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Havening practitioners are using these modern psychosensory processes in five broad ways.


Find calm wherever you are

Finding Calm

Emotional recovery
after traumatic experiences

Work with a professional mental health care provider who is certified in the Havening Technique if you have experienced severe trauma or suffer from a psychological disorder.

A Supportive Therapist

Living better through neuroscience

self-havening through working with a practitioner.

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Horseback Riding

Confidence and reaching goals



Flow Creativity


Recreational Havening, Art, Eco, relaxation, sensory enjoyment, engaging and being calm with animals  

Havening is suitable for all ages

Havening 2021

Increasing numbers of medics, therapists, bodyworkers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers, first-responders, self-development specialists, hypnotherapists, NLP practitioners, Reiki practitioners, TFT and EFT practitioners, acupuncturists, sports and performance coaches are using Havening in their work. They are training, learning about how these neurochemical processes work biologically, developing skills using Havening Touch® and Havening Techniques® and are becoming fully certified practitioners. Through the Rudens' own continuing practice and the work of practitioners in many fields, we are learning that there are many uses for the techniques and huge potential. Visit the main Havening website and view the range of professionals who are practicing Havening. Students of Havening can access the educational portal and access more detailed information, articles and videos of practitioners work.

The History of the Havening Techniques®

At the outset, the originators of the Havening Techniques, Dr Ronald Ruden and his twin brother Steven set out to research Energy Psychology (EP) from a neuroscience-based viewpoint. The root of EP is traditional Chinese medical procedures that employ touching acupoints on the meridian channels to heal both physical and emotional problems. EP claims to resolve various conditions, including phobias, somatisation responses, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, and a whole host of emotional states such as pathological fear, guilt, anger, jealousy and grief. Havening produces some of its effects by synaptic (receptor) depotentiation (removal). This process causes changes in the pathway laid down during the encoding of a traumatic event. This type of Havening can also be described with a more technical term that defines the neurobiological mechanism, Amygdala Depotentiation Technique (ADT). AMPA receptors are believed to be reabsorbed during the Havening process. The result of this physiological change is that when the stimuli are encountered in the future, the response will be calmer, objective or positive. This begins a series of ongoing changes to the person's 'landscape' (electro-chemical system), and in turn to their perceptions and behaviours. Other types of Havening facilitate change in the landscape, and how this works is explained in training. The Rudens' research enabled them to propose a new system grounded in neuroscience and clinical observation. They called this system Havening, meaning 'to put one in a safe place', a safe haven.

Havening Touch®
Havening Touch® involves simply touching the hands, upper arms or face with gentle contact and steady slow movement. In a Havening session, a person might like to use all of the different areas or only one, for example, just the arms or the face. In this video, you will see different ways that Havening Touch can be applied. You will also observe the use of other tools such as lateral eye-movement and the use of the gaining of trust. The Havening process used is described. There are a growing number of Havening Techniques, and some of these are listed below.
We can apply Havening Touch® ourselves and use the Havening Technique. We refer to this as Self Havening.
Facilitated Self-Havening
A Havening practitioner can guide us through the process of choosing which Havening Technique to use at what point as we are applying Havening Touch. This is called Facilitated Self-Havening.
Facilitated Havening
A certified Havening Practitioner can also apply Havening Touch. A practitioner would always ask for permission to apply the Havening Touch and demonstrate it on themselves before asking.
There are certain circumstances where the practitioner or the client may not wish to touch or be touched, and in these cases, the client can use Facilitated Self-Havening Touch. Please be advised that these videos are educational in nature and are being provided only as general information, and they are not to be considered medical or psychological advice. Further, they do not constitute a warranty, guarantee, or prediction regarding the outcome of an individual using The Havening Techniques® for any particular problem or issue.

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Havening Techniques®
Event Havening
In this method, the client brings to mind the event that causes distress. The individual then rates the subjective feeling on a scale for measuring subjective experience (SMSE). Havening Touch® and distraction techniques are subsequently employed. The purpose of Event Havening is to remove the distress caused by the recall of the traumatic memory. Dr Ronald Ruden and Dr Steven Rudens videos demonstrate this method.

Outcome Havening
One of the most remarkable finds involving Havening Touch® is that it allows the client to take control of the event in their minds and imagine a positive outcome to the event. For example if a client had been trapped in a circumstance, one could offer a different outcome while Havening Touch® is applied. The idea that we can alter the outcome has powerful implications for the treatment of trauma. It has allowed people to distance themselves from the event to such an extent they can move on.
Role Havening
This Havening Technique requires intimate knowledge of the clients' circumstances. It is never used at the outset. Here, a trained therapist or counselor takes on a role of an individual that is a powerful component of the traumatic event and speaks to the client while applying the Havening Touch®. For example, a child who has died can speak through the therapist. The speech should be comforting and informative. After some of the traumas have been removed, and the client is amenable, they can be coached.
Transpirational Havening
In this process the client chants a word or a phrase that is associated with a traumatic event. The word chosen is proceded by a the non-spoken "I am"... scared, afraid, angry, ashamed, guilty, alone, etc. Without Havening Touch®, emotionally related events remain seperate, but when Havening Touch® is applied during chanting, these events become bound and are brought to consciousness and removed.
Hopeful Havening
This is most often used at the end of a session. Here, the individual chants the word "hopeful"while receiving Havening Touch®. The therapist adds words after each chant. Words such as "I am healing", I am recovering", "My pain has eased","I feel good", "I am good enough. Or, " I am strong","I can do this, I will heal", "I will recover".
Affirmational Havening
In this approach, the client seeks something they find positive about themselves. The word or phrase, like in Transpirational Havening, has a preceding unspoken "I AM"... worthy, strong, safe, etc. Once chanting begins, Havening Touch is applied for about 3-5 minutes. 

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Do contact me if you would like to discuss how you might use Havening to help yourself or your clients. If you would like to experience a Havening Techniques session or train with me click the text below to find out more and book.

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