Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a controversial technique used to help people overcome troubling emotions, such as the sadness and anxiety an individual may experience after trauma. Therapists who practice the technique guide the patient through a process that includes tapping on certain parts of the body.
Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist, developed TFT in the 1980s. His technique, according to information on his website, relies on a combination of psychological counseling techniques and Eastern medicine, specifically the meridian lines of the body known as chi in traditional Chinese medicine.
While undergoing the therapy, an individual thinks about an issue troubling him or her, such as a fear of flying. He or she thinks about all the disturbing emotions that go along with the fear while a therapist instructs him or her on tapping certain energy meridians in a specific order.
The therapy works, says Callahan, by rebalancing the body’s energy levels. Trauma causes emotional pain and anxiety because a person’s energy meridians are misaligned.
TFT practitioners use the therapy to help people overcome a whole range of negative emotions from traumatic events. Callahan and other therapists using the technique say individuals struggling after a trauma, including those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can find relief after a 15-minute or 30-minute session. Sessions are promoted for the following characteristics:
While TFT is popular among therapists who see immediate results, critics say the therapy needs more scientific proof to validate its effectiveness. In a 2000 article in Skeptical Inquirer, two psychologists, Dr. James D. Herbert and Brandon Gaudiano, criticized the lack of research on TFT noting the technique had not been validated in any peer-reviewed studies. They also worried the therapy was popular due to anecdotal evidence instead of double-blind case studies or other forms of scientific evidence.
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