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What is Havening Technique?

The Havening Technique is a form of psychosensory therapy which uses sensory input to alter thought, mood, and behavior. It is designed to help individuals overcome physical and psychological problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding and stressful life events which can be physical and psychological. The Havening Techniques has been shown to help with phobias, chronic pain, distressing memories, victims of natural disasters and other traumatic events, anger, fear of abandonment, grief, cravings, PTSD, panic attacks, emotional eating, and many other issues.

There is increasing evidence that shows 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. The Havening Technique is designed to disrupt this pathway through a process called synaptic depotentiation; it is as if we darken a room by pulling a plug on a lit lamp. The emotions and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory can be extinguished after performing The Havening Technique.

The Havening Technique is a system comprised of protocols and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool, which is referred to as Havening Touch. It involves a simple touch of the hands, upper arm, and face applied by the client or the therapist. The Havening Technique does not involve a hypnotic trance. The client is always aware of their feelings, thoughts, and surroundings and participates fully in the process.

A Self-Havening practice:

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Source: Tam Johnston

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