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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 becoming 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 practising 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, the 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.

Click the image to access Dr Ruden's  paper or click the PDF logo to download here 


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.

Havening was designed to help people who had experienced  traumatic events

Living better through neuroscience

self-havening through working with a practitioner.

Havening for resilience



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


Flow Creativity

Havening for pleasure
Finding calm with Havening

Find calm wherever you are

Finding Calm

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

Safe Haven

Havening Touch®
Havening Touch® involves using the palms to make gentle contact and steady, slow movements on the upper arms,  face, or palm-to-palm. Havening Touch is used in conjunction with any of the seven different Havening Techniques®.


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 and when to use 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 themselves (by self-havening) before asking.



In certain circumstances, 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.

Safe Haven

Havening session
Self-Havening guided
How does Havening work
Interview with Ron Ruden

Do contact me if you would like to discuss how you might use Havening to help yourself or your clients.

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