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Havening, is an alternative therapy developed by Ronald Ruden[1][2] sharing roots with other pseudoscientific therapies. The name 'Havening' is derived from the word 'haven' and means to put in a safe place.[3][unreliable source?][4][5][6][7][8][9][unreliable source?]

Havening claims to help reduce fear, anger, pathological guilt, shame and a host of other negative emotions.[10][11][12][unreliable source?]

Havening Techniques[edit]

Havening Techniques typically[citation needed] start by prompting a client to bring to their awareness a difficult experience or emotion and measure it using a Subjective units of distress scale by rating the emotional intensity from 0- 10. At this point, Havening Touch is applied wherein a client or their therapist gently and rhythmically strokes the clients shoulders and arms while leading them through pleasant psychological distraction techniques such as getting them to imagine walking on a beach while counting down from 20 to 1. This process is typically repeated till the SUD is zero or further decrements no longer follow a round of Havening. If an SUD of zero is reached, the client is debriefed about what remains in recalled memory.[3][4]

History & Development[edit]

Techniques of Havening arose[citation needed] from treatments such as Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, Thought Field Therapy (described by the American Psychological Association as "lack(ing) a scientific basis."[13]) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (which has been shown to have no effect beyond placebo[14]).[1][15]


  1. ^ a b Ruden, Ronald (August 23, 2010). When the Past Is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures. Routledge. ISBN 0415875641.
  2. ^ Iley, Chrissy (January 15, 2012). "Paul McKenna: 'I'm not build for relationships'". The Telegraph. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Havening: The anti-anxiety treatment you'll want to try". Beaut.ie. Ireland. April 20, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Lydall, Ross (December 8, 2015). "Rubbing arms 'can ease anxiety and depression', study finds". Evening Standard. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Moodie, Clemmie (January 6, 2015). "Paul McKenna's hypnosis put to test: Can he make you feel like you've just had holiday?". Irish Mirror. Ireland. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  6. ^ Preston, Alex (December 28, 2014). "Fear of flying: the spectre that haunts modern life". The Guardian. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Cookney, Francesca (June 2, 2013). "Paul McKenna fixed our fears". Mirror. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Robinson, Dan (May 9, 2014). "Self-help therapist to share a stage with Paul McKenna". Oxford Mail. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Robinson, Dan (November 26, 2014). "It's a spider, get me out of here!". Reveal. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  10. ^ Moore, James (May 13, 2013). "Paul McKenna: I can make you better". The Independent. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  11. ^ Paul McKenna: I can change your life like I did mine, Sunday Express, January 8th, 2015
  12. ^ Spereall, David (March 25, 2016). "Living with post traumatic stress - a Hull soldier's story". The Hull Daily Mail. United Kingdom. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  13. ^ Spiegel, Alix (2006-03-29). "Unorthodox Therapy in New Orleans Raises Concern". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  14. ^ Bakker, Gary M. (November 2013). "The current status of energy psychology: Extraordinary claims with less than ordinary evidence". Clinical Psychologist. 17 (3): 91–99. doi:10.1111/cp.12020.
  15. ^ Ruden, Ronald (2005). "A Neurological Basis for the Observed Peripheral Sensory Modulation of Emotional Responses". Traumatology. 11: 145–158.