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The Havening Techniques® FAQs
What are The Havening Techniques®?
The Havening Techniques® are a healing modality that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of stressful and traumatic encoding. The Havening Techniques belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. The Havening Techniques are a system comprised of protocols and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool which we call Havening Touch®. The Havening Techniques have three (3) distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances and encoded psychological trauma, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool. Therefore, The Havening Techniques can be used within a psycho-therapeutic setting with professional mental health care clinicians that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques. In addition, The Havening Techniques can be used by allied health care professionals and non-licensed practitioners such as alternative healing arts practitioners and wellness or life coaches that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques. The Havening Techniques can also be used as a self-help technique and shared with family members and friends.
What Types Of Problems Can The Havening Techniques Address?
The consequences of traumatic encoding and stressful life events can be physical and psychological. While we can't provide any guarantees, The Havening Techniques have been shown to help with...
Distressing memories (broken relationships, shocking news, loss, embarrassment, etc.)
Victims of natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, etc.) and man-made (war, fire, assault, home intrusion, etc. ) events
Fear of Abandonment
Daily life stressors
Are The Havening Techniques Just A Distraction Method?
No, but distraction plays a role in The Havening Techniques. Each distraction component has a biological correlate. This means there is a purpose to each action. Our experience is that most clients do not believe it will work and are astonished when it does. The strangeness of the method and its effects on their mind makes them ask the following questions.
Are the results of a Session of The Havening Techniques Permanent?
While the Havening Techniques represent a relatively new healing approach and have yet to be fully researched, we've observed that after successfully applying the Havening Techniques, results appear to be permanent in most cases.
This is because the Havening Techniques are designed to alter the biological structure of the brain. The occasional return of symptoms implies either the traumatic core has not yet been found or the problem has been encoded in a different way.
In particular, addictive and obsessive/compulsive behaviors, certain pain syndromes and vasovagal (e.g. fainting) issues often need reinforcement or cannot be treated at the present time.
Is The Havening Techniques A Form Of Hypnosis?
No. The Havening Techniques do not involve a hypnotic trance. The client is always aware of their feelings, thoughts, and surroundings and participates fully in the process.
Exactly How Do the Havening Techniques Work?
We believe the consequences of trauma and stressful life events are stored in the brain and are activated by conscious or inadvertent recall. Once this recall occurs, symptoms are generated. This activation also makes the pathway that generates these feelings subject to disruption (see Primer for details). The Havening Techniques are designed to disrupt this pathway through a process called synaptic depotentiation; literally, it is as if we darken a room by pulling a plug on a lit lamp. Although we can’t provide any guarantees, after performing The Havening Techniques the emotions and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory can be extinguished.
VIDEO: Tony Burgess talks to Carol Robertson about The Havening Techniques
What If My Client Or I Feel Uncomfortable About Touching?
Havening Touch involves a simple touch of the hands, upper arm and face. Even though a trusted practitioner will be performing Havening Touch , it is essential as part of the informed consent process that permission be obtained for this aspect of the session. There are certain circumstances where the practitioner or the client may not wish to touch or be touched. This is not a problem as the client can self-apply Havening Touch . These techniques are demonstrated in the videos.
How Are Havening Techniques Different From TFT, EFT and EMDR?
Even though these approaches look similar, the Havening Technique appears to produce a more rapid response and cause less distress for the client than TFT, EFT and EMDR. In large part we believe this is due to the comprehensive understanding of the underlying neurobiology for the Havening Technique. In addition, the Havening Technique has different modalities that make it possible to accelerate healing. In short, the Havening Technique has been designed as a powerful, biologically engineered healing method. EFT and TFT are innovative energy oriented therapy, coaching, and self-help techniques based on the newly emerging field of energy psychology. Energy psychology methods are designed to assess where the body's energies are blocked or not in harmony and then correct and balance the flow of these energies thereby aligning the body's natural energies. they use ancient Chinese meridian system with a gentle tapping procedure which stimulates designated end points on the face and body while saying specific phrases and focusing on issues of emotional intensity in order to release the intensity and re-frame the issues. EMDR, which involves eye movements, does not possess a variety of methods and techniques, which are so important in the Havening Technique.
Are The Havening Techniques Dangerous?
Every healing method has side effects and it is possible to experience negative side effects with the Havening Techniques. Therefore, if you have experienced a serious trauma or have a psychological disorder, we recommend using the Havening Technique only with a professional mental health care provider that have been fully trained and certified in the Havening Technique. Potential risks with using the Havening Technique include in-session abreactions (crying, anger, physical movements), post-havening lightheadedness and rarely, a worsening of symptoms or emotional numbing. These last two effects can be a consequence of bringing to awareness long since forgotten, but biologically active memories. These should be treated by a qualified mental health care practitioner. In addition, highly traumatized individuals who use anger as defense may become agitated by the premature removal of their protective anger and which may increase their distress. If you choose to use to use the Havening Technique as a self-help tool, it is possible to experience some emotional distress and/or physical discomfort and additional unresolved memories may surface during or after using the Havening technique that can be perceived as negative. Emotional material may continue to surface after using the Havening Techniques indicating other issues may be addressed. If you inadvertently experience any distressing reactions or negative side effects, you are strongly advised to stop using the Havening Technique and to seek appropriate professional help.
How Can I Learn More?
Start by studying the educational material available on this website. Next, consider attending the Havening Techniques Training. If you have additional questions, contact us HERE. This package will give you give you the opportunity to learn how to apply the Havening Technique. Like any other skill, the more often you use it the better you can become. From time to time the website will offer ideas on how to overcome complicated issues.
How Do I Start?
Please start by finding the open-minded skeptic in yourself. After learning the Havening Technique educate yourself as to what your legally defined scope of practice is if you want to use it in a professional therapeutic setting. For example, if you are a licensed mental health care professional you may use the Havening Technique to treat psychological disorders. If you are a professional coach, you can use the Havening Technique to help clients achieve their goals and for peak performance. Of course, the Havening Technique is also available to you as a self-help tool. If after learning the Havening Techniques you believe it is something you would like to incorporate into your practice, we invite you to enroll in our Havening Technique Certification Program which will give you the right to advertise and identify yourself as a certified Havening Technique Practitioner.
Please remember that “Havening Techniques” and “Havening Touch” are registered trademarks and can only be used with permission. Therefore, you cannot legally use the trademarks, or any derivatives thereof, in any advertisement (website) or represent in any manner you use the Havening Techniques unless you are certified.