What is Thought Field Therapy (TFT)?

TFT is a mind-body self-treatment developed by clinical psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan. His work is at the foundation of the growing field of Energy Psychology. TFT utilizes the meridian points and bilateral stimulation with a gentle tapping procedure which is believed to facilitate the information processing needed for healing a particular problem. While the explanations for how the therapy works are still being researched, the results of this therapy have led Dr. Sakai and countless others to practice TFT and to teach and continue researching one of the quickest and most effective therapeutic treatments they have found to date.
» Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is like a no-needle acupuncture therapy
» Individuals trained in TFT can use it for self-healing
» Although it’s not possible to offer any guarantees, licensed mental health care professionals who have been properly trained in TFT are reporting positive results in using TFT for the treatment of e.g. stress, anger, trauma, phobias, panic, anxiety, excessive guilt, depression, addictive urges, obsession, and grief
People gently tap themselves at certain meridian points and in a prescribed sequence with their fingertips. While tapping, they focus on the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that they want to get rid of, like focusing on their anxiety and tightness in their chest. Dr. Callahan described the process when a person thinks about an experience or thought associated with an emotional problem, as tuning into a “thought field” and the therapy involves tapping on specific meridian points to treat the activated “thought field.”
It is believed that TFT neutralizes negative emotions and associated disturbances through meridian tapping sequences that are specific to the specific thought field. Advanced levels of TFT work with individualized treatment sequences for each thought field.

"This busy world creates stress and anxiety in so many people, not to mention PTSD and pain that is causing an opioid epidemic on the continental US, that we could all benefit from having an easy way to bring ourselves back from negative feelings or thoughts. This is a completely risk free way to redirect our energies and decrease our stress/anger/depression/pain. I've seen it do wonders in people and employ it myself when stressed."

Kelley Withy, MD, PhD

"When I observe a number of suffering patients who did not respond to our usual treatment modalities, suddenly get better after TFT algorithms are given, I don't need a double-blind controlled study to tell me the value of TFT."

James McKoy, M.D. Rheumatology

"When I focus on the negative thoughts and tap through the algorithm, it's like hitting a reset button; my stress and anxiety disappears. I feel calm and more confident and empowered."

Susan W.

"TFT is a great tool that I can use whenever I get angry before losing my temper. I used to lash out in a rage when I was triggered, but I've been able to change that pattern. TFT helps me to take it down from a 10+ to a 1, and think clearer."

Tim L.
FEB 5, 2016
Thought Field Therapy (TFT), the grandfather of energy psychology was recently listed as an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA and NREPP. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) is the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services agency that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health.
“Here is another data point allowing us to say that energy psychology has been found to be evidenced based – at least for trauma, stress, resiliency and emotional regulation. It’s an important step toward the wider use of EP.”
Fred Gallo, PhD, DCEP
ACEP President, author, Energy Psychology
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
ACEP Executive Director