Erika Neil

Certified Practitioner since January 2019
Certified Trainer

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Erika Neil is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who helps clients overcome the limiting effects of trauma and other difficult life experiences so that they are free to live the life they want. Erika attended Harvard University, Columbia University Law School, and Catholic University School of Social Service. She has specialized training in the treatment of trauma. managing stress and difficult emotions, and strengthening positive emotional states. In addition to Havening, she is trained in EMDR (Eye–Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), Reiki, Quantum Touch, Emotional Freedom Technique, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, the Flash Technique, and Brainspotting. Erika emphasizes mind-body awareness practices to increase capacity and resilience. Prior to becoming a social worker, Erika was a lawyer for abused and neglected children in Washington, DC. She was also a school social worker for fifteen years in Northern Virginia. Havening techniques have brought about dramatic change and growth in her clients and in herself. Erika's style is collaborative, warm, and solution-focused. She was trained by Dr. Ron Ruden and was the first certified Havening practitioner in the Washington, DC area. Erika is a certified Havening Techniques Trainer. She is passionate about spreading awareness of Havening and its benefits worldwide.  Erika is the co-founder of Humanitarian Havening and the Havening for Educators program, and the co-author of Auntie Rosa's Magic Hugs: A Story about Havening.

Areas of specialization

Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, Obsessions and compulsions, Pain management, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Stress, Grief, medically diagnosed illnesses and disease, Self-Development


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Havening Training

The Havening Techniques 2 day training by the Center for Havening Research & Training, Inc was impressive and informative. Erika Neil was a great presenter and truly knowledgeable. I especially liked the hands on practicum which Erika and other practitioners helped facilitate as it allowed my agency professionals to be immersed with the experience. It is especially rare to find a training that can allow each participant to attain personal growth while learning. I highly recommend Erika’s training in Havening Techniques.

Deepa Patel, Springfield, VA
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Havening Training

I did the Havening Training with Erika in Dec. of 2020. She did an amazing job! All the attributes that one would want in a teacher/mentor, she delivers in spades. Focused, attention to detail, making it fun, and keeping us all on task. I came out of the training feeling confident and ready to do my 30 case studies. While I was doing the case studies, she was right there encouraging and offering really helpful suggestions on how to be a better practitioner of Havening. The whole experience was empowering for me and I have to thank Erika for that . Awesome job Erika.

Charlie Wright, Ashville, NC
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Havening Training

I wanted to let you know what a wonderful experience I had in the training, personally and professionally. Our staff were so impressed they cannot stop taking about it. I think we may end up having more of them getting certified. You’re obviously an excellent instructor. It’s not just your knowledge, but the delivery that impressed me. You were very patient and sensitive to our needs. I particularly liked your openness and willingness to listen. I found the training to be highly personally rewarding. This was one of the best trainings I’ve ever done.

- Pablo Moro
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