Calming the Nervous System: The Havening Technique (From a Virtual Anxiety Therapist in California)
Updated: 5 days ago
By Victoria Washburn, LMFT | West Coast Integrative Adolescent, Young Adult & Couples Therapist
The Havening Technique is a psycho-sensory method designed to calm the nervous system. It involves a combination of therapeutic touch, distraction techniques, and bilateral stimulation to promote a sense of calm and safety. It can be used to address a range of challenges including anxiety, phobias, PTSD, and emotional distress related to life experiences.
By utilizing the Havening touch and using distraction techniques, we shift how our brain is interacting with the present moment. When using Havening in therapy, distraction techniques will be developed and personalized with the individual and therapist. There are various types of distractions techniques used in Havening; visual, auditory, cognitive and physical. The choice of distraction completely depends on the individual's preferences, goals, and context of the need in session.
Fun Fact: The term “Havening” is derived from the English word “haven,” which means place of safety or refuge.
For more information on Havening, please watch this informational video below:
If you’re interested in learning more about the Havening technique and how it is used, please reach out to Tori Washburn, LMFT, LPCC to discuss if this technique would benefit your therapeutic needs.
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Virtual anxiety therapist in California
Victoria (Tori) Washburn, LMFT is an adolescent, young adult, and couples therapist at West Coast Integrative Mental Health.
She offers clinical support for interpersonal challenges, relationship issues, stress, career transitions, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and substance use issues. Tori specializes in the following interventions: CBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, and Psychodynamic Therapy. She also uses the Havening Technique for individuals with stress, trauma and anxiety. She is a virtual/online therapist in California specializing in stress, trauma, OCD, and anxiety. Currently accepting new clients.
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