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Havening : Calms the Brain in Unique Fashion

Aug 26, 2015 06:00PM ● By Donna Ryen

Donna Ryen

Personal and professional coach Donna Ryen became certified as a Havening Techniques trainer and practitioner to help her clients overcome trauma by making room for new thought and behavior patterns. The Havening Techniques was developed by Dr. Ronald Ruden, and is described in his book When the Past is Always Present. Also called amygdala depotentiation therapy (ADT), Havening uses a specific therapeutic touch which generates delta waves in the brain. This technique can be applied by a trained professional and can be taught and self-applied. It is in a category of psychosensory therapies which uses sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior.

The Havening Techniques is also used by psychologists, social workers and other healthcare practitioners to help eliminate trauma-related disturbances linked to phobias, chronic pain, panic attacks, cravings and more. Havening has helped thousands of people worldwide, including veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other war-related stresses.

According to Ruden, “When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic or highly stressful, it can become immutably encoded, often with life-altering consequences. However, recent research in the field of neuroscience has shown us how it is possible to modify this encoding. The Havening Techniques methods are designed to change the brain to de-traumatize the memory and permanently remove its negative effects from both the body and psyche.”

Ryen explains that the Havening Techniques works gently and quickly in most cases, saying, “Many clients have had years of therapy for traumatic events in their past and are still feeling stuck. Dr. Ruden’s work is designed to help the brain, more specifically the amygdala, so that a client can have more resilience, and therefore more options in life choices.”

“The consequences of trauma and stressful life events are stored in the brain and activated by conscious or inadvertent recall,” notes Ruden. “Once this recall occurs, symptoms are generated. The Havening Techniques is designed to disrupt this pathway through a process called synaptic depotentiation. After performing The Havening Techniques, the emotions, and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory, can be extinguished.”

Ryen offers coaching in-person and over Skype, teaching clients to self apply the Havening Touch. 


Donna Ryen will offer introductory workshops on the Havening Techniques

from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., September 24

Events will be held in the lobby of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, in Oak Park.

Ryen can be reached at 734-417-3884 [email protected] or


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