Further information about TFT and Resources


Further information about TFT

Who discovered and developed TFT?

Thought Field Therapy is the original tapping therapy developed by Dr. Roger Callahan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist. Dissatisfied with the uncertain results of conventional therapies, he studied other approaches, including the Chinese energy meridian system and kinesiology.

The breakthrough – Mary’s story

His breakthrough came in 1980 with his patient Mary, who had an intense lifelong water phobia. He had tried every conventional therapy he knew, without success. One day he asked her to tap underneath her eye while thinking of her problem, and her phobia vanished immediately, never to return.

It took many years of research and testing to develop the precise sequences of meridian tapping which are used today to treat and eliminate a wide range of emotional issues.


International practice of TFT

Thought Field Therapy is taught and practised all round the world. Doctors, psychologists, health professionals, complementary therapists, counsellors, and therapists find that it enhances the treatment they offer, or is effective on its own.

Norwegian study – TFT and anxiety

The results of a Norwegian study Thought Field Therapy (TFT) as a treatment for anxiety symptoms: a randomised controlled trial, are published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, Vol. 8 Issue 6 pp331-338, November 2012.



Relief from suffering for survivors of trauma, war and disaster

TFT has been invaluable in areas of disaster and war, such as Haiti, Uganda, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Nairobi. Teams of practitioners visit and teach local community leaders how to help survivors to deal with the massive trauma and loss they have been through.

“TFT is extraordinarily powerful, in that clients receive nearly immediate relief from their suffering and the treatment appears to be permanent… it does not require the client to talk about their troubles, something that often causes more emotional pain and discourages many from seeking treatment… it is extremely efficient (fast and long lasting)” Charles Figley PhD, Professor and Director, Psychosocial Stress Research Program and Clinical Laboratory, Florida State University



“Tapping the Healer Within” by Dr Roger Callahan PhD, with Richard Trubo, pub. Piatkus

“Tapping for LIfe. How to eliminate negative thoughts and emotions for good using TFT.” by Janet Thomson MSc, Foreword by Dr Roger Callahan, pub. Hay House.


TFT is demonstrated on television

Roger Callahan used to demonstrate TFT on television, and Janet Thomson has also done so in the UK

Paul McKenna uses TFT extensively in his work; you may have seen him on television doing so. He often combines it with other approaches.

 “When I first read about TFT I had no idea of the positive effect it was going to have on my life and the lives of so many people that I have come into contact with. I have always believed if you really want to learn something properly, go to the source. As soon as I met Roger Callahan, I was immediately impressed with his compassion and intelligence. I have been practising TFT and evangelistically spreading the word of this wonderful technology now for several years and I never cease to be amazed by the powerful effect that it has upon people to change their lives for the better.” Paul McKenna, Ph D. Well known TV presenter and hypnotherapist.


Thought Field Therapy – known as TFT

TFT as a stand-alone treatment

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