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Havening is a term used to create a ‘safe’ haven in a therapeutic setting to help release an encoded traumatic memory or a deep rooted emotion safely and quickly.

The Havening Techniques

Havening is a powerful yet gentle technique that has been developed by Dr Ron Ruden a medical doctor and neuroscientist based in the US.

His research along with his brother Dr Steven Ruden have discovered that traumatic events are encoded in the brain differently to normal memory so that it  can cause a person to become phobic or to feel anxious, stressed, depressed, feelings of sadness or anger, shame or guilt sometimes without the person knowing what the underlying issues are.

Recent research suggests that addiction or mental health issues are the manifestation of trauma.

What is Trauma?

Trauma can be difficult to define as it can mean different things to different people.  Individual trauma is a result from an event or a series of events or certain circumstances experienced by an individual as emotionally harmful or life threatening which can effect a person’s functioning and wellbeing.

It is not the event that creates a trauma but how a person perceives or experiences the event.

Trauma can vary in degree and can be anything from childhood experiences of neglect, loss of a parent, bereavement, divorce, physical & sexual abuse, relationship break ups, bullying, low self-esteem, growing up in an environment where feelings are encouraged to be buried, an accident or near-death experience.

Dr Ronald Ruden, creator of The Havening Techniques™

“When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic, inescapable or very stressful, it becomes immutably encoded, often with life-altering consequences.  

However, recent research from the field of Neuroscience has shown us how it’s possible to modify this encoding.  

The Havening Techniques™ are methods which are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and body.”