Residents in the region of Kurdistan, Iraq, have experienced genocide, chemical attacks, displacement, and more. Pegah Seidi is a psychotherapist who has been using Thought Field Therapy to help relieve the trauma they experience and has published a small research study of some results. Read a quick recap of the study in our recent blog by ACEP member Sarah Murphy.
“Thought-field therapy (TFT) is a well-researched form of energy psychology. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a popular and widely researched modality in the world of mental health. Each modality has its place in therapeutic settings.

However, in the world of trauma treatment, energy psychology seems to have greater efficacy than CBT. Pegah Seidi in Kurdistan, Iraq, along with ACEP member Suzanne Connolly, recently published a study that illustrates the point. Study participants live in Garmian, a region that has experienced genocide, chemical attacks, displacement, and violence. …” Read more

John Freedom shared the following with us about a new study that mentions TFT.

A newly published meta-analysis by Mukdarut Bangpan, Lambert Felix, and Kelly Dickson entitled “Mental health and psychosocial support programmes for adults in humanitarian emergencies: a systematic review and meta-analysis in low and middle-income countries,” has included a TFT research study by Suzanne Connolly and Caroline Sakai in their meta-analysis of therapies for adults after traumatic events in LMICs.

Of 12593 references from their initial search, the authors included only 35 studies that met the criteria for this meta-analysis. The article was published in the journal BMJ Global Health, and the lead author is a researcher at the University College London. This is the fourth important globally based meta-analysis that has included at least one TFT study.

The authors report that  “The evidence consistently shows that MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) programs are effective in improving functioning and post-traumatic stress disorder.” 

They also mention that “TFT was designed for Rwandan Genocide survivors,” and was one of the studies reported to show positive effects for PTSD.  TFT was also reported to alleviate depression, as well as reductions in fear, anger and avoidance.  TFT was one of four studies (of 18 analyzed) that demonstrated a reduction in anger; and was one of only four studies where the intervention was delivered just one or two sessions for an hour or less per session. The TFT study also had a relatively large effect size.

This is one more acknowledgment of the effectiveness of TFT (and by extension, of meridian tapping) by objective researchers who have no ties to Energy Psychology.

Kudos and Congratulations to Suzanne and Caroline!

Download the Study Here.

We just completed our first Optimal Health program in our new training center in Costa Rica.

We were very fortunate to welcome back two of our long term TFT practitioners and trainers, Suzanne Connolly and Nora Baladerian.  They each have a wealth of experience in the field of Trauma, having both participated in the TFT Foundation’s first trauma relief mission to New Orleans following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Nora led that mission and Suzanne has gone on to lead multiple trauma relief missions to Rwanda and elsewhere.  They both have been involved in research, with Suzanne leading much of the TFT research on PTSD.  Nora is now working in studies involving the groundbreaking study about childhood trauma “ACE”, applied to a specialized population.

All the participants of the OH class, myself included, were treated to a powerpoint called Trauma Kills by Suzanne.  This presentation outlined the details on the ACE study, which is so relevant to what we can do in TFT for trauma.

“ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a groundbreaking public health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems.

The data was a real eye-opener as it quantified the effects from the below childhood experiences and how they can manifest into negative outcomes which include some of society’s most intractable health issues: alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicide, poor physical health, and obesity.

Thanks to Suzanne’s generosity, I will be sharing the summarized date from this study in all of our Optimal Health courses.  Through it, I believe we can better understand the need for the healing of all trauma.

The adverse childhood experiences they measured were:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • A family member who is depressed
  • A family member who is in prison
  • Witnessing a mother being abused
  • Losing a parent to divorce or death
  • Substance abuse by a parent or guardian

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study and subsequent surveys show that most people in the U.S. have at least one ACE, and that people with four ACEs have a huge risk of adult onset of chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, suicide, and alcoholism.

We have long believed in the importance of healing trauma for all of us.  Suzanne and others have spearheaded the studies on the use of TFT for healing trauma.  The TFT Foundation has led trauma relief missions around the world.  The TFT Foundation hosts a TFT trauma relief blog site with free help to all in need, in 15 languages in print and video:

This study supports that knowledge and understanding of the need for healing trauma, with concrete data.  I thank Suzanne and Nora for sharing their knowledge with all our Costa Rica Optimal Health participants.

I have been speaking of the effects from EMF’s and cell phones for some time now.  I attended a presentation by Dr. Beverly Rubic and she had some amazing research.

Below is a slide of the effects of a cell phone on our brains.

Here is an article below that came from WDDTY today. 

Wi-fi and cell phone waves are reducing male fertility

About the author: Bryan Hubbard

The electromagnetic waves from wi-fi and cell (mobile) phones are reducing male fertility, a new study has discovered.

Sperm motility—the ability of the sperm to move and fertilise an egg—is almost halved by the waves, and men who keep a cell phone by their body for two hours or more every day could be the most affected.

Japanese researchers tested sperm taken from 51 men attending an IVF clinic, and samples were placed next to a wi-fi router—which simulates having a cell phone in a pocket—for periods of 30 minutes, one hour, two hours and 24 hours.

Differences in sperm motility started to appear after the two-hour mark, and these samples had just 29 percent motility compared to 53 percent seen in samples that had not been exposed to the radiation.

Interestingly, the sample that had been protected by a wi-fi shield had a 44 percent motility, which suggests a shield can protect against most of the damage caused by the waves.

After 24 hours, 23 percent of the sperm exposed to the waves had died compared to 8 percent of the unexposed sample and 18 percent of the shielded sample, the researchers from the Yamashita Shonan Yume Clinic discovered.

In response to this new research, I am offering a special discount on our cell phone shields, 2 or more for $20 each.  They have been treated with our zero field converter and are the best protection we currently know of and have studied.

For more details, visit

Joanne M Callahan, MBA
President, Callahan Techniques, Ltd.

Below is an excerpt of an article that recently came to me from Metagenics Institute where I obtain my supplements.  It is particularly relevant for us in the TFT world as it is addressing stress, the topic of our upcoming webinar.  The studies show the deleterious effects of stress on our systems and that meditation and acupuncture (using the same meridian system as TFT) are beneficial.

Click here for the complete article.

What is stress?

An integrated definition of stress states that it is a constellation of events, starting with a stimulus (stressor) that precipitates a reaction in the brain (stress perception) and results in the activation of the physiological fight-or-flight systems in the body (stress response).1

Stress is a fact of life. We all face stressors of some sort in our day-to-day lives; whether psychological, physiological, or physical. We have evolved with stress, and many of us have learned techniques to manage various stressors, so it makes sense to explore the biological ways in which stress impacts our health.

Research has shown that varying degrees and durations of stress affect each of us differently, and short-term stress (lasting from minutes to a few hours) may actually benefit our immune health; in contrast, weeks, months, or years of stress can be detrimental to our health.2

Physiological stress

Many of us are familiar with the “fight-or-flight” response—you may envision an emergency situation like being chased by a lion or needing to react quickly to another dangerous situation. You may even feel your heart racing just thinking about such a scenario. This is the effect of the sympathetic nervous system: stimulus (lion) plus reaction in brain (stress perception), creating a fight-or-flight response in your body (stress response).

In a perceived threatening scenario, where the sympathetic nervous system response is stimulated, norepinephrine and epinephrine potentiate increased arousal, alertness, focus, and core temperature. At the same time, pain thresholds, cardiovascular output, respiratory rate, and blood flow to the brain and skeletal muscles also increase.5

Interestingly, a review of the science suggests that acute stress activates the immune system. Immune activation may be critical for responding to the immediate demands of a stressful situation, especially if the situation results in wounding or infection.

While short-term stress can be an immune stimulator, the same is not true of long-term physiological stress.1 Long-term stress suppresses, or dysregulates, innate and adaptive immune responses.

Psychological stress

Just as we all have differing genetic and biochemical composition, we also have varying responses to stressors. There are significant individual differences in stress perception, processing, appraisal, and coping.6 Sometimes there may be a crossover between the mind and body, as in the fight-or-flight response. The stimulus may be stressful mentally and require physical action.

But what about psychological stress that poses no pressing physical danger? Perhaps a stressful work project requiring a few long days and nights? Or the droning on of work, relationship, or other emotional woes? There are many lifestyle factors that may come into play when individuals experience long-standing mental stress. Financial and social support factors have been studied, as well as nutritional intake, sleep quality, and lifestyle decisions (exercise frequency, alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.).5 All of these factors play indirect roles in stress-related immunosuppression; however, many direct effects on immunity have also been demonstrated.5-7

Lifestyle approaches for stress management

While the side effects of stress are far-reaching, (shown in detail in the full article) there are some lifestyle-related activities that can help quell the effects of life’s worries. One method, supported by considerable evidence, is the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Meditation represents a mental training framework for cultivating the state of mindful awareness in daily life.

Regular aerobic exercise, acupuncture, breathing exercises, and progressive muscular relaxation also help individuals to manage stress.27

More studies are needed to explore the physiological benefits of mindfulness and other stress-management techniques, but there is hope for finding a preferred tactic to support all personality types and stressors.

Join us on our Live Video classes and discover how TFT can help you overcome stress:

Tapping Therapy for Well Being



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Whitney Crouch, RDN, CLT

Dr. Roger Callahan is the founder of Thought Field Therapy – TFT.

Dr. Callahan believes his most important discovery is psychological reversal due to the enormous impact it has had.

Since founding TFT, there have been many copycat versions taken and modified from Dr. Roger Callahan’s lifetime studies. EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is one example.

Get the original proven program for relief from pain, stress and anxiety.

You can find out more on Dr. Roger Callahan’s website, and also get the free guide to beating phobias here.

Joanne CallahanI do hope you all had a chance to watch the teaser for our upcoming documentary, and read the latest issue of Tapping for Humanity.  If not, click here to watch the video:

When you see the research and trauma relief we sponsor, you will see how important this work is.  We are in need of two laptop computers for this year’s team and PTSD study in Uganda next month.  Please if you have an unused laptop laying around, consider donating to support our research and humanitarian relief.

You can email me, if you can help us out.

Thank you,


Joanne Callahan, MBA

President, TFT Foudation

Thought Field Therapy Rwanda

The ATFT Foundation funded 2008 PTSD study “Brief trauma intervention with Rwanda genocide survivors using Thought Field Therapy” has just come out in peer reviewed International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. The study’s two-year follow-up will be submitted for publication at a later date.

This study was the first of the ATFT Foundation’s PTSD studies, demonstrating an effective model for large-scale trauma relief. In 2009 a second study with this same model was completed and will be submitted for publication soon. It included a one-year follow-up and will also be submitted for publication.

The TFT (formerly ATFT) Foundation will be purchasing reprints. These reprints will be available from the foundation through .

The full citation is:

Connolly, S., & Sakai, C. (2012). Brief trauma intervention with
Rwandan genocide survivors, using Thought Field Therapy.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 13 (3), 161-172.

The third study, demonstrating this same model for large-scale trauma relief will be completed in Uganda in June of this year. Suzanne Connolly received a grant from ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology) as seed money for this year’s study. The remaining funding will be provided from the three organizations providing the team: TFT Foundation, (USA), ATFT Foundation UK, and the Mats Uldal Humanitarian Foundation (Norway).

Our join objectives for these studies are:

1. To continue developing and scientifically validating a model in which local community leaders can be trained to treat community members in the aftermath of large- scale disasters, especially in regions where trained professionals are scarce.

2. To relieve the distress of those suffering from trauma and promote Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).

The TFT Foundation is in need of support to continue these studies and provide much needed trauma relief. To see further details about the previous studies and projects or to contribute to our efforts, go to

Alan Kazdin: Reconsidering Clinical Psychology

All indicators point to the need for a dramatic overhaul, says the noted scientist and APS award recipient

From the Observer Vol.23, No.7 September, 2010

Yale University psychologist Alan Kazdin began his James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award Address at the APS Annual Convention in a rather unusual manner. He declared that the kind of work he’s done in his career — work that not only advanced clinical interventions, but that merited the award for which he now spoke — has failed to solve the serious problem of mental illness in the United States.

“My view,” said Kazdin, “is that psychosocial interventions as currently studied, practiced, researched, and delivered, will just not have an impact on mental illness in this country.”

Recent data show that roughly 75 million people in the United States meet the criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Kazdin considers that figure a conservative one, as it doesn’t include people who fall just short of clinical diagnosis, or those whose everyday stress may require professional help. Anxiety disorders alone reportedly cost the United States $42 billion a year through loss of work productivity and health care fees.

Yet the dominant form of clinical treatment — individual psychotherapy — is too “elite” to reach a majority of the afflicted, Kazdin said. One-to-one therapy, or even small group sessions, involves high-cost models of care that require lengthy, close supervision by professionals who aren’t evenly dispersed across the country. As a result, only an estimated 20 to 30 percent of Americans who need clinical treatment receive it.

“If the goal is to reach a small number, and to exclude those in need, particularly those in minority groups, particularly those in rural areas, especially those who are elderly, especially those who are young — if that is our goal, we are doing great,” said Kazdin in jest.

The status of psychotherapy has gained wide media attention of late, largely in response to a report on the topic published in a recent issue of the APS journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. On one side, psychological researchers want clinicians to embrace empirically tested models of treatment; on the other, therapists feel researchers are out of touch with the needs of their patients.

Kazdin said this debate distracts from the larger problem, calling both groups “out of sync with what is needed in this country to reduce the burden of mental illness.” Instead, said Kazdin, we ought to focus on new models of delivery that can reach people rather than on current psychotherapy as practiced.

“There is no way that is going to help very many people,” he said of psychotherapy. “We need multiple models of delivery and treatment.”

These models exist, said Kazdin, but they are not  currently being used to their capacity. Internet programs and smartphone apps can reach people over a wide geographical base. Lay therapists, such as adolescent peers, can bring aid to young adults. Messages in everyday settings like offices, schools, and stores, can serve as new avenues of delivering interventions.

What is critical is not that all these avenues of delivery resolve every mental health problem, but that awareness of these problems becomes more readily available.

“Why treat people in everyday settings? Because that is where psychopathology is,” he said.

Treatment shouldn’t be the only focus of the effort to reach broader populations, Kazdin said. Prevention can be improved. A national database can be compiled to assess the extent of mental illness. Roles can be found for caregivers with less-than-doctoral training.

Clinical psychologists can also do a better job collaborating with those in other disciplines. Public health workers can lead population-based interventions. And a partnership with mathematics — “absolutely critical,” Kazdin said — can create models that show where to allocate resources to reach the greatest number of people in need.

Simply put, said Kazdin, clinical psychology needs a “fresh start.” The success of psychotherapy has been great, he said, but it’s time to build on that success to bring care beyond the individual level and out to the wider public.

“I began with the notion that our goal should be to reduce the burden of mental illness and psychological dysfunction in the US, and of course worldwide,” Kazdin concluded. “If that is the goal, we have to really reconsider what we’re doing.”

We’ve noticed that stress and anxiety – and the anguish it causes – is dramatically on the rise.  Thought Field Therapy is now reaching more people than ever and helping to overcome fear, anxiety, trauma and addiction.

We now have an iPhone/iPad App and we’ve also launched our new e-training program with great success.

If you are new to TFT and would like to try it today, download our TFT Stress Guide here.