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What is Havening?

Havening is a psycho-sensory therapy technique developed by Dr. Ronald Ruden and his brother Dr. Steven Ruden. It aims to help individuals overcome psychological difficulties, such as anxiety, trauma, or phobias, by altering the brain's electrochemical landscape through touch and specific movements. The word "havening" is

derived from the concept of creating a safe haven within oneself.  The technique was developed through research into the process known as Tapping  (Emotional Freedom Technique) therapy.  It has similar results but is a simpler process.

How does Havening therapy work?

During a havening session, individuals are guided through a series of simple movements. The repetitive and rhythmic nature of these actions disrupts the neural pathways associated with distressing memories or emotions, leading to a reduction in their emotional impact.  The individual will be shown how to use the technique between sessions to maintain and improve resilience and mental health.

What conditions or issues can Havening therapy help with?

Havening therapy can help with a variety of psychological issues, including anxiety, trauma, phobias, PTSD, stress, cravings and more.  It can also be used to create a positive mindset and improve mental well-being.

How long does a Havening session typically last?

A havening session typically lasts around an hour - may be a little shorter or longer depending on the situation.

How many Havening sessions are usually needed to see results?

The number of havening sessions needed varies depending on individual circumstances and requirements. Some individuals may experience significant improvements after just a few sessions, while others may require more extensive treatment.  Every session is tailored to the individual. 

Are there any potential risks or side effects associated with havening therapy?

Havening therapy is generally considered safe, but individuals may experience temporary discomfort or emotional distress during sessions as they process difficult emotions or memories.  Sessions can be tiring but can also be exhilerating.

Are there any conditions that Havening can't help?

Havening resolves amygdala based disorders.  Conditions such as OCD are generated from another part of the brain and although Havening may help remove general anxiety, it may not resolve the OCD itself.  If you are suffering severe or persistent emotional difficulties, I recommend that guidance is sought from your GP or a qualified mental health professional.

How do I find a qualified havening therapist?

You can find a qualified havening therapist at

What qualifications or certifications should a havening therapist have?

A qualified havening therapist should have completed training and certification in havening techniques from a recognised organisation.

How much do I charge for Havening?

I currently charge £40 per session, or £120 for 4 sessions (4th session free) - booked and paid for in advance.

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