Havening® is a set of radically new techniques that helps people deal with emotional or psychological issues, and in particular issues triggered by previous traumatic events. The practice was originated by an American doctor, Dr. Ronald Ruden, who specializes in neuroscience and trauma. Dr. Ruden is a published medical author who has written books on trauma and addiction including the book “When the Past is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures (Psychosocial Stress Series)” which is available on Amazon.com (see our Resources page for more details). Dr. Ruden is an internal medicine practitioner and theorist, located in the United States, who has his own clinical practice and client base. He was introduced to the idea of tapping technologies including EFT and TFT by hypnotist and personal development guru, Paul McKenna.
Havening techniques are designed for rapid response. It was created to work specifically with trauma based issues. This includes phobias, panic attacks and PTSD. If you have a specific event (or events) in which you have significant negative emotions related to the event, Havening may be able to help you.
How does Havening work?
To understand how Havening works, it is important to understand how trauma effects the mind. In simple terms, when a traumatic event occurs, we create a meaning associated with the event. For example, I nearly drowned. Now I have a phobia of water. There is a split-second unconscious choice that changes the chemistry associated with the feeling part of the brain which is called the amygdala (pronouced e – mig – dele). The amygdala is an almond-shaped mass of grey matter that resides in both cerebral hemispheres and is responsible for the emotions we experience. Every time something happens associated with water a fear response is activated due to the previous traumatic event. As such, you can see how with such phobias, panic and ongoing trauma can rapidly take over someone’s life.
The Havening techniques attempt to put the brain chemistry back into its ‘proper’ state. This process is known as ‘de-linking’. With successful de-linking, a client my recall the memory or the event but the emotional charge is no longer present for them.
The technique itself involves a protocol of very specific and gentle touches on the hands, arms and face. This is ‘havening’.
The Havening Techniques system is comprised of protocols and methods that rely on the electrochemical makeup of our body to create healing. The Havening Techniques have three distinct applications: One is for emotional disturbances and encoded psychological trauma; the second is for wellness, stress management and peak performance; and the third is as a self-help tool.
This is specific to traumatic events that have created responses with significant associated emotion and would include phobias, PTSD, relationship breakups, loss of a loved one, etc. The memory of such an event may trigger behaviours that are undesirable eg. a panic attack. These memories are typically intense because of the traumatic nature of the original trigger. Using havening techniques it is possible to neutralize the recurring trauma. In such cases the memory will still be there but the triggered emotional response will not.
Havening helps to leave the emotional response where it belongs – in the past.
This works on either specific negative emotions that are associated with an event and/or creates new positive emotional states. Havening can help to manage emotions for better well-being. Some emotions, such as anxiety, worry or even desire can cause problems such as overeating or other compulsive behaviours. Traumatic events may leave one feeling sad, scared or hurting.
This allows the client to create powerful goals and associated emotions that the client would have assuming the goal were achieved. For example, if your goal was to get a new job, the associated emotions with having done so might be pride and satisfaction.
The end of the therapy process is when the client is in a position to function better leading to a happier, healthier and more enjoyable life. Once the events and emotions impacting the client are address, focus can be put on helping the client to achieve what they want out of lief, how they want to move forward and the hopes and beliefs they want to define themselves with.
“When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic or very stressful it becomes immutably encoded, often with life-altering consequences. However, recent research from the field of neuroscience has shown us how it’s possible to modify this encoding. The Havening Techniques are methods which are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body”
Ronald A. Ruden, M.D., Ph.D.
The effects of living with the experience of trauma are profuse. Untreated these symptoms can seep into every area of your life. Traumatically encoded memories can lead to disruptions in your personal relationships, emotional outbursts (anger, uncontrollable crying, etc.), a sense of being out of control, feelings of constant and irrational fear (anxiety, panic attacks, hyper-vigilance), sleep disruption (nightmares, insomnia, etc.), and so much more. Don’t let trauma derail your life. If you have experienced traumatic experiences in your life they may be preventing you from living your most fulfilled life. Contact Liane to learn more about the Havening Techniques!
Liane Wood is a Certified Havening Practitioner. You can find her profile on the Havening Techniques website here.