Does Havening work? Of course you want to have an idea what to expect before committing to a novel therapeutic approach to be included in your program.
I have been working intensively with Havening in my practice since April 2019. I have treated clients with a variety of complaints- first and foremost anxiety and trauma which I specialize in, but also other symptom presentations such as obesity, eating disorders and addictions.
Havening works very efficiently to dismantle the underlying trauma in these situations. Once clients feel better about themselves, everything changes and they are then free to make better decisions for themselves which will further enhance the healing process.
So, does Havening work? In this video testimonial, Caroline discusses the work we did together in only four sessions, which- although I do use other modalities as well, featured mostly Havening.
Susanna Sweeney: Hello, Caroline, how are you? Good to see you. So Caroline, you went through my program with me and worked with me one on one. And you wanted to give people a little bit of feedback about what that's like?
Caroline: Hello. Yes. I was so impressed with the changes that I've made in my life over the last I don't know, what is it been 12 weeks,
Susanna Sweeney: Something like that not much more. So and only a very limited number of sessions in that time. I thought good place to start might be to actually talk about the symptoms that you came with originally.
Caroline: Yes, I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder about 20 years ago.
Caroline: Well, depression and then post traumatic stress disorder. And yeah, I've been diagnosed with complex PTSD. from, you know, numerous doctors, and I've suffered from that, and I have tried using antidepressants and traditional counseling, and both helped in limited ways, but, you know, I, I don't take antidepressants. Now I find they're very blunting and the side effects are intolerable for me. But the counseling helped, but took a long time and very small gains over years. Yes.
Susanna Sweeney: So talk a little bit about how that actually played out for you the PTSD because it's a complex condition and it can be very individual how it presents. What were the main complaints you had?
Caroline: Right before I contacted you, I had started having extreme night terrors again. You know, it's something that has cycled through my life. And I would wake up with this sort of very heavy emotional pain sitting on my chest. And it would make it very hard to function and relate to people throughout my day and I was suffering I was in I was in emotional pain, and I didn't know how to release it.
And, you know, I had done three years of counseling successfully and kind of released from that, and I didn't know where to go. That's when I came to you. I also had noticed that even though I intellectually understood about my abandonment issues, I was able to see what was going on. I was unable to change my visceral reaction. When I perceived abandonment, that wasn't really happening. I still would just react. So that was why I came to you. Yeah.
Susanna Sweeney: So where are you with it now Caroline after I think we've done four sessions together.
Caroline: Yeah, I'm even after the first session, I noticed results.
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Caroline: First of all, my nightmares stopped, which I didn't expect that to happen overnight.
I think in the last 12 weeks, you know, I think I've only had a little bit of bad dreams once you know, it's just amazing because I was really suffering.
Also the heavy pain that I was having to experience that I was having to walk through I that has dissipated. And I feel much, I just feel lighter.
And then also, when I, in my relationship, when I have problems, I'm able to have a distance from the problem and not get so overly raw and reactive. And it's giving me breathing space, and it's allowing my relationship to flourish in a way that is amazing.
For me. Yeah, just that distance when things come up, is really good. So and that was actually after the first session, I noticed the improvement. So I was very impressed with that.
Um, I've also had secondary things that I didn't expect that I wasn't looking for help with because I didn't think they were related. I had been physically ill for a number of years and I was just coming out of it and getting better and I had to take a lot of medication and I had been bedridden. And I had a lot of physical pain in my body. And we worked with the pain and got rid of a lot of the pain in my body. And that allowed me to start exercising harder. And it's just like a rolling ball where everything's going better with my body.
And also, my energy I had had, I thought it was because of the illness and because of taken antibiotics for three years, but I was sleeping about 12 hours a day, 14 hours a day sometimes. And if I didn't, I felt exhausted, and it wasn't depression, it was exhaustion, and I didn't expect that to get better. And actually, after our first session, that night, I only slept seven hours. And then the next night, eight hours the next night, seven hours, no naps. And I was just shocked and amazed at the difference, you know, not only in my mood, but also in my energy levels. Just didn't expect it and was so grateful.
And the other thing was is that I kind of ,like many people, I kind of have a, I had a problem with food where I would live in alone where I would eat all of something. And I had an unhealthy relationship with with with with treats and snacks. And I've- that's actually changed without me even thinking about it or trying I've just naturally noticed, because I do keep track of- you know what I eat a little bit and I'm like, wow, there's still ice cream in the freezer. It's amazing. I like a week later, I can go have a bowl of ice cream and just put it back and not eat the whole thing. And it's really lovely. And I'm just really, really, really pleased with everything.
Susanna Sweeney: It sounds wonderful and I'm so thrilled for you. Yeah, give people a little bit of an insight into what it feels like to be going through my program. Was it difficult Carolina or was it easy?
Caroline: Um, I found it. I feel I felt very safe working with you. I had been hesitant about- and a little bit cynical about, you know, hypnotism and, you know, things that are like alternative therapies. I've always been very scientific minded and, you know, like, like to see the things are clinically proven and that and I was, I wasn't quite sure if, you know, I would feel safe within that kind of modality.
And I always felt like I was in control. I always felt that if I wasn't, I was aware of what was happening and part of it and that I would remember it later. I never felt tricked or insecure. Yeah, I really feel like your psychotherapy experience comes over into every, every part of the session where you're able to notice very tiny fluctuations in in my in in me and kind of guide me into Yeah, we really did some deep work and I was very impressed. There. impressed, I felt very safe. And for me security is and not feeling safe is probably one of my biggest issues. So I think that's quite amazing,
Susanna Sweeney: Yeah. And thank you for saying that because that is one of the myths about hypnotherapy that there is this kind of power and balance and something is done to you. So I think that is important to hear that, that your experience of it was very safe.
Caroline: Yeah. Yeah. Like that's why I liked CBT because I felt like cognitive behavioral therapy because I felt like I was in control. But again, the results of that are very slow. And very, this was so quick. Yeah. And I do feel like I'm the one who decided what to work on. What was important to work on how how far I wanted to go. Yeah, I really felt in control all the way. Hmm.
Susanna Sweeney: Great. So finally, the big question, would you recommend me and I hope you would.
Caroline: Definitely. I've been recommending you to a lot of people overseas, but you know, I would definitely recommend you. I mean, if if I had thought if you had just helped me with my energy level, or just with my relationships, or just with the night terrors, one of these things alone would have been more than sufficient worth the investment in time and money. But to have all of these things improve so drastically, in such a short space of time, it's like a miracle. And I really appreciate you thank you so much.
Susanna Sweeney: You're so welcome. And fingers crossed for you now for right future IDs.
Caroline: Yes, I feel very positive. And instead of like, walking around with a heavy feeling, I have like a little bit of hope, feeling in my chest now, which is really, really good.
Susanna Sweeney: So thank you for sharing that Caroline.
Caroline: Thank you so much.
I am often asked how many sessions of Havening it will take to correct the presenting problem. This question is difficult to answer as it depends on a variety of individual factors. What I can promise however is that, compared to psychotherapy, Havening therapy will only ever be very short term.
For conditions like fears and phobias, mild anxiety and panic attacks you will be at the short end of the spectrum, with anxiety you have had for most of your life which perhaps comes coupled with addictions, you are looking at the longer end of the spectrum- just to give some examples. In other words- the more complex a condition is the longer it will likely take to correct it.
Having said that, you are always looking at short term work. Where a psychotherapist would say to you that for any conditions as the ones I have mentioned above you should plan to spend a minimum of two years in therapy (with an avaerage of 40 therapy sessions per annum), Havening will shorten this time span significantly, often to as little as four to five sessions.
Havening is a relatively new modality that has only been around for about seven years. Hence, there is little research on Havening available just yet, although I am aware of three studies currently in progress or undergoing peer review.
However, there is one published study which backs up what Havening practitioners and their clients consistently report- the effeciveness of Havening Techniques®. This was published in Health Science Journal. A single session of Havening was found to reduce self reported symptoms for anxiety and depression- here is the study.
Another study was just published following peer review, and it shows the efficacy of Havening for producing permanent positive change in trauma clients, find it here.
Dr. Ronald Ruden who together with his brother Dr. Steven Ruden founded Havening Techniques, published a paper on the neuroscience behind Havening, find the paper here.
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