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The Impact of Thought Field Therapy on Heart Rate Variability

Citation: Callahan, R. (2001b). The impact of Thought Field Therapy on heart rate variability. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 57(10), 1153-1170. Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/8fzQqk

Abstract

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a rapid treatment for psychological problems typically taking only minutes. HRV has been shown to be a strong predictor of mortality and is adversely affected by such problems as anxiety, depression, and trauma. Interventions presented in the current literature show modest improvements in HRV. Twenty cases, treated by the author and other therapists with TFT, are presented. The cases include some with diagnosed heart problems and very low HRV, which is ordinarily more resistant to change. The degree of improvements that are registered on HRV as a result of TFT treatment exceeds reports found in the current literature. There is a close correspondence between improved HRV and client report of reduced degree of upset. HRV may prove to be an appropriate objective measure of psychotherapy efficacy given the correspondence between client report and HRV outcome. Further research in TFT and HRV is encouraged by these results. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 57: 1153–1170, 2001.

Editor’s Note

Abstract reviewed only. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has been shown to be a strong predictor of mortality and is adversely affected by such problems as anxiety, depression, and trauma. This report is a compendium of twenty cases include some with diagnosed heart problems and very low HRV that are treated with Thought Field Therapy (TFT). The degree of improvements that are registered on HRV as a result of TFT treatment exceeds reports found in the current literature. Original paper was unavailable for review.