This blog continues with another treatment type we hear a lot about for the treatment of fear of flying - Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
We still maintain our favourite adage for this series which is, 'There is no best treatment, just the one(s) that work for you.'
We have heard from clients that join us for the course that they have tried tapping to help them. On closer inspection, it turns out to be EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy). This came out of TFT and for some reason seems to be better known for reasons we can't fathom.
What is TFT - potted history
Dr. Roger Callahan terms his treatment "Thought Field Therapy" because he theorises that when a person thinks about an experience or thought associated with an emotional problem, they are tuning in to a "thought field." He describes this field as "the most fundamental concept in the TFT system," stating that it "creates an imaginary, though quite real scaffold, upon which we may erect our explanatory notions".
Perturbations are said to be precisely encoded information contained in the thought field; each deformation of a person's thought field is connected to a particular problem, and is activated by thinking about that problem. Callahan maintains that these perturbations are the root cause of negative emotions and that each perturbation corresponds to a meridian point on the body. In order to eliminate the emotional upset, Callahan says that a precise sequence of meridian points must be tapped. He posits that tapping unblocks or balances the flow of qi and removes the perturbation. TFT
doesn’t erase the memory of the event but removes the negative emotional
attachment to it.
Callahan states that the process can relieve a wide variety of psychological issues, including Post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction and phobias.
In normal speak, what does that mean then?
A colleague once described it as a bit like your central heating. If you have blockages in the system such as air trapped in one of the radiators, then the whole system of heating won't work as well. By removing the trapped air, the radiator works again properly and the whole system benefits.
So, a client is encouraged to think about their problem, rate in on a scale of 1-10 and then the therapist works using specific tapping algorithms to reduce the level of the fear or <whatever> to zero. Clever stuff!
Do we agree with its use?
We have always maintained that we are open to trying out any therapy that helps people. If you look around the web, there is lots of reports of it having remarkable success with certain problems such as PTSD. There is also a lot of stuff knocking it as un-scientific. What can we say... If it works for you - great. If it doesn't work, there is no harm done.
Paul & Richard
Edited by Gill Harvey-Bush
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