What are the Havening Techniques?®
The Havening Techniques® are a healing modality that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding. The Havening Techniques® belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. The Havening Techniques® are a system comprised of protocols and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool which we call Havening Touch.
The Havening Techniques® have three (3) distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances and encoding from traumatic events, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool. Therefore, The Havening Techniques® can be used by practitioners that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques®. In addition, The Havening Techniques® can be used by non-licensed (alternative health providers) practitioners as a protocol for coaching sessions, or as a tool in allied health care practice by individuals that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques®. The Havening Techniques® can also be used as a self-help technique and shared with family members and friends.
What Types Of Problems Do The Havening Techniques® Address?
The consequences of traumatic encoding and stressful life events can be physical and psychological. While we can’t provide any guarantees, The Havening Techniques® have been shown to help with… Chronic Fear, Chronic pain, Distressing memories (broken relationships, shocking news, loss, embarrassment, etc.) Victims of natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.) and man-made (war, fire, assault, home intrusion, etc. ) events, Anger, Fear of Abandonment, Grief, Cravings, Panic, Emotional eating and many other problems.
Is The Havening Techniques® Just A Distraction Method?
No, but distraction plays a role in The Havening Techniques®. Each distraction component has a biological correlate. This means there is a purpose to each action. Our experience is that most clients do not believe it will work and are astonished when it does. The strangeness of the method and its effects on their mind makes them ask the following questions.
Are the results of a Session of The Havening Techniques® Permanent?
While the Havening Techniques® is a relatively new approach, and has yet to be fully researched, we’ve observed that after successfully applying The Havening Techniques® it appears to be permanent in most cases. This is because The Havening Techniques® are designed to alter the biological structure of the brain. The occasional return of symptoms implies either the traumatic core has not yet been found or the problem has been encoded in a different way. In particular, addictive and ongoing unwanted behaviors, certain pain syndromes and fainting issues often need reinforcement. No method or technique works for all problems.
Is The Havening Techniques® A Form Of Hypnosis?
No. The Havening Techniques® do not involve a hypnotic trance. Yet, like most hypnosis sessions, the client is always aware of their feelings, thoughts, and surroundings and participates fully in the process.
Exactly How Does The Havening Technique® Work?
We believe the consequences of trauma and stressful life events are stored in the brain and are activated by conscious or inadvertent recall. Once this recall occurs, symptoms are generated. This activation also makes the pathway that generates these feelings subject to disruption. The Havening Techniques® are designed to disrupt this pathway through a process called synaptic depotentiation; literally, it is as if we darken a room by pulling a plug on a lit lamp. Although we can’t provide any guarantees, after performing The Havening Techniques® the emotions and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory can be extinguished.
How Is Havening Technique® Different From TFT, EFT and EMDR?
Even though these approaches look similar, the Havening Technique® appears to produce a more rapid response and cause less distress for the client than TFT, EFT and EMDR. In large part we believe this is due to the comprehensive understanding of the underlying neurobiology for the Havening Technique®. In addition, the Havening Technique® has different modalities that make it possible to accelerate healing. In short, the Havening Technique® has been designed as a powerful, biologically engineered healing method. EFT and TFT are innovative energy oriented therapy, coaching, and self-help techniques based on the newly emerging field of energy psychology. Energy psychology methods are designed to assess where the body’s energies are blocked or not in harmony and then correct and balance the flow of these energies thereby aligning the body’s natural energies. They use ancient Chinese meridian system with a gentle tapping procedure which stimulates designated end points on the face and body while saying specific phrases and focusing on issues of emotional intensity in order to release the intensity and re-frame the issues. EMDR, which involves eye movements, does not possess a variety of methods and techniques, which are so important in the Havening Technique®.