Debra Warner, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #82007, Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist

Education & Professional Background

Debra graduated with honors from California Lutheran University where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Child and Family Development and a Minor in Gender Studies, followed by a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Debra is the Founder of Westlake Village Counseing Center serving the needs of the local community since 2014.  She has been a trauma therapy specialist since 2011 and a Certified EMDR Psychotherapist and member of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association).  Debra received spcialized training under Laurel Parnel and Deany Laliotis for treatment of Attachment Based Trauma and Neglect utilizing Attachment Based EMDR.  Debra has also been trained in Somatic Experience Psychotherapy and Biofeedback for the treatment of trauma.  She specializes in treatment of Attachment Injuries, Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse and Ritual Abuse  using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to effectively treat the most deeply embedded and long-held traumatic memories.  Research has shown that the treatment of relational trauma and neglect using EMDR can help clients who have experienced past trauma, and have not resolved the symptoms through previous counseling.  Debra also specializes in treatment of recent trauma including accidents or medical trauma, which sometimes increases anxiety, panic, and if untreated may lead to PTSD.

Debra specializes in couple counseling, helping couples who have experienced betrayal trauma, infidelity, or need to build relationships based on deeper levels of trust and intimacy.  In addition, she helps them increase their abilities to communicate effectively and resolve conflict.  As a Level I and II trained Gottman Marriage Therapist, Emotion Focus Couple Therapist and Prepare Enrich Facilitator, she has gained experience working in the areas of pre-marital therapy, couples therapy, infidelity, and divorce recovery.

Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help her clients effectively address their personal life challenges, while integrating complimentary techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to meet the needs of each client. With compassion and understanding, working together to help build on strengths and attain the personal growth that each couple or individual are committed to accomplishing.


Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
California Lutheran University, 2011

License, Certifications & Awards

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #82007, 2014
In-Home Family Therapist for Department of Children and Family Services – Valley Trauma Center, 2010
Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor – Valley Trauma Center, 2010
Member of the Psychology National Honors Society – Psi Chi
Breakthrough Parenting Certified Therapist – 2012
Certified EMDR Therapist – 2014

Additional Training

Gottman Marriage Counseling, Level I Training, 2010
 Prepare Enrich Facilitator, 2011
EFT Couple Therapy, Level I, 2014
 Grief Specialist Training, Our House, 2011
  Sexual Assault Certification Training Program. Valley Trauma Center, 2011
In-Home Outreach Counseling and Adoptions Program. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, 2011
  Traumatology Institute Early Intervention Field Traumatology Comprehensive Training, 2011
 Positive Psychology, 2011
 On Death and Grieving. CMI Education Institute, 2011
 Early Intervention Field Traumatology Comprehensive Training. Traumatology Institute, 2011
On Death and Grieving. CMI Education Institute, 2011
The Neurology of Suggestion. The International Hypnosis Research Institute, 2012
 Integration: Innovations in Mind/Body Therapies. The International Hypnosis Research Institute, 2012
  Ellman Hypnotherapy: Beyond the Basics, 2012
 EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
 Level I and Level II, EMDR Institute
 Breakthrough Parenting Certified Instructor, 2012
 Gottman Marriage Counseling, Leve II Training,  2013
 EMDR Conference, 2014
 Attachment Based EMDR Laurel Parnell, 2015
 Certified EMDR Therapist EMDRIA, 2014
 DBT Skills, 2015
 Managing Dangerous Situations in Mental Health, 2015
 Suicide Assessment Treatment and Management, 2017
 Childhood Sexual Abuse, 2017
 Trauma Screening and Assessment, 2017
Relationship Based EMDR Deany Laliotis, 2017
 Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma and Addictions, 2018
 Neurofeedback Treatment of Trauma, 2018
 Neuroaffective Embodied Self, 2018
 EMDR Flash Technique, 2018
 Somatic Psychotherapy for Trauma Treatment, Trauma Certification Course, 2018
 Brain Spotting Level I, 2018
 Law and Ethics, 2018
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), 2018
 EMDR (CIT) Consultant in Training, 2018

Professional Activities and Memberships

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
Member of The National Association of Professional Women, 2008
Southern California Society for Clinical Hypnosis, 2011-2012

Confidential Voicemail 805-390-8180