Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a fringe psychological treatment developed by an American psychologist, Roger Callahan. Its proponents say that it can heal a variety of mental and physical ailments through specialized “tapping” with the fingers at meridian points on the upper body and hands. (Wikipedia).
I like the way TFT does not fit in within people’s conventional way of thinking – I like the element of surprise from the client. I have found a way in working where I have seen positive results, and the fact that the patient does not have to believe in it for it to work. I also like that I can use it for so many issues.
Dr. Paul Ogilvie (What is TFT), has an interesting theory in that it is based on the fight or flight theory, in which he says “I believe thought field therapy TFT works by re-setting your body’s autonomic nervous system ‘fight or flight’ response to certain situations or memories” . He explains that if you have a frightening experience then your autonomic nervous system is activated. He goes on to say that this then releases stress, adrenalin and cortisol to prepare the body for fight or flight. He thinks that these feelings or emotions stay with us and that TFT resets them. Being a doctor, Ogilvie has had to find a way of scientifically explaining it to himself how it works, and I really like his theory. I find that a simpler explanation to a client is that by tapping certain meridian points and following my instructions (as silly/mad as they may sound), I am accessing different parts of their brain. This then helps to reset negative emotions ‘perturbations’ and the perturbations then collapse. TFT is a great way of dealing with certain issues quickly.