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Havening Techniques ® are a radical new and evolving form of scientific therapy that helps permanently treat and heal traumas, anxiety and phobias as well as. What are the Havening Techniques? The Havening Techniques are a healing modality that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the. The Havening technique - the focus of a two-day seminar in London this weekend - involves a patient recalling a traumatic event and then being touched, .
The interviews are with many folks, many are social workers, some are psychologists, some are coaches, etc. Some of the interviews are pretty good, and some seem very very forced. Usually the actual therapists respond in really good ways, particularly Dr. Kate Truitt's interview was very eye-opening and really insightful. Unfortunately, many of the other interviews just bombed in my opinion. There are a few who are coaches, and these tended to be very skimpy on clear answers.
One interview in particular began making wild metaphors to political events, making the idea of trauma the same thing as judging immigrants coming to America, and that this healing modality can "bring down the wall of judgement".
Similarly, there was also, in one interview mention of God and sin. This also made me concerned about the therapy. I finally came to the conclusion that the book was likely trying to promote the book to the interests of all types. I think the book IS successful in showing that the modality is very flexible and applicable to MANY life situations, professions, and backgrounds.
Quickly, the therapist works to calm him down, relaxing him deeply, and then gradually guides him to experience himself going swiftly backwards through the trauma, as if he were a character in a video, which is being rewound.
The therapist then asks him to view the trauma as if in fast forward on a TV screen. Just ten minutes later, after having done this a number of times, the man can think and talk about his ordeal without horror and panic for the first time since the incident.
The intrusive thoughts and nightmares he had been suffering do not return.
Another therapist in another therapy room requests a man to focus on a traumatic memory from the day that he nearly lost his life in an industrial accident. Simultaneously, the therapist moves her fingers to and fro in front of her client, asking him to track them with his eyes.
Suddenly the man is sweating and shaking and, as different images of the events surface, one after the other, rates his degree of discomfort and the believability to him of certain statements about self-confidence and hope that the therapist presents to him.
By the end of the hour's session, the devastating power of the memories has subsided and the man is much more hopeful about going on positively with his life. In another therapy session in another therapist's office, a woman who suffered a vicious rape is being asked to bring the occasion to mind, focus on one incident, and allow the terror she experienced to resurface and intensify.
Fifteen Minutes to Freedom: The Power and Promise of Havening Techniques
Then she is asked to tap parts of her face and upper body a number of times in a particular order, and scale her degree of discomfort. To keep up her emotional arousal, the therapist asks her to repeat emotive words connected to the incident such as "the shirt is tearing" and then to say something like, "Although I feel fearful, I deeply and completely accept myself". All this time, she is tapping, as instructed.
Quite quickly the intolerable feelings abate, but then more related images come into mind, causing her arousal to rise, and she is guided to tap and scale again and again. Soon she no longer feels traumatised by memories of the rape.
For all have demonstrated numerous genuine successes. As in the examples described above, people who for years have suffered over-whelming, intrusive memories and panics because innocent sights, sounds or smells trigger the memory and the fear are free of their burden after a single session. It is, indeed, a startling thing that someone can be in the grip of, or almost consumed by, an extreme reaction to trauma at one minute and yet be manifestly unaffected a short while later.
Each of these methods has its firm adherents who proclaim it 'the best' for treating PTSD. Most interesting to me, however, is to find out what it is that, at a very deep level, these three techniques may have in common. All seem capable of achieving profound physiological change at least some of the time, and I would like to explore more closely the powerful mechanism I think might underlie the effects. It has been tried out over lengthy periods in various settings, including in Northern Ireland where, for the last five years, practitioners have reported a very high success rate when working with people traumatised by the violence there.
We now have literally hundreds of people using this technique and, down the years, we have continually improved on it, so that most practitioners are achieving a consistently high success rate with it. But, as with any technique, it doesn't work per cent of the time. The EMDR technique was 'discovered' in by Francine Shapiro, then a mature clinical psychology student in California, who refined it into a highly specific treatment for which, originally, there were numerous supporters, eminent professors of psychology among them.
However, over time, it has become clear that results are mixed and some researchers claim its effectiveness is no higher than with placebo. Others have found that the eye movements do not inhibit negative emotions and that the reprocessing element doesn't play a significant role in any positive outcome. This leaves desensitisation, which is a long-known therapeutic technique, and non-specific effects, such as therapist-client rapport.
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Clearly, claims are controversial for this technique but nonetheless a disinterested reviewer would need to be open to the fact that it does work in certain circumstances, in order to identify the underlying mechanism. The tapping technique springs initially from the work of a clinical psychologist, Roger J Callahan, in the United States, who developed what he called "thought field therapy". According to Callahan's version, particular meridian points release and rebalance energies preferentially for different types of trauma.
The emotional freedom technique is a simplified version of thought field therapy developed by engineer Gary Craig, who trained with Callahan. It involves tapping the meridian points in turn whilst recalling a stressful event, experiencing and identifying the nature of the feelings that come up, verbalising them and accepting or reframing them.
For instance, "Even though I am feeling a tightness in my chest because I am angry at my wife, I still respect and love her deeply". Craig claims that stressful memories, phobias, PTSD and even addictive behaviours can be significantly abated by this means, thus making it the proverbial cure-all.
Having seen some of these videos, I have to say that they appear very convincing, although we can't know whether we are watching a subgroup of patients for whom the technique has worked or a random selection of patients.
Having experimented with the technique myself, I have had some success, and know of others who have, too. So, is there a common mechanism underlying these three techniques, and any other variations that may be developed? The Rewind Technique: The rewind technique should be carried out by an experienced practitioner and is only performed once a person is in a state of deep relaxation.
When they are fully rested, they are encouraged to bring their anxiety to the surface and then are calmed down again by being guided to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease.
Their relaxed state is the deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their special safe place, they have a TV set or other device with a screen, and a remote control. They are asked to imagine floating to one side, out of body, and watch themselves watching the screen, without actually seeing the picture double disassociation. They watch themselves watching a 'film' of the traumatic even that is still effecting them. The film begins at a point before the trauma occurred and ends at a point at which the trauma is over and they feel safe again.
They are then asked, in their imagination, to float back into their body and experience themselves going swiftly backwards through the trauma, from safe point to safe point, as if they were a character in a video that is being rewound. They then watch the same images but as if on a TV screen while pressing the fast-forward button disassociation.
All this is repeated back and forth, at whatever speed feels comfortable, and as many times as needed, till the scenes evoke no emotion from the client. If the feared circumstance is one that will be confronted again in the future - for instance, driving a car or using a lift - the person is asked, while still relaxed, to see themselves doing so confidently. Besides being safe, quick, and painless, the technique has the advantage of being non-voyeuristic.
Intimate details do not have to be made public. The role of dissociation Dr Farouk Okhai, a consultant psychiatrist in Milton Keynes, has offered some hypotheses as to why the tapping technique might work.
Havening and Self Havening Techniques
Focusing part of the attention mechanism on the tapping disengages attention sufficiently to allow a reframe, a different perspective, to be taken concerning the trauma. But the next question, then, is why would dissociation help cure trauma? Can we go beyond just the label?
What is happening in dissociation? On one level, in creating dissociation, we are changing the meaning of the trauma. This is achieved by manipulating the interplay between the amygdala, the hippocampus and the neocortex. The amygdala is the organ in the brain that alerts us to possible danger and triggers the fear response; the hippocampus gives an event context and codes it in a form that can be stored as a memory in the neocortex. Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change However, when an event occurs that is experienced as traumatic, the high emotional arousal inhibits the neocortex you can't 'think straight' and also inhibits the hippocampus from functioning properly — the release of the stress hormone cortisol prevents the hippocampus from communicating effectively with the amygdala, which is processing the emotional feelings.
The result is inappropriate fear that is generated even after the traumatic event is over. In most cases, this is a temporary state of affairs and, over the next short while, the event is put into proper context. Not every Ford Fiesta goes through a red light. It is safe to drive again.
Thus no context can be created for the traumatic memory. It is an event that is ever in the present, all pervasive, triggered by any number of stimuli only peripherally connected.
A car pulling up at the traffic lights with squeaking brakes may be pattern matched to a similar sound heard just before a car crashed, turned over and caught fire, and the accompanying terror. Or the flapping of a window blind brings back the sound of a wall calendar flapping in the summer breeze, as the man held a knife to the cashier's throat.
They use the 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 Techniques.
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 Techniques only with a professional mental health care provider who has been fully trained and certified in the Havening Techniques.
Potential risks with using the Havening Techniques 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 a defense may become agitated by the premature removal of their protective anger and may increase their distress. Emotional material may continue to surface after using the Havening Techniques, indicating other issues may need to be addressed. If you inadvertently experience any distressing reactions or negative side effects, you are strongly advised to stop using the Havening Techniques and seek appropriate professional help.
Are the Havening Techniques easy to learn? The Havening Technique protocols and methods are easy to learn.
The difficult part, which takes practice and skill, is locating where the core elements of the stressful event or trauma lie. Like all healing methods, experience, skill, proper training, and intuition play a major role. How can I learn more? One should start with downloading and studying the educational material available on this website. This package will give you the opportunity to learn how to apply the Havening Techniques.
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.Just ten minutes later, after having done this a number of times, the man can think and talk about his ordeal without horror and panic for the first time since the incident.
On the basis of these observations, I tried out the following. So, at this stage of lowered arousal, provided the cortex knows how to see things in a more realistic frame, you find yourself spontaneously taking a new perspective. Especially if those modalities deal with healing trauma, and or focus on self-healing. Suddenly the man is sweating and shaking and, as different images of the events surface, one after the other, rates his degree of discomfort and the believability to him of certain statements about self-confidence and hope that the therapist presents to him.
For instance, we have had reports from therapists that patients with symptoms of psychosis found the experience of tapping or being tapped highly threatening. In effect, individuals are imagining themselves doing a series of physical movements that they have never done before.
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