Therapist Profile

Name:
Debra Baumgardner, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
625 Miramontes Ave Suite 204 Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone:
(650) 712-1950
Website:
License Number
LMFT24803
Practicing Since:
1982
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.
Services
Grief, Divorce, Chronic Illness, Communication Skills, Marriage, Drug/Alcohol Recovery, Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Depression, Anxiety, Aging Issues, Adolescent/Women/Girls
Insurance
Blue Cross, Blue Shield
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

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

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Women's Issues

Other

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

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