Havening Techniques® is a type of psychosensory therapy based on the fields of neuroscience and neurobiology which uses a self-soothing sensory input in order to alter thoughts, mood, and behavior. It was developed and created by Ronald Ruden, MD, PhD in collaboration with his brother Steven Ruden, DDS.
The Havening Techniques® are a system comprised of protocols and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool which we call Havening Touch®. You use your own hands on your face, arms and hands which stimulates the C-fibers in your hands and creates a delta wave to help calm your psyche, mind and nervous system.
Havening can be used for: emotional disturbances, wellness, stress management and peak performance. Havening helps to de-potentiate traumas from your amygdala, build new neural pathways when doing using the resiliency protocols and boost confidence in feeling prepared for future events when building peak performance.
Havening has been known to help the with both the psychological and physical consequences of trauma encoding and stressful life events. Here are some of the ailments that Havening has been know to help:
- Chronic pain
- Panic Attacks
- Emotional eating
- Distressing memories (broken relationships, shocking news, loss, embarrassment, etc.)
- Distress caused by natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.)
- Distress caused by man-made events (war, fire, assault, home intrusion, etc.)
- Difficulties learning (reading, new subjects, nervous, inability to focus)
Havening can be used to help de-potentiate trauma and stress and can be used as both a short term based therapy that can help in as few as 6 to 8 session for one specific stressful event or one trauma. Or it can be used in conjunction with longer term therapy for those that have more complex trauma histories.
Subjective Units of Experience
Havening uses a subjective Units of experience it goes from 0 to 10. During a havening session the progress of depotentiation of the stressor is tracked by the use of this scale. The SUE scale allows the practitioner and client to measure the movement in the flow of sensations and emotions. This is practiced is after each round of havening to help guide the process of healing and help in measuring effectiveness of the chosen target.
If you would like to learn more about this psychosensory therapy please check out these articles:
Thinking of Trying the Havening Technique? Here’s What You Need to Know