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What is Thought Field Therapy?

Thought Field Therapy ™ (TFT) is a safe and effective technique for the elimination of emotional distress. It gives immediate relief for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, phobias, fears and anxieties by directly treating the blockage in the energy flow created by a disturbing thought pattern. It virtually eliminates any negative feeling previously associated with a thought.

TFT eliminated disturbances created by negative emotions by using key meridian points in specific sequences. The gentle training program offers the latest technology in removing disruptions in the body's energy system. These disruptions are responsible for causing physical problems, negative emotions, addictions and cravings. It is truly a mind-body treatment using a combination of modern science, Oriental medicine, and the body's energy system.

Who discovered TFT?

TFT was discovered in 1981 by Dr. Roger Callahan, a cognitive psychologist who had tried everything in his repertoire to help a woman with a lifelong, severe and apparently intractable water phobia.

He decided to try a variation on a holistic, mind-body healing method he had been studying, based on the theory in Chinese medicine that energy flows along meridian lines in the body. These meridian points appear to act as a governing force in healing and growth. When the energy points are blocked or unbalanced, the person experiences emotional disturbance or what Dr. Roger Callahan calls "perturbations."

He discovered that by directly treating the blockage in the energy flow created by a disturbing thought pattern, the disturbance or upset disappears. It virtually eliminates any negative feeling previously associated with a thought.

In an attempt to help Mary, his patient with the water phobia, he tested his theory. He asked her to think about water, tap with two fingers on the point that connected with the stomach meridian and much to his surprise, her fear of water completely disappeared.

"The fear is gone!," she exclaimed and went running around the swimming pool behind his office.

Not only had her fear evaporated but the apparent cure remains effective to this day.

Callahan continued to expand on his discovery and has come up with a number of brief treatments or "algorithms." Algorithms are step-by-step procedures or sequences of body taps geared to particular conditions which patients can perform on themselves.

How It Works

The therapist asks a person to think about a situation or event and rate how uncomfortable they feel at the moment on a scale from one to ten, where ten is the worst you can feel and one is no trace of the problem.

Then, at the direction of the therapist, the patient taps with two fingers on various acupressure points on the body.   During this process, the patient rates how they feel.  The tapping is done according to a prescribed recipe pattern (algorithm).  The algorithm is based on the particular emotions elicited by the upset.

After the series of tapping, which takes only five to six minutes, the treatment is complete and the distress is eliminated.  That's it!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Thought Field?

Dr. Roger Callahan, the originator of Thought Field Therapy,  defines field as "an invisible structure in space that has an effect upon matter".

Although fields cannot be seen or measured, the fields effects can be readily observed.  You cannot see a magnetic field, for instance, but you can see its effect.  

In TFT theory, the perturbations, which are considered to be the most basic cause of negative emotions, are contained in the thought field.  Perturbations are comparable to what physicist David Bohm, Ph.D., calls "active information" which is a phenomenon where a very small amount of energy can have a tremendous effect upon a larger system.

There is a one-to-one correspondence (known in TFT terminology as isomorphism) between these perturbations and specific energy meridian points on the body, which, when stimulated in a specific sequence, result in healing.

What does a TFT treatment involve?

While a trained therapist is present, the patient is first asked to think about a troublesome issue. They are then asked to quantify their feelings on a scale of 1 to 10, with a 10 representing maximum distress. Next, the patient is asked to tap on his or her own body in specific places, or energy points, in a specific order. Following the treatment the patient is once again asked to think about their problem or issue and rate it, indicating how much distress they feel.

Typically, the patient reports that the distress is completely gone and even that they can't think about it at all! Of course, they are thinking about it because they are talking about it. However, the thought no longer holds the emotional charge that it once did. At this point the patient is now free of their problem, as they can no longer get back the original feeling of distress. Results seem to be permanent in most cases.

Is TFT painful?

No. TFT uses no instruments nor does it require you to talk at length about your problems.

Is TFT suitable for children?

Yes. The simplicity and safety of TFT makes it especially suitable for children. Children can use happy face drawings or their hands to indicate how upsetting or disturbing their problem is. TFT helps night terrors, anxiety, school phobias, fears, traumas and anger. This is an easy technique to use when talking therapy or conventional approaches might be intimidating.

What are TFT algorithms?

Dr. Roger Callahan discovered the algorithms working with thousands of patients. Algorithms are a precise code of nature that treat emotional distress at the root of the problem, in the energy field. The algorithms were determined using TFT diagnostic procedures. The algorithms are precise treatment sequences that are known to have a curative effect when applied to specific problems.

What if I don't believe the treatment will work?

You don't have to believe in TFT to have it work. It works with perfect strangers, infants and animals.

Instructions that you can use now for the techniques used for Anxiety, Phobias, and Trauma.  Click Here to view.

Click Here for information about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

 

"The mental thought patterns that cause most dis-ease in the body are criticism, anger, resentment and guilt. 

We must go within to effect the healing."  Louise L. Hay "Heal Your Body"

 

 

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