Havening in England


Havening in England

Traveling home from Bristol

As I write this I am flying at 36,000 feet on a Virgin Atlantic 747 en route back to the US from Bristol, England. My friend and colleague Ira Scott is a few seats away catching a few winks. The two of us have just participated in a Havening Training Course and we’re a bit tired. We were featured as presenters but I truly feel we learned far more than we taught. What a rich field! I continue to be impressed with what Havening has to offer… which goes way beyond the healing of trauma, as was it’s original purpose.

If you are unfamiliar with Havening, you can watch the short video I made about it at http://dougobrienhypnosis.com/videos/havening-an-introduction/. There is also more information available at Havening.org. I believe Havening has the potential to completely change the face of therapy as we know it, so if you are currently unfamiliar with it, you might bookmark this moment in your mind as the first time you heard about it. Right now there are only 55 or 56 certified Havening practitioners in the entire world.

Basically, in a nutshell, Havening is a “psycho-sensory therapy.” That is, it is a combination of talk therapy and touch therapy where touch is applied in a highly systematic way. Its founder, Dr. Ronald Ruden has a PhD in organic chemistry and also an MD in internal medicine. His curiosity about how other psycho-sensory therapies, like EMDR and EFT, actually work led him to create this process. He calls the process “Havening” because when a person experiences a trauma, he or she perceives a strong sense of inescapability – i.e., no safe haven. Therefore, part of the process of healing, is to assist the patient develop a sense of creating a safe haven.

I look forward to telling you more about it in the future.


About Doug O'Brien

Doug O’Brien is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. In 1988, while assisting at NLP and NAC training seminars with Anthony Robbins, Doug achieved the designation of Master Trainer. He now conducts numerous seminars of his own around the globe (specializing in the “Sleight of Mouth” patterns of Robert Dilts, NLP Certification Courses, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) and helped found Columbia-Presbyterian’s Department of Complementary Medicine with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

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