Frequently Asked Questions about Thought Field Therapy
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What is Thought Field Therapy?
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a new, proven, natural, no frill, rapid response therapy for the fast relief of most kinds of emotional problems. Similar to acupressure, it works by stimulating the body’s energy meridians. Clients tap with their fingers specific points on their body. The results are frequently amazing as emotional problems often disappear in only minutes.
What can it be used for?
TFT was originally developed as a treatment for phobias. Further research revealed that it also can be used to treat a wide variety of problems including stress and anxiety, weight loss, panic attacks, phobias, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, anger, guilt, physical pain, sexual problems, addictions (including food, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, and nail biting) and much more.
How was TFT discovered?
Thought Field Therapy was discovered in 1980 by Dr. Roger Callahan PhD, one of America’s most experienced & distinguished clinical psychologists. Dr. Callahan was dissatisfied with conventional treatments. He became interested in an alternative therapy called Applied Kinesiology which addresses the body’s energy meridian system. Dr. Callahan realized that some of the techniques used in Applied Kinesiology would have an application in the diagnosis and treatment of negative emotions.
The first patient treated was a middle–aged lady called Mary, who had a severe phobia of water. Dr. Callahan treated Mary for 18 months without success using conventional techniques. One day, Dr. Callahan took a shot in the dark. He knew Mary described her fear as a sickening feeling in the pit of her stomach - and he also knew that the stomach meridian began under the eyes. Therefore, he asked Mary to tap under her eye. Her phobia promptly vanished and has stayed away to this day, for more than 20 years.
Dr. Callahan soon discovered that Mary’s particular treatment was ineffective with most other patients, but he knew he was onto something. Years of research and experimentation followed, resulting in what we now know as Callahan Techniques® Thought Field Therapy™, or TFT for short.
How does it work?
Thought Field Therapy is based on a completely new theory about how negative emotions develop. Conventional medicine has always assumed that negative emotions must be caused by structural or chemical imbalances in the brain. Dr. Callahan refutes this view.
According to Dr. Callahan’s extensive research, our individual memories and emotions are stored in “thought fields.” These fields glove the body in the same way a magnetic field surrounds a magnet. We tune into an individual thought field when we think of a particular problem or memory.
Any form of emotional upset a problem or memory may cause is generated by negative information patterns in the thought field. Dr. Callahan calls these negative patterns “perturbations”. Tapping on certain acupressure points in a specific, locked-in sequence collapses these perturbations. Consequently, negative emotions regularly disappear quickly in a very predictable manner.
What is the success rate of TFT?
The success rate of TFT depends on the experience and competence of the Practitioner. Already after a two day training in Thought Field Therapy Algorithms (TFT-Alg), practitioners regularly obtain an 80% success rate - minimum. Dr. Fränzi is one of Canada’s most experienced and qualified trainers for this level of training. To find out more about the TFT Algorithm training click here.
The next level of competency is the Diagnostic Practitioner (TFT-Dx) who uses techniques derived from Applied Kinesiology to develop custom-made tapping sequences. These are effective with over 94% of all clients. A Diagnostic Practitioner may also check and treat a client for various “toxins” which could affect a person’s health and prevent TFT from working properly.
The highest level of competency is the Voice Technology (TFT-VT) trained Practitioner. A VT Practitioner will treat you over the telephone and thus can be reached from anywhere in the world. The VT Practitioner determines your specific tapping sequence by analyzing your voice using a special technology. Voice Technology is effective with over 97% of the population. The VT Practitioner, like the Diagnostic Practitioner, can also use techniques to identify and temporarily clear any toxins that may affect your energy system.
What do you mean by “toxins”?
The toxins of TFT are not the same as the toxins of conventional medicine, which are true poisons, like arsenic or cyanide. Instead, the toxins of TFT can be seemingly harmless substances such as sugar, chocolate, corn and wheat. These can disrupt the body’s energy system and prevent the perturbations in thought fields from disappearing completely.
Energy toxins can also include inhaled substances like perfume and substances that may be in contact with your skin, such as laundry detergent. It may be necessary to avoid contact with some of these substances for a few weeks to allow your energy system to restore itself.
How does the success rate of TFT compare with other therapies?
The simple answer is that there is no comparison! Using TFT, the success rate ranges from 80 - 97% depending on the level of training of the Practitioner.
How many sessions are required?
TFT works like clockwork, predictably and reliably. It is often possible to eliminate the primary symptoms within the first two to three sessions. To get to the bottom of it all, to achieve long-lasting effects, to allow you to thrive and not just to survive, it is important to commit to 2-3 additional session so we can bring about a profound, truly meaningful transformation.
Will the treatment last?
For most problems, if the correct tapping sequence is administered, the problem will disappear and the effect will endure over time. One exception is the treatment of addictions where the tapping sequence may have to be re-applied whenever the urge returns. Within 2-3 weeks, the urge will diminish in intensity and frequency until it simply peters out. If you have TFT treatment for something other than an addiction and the symptoms return this usually indicates exposure to an energy toxin. Dr. Fränzi will be able to help you identify and eliminate this substance.
Is TFT good for my health?
Yes, TFT is good for your health! In fact, research shows that TFT has an instant, positive effect on the autonomic nervous system, as measured by Heart Rate Variability (HRV). TFT can dramatically correct disorders in the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. Before the discovery of TFT, it was extremely difficult to bring about changes in these systems.
How is Thought Field Therapy used “in the real world”?
TFT is used around the globe in virtually any setting imaginable: education, health care, mental health, refugee camps, elder care, homes and places of worship… Thought Field Therapy is a quiet revolution that transforms the lives of thousands of individuals and professionals around the world. In fact, TFT training workshops are happing on every continent (except Antarctica) and reach people from all backgrounds.
Thought Field Therapy was found to be 100% successful in treating the most severely affected victims of war in Kosovo. Thus, according to the Chief of Staff of the Medical Battalion of Kosovo, TFT is now Kosovo’s National Trauma Program.
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