How does it work?
Dr Callahan, founder of TFT, believes that all individuals tune in to their own specific thought field. This thought field contains energy that represents both positive and negative emotional experiences. According to the principles of TFT, by tapping on the correct meridian points in the right order it is possible to deactivate the root causes of negative emotions, dispelling any feelings of anxiety, anger or fear.
During treatment the client is asked to hold the thought of their problem clearly in their mind. As they do so the practitioner talks them through the process of tapping certain meridian points on their face, hands and upper body. This activates the relevant thought field and helps to eliminate the root of the problem, one tap at a time.
TFT treatment usually takes effect within a few minutes. Practitioners claim that only 1-3 sessions are necessary to resolve a single issue.
Is it for me?
TFT aims to help dispel all negative emotion, whether it’s anger, anxiety, guilt or fear. According to Dr Callahan, the first time the treatment was used was to cure a deep phobia.
TFT is suitable for both adults and children. It is considered a particularly helpful treatment for children who are anxious about more conventional therapies, as they tend to enjoy the tapping and therefore relax more. For the therapy to work best, children need to be old enough to understand and carry out simple instructions, although younger children can benefit if helped by a parent or guardian.
TFT does not involve extensive talking over of problems so may appeal to people who feel anxious about discussing their personal life with a therapist. There are also no reported adverse side effects of TFT, so no need to worry on that front.
Good to know
Volunteer teams of practitioners have attempted to use TFT to resolve the trauma of war and natural disasters in places such as New Orleans, Haiti and Kosovo.
It’s believed that in some people, successful TFT treatment can be blocked by energy toxins. These toxins may be food, drink or any product that comes in to contact with the skin such as make-up or washing up liquid. If it is suspected that a toxin is blocking your TFT treatment, the therapist will help you identify what the problem is and recommend an appropriate treatment to help resolve it.