Thought Field Therapy

The development of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) as a treatment has largely been credited to the work of Dr Roger Callahan, whose research and ideas emerged in the early 1980s. Since then, the strategies and treatment protocols for TFT have evolved in many directions, and have been used in the treatment of many symptoms associated with traumatic and post-traumatic responses, and debilitating emotions involving anxiety, grief, anger, guilt, addictive urges and depression.

 

At Davellen Consulting, we have been researching, teaching and evolving TFT techniques as part of our treatment options since the late 1990s.

In TFT, the client is asked to think about a specific issue that is troublesome. This is commonly an anxiety, a phobia, past trauma, loss, grief, or feelings of anger, depression or physical pain. Typically, the client has been stuck in these feelings for a long time and knows that their feelings are irrational, but other therapies have not helped.

 

The client is usually instructed to tap with their fingers on various parts of the body. The results will commonly reflect some form of disconnection of the relationship between the thought and feeling, such that the thoughts or memories become vague or unavailable, and/or no longer excite the debilitating feeling. Many clients describe the outcome like an adjustment that might normally take many months or years. TFT has been compared to acupuncture, but no needles are used.

 

TFT is extraordinarily powerful and efficient, in that clients receive nearly immediate relief from their suffering and treatment appears to be permanent. It also does not require the client to talk about their troubles, something that often causes more emotional pain and discourages many from seeking treatment.

 

TFT can be taught to clients, so they can treat themselves.