"I wasn't able to travel as a passenger in a
car for years: I'd get so distressed that I'd faint or vomit. I couldn't link this
to any particular incident.
I had Havening with Alison, and after the session
I felt brave enough to accept a lift from a friend. I was amazed that I
could try it at all, and then at how relaxed I was during the drive. This
treatment can certainly change lives."
helped me to stop thinking about my problem.
It was making me miserable for months, but since having Havening it has stopped going around and around in my head, and I feel free.”
C B, Dublin
"I received a Havening Treatment from Alison and not only did I find it very beneficial, but it had an immediate affect and I would recommend Havening with Alison to anybody."
A O'N Wicklow
“I have always had an uncanny fear of lifts and I would feel a panic attack coming on as the doors closed ….. The therapy was a little unusual…… I came away thinking well that couldn't possibly have any effect.
Just two days later I found myself in the lift in the Pavilions Swords with not a care in the world , I realised I had not given it a thought before getting in and as I ascended I had no panic or nervous feelings whatsoever….So Havening worked for me.”
A J McA, Dublin
Havening Technique® is a powerful psycho-sensory technique,
developed by Dr. Ron Ruden in the United States, to alter the physical
structure of the brain in order to give relief from difficulties resulting from traumatic
encoding, such as
- Chronic Pain (Rheumatism, Arthritis, ME, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia..)
- Relationship Breakup/loss
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Havening Technique® can also be used for stress
management, and to maximise wellness.
are four components of a trauma being encoded in the brain, i.e:
- An event or series of events,
- How the person interprets the event(s),
- The landscape of the brain (how resilient or
vulnerable the person is at that time),
- A perceived
sense of inescapability (regardless of whether this is factually correct).
When a trauma is encoded, a series of
electro-chemical reactions occur in the brain, including the production of phosphorus. This phosphorus coats neuron receptors, which
causes them to be permanently stuck in the out (or activated) position. This is
why - even many years later - a sound, smell or thought can suddenly cause a state of panic which can feel just as
intense as the actual trauma.
HAVENING TECHNIQUE® WORKS:
Havening Technique® includes touch on the
arms, palms and face, which causes physical changes in the brain via synaptic
depotentiation: Havening Technique® causes
high frequency delta waves to be produced in the brain. These Delta waves:
a) Produce a
feeling of safety, or a “safe haven”. This feeling of safety counteracts the
perceived sense of inescapability of the trauma, thus removing one of the four
components of trauma encoding, and
b) Cause a series of electrochemical changes leading to the
production of the enzyme calcineruin, which removes the phosphorus from the
encoded receptors and so they can recede.
This de-activates the
At this stage we may still remember
the event, but become free of the trauma it brought, and in some cases it may
not be possible to even remember the event.
(Please note that this could affect
the outcome of any pending legal cases!)
DURING A HAVENING
The client remains fully clothed, and is usually seated, although in some cases he may prefer to lie on a plinth.
There are a number of ways of working with Havening Techniques:
An Event Havening session to eliminate a particular trauma
In a typical Havening session - called Event Havening - the
client recalls the fear/trauma/phobia/etc., Once he can access (or activate)
the issue, he gives it a stress level from 0 to 10. The aim of the session is to bring this
number down to 0. Havening Touch is then applied to the client’s upper
arms/palms/face. The therapist can do
this touch, or the client could opt to do it himself. At the same time the therapist is guides him through a
number of simple exercises (counting/naming colours/humming/etc.) to complete
An Event Havening session without disclosing the trauma
An attractive feature of Havening
Technique® is that the client does not have to disclose the trauma which is worrying him: The therapist can
adapt the process accordingly.
A Transformational Havening session where the client isn’t aware of the source of the trauma
If client is not aware of the source
of his trauma/phobia/etc. the therapist will also be able to adapt the Havening
Technique® to suit. This is often done after one or a number of Event Havening sessions.
A Hopeful/Affirmational Havening session to enhance the positive:
Havening Touch can also be used to
increase the benefit of positive events in life, and to draw things which are
desired into the client’s life.
Times and Costs
As each Havening session is taylored to the client's individual requirements, timings can vary between 45 and 90 minutes. Cost is €90.
Havening via Skype
Havening can be used very successfully via Skype. Under Alison's guidance, clients apply Havening Touch themselves to their arms, palms and face. All types of Havening are offered via Skype. If you would like to book a Skype session please contact Alison to agree a time, and you can pay here
should be noted that, like most healing techniques, Havening Technique® has not
been proven in clinical trials, and so in this context is considered “experimental”.
To read more about Havening Techniques®, and
Drs. Ron and Steven Ruden who developed it, press