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Frequently asked Questions

Havening Techniques® are designed to help people to let go of stress, trauma and anxiety, so they can be free to the live the life they want. Effectively to find their safe haven. Havening is based on current neuroscience and is all about training the brain to respond differently. The techniques belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input such as touch to alter thought, mood and behaviour.

Havening Techniques are designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of a traumatic experience. Havening Techniques can be used for: emotional disturbances and psychological trauma; wellness, stress management, and peak performance; and also as a self-help tool.

When we experience a traumatic, stressful or highly emotional event, our bodies can perceive this as a threat to our survival. When such an event occurs, information from the event gets sent to an area of a brain known as the amygdala, which is like our own ‘alarm centre’. The purpose of the ‘alarm’ is to prepare us for a rapid response in relation to the event. This is known as the ‘fight or freeze’ response. Sometimes, depending on what state our brain is in when this event occurs, we can store this memory permanently in the ‘alarm’ which means in the future, similar situations can trigger what seems to be a disproportional response.

This pattern can be broken by using Havening Touch to create healing delta waves. Delta waves are brain waves that are mainly present during non-REM sleep – a time of replenishment and reorganisation in the brain.

When use Havening Touch to create the change, an electrical and chemical response occurs which essentially sends a reassurance signal into the brain. This technique switches off the brain’s ‘alarm’ button associated with a particular stored trauma preventing future unhelpful responses.

Although we can’t provide any guarantees, after performing Havening Techniques, the emotions and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory can be extinguished.

No, however distraction plays a role in Havening Techniques. Each distraction component has a biological correlate. This means there is a purpose to each action. Often clients do not believe it will work and are astonished when it does.

While the Havening Techniques is a relatively new healing approach and has yet to be fully researched, we’ve observed that after successfully applying Havening Techniques it appears to be permanent in most cases. This is because 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 obsessive/compulsive behaviours, certain pain syndromes and vasovagal (e.g. fainting) issues often need reinforcement or cannot be treated at the present time. No healing method or therapy works for all problems.

This will depend on the nature of the issue. In some cases where there is a clear and very specific event or memory, we can see permanent lasting change in just one session. However, sometimes when there are issues that are more deeply interwoven, it can take a number of sessions. On average I work with people for between 1 and 5 sessions.

No. Havening Techniques do not involve a hypnotic trance. The client is always aware of their feelings, thoughts, and surroundings and participates fully in the process.

Havening Touch involves a simple touch of the hands, upper arm and face. As part of the initial ‘informed consent process’, permission needs to be obtained for this aspect of the session. If a person does not wish to be touched, this is not a problem as the person can self-apply Havening Touch.

Yes, Havening is safe and is a great self-help tool. However, when working with significant traumatic memories, it is important that the Havening is carried out by or under the guidance of a certified Havening Techniques practitioner.

On occasions the use of Havening can result in repressed emotions being expressed quite intensely. This can be due to the bringing into consciousness long forgotten memories. This release is a normal part of the healing process and helps with the clearing and releasing of stored emotions.

If you choose to use to use the Havening Technique as a self-help tool, it is possible to experience some emotional distress and/or physical discomfort. Sometimes, additional unresolved memories may surface during / after using the Havening technique that can be perceived as negative. In addition, further emotional material may continue to surface indicating other issues may need to be addressed.

If you inadvertently experience any distressing reactions, you are strongly advised to stop using the Havening Technique and seek appropriate professional help.

Yes. The great thing about Havening Techniques is that the practitioner doesn’t even need to know the content of the event or memory. You are completely in control throughout the whole process.

Yes. The Havening Technique protocols and methods are easy to learn. The challenging part, which takes practice and skill, is locating where the core elements of the stressful event or trauma lie. Like all healing methods, experience, skill, proper training, and intuition play a major role.

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