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What is Havening?

Havening Techniques® is a healing modality that is designed to help individuals to rapidly overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding. Created by Medical Doctor and Neuroscientist, Dr Ronald Ruden, in collaboration with his brother Dr Steven Ruden, The Havening Techniques® (also known as ‘Havening’) is a new approach in the field of Psychosensory Therapy.

What types of problems does Havening Techniques® address?

The Havening Techniques® can be used in many ways:

  1. For clearing encoded Traumas, Fears, Anxieties, Compulsions etc.
  2. For Well-Being and reducing Stress as a Self-Help tool.
  3. For Peak Performance and Personal Enhancement.

Past experiences can stay with us throughout our lives, these experiences can be anything from a minor event to significant trauma, that are still producing symptoms in the present that produces a disproportionate emotional response to similar situations response. Our brain is very literal and doesn’t have the ability to rationally and logically gauge what should be traumatic or not, so based on the way the experience was actually perceived at the time.

The consequences of traumatic encoding and stressful life events can be both physical and psychological. While we can’t provide any guarantees the Havening Techniques® has been shown to effectively help:

  • Abandonment
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Cravings
  • 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
  • Emotional eating
  • Fears
  • Grief
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Weight issues
  • And many other problems

What’s the evidence for Havening?

Havening has a growing body of empirical evidence and published research to show that it successfully works on trauma, such as phobias, traumatic memories, experiences and events through to the PTSD. However it’s not just for trauma and negative past experiences; it is proving highly effective in improving resilience and wellbeing, leading to a balanced, calm and resourceful state of mind. Please see website for the latest research news.

How does it work?

It works by changing the brain to de-traumatise the memory and remove its negative consequences of particular stressful life events or traumatic experiences. As part of it’s protocol, the Havening Techniques® uses the sensory input of Havening Touch® which can either be facilitated or self applied, which triggers the delta waves in the brain. The delta waves in turn prompt helpful chemical chain-reactions in the amygdala. This removes specific AMPA Receptors from the surface of neurons in the amygdala where the traumatic event is ‘stored’. Watch Paul McKenna demonstration video.  If you would like to know more about the science, white papers or the research please visit where we have more information available. Dr Ronald Ruden is also an author of ‘When the Past is Always Present’ and ‘The Craving Brain’. What is Havening video.

Havening Techniques® Certified Practitioner

Receiving my HT Practitioners Certificate from Drs Ron & Steven Ruden June 2016.

Receiving my HT Practitioners Certificate from Drs Ron & Steven Ruden June 2016.

It is important to be aware that not everyone who claims to use Havening is certified to do so. Certification is a complex process ensuring Practitioners are thoroughly trained, assessed and deemed safe and competent.  They have the required level of knowledge and are equipped to manage the complexities of trauma and to keep you safe. Please do ensure you choose a certified practitioner like me, please see the website to locate a practitioner near you.


Now you can learn the techniques for your own personal use.  This training is ideal for therapists and professionals working in mental health, wellbeing and people development, who wish to learn about Havening Techniques® and would be interested in starting their journey to qualify as a Certified Havening Techniques® practitioner. Havening Techniques® complements easily with many other methods and approaches. It is particularly beneficial for first responders, emergency services (police, fire service, ambulance staff, paramedics, nurses, doctors), psychologists, counsellors, hypnotherapists, coaches and NLP practitioners.

Meeting Paul McKenna at the first ever Havening Conference in June 2015

Meeting Paul McKenna at the first ever Havening Conference in June 2015

See the website for more information, training events and a list of fully certified trainers and practitioners. 

Would you like to use it for yourself?  Please download my Guide to Self Havening.


Please do not use the Havening Technique yourself, if you have experienced severe trauma or suffer from a psychological disorder. We advise that you seek the help from a professional mental health care provider who is certified.

The technique involves very specific & gentle touch on the hands, arms of face called Havening Touch®. I show our clients how to do this for themselves. A therapist can do it to the client however, we empower our clients by showing them how to ‘haven’ themselves and it is equally effective either way.

There are several different kind of Havening Techniques™:

  • Event Havening – Deals with specific traumatic events that have created responses with significant emotions e.g. phobias / PTSD / break-ups.
  • Transpirational Havening – works on either specific negative emotions associated with an event, or creates new positive emotional states.
  • Outcome Havening – allows you to create powerful goals and the associated emotions you would have if you achieved them e.g. I would feel amazing if I got that job.

I often use Havening in conjunction with hypnotherapy and integrative counselling to help clients get the result that they want and need.

Editors Note: Disclaimer – The content of this website is not designed to and should not be construed to provide any medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion or treatment to you or any other individual. It is not intended as a substitute for medical or professional care and treatment. Always consult either your local General Practitioner or a recognised health professional.