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Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Hi my name is Dr. Debbie Nazarian and I'm a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 24414) in San Mateo, California with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults. I offer in-person sessions as well as teletherapy sessions. 


I provide compassionate, culturally responsive, evidence-based care, tailored to your needs. Please reach out by phone (650) 485-3726 or email ( to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation.

As a young immigrant growing up in the U.S., I experienced the push and pull of straddling different cultures, values, and expectations. These personal experiences have influenced my passion for working with clients from diverse backgrounds and under-represented populations. This includes immigrants, first- and second-generation immigrants, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, first-generation college students, and more. 

Languages spoken: English and Farsi



VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRECC) - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) emphasis

VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Pre-doctoral Internship in Behavioral Medicine

VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Health Psychology

Syracuse University


M.S. in Clinical Psychology

Syracuse University


B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Medical Anthropology

University of Southern California, Magna cum laude

Deborah Nazarian PhD Palo Alto Licensed Clinical Psycologist specializing in PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and depression

Prior to opening my own private practice, I worked as a Staff Psychologist at Stanford University Vaden Health Center, where I provided individual therapy to undergraduate and graduate students. I also served as a primary supervisor for predoctoral and post-doctoral psychology trainees.

Over the course of my education and training, I have conducted clinical research that has focused on the effects of expressive writing as an intervention for trauma, exploring the relationship between trauma/PTSD and health, and improving access to mental health care for women Veterans. My advanced clinical research training has provided me with important skills that I bring to my clinical work as a therapist, including a strong foundation in providing evidence-based treatments and a commitment to staying up to date on the latest research and developments in order to provide quality clinical care. Here are some of my peer-reviewed scientific publications.


I provide treatment that is compassionate, based in science, and tailored to meet the individual needs of my clients. I work with each client to identify your specific goals for therapy and to create an individualized treatment plan that serves as a roadmap to guide our work and help us meet your goals. 


I have specialized training and extensive experience in working with adults who have experienced various forms of trauma and/or have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am trained in providing evidence-based treatments such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for adults with trauma-related disorders. 

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety

  • Navigating life transitions and adjustments

  • Coping with relationship challenges

  • Stress and stress management

  • Depression

  • Acculturation and immigration challenges

  • Balancing more than one cultural identity

  • Family stressors

  • Panic disorder

  • Health anxiety

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treatments Offered

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy 

  • Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)

  • Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET)

  • Written Exposure Therapy (WET)

  • Mindfulness-based approaches

Fees & Payment

Courage does not always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow"

Mary Anne Radmacher


Fees for assessment and psychotherapy sessions vary based upon the type and length of appointment. The typical length of therapy sessions is 50 minutes. Fees are competitive with other psychologists in this area and are discussed during our initial phone consultation. Payment is made at the time of service and monthly super bills will be provided. 



I am considered an "out-of-network" provider for insurance purposes. If you intend to use your insurance, I recommend that you contact your plan prior to our first session to ask about your psychotherapy benefits for out-of-network providers. Many health insurance policies provide some coverage for mental health treatment and may reimburse you directly for some portion of the fees you have paid to me. I will provide you with a monthly super bill that you can then submit to your insurance. 


I provide a free 20-minute phone consultation to all prospective clients. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about my practice and see if we are a good fit. Finding a therapist that is a good match for YOU is a key ingredient to successful therapy.

120 N. El Camino Real

San Mateo, CA 94401

Tel: (650) 485-3726



Email is not a secure or confidential means of communicating, so the privacy of communication cannot be guaranteed. I recommend that email only be used for scheduling purposes. 


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