I take my clients on a journey of change through identifying what is leading them to feel unfulfilled. I do this on a practical and emotional level, simplifying the way forward towards living a truly fulfilled life in all areas. I offer hope and the tools to ensure that people do not have to be defined by the experiences in their history, and I keep them looking forward as the future serves them better than the past. I provide the insight for them to see the areas to focus on within their life that will truly have the most significant impact on their life as a whole. My work is trauma-informed meaning that I specialise in a range of techniques to disrupt the link between experiences, emotions and beliefs that hold us back and prevent us from achieving our potential. I work with social entrepreneurs, academics and the general public who wish to live more fulfilled lives, and achieve their potential, whatever that might be.
Violence prevention service development and evaluation consultancy
I have 20 years of experience in designing and executing service evaluation, within the field of violence prevention. My doctoral research involved a novel design of evaluation to determine the process of change and impact of a probation based domestic violence perpetrator programme. Since that time, as an academic, I have evaluated a range of victim and perpetrator oriented services, as well as primary prevention services in the third sector and criminal justice contexts. I have also developed innovative and effective community-based interventions to prevent repeated domestic violence. I have published widely on these topics (link to publications page), and my internationally recognised expertise in these fields has led me to be a member of the offender rehabilitation accreditation panels of England and Wales (CSAAP) and Scotland (SAPOR).
I have been working in the field of violence prevention for two decades, and during that time have worked with a number of organisations who deliver specialist and non-specialist services. I am mindful that the issue of domestic violence touches the lives of millions of men and women each year, and many of those will engage in a range of other services. If you lead a service-based business delivering directly to the public, I can help you work through any challenges that you may encounter if working with individuals who are currently, or have recently been in a violent and/or abusive relationship. This may also include members of your team or wider business. I can provide one-off or regular and repeating professional supervision to meet your needs as required. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
I have been a certified Havening Techniques (TM) practitioner since February 2020. I have found this to be an exceptionally powerful technique that is not conversational, but which can help my clients focus, reduce overwhelm and help with symptoms of trauma. Although I typically integrate this within my coaching approach, where appropriate, if you would like an initial consultation to determine if havening alone could help you, please email me: Erica@thehopemakers.co.uk. A 1 hour consultation costs £70.
Anxiety, fear, panic attacks can be overwhelming, but there is a very simple strategy you can use to prevent daily stressors from taking over your emotions. This technique is called havening.
Havening is a touch-based technique which increases the rate of delta waves in the brain thanks to the activation of specific nerve endings located in the surface of our skin, in the palms of our hands. These Pacinian corpuscles when placed under physical pressure, create delta waves, which are usually part of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Delta waves are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restorative sleep.
Havening was developed by Ronald Ruden, M.D., who has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. His work has found that the generation of delta waves has a positive effect on regions of the brain that are involved in creating emotionally charged memories and trauma. One of these brain regions is the amygdala which is important in recording the emotions of our experiences. The amygdala encodes emotions arising from traumatic events in a different way, which results in them becoming stuck in your brain. This is why traumatic memories can be invasive – and disrupt our daily life, as when triggered, it can feel as though we are right back in the moment where the trauma occurred.
Three forms of havening touch
- Rub the palms of your hands together. Rub your hands together slowly as if you’re washing your hands.
- Give yourself a hug. Place the palms of your hands on your opposite shoulders and rub them down your arms to your elbows.
- “Wash” your face. Place your fingertips up high on your forehead just within your hairline and then let your fingers fall down your face to your chin
You can use the havening touch yourself to help calm feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. When using havening repeat aloud phrases to sooth you, such as ‘I am calm’, ‘I am coping’ and the touch will increase both the feeling of relaxation, and you will also take on board the words you are saying aloud in a deeper way than without the touch, thanks to the activation of delta waves.
This form of havening is often used for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has been found to help eliminate the intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks associated with PTSD. Note that this form of havening is best done with a trained therapist.