Therapist Profile

Debra Baumgardner, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
625 Miramontes Ave Suite 204 Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 712-1950
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
Ph.D., License #PSY 18003 & MFT License #MFC 24803

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
In my practice I mainly use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is a form of psychotherapy based on the theory that changing our thoughts and beliefs can change our feelings and behavior. In CBT, an individual learns how to recognize and challenge maladaptive and unhelpful thoughts that contribute to unwanted feelings and behaviors. You learn how to develop more helpful, accurate, and adaptive styles of thinking, which in turn contributes to healthier and more desirable feelings and behaviors. CBT tends to be a more active, time-limited, collaborative, goal- directed and problem/solution focused form of therapy, and often requires a commitment to homework and regular practice to be successful. Because you are learning a new way of thinking, the beneficial effects can last long after therapy ends. CBT has been one of the most researched forms of psychotherapy, and has the most research support for it's efficacy. It's effectiveness has been well-established for depression and anxiety disorders by numerous studies. In fact, CBT has been shown to be as effective as medication for individuals with depression and anxiety and is superior in preventing relapse.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday with morning, afternoon and evening appointments.
Grief, Divorce, Chronic Illness, Communication Skills, Marriage, Drug/Alcohol Recovery, Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Depression, Anxiety, Aging Issues, Adolescent/Women/Girls
Blue Cross, Blue Shield
Credit Cards Accepted
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Center for Psychological Studies, 1997 Masters Degree in Counseling, Fresno State University, 1982

Area of Specialty

Women's Issues


Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Family Systems
Hypnotherapy for Stress Reduction & Relaxation
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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