Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Havening Techniques ® for PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which you may develop after witnessing, or have been involved in, traumatic events.  When you suffer with this, your world seems an unsafe place where bad things happen.  PTSD can cause symptoms including stress, anxiety, flashbacks, depression and trouble sleeping.

If something traumatic happens, depending on your vulnerability at the time, you will not necessarily suffer from PTSD.  Otherwise, imagine what effect everything negative we read, heard about or watched on TV would give us symptoms.  Fortunately they don't.

There are different levels of PTSD - mild, moderate and severe.  This isn't determined by how upsetting or frightening your experience you were having at the time but the impact of the symptoms you are currently experience.  Sometimes the symptoms surface months after the event - this is called "delayed PTSD".

Another type of PTSD is "complex trauma".  If you experience trauma at an early age or trauma that has lasted a long time, also experience some of the following:


  • avoiding friendships

  • avoiding relationships

  • feeling that nobody understands you

  • suicidal feelings

  • feeling withdrawn

  • feelings of worthlessness

  • feelings of emptiness

  • feelings of weakness

  • uncontrollable emotions

  • socially isolated

"Birth trauma" is PTSD that develops after witnessing someone go through a traumatic, complicated birth.  Someone who has a difficult labour, long delivery, an unplanned cesarean or emergency birth can cause birth trauma.  This trauma can surface up many years later, causing you to experience flashbacks or unwanted memories of a traumatic birth.  It may also cause feelings of guilt, anger and leave you having trouble bonding with the baby.  Birth trauma may also leave you feeling anxious about having another baby.

How can Havening Techniques ® help with PTSD?


The Havening Techniques ® can help with PTSD as it can change the feeling/emotion of the recalled memory, even changing the "event" that caused the PTSD.  In the future it won't cause the emotional upset, it can have a completely different outcome which in turn will change the memory associated with it.

When you are having a session(s) of Havening Techniques ® you only have to recall the event until you feel the emotional response although this may cause a fear of re-living the trauma.  The sooner the emotional response comes (which won't be very long depending on the severity of trauma to you), it can be worked on straight away using the Havening touch and distraction techniques.

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