Emma Roberts | Emotional Freedom Technique expert

A complementary therapy that works, fast

Tapping, otherwise known as EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, has won legions of fans in the past decade. If you have physical, mental health or emotional issues you need to sort, tapping should be your go to therapy of choice. My ReBoot Hero of the month is Emma Roberts, who has been one of the UK's top therapists and teachers for more than 25 years.

I first came across tapping twenty years ago, when I was in the middle of my divorce. I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t eat. My mind was racing with unaccustomed thoughts and feelings and I was in a state. It was the only time in my life I have ever been truly thin. I was fragile and I knew I needed help. At first I took the traditional route. I was recommended psychotherapy, and faithfully attended once a week for a year and a half. It made not a jot of difference.

An introduction to tapping

Then one day, I sat next to a woman on a plane, who told me she practised something I had only vaguely heard of: tapping. As we cruised across the ocean, she offered to show me how it worked. And show me she did. We sat there looking like idiots as she tapped various points on my hand and head and told me to repeat specific phrases after her. By the end of the session, I kid you not, I was transformed. No more angry stuff in my head. I slept like a log for the first time in 2 years and my mental health was restored.

She was Emma Roberts, and I have held tapping (and Emma) in awe ever since.

With her colleague Sue Beer, she is co-founder of the EFT Centre in north London. Much of tapping’s widespread visibility as a complementary therapy in the UK is down to them. I first met Emma Roberts nearly 40 years ago, and we have kept in touch ever since. She was one of the first ten practitioners in the world to be awarded the title ‘EFT Master’ by Gary Craig, the Founder of EFT. She has written 2 books to date. ‘Step-by-Step Tapping’, co-written with Sue, shows you exactly how to go about tapping effectively. ‘Even though I have cancer…’ takes you through the physical and emotional side effects of cancer, showing how to lessen the stress on both mind and body by specific tapping for specific issues.

A session with Emma at The EFT Centre is a remarkable thing. If you need something sorted, there is no doubt she can make a difference, whatever the problem. While she works with any issue, she specialises in working with cancer, fertility and the sensitive areas of trauma and sexual abuse. Tapping is entirely painless the treatment can be quite relaxing. I can recommend her thoroughly. 

Tapping: explained


Tapping is acupuncture without the needles. It is all about tapping. Simply by tapping on a specific meridian point you can access and then release anxieties, fears, addictions and traumas. You can trigger weight loss and get rid of unhelpful negative emotions. You can even stop being irritated by your mother in law!  It's a gentle and very effective way of transforming any issues that are holding you back. Sound like a miraculous therapy and far too good to be true? Well, I can assure you that it absolutely is exactly that.

How to locate the right tapping points
How to locate the right tapping points

It was first developed by Gary Craig, an American. It is based on the Chinese Meridian System and works by clearing any blockages in your energy flow. Whilst you are thinking about whatever your particular issue is, the therapist taps steadily in a circuit around your body. This sends pulses of energy through your meridian system, rebalancing it in relation to that particular issue. The tapping neutralises the emotional triggers attached to the issue, re-wiring your brain.

Does it sound too easy and too simple? But the best things in life usually are simple and tapping really works. I have had many patients who have been successfully treated for a wide range of problems. These include everything from bulimia to dyslexia, anger issues to ADHD. Allergies, depression and a whole range of mental health issues. Even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder responds to tapping.

Best of all, you don’t need to spend money visiting a therapist to help you. You can learn how to do it at home, either through Emma’s book, ‘Step by Step Tapping’, or by signing up to do a short course.

Alternative first aid

I once saved a total stranger from anaphylactic shock just by tapping on their head in the middle of a crowd. I was coming home on the tube. I had walked out onto the street when I saw a girl on the pavement ahead of me, collapsed in a heap. She had been stung by a wasp and had gone into shock. She couldn’t walk or move and was struggling to breathe. While her friend called an ambulance, I asked permission to do some tapping. By the time the paramedics came, the symptoms had noticeably calmed. Her breathing had normalised, the red rash disappeared and she could walk again.

If you only do one new thing this year, it is well worth learning the tapping technique. You never know when it will come in handy.

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Emma's CV:

  • EFT Founding Master
  • EFT Practitioner Cert Hons
  • EFT MAS 3 (EFT Universe)
  • AAMET Master Trainer
  • AAMET Master Trainer of Trainers
  • Provocative Energy Techniques Practitioner (PET)
  • NLP Master Practitioner (HNLP and ABNLP)
  • Dip Clin Hyp
  • Dip Psych (Birkbeck)
  • Member of the British Institute of Hypnotherapy