Thought Field Therapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms is based on the Thought Field Therapy (TFT) program developed by Roger Callahan in the 1990s. Since its development, the basic treatment protocol has been translated into 14 languages and implemented internationally. The treatment protocol can be used in self-help, peer-to-peer, and counseling settings. It is a psychotherapeutic program that uses acupressure (stimulation of acupuncture points by physical touch) to provide relief from psychological distress. Practitioners develop tapping sequences for individuals and their specific problems and use a testing and affirmation protocol to apply the treatment with their fingers on specific parts of the body of the person being treated. The treatment, delivered in sessions, is thought to influence the body's bioenergy field by tapping on these points, located along “energy meridians.”
Training in the Algorithm Level of TFT, which is used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is taught during in-person, 1-to-2-day trainings or is available through home or online training. There are no specific educational requirements or experience necessary to be trained to implement TFT. Training and technical assistance are provided through the TFT Foundation USA; Callahan Techniques, Ltd.; or through the Thought Field Therapy Center of San Diego.