeedback and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still. With the LENS, the client doesn’t need to “do” anything, and there is nothing to learn.  The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-4 minutes.  This means that the LENS works well for people who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for longer time periods. Additionally, the LENS works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20.  For more information on LENS click here.

What is Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is direct training typically provided by health professionals such as psychologists, family  therapists, and counselors. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment and that information is brought back to the person by way of the sensors.  Neurofeedback is also called EEG Biofeedback, because it is based on electrical brain activity, the electroencephalogram, or EEG. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation.  Self-regulation is a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function. Self-regulation training allows the nervous system to function better. This training will take an average of 40± sessions. For more information on regular Neurofeedback click here.

Why LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System)?

We have found LENS to be the most cost effective and efficient neurofeedback system on the market for the client and the practitioner.  Traditional neurofeedback typically takes 40 sessions to see sustaining results whereas LENS gets the same if not better results in 10 sessions.  During LENS treatment the client is non-participatory but during traditional neurofeedback the client needs to focus and concentrate for up to 45 minutes to an hour a session.

Which type of conditions are appropriate to be helped with Neurofeedback?

LENS treatment can be used in addressing a variety of conditions that appear to be associated with irregular brain wave activity. Some of these conditions are hyperactivity and ADD, learning disabilities, conduct problems, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-concussion syndrome, seizure disorders, autism spectrum disorders, migraines, chronic pain, and addiction among others.  Sometimes if a client is just looking for optimal performance, LENS can help with that too as LENS helps the brain self-regulate to its most efficient pattern possible.

How many treatments does it take?

As many as it takes for each unique individual to feel substantially better on most symptoms identified on the CNS Questionnaire. Generally after an intake, map and three sessions, a therapist might be willing to make a prognosis (ten sessions might do it, or “this looks like a longer process, twenty minimum and maybe more–are you up for it?”).  It is generally better to spread the treatments out more and more and “taper off” rather than stopping abruptly, and our clinical experience has been that the effects last longer.

Can LENS harm my Brain?

We have no recorded instances of the LENS causing harm from structural changes to anyone in over twenty years of use with One million clients and over Four million sessions of the LENS and its predecessors.  The LENS provides information in the form of biofeedback. By using feedback frequencies that are closer to the brain’s own than something like the powerful MRI field, tRMS , or even pulsed magnetic stimulation, the LENS achieves brainwave changes with gentle feedback information that may also be obtained with considerably stronger signals.   We have no indication among professional providers (who talk to each other daily on a list-serve) of any long term “messing up” of anything, rather the reverse. And while no harm has ever been recorded, any kind of change process, even beneficial ones, can be temporarily disruptive  The clinician providing the service can give you an estimate of just how disruptive one might expect the changes to be by evaluating your symptoms, sensitivity, hardiness, reactivity, and your history to maximize the support for you.

Are the effects of LENS permanent or do they fade?

The longer the course of treatment with continual improvements, the more “permanent”. If, however, during an early “honeymoon phase” (a not infrequent experience) the person is so much better that they think they are “fixed” and stop abruptly.  In this case, there may be regressions, and the old patterns (brain memory, muscle memory, old habits) may reassert themselves.  However, for people who are quite robust underneath, but had a sudden setback, a very few treatments may suffice.  Under these circumstances, the nervous system and body prefer the flexible and healthy state, and it can last even with so few treatments.  We liken treatment of LENS to slightly adjusting the rudder on a ship.  It might night seem like a big change at first but over time your ship is heading in a whole new direction after the adjustment.

Do you treat yourself with LENS?

No, LENS treatment is provided by Certified LENS Practitioners only, typically a psychologist, a counselor, a psychotherapist or other health care providers.  You can visit our FIND A PROVIDER page for a complete and current listing of certified providers around the globe.