Havening Trainings

Carol Robertson PhD

Carol Robertson PhD was one of the first five practitioners and Havening trainers in the world. She is a member of Justbewellthe highly regarded international team of therapists . She is also an NLP Trainer, an Advanced Therapeutic Specialist of NLP, and a master practitioner. She was trained by the co-creator of NLP, Richard Bandler and she has also trained with Dr Ronald Ruden, Dr Steven Ruden, Paul McKenna, John and Kathleen La Valle, Michael Neil, Eric Robbie, Gabriel Guerrero, James R Shaw, Amelia Kincade and Kevin Laye. She first learnt about NLP in 1980 and considers this to have been a life-changing experience which massively informed her teaching and professional practice.




She studied at Robert Gordon's University, University College London and The University of Sunderland and has a Doctorate in Philosophy.

An internationally recognised change-maker 

Thank you for visting my website, and please contact me if you would like to know how learning about the Havening Techniques® can help you. I have found that learning about Havening has transformed my understanding of how to generate effective and profound change. At first I was curious and I thought I was just adding Havening Techniques to my already large toolbox, but what I have discovered is far deeper than that.


The science-based principles have enabled me to become incredibly accurate and to use hypnosis, NLP, and TFT more effectively. I have been delighted that I can now also use activities such as walking, horse-riding, drawing, swimming and dancing in a new way. I believe learning Havening Techniques® has made me much more effective, and I think this is evidenced in the considerable increase in referrals.


I aim to share the knowledge and skills I have with you, in a down-to-earth, informal and sensible way, so that you reach your goals and are self-sufficient with new skills which you can apply in the future. I am interested in the senses, creativity, thinking outside the box, accelerated learning, finding the best solutions possible, and making complex things simple. I myself continue learning and growing, and think it's important to love living life.


From top left clockwise, Carol Robertson, Carol assisting Dr Ronald Ruden, Dr Steven Ruden and Paul McKenna PhD at a Havening Techniques® Training, a group of participants on a certification training, Equine-assisted Havening in action, using Animal-assisted Havening Techniques, (right) discussing depotentiation with a small group.

From top clockwise, At the podium and lecturing at the The Scottish National Gallery (the projected images are Carol's internationally published books), Teaching in Newcastle, 10 Downing Street (Graal art purchased for the Government Collection),  Collagraph of swans made by Carol, 'The Old Tiger' by Carol, winner of the European Award for Painting (judge Peter Blake), Co-publishing with Kate Downie at Graal, Teaching  in Switzerland at Lascaux (manufacturer of Carol's products).

I grew up in Scotland and became interested in self-development in my early teens. I continue to use these ideas and tools every day and I used them to become an author, inventor, artist, collaborative artist, businesswoman, coach, trainer and consultant. I always aim for the best possible outcome: my books are published by Thames & Hudson, are still in print and are now considered to be standard works; my eighteen inventions are made by the prestigious Swiss company Lascaux and are sold worldwide; my own art works have been awarded 'Sovereign Award for the best painters in Europe' (judge Sir Peter Blake) and have been collected by HM The Queen amongst others; artworks made by me in collaboration with high-profile artists have been collected by Tate, the Government Art Collection and The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.


I have also used these self-development concepts, methods and tools to recover from the knocks and bumps of life, and to enjoy life fully and richly. I love all the senses and our internal and external world. I like to cook, create gardens, be with family and friends, travel and learn. I am also a riding coach, helping riders overcome PTSD. I have an interest in the benefits of communication and positive reinforcement. I have trained in classical, BHS, natural horsemanship and clicker, and have developed a new psychosensory process called Animal and Equine-assisted Havening. I also help people communicate more effectively with animals.

From top clockwise, Dressage with home-produced Vlacq Tinta, Being trusted by Strathleven Macduff, Trusting myself and Moses, Helping people become confident anywhere, Out hacking bitless, Mirroring with Zohar, (below) Helping top riders like Karon Karson to be even better at what they do brilliantly

Carol Robertson: Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Sunderland

Two-year postgraduate study at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen. 


Certified Havening Techniques ® Trainer (Dr Ronald Ruden [creator of Havening], Dr Steven Ruden)

Psy-TaP Practitioner (Kevin Laye)

Progressive Therapy Training International Advanced Meridian Therapy Training (Kevin Laye)

Progressive Thought Field Therapy, (Kevin Laye)

Certified Havening Techniques ® Practitioner (Dr Ronald Ruden [creator of Havening], Paul McKenna, Deborah Tom, Dr Steven Ruden

Trainer of NLP (Dr Richard Bandler [co-creator of NLP], John and Kathleen La Valle)

Advanced Therapeutic Specialist of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Eric Robbie, Gabriel Guerrero)

Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP (Dr Richard Bandler [co-creator of NLP], Paul McKenna, John La Valle)

Licensed Practitioner of NLP (Dr Richard Bandler [co-creator of NLP], P McKenna PhD, J La Valle, Michael Neil)

Neuro-Hypnotic Re-patterning (NHR) (Dr Richard Bandler [creator of NHR), John La Valle)

Hypnotic Practitioner as an application of NLP (Dr Richard Bandler, P McKenna, John La Valle)

EmoTrance Practitioner (Dawn Flockhart)

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT), (Sonia Richards)


Trained with James Shaw (Tai Chi, Laing Gong and Qi Gong and author of Ride from Within)

Trained with Amelia Kincade (animal communication)

Trained with leading equestrians in a range of disciplines

Social networking and media platforms trainings and practice

Digital one-to-one trainings including virtual worlds


Assisting Dr Ronald Ruden, Dr Steven Ruden and Paul McKenna​

Assisting Kevin Laye

Assisting SNLP Master Trainer Eric Robbie

Assisting SNLP Master Trainer Eric Robbie and Ali Campbell

Assisting Gina Pickersgill in a virtual world 


Training professionals in The Havening Techniques® internationally.

Founder of Psychosensory Academy

Creative artist, co-founder and co-owner of Graal Press

Collaborative projects with trainers, chemists, publishers, galleries, and universities

Member of the prestigious international team JustBeWell. We help a wide range of clients from all over the world, of all ages and from all walks of life and with a wide range of aims. My clients have included other top coaches, businesses, charities, high profile authors, filmmakers, artists, celebrities, government officials, judges, business people, mums, carers, dads, grandparents and children. They wanted help with taking on, jobs, being great parents, forgetting, excelling in sport, stopping stuttering, debilitating phobias, fear of flying, fear of winning, remembering, dyslexia, anxiety, resolving relationship difficulties, grief, exhaustion, sadness, relaxing, having more fun, and learning new skills.

Teaching sensory acuity and observation to children (with storytellers and architects)

Running a successful research and publishing studio 

Being part of a team leading a charitable organisation to international prominence

Designing and delivering international seminars for leading professionals

Designing and delivering academic and open-access courses (from entry to professional level). 

Being part of teams designing new academic platforms and course structures

Collaborative projects with high profile artists

Co-author and illustrator of Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking: Acrylic-Resist Etching * Collagraphy * Engraving * Drypoint * Mezzotint, and Screenprinting The Complete Water-based System (Thames & Hudson).


Carol Robertson PhD is a certified trainer and practitioner of Havening Techniques.

Havening Techniques is a registered trade mark of Ronald Ruden, 15 East 91st Street, New York. www.havening.org