I remember Roger Callahan discussing the fact that human beings must make sense out of their experiences as he explained the apex problem (attributing change resulting from TFT to other factors), a problem so common in those changed by Thought Field Therapy. The apex problem is understandable in those who have limited experience with TFT or unwilling to accept a new explanation not fitting their worldview. How do we help others with world views different than our own to accept the power of Thought Field Therapy and integrate it with their way of helping? This is one of the more challenging problems practitioners face.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, with a specialty in traumatic stress recovery and over 40 years in the business of helping. I have been studying and using Thought Field Therapy since 1996. I am fascinated with understanding how it can be used in all approaches to understanding and improving psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Is Thought Field Therapy a counteractive technique and approach or is it a transformational change process? For those of us who attended last year’s Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology conference and/or have been exposed to the brilliant work of Bruce Ecker in Therapeutic Reconsolidation Process in Coherence Therapy, these are familiar terms.
Simply put, the change you seek can come in incremental and specific changes to thinking, feeling, and behavior without undoing past implicit memories and their accompanying schemas (meaning making mental structures). Or, change can come in a comprehensive and inclusive shift in your perception and understanding of the world and your relationship to it. Thought Field Therapy makes the tasks of change faster, easier, and safer.
In post-traumatic response work, is the change happening because we have erased the implicit (meaning “making”) memory associated with an event or have we just blocked the specific reaction to a trigger? The answer to this question matters and informs your next step in helping in larger lifestyle and growth oriented approaches. It also matters in how you explain the mechanism of action to avoid the apex problem and encourage continued use of Thought Field Therapy in other areas of change in those you help. I think of Thought Field Therapy as transformational change because it becomes impossible to go back to the old ways once you tap and your experience and understanding of past events is changed permanently. This may explain the rapid change we see in other areas of people’s lives using Thought Field Therapy.
How do you conceptually formulate how we change? And how does Thought Field Therapy fit in your worldview or theoretical model? Join this discussion by leaving a comment below.
OR come take or retake the Boot Camp with me in Atlanta. I have training and experience in many approaches to helping including EMDR, family systems, cognitive therapy, one eye integration, coherence therapy, and many others.
Every boot camp is a bit different because the instructors draw on their own experience and training in the demonstrations, explanations, applications, and discussions in the workshop.
But the main objective for all boot camps is always the same – you will build the knowledge and skills to use Thought Field Therapy. Teaching TFT is one of my most favorite things to do, and integrating it into theoretical models is just a little extra fun but not necessary to making Thought Field Therapy work for you.