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The Havening Techniques® are a truly remarkable new “psycho-sensory” therapy that I predict will change the world of psychotherapy as we know it.

What is a psycho-sensory therapy? It is a therapy aimed at psychological or emotional healing (psycho), but uses the body (sensory) to get there.

Different forms of psycho-sensory therapies include EFT, TFT and other “tapping” techniques, EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

With the tapping techniques either the client or the therapist physically taps with their fingertips on specified locations on the face and body. The stated theory behind it is that doing so brings energy to the person’s “energy meridians,” as described in Chinese Acupuncture systems.

With EMDR the client is asked to move their eyes laterally from left to right. The theory here is that this bi-lateral stimulation creates new associations between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information.

Both therapies have been shown to be effective for many people, particularly in the treatment of trauma.

However, both therapies have also met with skepticism from some scientists who question the validity of the mechanisms underlying the techniques.

One such skeptic was a New York City doctor by the name of Dr. Ronald Ruden. Ruden earned a PhD in organic chemistry from Northwestern University and did research at Harvard with Noble laureate E.J. Corey. (Dr. Corey won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1990 “for his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis”.) After Harvard Ruden got his MD from Mount Sinai School Of Medicine. He is currently is an internist with an active clinic in New York.

In the early 2000s Dr. Ruden was introduced to tapping by the British hypnotist, Paul McKenna. He was open minded and asked if there was a book he could read on the subject. McKenna recommended a book by Roger Callahan, the creator of TFT, and Ruden sent for it.

A week or so later, Ruden was in his office reading the book when one of his fellow physicians at his clinic mentioned they had a phobia. He said, “Oh, really? You have a phobia? Would you like to try something?”

He opened the book to the page on removing phobias, read the directions out loud and she followed them, tapping on the prescribed spots while saying some affirmational statements. To their shock and delight, the phobia went away after just a few minutes.

This got his attention, as you can well imagine. Throughout the rest of the day, whenever a patient would come in, he said, “Oh, by the way. Do you have a phobia about anything?”  He did another five sessions throughout the day and they all worked.

Now, Dr. Ruden is a medical doctor. As a western medicine guy, the explanations for why tapping worked just didn’t make sense to him, yet he couldn’t deny the results he was observing. So he decided to put his Ph.D. cap back on and do research into why this stuff actually worked.

He dived into the medical literature. Papers began to pile up on the floor of his office as months turned into years. He said that he did about four years of research in the direction of the process of memory consolidation; thinking was the answer to why it worked. Finally he decided no, it wasn’t the answer, so it was back to the drawing board. He said, “But that’s why they call it research. If you got it right the first time, it would just be search.”

He went off and started researching another theory and finally discovered he believes to be the answer. This explanation is explained quite fully in his 2010 book, When the Past Is Always Present.

I’ll write more about this soon, and for right now, if you want to learn more about this remarkable, life-changing therapy, you can watch this video I made about it:

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