EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that efficiently helps clients struggling with emotional pain and traumatic events. Clinical research and studies have shown that EMDR is very effective for treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Lori Kansteiner, LMFT, LAADC, has been a top provider of EMDR in Westlake Village for many years.

The main objective of EMDR treatment is to help clients therapeutically manage traumatic pain to accomplish psychological and emotional healing.

EMDR therapy is not only used to treat PTSD, but also helpful for treating clinical depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health conditions. As a highly-experienced Westlake Village EMDR practitioner and consultant-in-training, Lori Kansteiner is able to effectively guide her clients throughout the procedure. 

Lori Kansteiner, LMFT, LAADC helps clients to confront painful memories or recent distressing events. She then assists clients with establishing the skills needed to have positive actions and thoughts.

Westlake Village EMDR treatment by Lori Kansteiner.

Westlake Village EMDR Therapy

In order to gain effective results, EMDR therapy is comprised of eight strategic phases that explore the past, present and future. One of the most crucial steps is the introductory stage, discussing with the client their personal history and emotional pain situation. This helps Lori form a personalized EMDR treatment plan for each client.

The majority of the Westlake Village EMDR therapy occurs in steps three through six, as the sessions focus on the specific traumatic experiences that have created complications. The client will find mental images associated with memories, simultaneously with negative thoughts, positive concepts, emotions and physiological sensations.

With the client focusing on the negative sensations, images and thoughts, Lori guides them to follow her hand with their eyes, as she slowly moves it from side to side. As the process is replicated over time, the client will then start to deviate their pain from negative to positive thoughts. The end results we are aiming for is positive personal empowerment to diminish the negativity.

During the completion of the Westlake Village EMDR treatment, the client will then be requested to make a written description of the feelings and thoughts occurring between therapeutic sessions. The final eighth phase takes place at the beginning of the next session, as Lori and the client modify the course of treatment as needed. Please note that the length of the treatment process depends on the amount of memories that need to be focused on.

Lori Kansteiner provides EMDR treatment in Westlake Village

If you are seeking mental health services to help you with your post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression or other conditions of psychological and emotional pain, EMDR may be the perfect treatment for you. Please give us a call at (818) 852-7077 to learn more about our EMDR therapy in Westlake Village. You can also request an appointment online.