The use of LENS Neurofeedback and its integration with psychotherapeutic interventions is discussed. LENS is unique in the field of neurofeedback in that it applies the concept of neural regulation not only to the brain but also to the body, reflecting both Top-down and Bottom-up interventions. Such an integrated bodymind approach dovetails uniquely with other information processing interventions.
On that basis it is suggested that LENS is ideally suited as either a stand-alone or adjunctive intervention for individuals with a history of developmental trauma who routinely exhibit disorganized and dysregulated neural activity that interferes with effective psychotherapeutic interventions. Approaches unique to the LENS, like the notion of EEG suppression that is specifically relevant to developmental trauma are discussed, as well as adaptations of LENS to this population that include interventions drawn from integrating the neuroscience literature, traditional neurofeedback and clinical observations.
Case studies are presented to demonstrate the integration of LENS neurofeedback and associated neural regulation approaches into standard trauma treatment interventions. Particularly emphasis is on how such interventions can be interwoven and integrated with more traditional trauma treatment interventions, such as Ego-State Therapy, EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapy. It is proposed that the addition of LENS neurofeedback during all three trauma treatment phases (stabilization phase, trauma processing, re-integration) can assist in increasing therapeutic response by directly intervening at the level of the electrical or frequency domain of brain function.