Havening Techniques, otherwise known as Delta Wave Techniques, is a psychosensory treatment that uses simple touch to permanently eliminate unwanted feelings, both somatic and emotional, from distressing memories and events. In addition, these techniques are useful for promoting professional and personal growth. The method is derived from and consistent with current neuroscience literature. Havening Techniques is easy to learn, can be self-applied, is rapid, gentle and essentially without side effects.
Havening Techniques was developed by an American doctor and neuroscientist called Ronald Ruden in collaboration with his brother Stephen Ruden, DDS, as a result of over 15 years research directed towards clarifying the underlying biology of a therapeutic approach called Energy Psychology (EP).
The initial work focused on the treatment of emotionally traumatic events and led to a Havening Technique called Event Havening (EH). EH alters the response to a recalled traumatically encoded event. It de-links the emotional / somatic content from the retrieved memory, thereby removing the distressing components. This produces a sense of detachment (a safe place). It generates its effect by synaptic (receptor) depotentiation (removal) on a neuron. This depotentiation disrupts the pathway laid down in the brain during encoding of the traumatic event. Literally, receptors on neurons in the part of the brain called the amygdala are removed.
Havening Types and Techniques
Traumatic memories and the problems they create are staggering in their variation and add hugely to human suffering. Traumatic encoding that involves fear, anger, grief, guilt, remorse, shame, craving and so on are reflected in disorders such as phobias, PTSD, chronic pain syndromes, pathological emotions, somatization, panic attacks & addiction. Psychosensory techniques such as Havening are powerful tools that can eliminate traumatic memories.
Types of Havening:Types of Havening:
- Event (event related)
- Transpirational (emotion-related) and Affirmational (landscape related)
- Outcome, Hopeful, Role and Iffirmational Havening.
These different Havening types represent different approaches and constitute a ‘system’ to help emotional wounds heal and improve the resilience of the landscape.
HT has three distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool.
I already see clients and patients for a lot of the things Havening Techniques claims to help with, but I was blown away during my training and doing my case studies at the speed in which people were able to let go of fears phobias, stress, anger and more.
My long term intention is to continue working with adults as I already do, but to work more with children. If we can get them to release the fears & phobias they have at a young age, what amazing adults they will grow up to be. The best part is, you can teach them to do it on themselves. So this will empower them to be better children, adolescents and then adults. The affirmational Havening can do so much for a child’s confidence and courage too, making it an excellent tool for children who are being bullied and adolescents who are doing exams. I was the biggest sceptic, but no more. I’ve already had amazing results using it with my clients and got results neither of us expected. I look forward to working with more people using all the Havening Techniques tools.
Although Havening Technique appears to have promising emotional, mental, and physical health benefits, HT has yet to be fully researched by the Western academic, medical, and psychological communities and, therefore may be considered experimental. HT is self-regulated and is considered alternative or complementary to the healing arts that are licensed in the U.S. Since HT is a relatively new healing approach and the extent of its effectiveness, as well as HT’s risks and benefits, are not fully known, the client / patient agrees to assume and accept full responsibility for any and all risks associated with using HT.