Rooted in applied kinesiology and traditional Chinese medicine, evolving thought field therapy (EvTFT) has become an alternative psychotherapy of choice.
Three leading practitioners lead readers toward a theoretical and practical understanding of this advancement in energy psychology and offer three diagnostic methods. Organized as a handbook, the authors instruct and inspire mental health clinicians to integrate new ideas and methods into their practice.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Series:||The Norton Energy Psychology Ser.|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Victoria Britt, MSW, has been in private practice as a social worker since 1981. Her specialty areas include family therapy, trauma, and sexual abuse. As a one of the founders of The BDB Group, she has taught EVtFT nationally and internationally and has introduced energy psychology to corporate audiences.
John H. Diepold, Jr., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice since 1980. He has presented workshops nationally and internationally on evolving thought field therapy (EvTFT) and is the originator of the touch-and-breathe (TAB) treatment approach, and developer of the concepts of elaters and frequency resonance coherence.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The authors bring nearly 100 years's worth of clinical experience to their collaboration in this unification of many aspects of thought field therapy and body/mind/energy work. It's the first book that provides a cohesive explanation of *how* energy psychotherapy seems to work. By drawing in examples from many different ways of thinking about energy fields in human experience, the authors show how EvTFT just seems to 'make sense' on many levels--intuitive, historical, spiritual and yes, even clincal. I have had the privilege of working with the author in the entire decade-plus that he's been actively learning and integrating TFT into his practice. It has been a life-transforming experience from day one. It is my hope that the skills taught in this book will find a wide audience among therapists in many disciplines and encourage the use of EvTFT in daily practice. EvTFT can be like magic in its effectiveness in lifting away painful, lifelong blocks in clients' lives.
Diepold, Britt, and Bender have produced a remarkable addition to the emerging literature of energy psychology. In the first part of the book they introduce the reader to the importance of understanding paradigms as they apply to psychology, and how they must inevitably shift as knowledge accumulates. They then give a solid review of the basics of the meridian system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the procedures of manual muscle testing to assess what is happening energetically in the body. They go on to describe the Touch and Breathe method of balancing meridians (which I have used with great success for several years)--an approach with which every practitioner of energy psychology will want to be familiar. They then present the most detailed explication of system disruption and treatment blocks that is available in the literature. They challenge the reader to understand and experiment with two additional forms of therapy localization (diagnosis)--contact-directed diagnosis using the therapist's own body, and thought-directed diagnosis. New ground is broken with the treatment approach for positive emotions which lead clients to be trapped in destructive compulsions, including addictive behaviors. This is really a break-through for a number of clinical conditions. Their section on supplemental and modified protocols is well-presented, especially the section on the treatment of dissociative disorders. By no means a cookbook, the authors stress and explain how Evolving Thought Field Therapy is integrated into the overall practice of psychotherapy and 25 terrific case examples are presented which effectively elucidate their position. The final chapter, Epilogue, and Afterward (by William Tiller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Stanford University) present challenging and thought-provoking theories as it becomes apparent that the authors are thinking deeply and profoundly about the underpinnings of this most powerful and effective therapy tool. This is a book that will be appreciated most by those practitioners who already have some experience with energy psychology and are hungry for refinements in technique, applicability to a greater range of clinical conditions, and deeper understandings of what is going on with this amazing technique.
This book presents EvTFT in a clear and thought provoking fashion that allows the novice in this field as well as the expert, to derive great benefit. For those who have taken the training in EvTFT, this book pulls it all together. We all know how it is once we go back to our practices and utilize this with our clients in our own settings; questions come up that we never thought to ask during the training. Now it's spelled out clearly and thorougly. Not only do the authors describe the how-to, but they also explore the theory behind this therapeutic tool. As a psychologist who works with complex clients and uses EvTFT with the majority of them, I have found that this book clearly describes a technique that is an effective means by which to effect deep and lasting change, change that doesn't require years of therapy. This truly is the wave of the future.
This is an exceptional book in the growing literature in the field of energy psychology. Therapists will find the book to be highly detailed, and practical, with a lot of information on how to apply and use Thought Field Therapy. I especially like the detailed case examples, and the section on integrating Thought Field Therapy into psychotherapy. As a university professor, as well as psychologist, researcher, and practitioner, I am impressed by the ability of the authors to integrate research and theoretical foundations into a book that is at the same time very practical and useful to those seeking to learn about and apply this important approach. Should be read by all therapists because it discusses information we are just beginning to learn how to apply in our therapeutic work, and may be especially useful for clients who are not as verbal.
TFT, named one of the 'power therapies' in the '90s by trauma field pioneer Charles Figley, is presented well in this well organized and well written book. It's problem is the same one TFT has struggled with since its introduction: there is a dirth of research supporting its useage and nothing of a comparative nature which would lead to the selection of TFT over another therapy. Case anecdotes are a good introduction and the authors provide good ones, but, given the length of time TFT has been around, the lack of controlled group research, component research, and, most importantly in these days of managed care, comparative treatment research make the case for using this therapy weak.