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Anxiety Therapist in Windsor & West London

What are the  Havening Techniques ®?

James Hymers explains what are the Havening Techniques?

The Havening Techniques are a revolutionary new way of healing the mind.

Dr Ronald Ruden creator of the Havening techniques with James Hymers


Havening belongs to a larger group of methods called Psycho-sensory therapies. Therefore these therapies work by using applied touch.

In a randomised trial of 5000 patients. Psycho-sensory therapy was more effective in treating common mental health problems than Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (C.B.T) or medication. So if you want to use something new that works fast it’s definitely the type of therapy to use.

The Havening Techniques can be used by yourself (Self Havening) or by a registered practitioner (Facilitated Havening). Hence both of these methods will remove the effects of traumatic memories from the mind.

Self Havening is very effective at clearing milder issues.

You should see a registered Havening Techniques practitioner for stronger issues.

If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, I’d like to help you become free of it.

Havening for anxiety

Havening is a fantastic therapy for removing anxiety and works very well for many types.

What can Havening help with?

  • G.A.D (Generalised anxiety disorder).
  • Social anxiety (being anxious in groups of people).
  • Traumatic memories (a result of traumatic experiences)
  • limiting behaviours (having anxiety hold you back from doing what you want to do).
  • Phobias – phobias can often be removed in just one session using the Havening Technique.

And much more too.

Havening has a huge advantage over many therapies as it’s so versatile. Consequently Havening can be used to help with a wide range of issues from Anxiety to P.T.S.D. So many different issues can be helped using Havening effectively.

Havening also has the benefit of incredible speed. So my average client will see me for just two sessions and many phobias can be erased in just one session! As a result in a couple of sessions you could be free of those old problems.

How well Does Havening work?

Havening works amazingly well and is very fast.

I have been using this therapy for a number of years now, and I am still amazed at what it can do, even problems that have been around for decades can be removed just as fast as a new problem.

Using the Havening Techniques I have helped many clients when other therapies have failed in the past. Even Problems as diverse as emotional eating to the Yips in sports, and chronic anxiety have all been resolved. To sum it up it, Havening works incredibly well and incredibly fast.

Havening Trials

Havening has been put through trials at King’s college London. for the reason to test it’s effectiveness. In these trials the Havening was tested to see if it could help people with depression, anxiety and impaired functioning.

Participants where given just one session of Havening therapy. They were later asked how they felt one week later and also two months later. By asking at these times we could see if the effectiveness of the treatment wears off.

The single session of Havening was found to be successful. They created the desired results for clients with depression and anxiety who beforehand had felt impaired. Participants reported an improvement on all mental health measures, that were sustained after two months.

How does Havening therapy work ?

​Havening uses Havening touch with an applied stroking of the arms, hands or face. As a result an electro-chemical reaction within the brain and allows us to change the way we feel about past events. This takes place at the part of the brain where memories are stored.

First the Havening touch is applied and the upsetting memory or feeling that is creating is recalled.

This is when the process starts to deactivate the old behaviour by de-linking the emotion from the memory. So this means that the very first part of chain reaction causing the anxiety is no longer able to work.

It’s like taking away the first domino in a long line of dominoes therefore the chain reaction can’t start anymore. The anxious response or unhelpful behaviour is gone!

The Havening Technique is great at clearing past traumatic events, it can also be used to remove negative emotional states. Therefore it can do a whole lot more than other therapies.

If you find yourself being stuck in sadness, depression, stress, low self esteem or grief we can change that too.

The great thing about working with Havening this way is that the you don’t need to know the origin of these feelings.

The brain is already connected to the source of the upset. We are able to get to work straight away at clearing them without spending hours looking for a root cause.

We can replace the old unhelpful feelings with how you would like to feel instead.>

Dr Ronald Ruden, the co creator of Havening along with his brother Dr Steven Ruden, says:

“When an event or experience is perceived as traumatic or very stressful, it becomes immutably encoded, often with life altering  consequences. 

However recent research in the field of neuroscience has shown us how it’s possible to modify this encoding. We are all aware that sensory encoding changes our thought behaviour (think Mozart, chicken soup,or hugging your child) but for the most part these changes are transient. Is it possible to use sensory input to create permanent change?”


What can Havening do?

The Havening technique is a method, which is designed to change the brain, to de-traumatize the memory, and permanently remove its negative effects from both our psyche and our body.

​This is what Paul McKenna has to say about Havening

“Havening therapy is going to change the face of therapy across the world. What used to take months to cure can now be done in minutes in most cases: PTSD, trauma, pain, depression and many more disorders.”

This is not to be confused with other psycho-sensory techniques, TFT, EMDR, etc. Whilst they are very good, Havening is light years ahead.

Here are some of the conditions that respond to Havening.


Chronic Pain

Distressing memories (Broken Relationships, Shocking news, Loss, Embarrassment, Etc.)

Victims of natural disasters, (Hurricanes, Floods, etc.) and man-made events (War, Fire, Assault, Home intrusion, Etc.)


Fear of Abandonment



Panic Attacks

Emotional Eating …. and more.

James Hymers

Revolutionary Solutions For Age-old Problems

Some of the techniques I use include the Havening Techniques®, Psy-tap and N.L.P. BWRT.

Feel free to take a closer look at these therapies to find out how they work and the amazing results that can be achieved using them.

If you would me to help you please send me a message and we can get started bringing about your best life.

Therapist working in Windsor and west London and Online so no-matter where you are I can help you.


Or call me now on 07940 597766
I help people overcome these types of anxiety and many more:
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
  • Health Anxiety.
  • Panic Attacks.
  • Pain.
  • Performance Anxiety.
  • Fear of flying.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • They can all be removed!

Amina Ali
Amina Ali
22:20 25 Nov 22
Mr James is amazing, my son was having flush backs from an operation he had few months ago and therefore was getting... seizures all the time and the doctors in the hospital couldn’t find out want was wrong with him, therefore l decided to try Therapy, l therefore got Mr James on line made an appointment and took my son, ever since my son has not had any seizures. In fact my son is back to work, he doesn’t have any more flush backs. The only thing l can say about Mr James is knows what he is doing and he is amazing.read more
Darren Humphrey
Darren Humphrey
14:54 08 Sep 22
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to James, I was developing a fear of flying that as the years went by have been... getting worse, to the point this year I was feeling anxious weeks before the flight. James was recommended to me by a friend who he also helped, and after our session one evening, I was nervously exited about my next flight on holiday a few days after. Amazing feeling to be free of the fear and anxiety, and I felt relaxed on the take off, in-flight and landing, James your techniques are superb, and I would highly recommend you to anyone. Thank you again. Darrenread more
David Pearl
David Pearl
09:13 07 Sep 22
Last September, after a 4 year lay-off, I decided to try and start playing golf regularly again.Shortly afterwards I... was fortunate to meet James Hymers.After some on course 9 hole sessions James has totally revolutionised my mental attitude and entirely simplified my approach to hitting the ball.As a result, I can't remember ever having had more enjoyment from my golf.At the start of the Summer I was happy at the age of 77 to be breaking 100 once in a while. I am now consistently playing off 18 and still improving.I can't thank you enough James.read more
Hayley Bradbury
Hayley Bradbury
10:47 15 Jul 22
I took my daughter, Mia to see James after recommendations from other people to seek help with Mia’s sports performance... anxiety. Initially Mia was skeptical, but after having just one session with James, Mia left with a totally new mind set and said how fabulous the session was. This was amazing to see. But even better was to see that the following weekend at Mia’s next athletics competition she not only didn’t black out anymore but she achieved PBs in all four of her events and as a result of this has been selected to represent the county in under 13s. This wouldn’t have been achievable without the help from James. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much James!!read more
Martin James
Martin James
19:47 25 May 22
James has recently helped me understand, overcome and subdue my anxious feelings and high functioning anxiety that have... been with me for many years.Havening has been a comforting simple and very effective way to calm my overthinking and my overactive brain, the techniques James has shown me in one session has enabled me to finally have everything under control.Thanks you James.read more
Nasher 0809
Nasher 0809
19:36 17 Jun 21
James has helped me enormously overcome feelings of stress and anxiety that have plagued me for a long time. A recent... bout of panic attacks had meant I’d had some time off work and after only 2 sessions, I am now back loving my job again. The Havening technique James uses is simple yet extremely effective and one that I plan to continue to use as part of my daily routine for the foreseeable future. A million thanks to James.read more
Louise Donoghue
Louise Donoghue
14:38 01 Jan 21
I was sceptical to begin with when my best friend told me about James and what he had achieved with her in such a short... amount of time, it sounded too good to be true...After decades of counselling and various other therapies my issues as far as I was concerned were ‘unfixable’ and just something I had to live and deal with day to day.I suffered from crippling anxiety, low self esteem, low self worth and generally just didn’t believe I was ever going to be happy or deserved to be so after some deliberation I decided to contact James and see what he could do for me.After the first session I was absolutely amazed with how great I was feeling, the majority of my problems had disappeared and I was filled with this sense of happiness and worthiness.I’ve now had two sessions with James and I can honestly say I’ve never felt this good about myself, my life and my future.I feel like I can achieve anything and that no matter what happens I am enough and I am incredible.The man is magic I swear! I have recommended him to everyone I know and will continue to do so.He is worth every penny and I promise you, no matter how deep routed or complicated you think your problems are... James will fix them!read more
15:50 21 Jan 20
Having tried many things - i had learned to be skeptical. However — In 1/2 sessions I’ve had AMAZING results. Whatever... your issue - this technique has instant results. Literally life changing. You owe it to yourself to try.read more
Lindsey Hobbs
Lindsey Hobbs
17:12 04 Dec 19
James is an amazing therapist - I have so much to thank this guy for!I was struggling with PTSD & burnout and was... pretty much ready to give up on life when I found James. He helped me to find a way forwards where 3 other counsellors had failed. James introduced me to Havening which was a complete game-changer for me. He helped me to strip out the emotional content from a traumatic experience that had been haunting me for years. His therapies really are fast-acting and I noticed they started to help straight away.I was a nervous wreck when I arrived for my 1st appointment, but James quickly made me feel at ease and I left feeling wonderfully calm and relaxed. James is an experienced & very knowledgeable therapist. He has a really lovely kind, calm manner about him. He was patient, understanding & encouraging when we were working through some of the tougher stuff and I always felt safe and supported whilst working with him.James is really passionate about giving people meaningful help, fast. I would definitely recommend James to anyone. He changed my life for the better and he can help you get your life back on track too.read more
Tim Burnell
Tim Burnell
17:15 19 Nov 19
James was highly recommended to me to treat post traumatic stress. After one session I felt rejuvenated, positive and... free of anxiety. James is a great guy and a wonderful therapist with real empathy and miracle skills.read more
Joshua White
Joshua White
00:42 08 Nov 19
Helped me overcome baseball yips! Worked very quickly and was very patient and accommodating!
06:10 05 Nov 19
Hi I’m Josie a parenting coach.Recently I was on a very packed bus travelling from the airport terminal to my flight,... which we were then required to wait on. I’ve never been one to like small tight spaces but on this occasion it was different. I became paralysed with fear, hyperventilating, anxiety like I have never experienced and complete lack of control. It is by far the most frightened I’ve very felt. The anxiety lasted for hours and even my darling husband couldn’t calm me down.When I got home the next day I still didn’t feel myself the worry was still sat in my chest. I decided I had to see James to see if his magic truly worked, as I was flying again the weekend just gone alone with three children from Florida. I couldn’t possible have the same episode while with my kids. There was also no time for talking therapies I needed fast results.I went to see James, open to it but genuinely questioning what effect he could have in an hour.Well, I flew back 3 days ago from Florida with my three children and was in a tight bus in the same situation. I kept asking myself, “Is this going to work, I need this to work!” Even winding myself up about it before the doors had even closed i didn’t get a bit of worry, no anxiety, nothing! I wasn’t even trying it just happened.Phenomenal- absolutely mind blown! James is amazing he makes you feel at ease immediately and you feel he genuinely cares! He comes highly highly recommended. Those hands of his hold true magic!read more
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