Discovered by accident, one man’s quest to find a better way.
Founder and developer of the Callahan Techniques® Thought Field Therapy, Roger J. Callahan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Syracuse University.
As a practising psychologist he was increasingly frustrated as only a small percentage of his patients ever got better through traditional methods. He explored innovative therapeutic approaches outside mainstream psychotherapy constantly looking for a better way to help his patients. Thank goodness he did!
He had been working with a patient called Mary for over a year. Mary had a severe water phobia. Her fear was so intense that she could not even drive by the ocean, even though she lived in California. Dr Callaghan had tried every approach including rational-emotive therapy, client-centred therapy, cognitive therapy, behaviour therapy, hypnosis, relaxation training, biofeedback, systematic desensitization ….. and nothing worked.
One afternoon in 1980 he he decided to try an experiment with Mary and asked he to tap under her eye, an acupuncture point, whilst thinking of water. Mary did this and with amazement declared “It’s gone”. And so it had. Mary’s intense fear of water had dissipated, just like that.
Disappointingly, this cure was not enjoyed by his other patients imediately. However, he had stumbled on something and in the months and years to come he refined his treatment and discovered formulas or algorithms that produced clear improvement in many kinds of emotional and psychological distress.
Today TFT is used all over the world to give predictable and measurable results in just minutes using the body’s own healing system.