“Touchdown, Energy Psychology!” TFT Now Listed in National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices

touchdown(by Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP)

With the Super Bowl coming up in a few days, it seems appropriate to talk about another touchdown for our team. This time we’ve gone deep and achieved another major milestone. Thought Field Therapy, the grandfather of energy psychology, was listed as an evidence-based practice in the SAMHSA  registry (NREPP). It was found to be effective or promising in 6 different areas. This is a big deal.

SAMSHA stands for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

The National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is an evidence-based repository and review system designed to provide the public with reliable information on mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review.  They have three different outcome ratings: 1) effective,  2)promising, and 3) ineffective.

nrepp-tftThought Field Therapy was found to be effective for:

  1. Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders and Symptoms
  2. Self-Regulation
  3. Personal Resilience/Self-Concept

Thought Field Therapy was found to be promising for: 

  1. Phobia, Panic, and Generalized Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms
  2. Depression & Depressive Symptoms
  3. General Functioning & Well-Being

This is the first time that energy psychology has been rated by NREPP and these are good ratings. And it will not be the last. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has also been submitted and the results are due soon. It is fairly certain that they will be similar.

As practitioners of these approaches we all know they work. But we have to remember that the rest of the world does not know that. And frankly, there are plenty of things out in the world making claims that are not substantiated by facts. In 2012, the APA finally removed the ban on CE for energy psychology. Much has happened since then. Now TFT has been registered by a government agency as an effective treatment for PTSD, self regulation and personal resilience and EFT will also probably be registered in 2016.

Passing these milestones continues the process of legitimizing energy psychology (EP) in the eyes of the mainstream. It makes it easier for people accept that it is real. Recently someone asked me if she could say that EP was evidenced based. Here is another data point that allows us to say that EP has been found to be evidenced based – at least for trauma, stress, resiliency and emotional regulation.

So the score for the Super Therapy Bowl is:

 Energy Psychology – 7     Skeptical Naysers – 0

We’ve got the ball. It’s first down on their 5 yard line.

To learn more about Thought Field Therapy for trauma and disaster relief and much more, check out the 18th International Energy Psychology Conference June 2-5, 2015  Santa Clara, CA  energypsychologyconference.com.  Act now, because prices go up after February 15.

Help Raise funds for TFT based peer-to-peer treatment for U.S. Veterans. Attend the Together We Light Up the World fundraiser and Guinness World Record attempt for the longest human energy circuit on Friday evening June 3. Stay for a concert of Kirtan and sacred song by David Newman and Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band. The public is welcome. Click here 

Learn TFT Online and Support ACEP in this filmed 2 day workshop.   Click here

Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
Executive Director
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Author, Tools for Transforming Trauma



  1. Jody~advocate, energy facilitator, coach, speaker USA says:

    Exceedingly outstanding!

  2. Dr Miller says:

    I’m excited to find out about the EFT outcome.

  3. This is great news!

  4. This is a great milestone for Energy Psychology in our efforts to bring this great healing modality to the world at large. Skeptics may now begin their journey of examining this wonderful process and embrace it for their benefit. Congratlations TFT and the wonderful Energy Psychology family.

  5. Kim Daniels says:

    Keen to find out if this works if so how many sessions

    • Yes TFT works. The number of sessions depends on what you are trying to do. TFT is roughly equivalent to EFT in Speed. You can treat a single traumatic incident in anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes. One study looking at PTSD in Rwandan orphans found that PTSD dropped from 100% to 17% with a single session of TFT.

  6. Yes, this is a great step forward – also regarding EFT! However, on the NREPP/SAMSHA-site there are – since a couple of days – no longer information about TFT available. Did NREPP/SAMSHA change mind regarding the evidence-base of TFT?


  1. […] In 2016, TFT (Thought Field Therapy) was validated by NREPP (the National Repertory of Evidence Based Practices and Procedures, a division of SAMHSA in the U.S.) as an evidence-based treatment. Unfortunately, NREPP has been defunded and no longer exists. However, you can read more about it on our blog. […]

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