Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a alternative and currently non-validated psychotherapy treatment. The procedure is claimed to work by tapping various parts of the body in order to rebalance its natural energy system. The tapping is thought to correct “perturbations” in the energy fields, called thought fields, that cause psychological disturbances. Different “algorithms” or tapping sequences are employed by the therapist to treat different problems. Once these energy disturbances are corrected, it is claimed that the psychological problem will dissipate.
According to TFT, neither a traumatic event nor the person’s thoughts about that event are the fundamental cause of negative emotions. Instead, perturbations (disturbances) in the thought field contain active information which triggers the neurological, chemical, hormonal, and cognitive changes in the person which result in the experience of negative emotions.
These perturbations exert their influence by causing imbalances in the body’s energy system. This is the same energy system used in acupuncture but without the needles.
Who invented TFT – Thought Field Therapy?
TFT, originally called Callahan Techniques, was invented by Roger Callahan, Ph.D. Dr. Roger Callahan PhD, a Californian clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a totally unique form of meridian therapy. It is best described as a natural, drug-free, non-invasive system to eliminate the cause of negative emotions. Quite simply the addressing of specific energy meridian points on the body in a precise and defined sequence, TFT has been shown to have an unprecedented success rate of up to 98%.
Thought Field Therapy ( TFT) Theory ?
TFT is based on concepts from Chinese medicine relating to the existence of invisible energy field’s in the body, named “thought fields”. In general, one can think of TFT as psychological acupuncture. The theory behind TFT is that negative emotions cause energy blockage and if the energy is unblocked then the fears will disappear. Tapping acupressure points is thought to be the means of unblocking the energy. Allegedly, it only takes five to six minutes to elicit a cure. Dr. Callahan claims an 85% success rate. He even does cures over the phone using “Voice Technology” on infants and animals; by analyzing the voice he claims he can determine what points on the body the patient should tap for treatment.
How Can TFT Benefit You?
Low moods and mood swings
Anxiety and Stress
Travel anxiety including fear of flying or driving on the freeways
Social or public speaking fears
Personal fears or your children’s fears
Anger and Frustration
Eating or smoking or drinking problems
Loss of loved ones
Sexual or intimacy problems
Research on Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
Thought Field Therapy has been used in clinical settings to to successfully treat a wide variety of psychological problems. Most research has been in the area of first hand clinical observation and the personal reports coming from therapists and clients have been impressive. One formal investigation, conducted in early 1995, by Charles R. Figley, Ph.D. and Joyce Carbonell, Ph.D. of the Psychological Stress Research Program and Clinical Laboratory at Florida State University yielded impressive results in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For this study, four new treatment approaches were selected on the basis of previous merit. These methods were: Traumatic Incident Reduction (TRI) Visual Kinesthetic Dissociation (NLP) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Thought Field Therapy ( TFT).
Psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan, founded and developed TFT over the last 16 years based on his discovery that the same energy meridian system identified by the Chinese approximately 5,000 years ago and used in acupuncture for centuries could also be used to successfully treat most psychological problems.
The consistent and repeatable results using TFT, which impacts the electromagnetic energy system, strongly support that this energy system is vital in controlling the generation and healing of negative emotions. If the basic problem of negative emotions were simply neural, chemical/hormonal, and/or cognitive, then TFT would not work at all.
How does EFT differ from Thought Field Therapy (TFT)?
TFT uses similar principles as EFT but asks the student to learn 10 or 15 different tapping routines (called algorithms), each of which is designed to cover a specific issue such as trauma, phobias, depression, etc . Anything not covered by those individual routines (e.g. insomnia, TMJ, dyslexia, etc.) requires a diagnostic process. EFT, by contrast, uses only one comprehensive tapping routine to cover all issues (not just 10 or 15) and doesn’t require diagnosis.