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Articles on Thought Field Therapy® from the Japanese TFT Journal

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Abstracts are Included Because the Articles are Only Available in Japanese

  • Azami, H. (2009). The use of TFT in the special needs educational setting as a support tool. TFT Journal, 1(1), 50-58.Hajime Azami 1)1)Abukuma School for Mentally Retarded Children, Fukushima 139 Aza Suginami, Akanuma, Nakata Town, Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture 963-0714

    TFT may be applied to mental care for children, parents, and teachers in educational settings. This paper examines  important points for using TFT as their support tool from the following points of view: 1) The whole structure of the support system that surround handicapped children; 2) The understanding of developmental disabilities and the appropriate  application of TFT according to feature of the disability, 3) Guidelines to suspected cases of developmental disabilities; 4) Applications for parents and support persons. Since support to handicapped children and their parents is similar to trauma work, this paper suggests that it important to build up small supports in the context of a comprehensive support system.

  • Igarashi, I., Sato, H., Suzuki, M., Sakurai, S., Saito, A., & Igarashi, Y. (2009). The efficacy of TFT in a psychiatric treatment setting:
    The use of TFT by paramedical staff. TFT Journal, 1(1), 10-16.

    Ikuyo Igarashi, P. S. W. 1), Harumi Sato, R. N. 2), Manabu Suzuki, R. N. 2),
    Sachiko Sakurai, P. S. W. 2), Akihiro Saito, R. N. 2), Yosio Igarashi, M. D. 1)

    1) Hippo Mental Clinic
    2-14-6, Naneicho. Yamagata 990-2445, Japan

    2) Nihonmatsukai Kaminoyama Mental Hospital
    1370, Aza-Simogawara, Kanaya, Kaminoyama Yamagata 999-3103, Japan

    There are many patients with complex and multilayered issues under hospitalized conditions at psychiatric clinics and hospitals; thus, the  effective applications of TFT may be limited. This paper examines how nurses and psychiatric social  workers who have just learned the algorithm level contributed to the treatment and suggested that the applications of TFT  may be significant to the patients who have difficulties in learning TFT or avoiding toxins. TFT is effective when paramedical  staffs eliminate patients’ stress and anxiety before medical examination, establish and maintain a trust relationship with patients, which is the most important procedure before treatment, make it easier for patients to receive other psychotherapies, alleviate psychological fatigue after medical examination, and maintain the mental health of the staffs. It is concluded that paramedical staffs contributed to the care team with TFT, which may cut back the workload of medical doctors, may reduce kinds and amount of medication, and may have them realize their contributions to treatment and  confidence.

  • Kawagishi, Y. (2009). Evidence of the efficacy of tapping for psychological reversal at school: Application for self-control. TFT
    Journal, 1
    (1), 24-29.

    Yuriko Kawagishi 1)

    1) Counseling Room Kakashi
    3F- 303 Sasaki Build. 5-2-3 Suehiro, Chitose, Hokkaido 066- 0027 Japan

    Concentration is important in school classes. This study examines the efficacy of tapping for psychological reversal to manage self-control at the junior high school level.

  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a new technique in clinical psychology and addresses meridian points in acupuncture. TFT, however, does not use any Chinese medical tools, but only requires tapping the appropriate points in the right order with the fingers. This simple technique enables patients to be free from psychological and physical problems they have been suffering from for years (Callahan, 2001). I am an acupuncturist and an industrial counselor. My own experience of depressive symptoms made me learn the techniques and knowledge of TFT. Also, when exploring holistic possibilities to help patients, I met TFT. I became interested in the application of meridian points and studied TFT by myself. I found that little literature of acupuncture referring to TFT was available, and I decided to learn this psychotherapy that acupuncturists can learn. Since patients with psychological problems in the background of physical symptoms come increasingly for treatment, I think it is significantly important for acupuncturists to learn TFT. I currently offer TFT to my students who have  study problems at acupuncture school and also to my patients in practice after I learned the algorithms. This paper  introduces my record of the patient with claustrophobia in 2005. I tried TFT tapping and added acupuncture to treat her.  This case showed improvement, and I examine the procedure and the result  in this paper.Kitazume, H. (2009). Psychotherapy using meridians : The use of acupuncture and TFT for treating claustrophobia. TFT Journal,
    1
    (1), 40-49.

    Hideyuki Kitazume 1)

    1) Educational Foundation Joyo School, Tokyo School of Medical & Welfare
    The Course of Oriental Medical Care
    1-11-11 Hacchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0032 Japan

  • Morikawa, A. (2009). The efficacy and application of Thought Field Therapy (TFT). TFT Journal, 1(1), 30-39.Ayame Morikawa, Ph. D. 1)1) AI Institute for Psychotherapy/TFT Center of Yokohama
    POLARIS, 8-6-6 Nakagawa, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 224-0001 Japan

    TFT (Thought Field Therapy) is new psychotherapy that Callahan, a psychologist, has been developing since the late 1970s.  It is a revolutionary treatment that improves various psychological symptoms such as PTSD, phobias, addiction, obsessive compulsion, panic, and depression that do not respond to conventional therapies. TFT has been developed in practice by integrating psychotherapy, Chinese medicine, and applied kinesiology (AK). Recently, there have been increasing numbers of studies and applications. Because of its safe and non-invasive features, TFT is convenient in psychotherapy practice, including trauma treatment and family therapy. This paper introduces applications, efficacy, and cases of TFT, including humanitarian assistance to wars and disasters, and in a medical setting.

  • Morikawa, A. (2009). Thought field. TFT Journal, 1(1), 59-63.Ayame Morikawa, Ph. D. 1)1) AI Institute for Psychotherapy/TFT Center of Yokohama
    POLARIS, 8-6-6 Nakagawa, Tsuzuk-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 224-0001 Japan

    The “thought field” may be most the important concept in Though Field Therapy. Anyone may experience the difference of
    body response depending on what they think. Callahan considers the idea as the fundamental theory of psychological
    treatment and introduced it as the new view. This paper introduces the concept of energy and field with examples and
    examines the background of perturbations, which is the fundamental cause of mental disquietude. It also includes a
    discussion of how TFT addresses the thought field and solves psychological problems.

  • Morikawa, A. (2009). Thought Field Therapy (TFT), the new psychotherapy: Application and humanitarian assistance. TFT Journal, 1(1), 4-9.Ayame Morikawa, Ph. D. 1)1) AI Institute for Psychotherapy/TFT Center of Yokohama
    POLARIS, 8-6-6 Nakagawa, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 224-0001 Japan

    Callahan, psychologist in the U.S., considered that psychological problems and emotions exist in the energy level. Callahan integrated conventional ideas of Chinese medicine such as meridians and psychotherapy in science together, researched,
    and developed innovative  psychotherapy, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which led the new field of treatment.  TFT is
    applied in a wide range from self-help of daily simple psychological stress to serious trauma caused by wars or disasters. Since TFT also may be applied in a group setting, it is used for humanitarian assistance. TFT has features including the following: the procedures are simple, the effect is prompt and high, and there are no side effects; thus, it may be useful not
    only for treatment, but also for prevention. The activities of TFT are worldwide and are being increasingly applied in areas especially where medications are unavailable and for humanitarian assistance.  This paper introduces the recent activities
    of TFT.

  • Morikawa, A., Sato, K., Kawamura, M., Saito, H., Takazawa, M., Watanabe, T., & Ishida, M. (2009). Early intervention by TFT and regional cooperation at disasters: Crisis response to the Sasebo shooting incident. TFT Journal, 1(1), 17-23.Ayame Morikawa, Ph. D. 1)Katsuhiko Sato, M.D. 2)

    Masako Kawamura 3)

    Hitomi Saito 4)

    Mina Takazawa 5)

    Tadahiko Watanabe, Ph.D. 6)

    Miki Ishida, M.A. 7)

    1) AI Institute for Psychotherapy/TFT Center of Yokohama
    POLARIS, 8-6-6 Nakagawa, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 224-0001 Japan

    2) Shadan-Houjin Tokyo-to Kyoshokuin Gojokai Sanraku Hospital
    2-5 Kanda-surugadai Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8326  Japan

    3) Kokoro-shizen
    Ikeda-shi, Osaka, 563-0047 Japan

    4) Quality Time Corporation
    #311 Square Setagaya Sakuragaoka, 1-2-20 Sakuragaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 156-0054    Japan

    5) Echolo
    #B-9 Ariake Frontier Building, 3-1-25 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0063 Japan

    6) Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
    6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, 812-8581 Japan

    7) M’s
    Higashinada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, 658-0003 Japan

    In December, 2007, the gun shooting incident occurred at sports club Renaissance in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture. The Japanese Association for TFT was urgently requested for mental care and sent the critical response team. The assistance includes not only mental support to the employees, but also offering workshops  to the regional professionals for introducing information and encouraging them to apply TFT in urgent assistance, and ensuring and encouraging cooperation between the regional supportive professionals. It helped to achieve the goal that all employees should recover by the 15th of January, 2008 at the reactivation of the club, and the goal was initially set up with the help of  the  Association. There had been a few such stabbing incidents in school settings in Japan, while there have been no such gun shooting incidents in private companies in Japanese history. The team did not have an appropriate assistance model to follow, and thus have developed new approaches to support the employees with success. There may be three main reasons for effective approaches. First, the Renaissance Corporation promptly and smoothly organized a mental support team, started to work on mental care for their employees, and encouraged cooperation of the regional professional parties. Second, TFT has the following advantages: TFT is highly and immediately effective, and it is safe without side effects. TFT may be applied as a self-help technique that enables the employees to practice it by themselves. The technique is simple and thus enables the professionals to apply in their practice. This paper reports the summary and the results of the critical response and shows the findings through the experiences with introducing TFT’s unique features. It is hoped that this report will be a new model of critical response that demonstrates the effective applications of TFT and the close cooperation with the business enterprise.

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