Havening Techniques ®

Havening is a break-through method which alters the brain landscape to permanently remove the negative effects of traumatisation and pathologically stuck emotions.

What is Havening?

Havening is a revolutionary technique based on neuroscience that can:

  • Release past trauma and unpleasant memories
  • alleviate phobias
  • relieve anxiety
  • change unhelpful thought patterns

This exciting new therapy has three distinct applications:

  • Emotional disturbances and encoded psychological trauma
  • Wellness, stress management, and peak performance
  • As a self-help tool

This psycho-sensory therapy is gentle and suitable for most clients to do themselves given the correct guidance from a certified practitioner.

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Sessions can be given in person or remotely by Skype or Zoom. Both are very effective.

What happens in a Havening session?

Face Self-Havening

We will first chat about the situation you would like to change, and see whether Havening can help.

Once we agree to work together, the painful memory is briefly activated, gentle touch is applied to the hands, arms and face and distraction exercises are used. This creates the necessary conditions in the brain to remove the receptors that trigger distressing emotions and physical content of a trauma-based memory.

If you don’t feel comfortable disclosing some the content of an event, I do not need to know all the details.

Take-away: You can be shown how to do self-Havening at home whenever required.

When Havening is successful, this change is permanent.

So, how does it work?

Certain areas of the body – the face, shoulders and upper arms and palms of hands in particular – have skin receptors which when activated increase neurochemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and GABA – resulting in an increase in slow, low-frequency brain waves. They usually only occur during sleep.

These Delta waves (between 0.5 and 2 Hertz) can help ‘depotentiate’ activated AMPA receptors in post-synaptic neurons in the amygdala. This happens through dephosphorylation of those receptors due to the action of the enzyme calcineurin.
In this way, the trigger for a fight, flight, freeze or rage response is delinked from the stored memory of the traumatic event.

This means that although the memory itself remains, the previously unhelpful response when recalling the event, situation, phobia or thought does not occur any more.

janie is Listed on the official site for global Havening Practitioners


“When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic 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.”

Dr Ron Ruden MD PhD (Developer)


Janie Whittemore is a certified practitioner of Havening Techniques.
Havening Techniques is a registered trademark of Ronald Ruden, 15 East 91st Street, New York.

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