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Presentation of EMDR, the Therapy for Relief of Stress

By Dorie Beach, MSW, BCD

Christina Johnson and I, Dorie Beach, will be discussing this stress therapy (for both post traumatic stress disorder and lesser stresses that affect everyday life) on Wednesday, August 9, at 5pm at the Casa Europa, San Francisco 23.

EMDR Therapy
By Dorie Beach and Christina Johnson
Wed, Aug 9, 5pm
Casa Europa, San Francisco 23

We are both trained and experienced EMDR therapists. Christina and I first met at an initial EMDR training for therapists in the early ’90s, which was taught by Francine Shapiro, PhD, the “discoverer” of this modality. Dr. Shapiro was walking through a park one day while mulling over a problem. As she walked, she glanced from side to side of the path she was on. She was astounded that at the end of her walk her problem was resolved. After this incident Dr. Shapiro experimented, with the help of colleagues, to further investigate this phenomenon. Dr. Shapiro discovered that the left and right brains are integrated in the process of EMDR therapy, which can bypass lengthy analysis of psychological problems and bring a client to the heart of his/her issues.

What distinguishes EMDR from other therapies is that after a client has formulated her/his problem, bilateral stimulation is used, either with eye movement or gentle tapping on the hands or the knees. This stimulation sends a message to the brain, which processes the information about the client’s stress in a way that conventional talk therapy might take months to uncover.

Christina will explain how the brain is your friend in treating stress with EMDR.

EMDR alleviates stress associated with traumatic memories. The process facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences, bringing them to an adaptive conclusion. Unlike conventional talk therapy, the insights gained in EMDR therapy result from the client’s accelerated intellectual and emotional processes instead of from clinical interpretation. The net effect is that EMDR leaves clients feeling empowered by the very experiences that once traumatized them.

On August 9 we will discuss further the theory behind this therapy and answer your questions about how EMDR could help you.

For more information contact Dorie Beach at or Christina Johnson at


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