What is Thought Field Therapy

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) was discovered in 1980 by one of America’s most experienced and distinguished Clinical Psychologists, Dr Roger Callahan PhD.  He was dissatisfied with conventional therapy techniques which he found to be too time consuming and largely ineffective.   Dr Callahan was already working on and interested in alternative therapies, including Applied Kinesiology (AK) which addressed the body’s energy meridian system, and he realised that some of its techniques could have an application in the rapid and efficient diagnosis and permanent treatment of negative emotions such as phobias and traumatic stress.  

Over many years of research and experimentation, Dr Callahan developed and perfected Thought Field Therapy, and it quickly became apparent that by tapping on the correct meridians on the body in a specific sequence for each problem (this is called an algorithm), his clients were generally enjoying a 95% success rate in having their problems cured, quickly and permanently.  This was incredible, particularly in comparison to some traditional psychotherapies where clients could be treated for weeks, months or even years, sometimes with very little improvement.

TFT is extremely effective in treating:

  • Phobias
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • OCD
  • Embarrassment
  • Panic
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Rage
  • Trauma (including PTSD)
  • Addictive urges
  • Shame
  • Jet lag
  • Rejection (including love pain)

So how does TFT (tapping) actually work? 

According to Dr Callahan’s theory, whenever we think of something, we are effectively tuning in to a ‘thought field’ (or energy field) in the same way that you have to tune into a specific TV channel to see a particular programme.    Held within that energy field are the pieces of coded information patterns used by the mind and body to generate the emotions connected to that thought.    Dr Callahan calls these pieces of information ‘perturbations’ (which means ‘a cause of mental disquietude’).  By tapping on the correct meridian points in a specific sequence, these negative emotions (or perturbations) can be deactivated, rather like ‘switching off’ the emotional experience.  This means that the individual can now think about what troubled them before (they will still be able to remember everything about it), but the sometimes crippling emotion (grief, anger, guilt etc) associated with it will be completely gone.    The areas that you may tap on include various areas on the face, the collarbone, under the arm, the hand and inside finger tips.

How many sessions might be required and will the effects last?

TFT treatments generally work immediately, therefore for a simple problem, a single session lasting 30 – 90 minutes is usually all that is required, possibly with a follow-up session some time later.  You may also be provided with self-help instructions for use at home if I think that this will be of benefit.  However, please note that for more complex problems, further sessions may be required, as layers of problems reveal themselves, so you should be prepared for this potential eventuality.   For most problems, when the correct tapping sequence is administered, the problem will disappear and the effect will endure over time.  One exception is in the treatment of addictions, where the tapping sequence may have to be repeated whenever the urge returns, for about 3 weeks.   If you have treatment for something other than an addiction and the symptoms return, this indicates exposure to a toxin, but your therapist may be able to help you identify this substance so that you can avoid it in the future.