Debbie Magids, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist with a thriving private practice in New York City. Her ability to achieve results helps people flourish and live their best lives. Passionate about personal development, Dr. Debbie wants her clients to grow and feel confident enough in the world so they can eventually leave therapy. This point of view, coupled with her remarkable ability to connect with others, allows her clients to trust her implicitly.
When Dr. Debbie realized her own roadblocks to finding love were showing up in many of her clients, she felt compelled to write All the Good Ones Aren’t Taken: Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting Love. Although it took five years to get the book published, she persevered; she knew people needed to read it so they could break the patterns that were preventing them from finding love. After the success of her book, Dr. Debbie began regularly blogging for The Huffington Post. She also frequently contributes advice to Cosmopolitan, and has been quoted in Glamour, Self, and Time Out New York magazines, and on MSN.com.
Dr. Debbie knew the best way to expose others to her book was by appearing on television. There was one problem: She was terribly camera-shy. Since her desire to help men and women was stronger than her fear of public speaking, she enrolled in camera coaching classes. Soon, Dr. Debbie landed her first TV appearance on The Montel Williams Show, where she spent a year developing her television skills. It was there that she fell in love with the TV medium, realizing how powerful it was because she could reach so many people. Now a popular television guest, Dr. Debbie has most recently appeared on Today, The Steve Harvey Show, Good Day New York, New York Live, Fox News with Ernie Anastos, and CNN Headline News. Additionally, she has appeared on The Nate Berkus Show, Anderson Live, Joy Behar: Say Anything! and The Joy Behar Show, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, Your World with Neil Cavuto, The Tyra Show, and primetime’s Pregnant in Heels. Dr. Debbie is also thrilled to have been a recurring guest on her all-time favorite radio show—The Howard Stern Show—where she’s offered her expertise on the mental health of Howard and the team.
Before opening her private practice, Dr. Debbie was tenured at Kingsborough Community College as the Director of Counseling. Her passion for psychology led her to work tirelessly to create two programs there: a personal counseling center where students were able to receive therapy, and an internship program where Dr. Debbie mentored students training to be psychotherapists. She also trained future counselors during her time as a professor at Hunter College’s graduate counseling program.
Dr. Debbie holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Since her parents were child survivors of the Holocaust, Dr. Debbie felt compelled to explore the effects that the Holocaust could have on the surviving children in her doctoral dissertation. Her article, “Personality Comparison Between Children of Hidden Holocaust Survivors and American Jewish Parents,” was published in the Journal of Psychology [1998, 132 (3), 245 -245].
Dr. Debbie has been a member of the American Psychological Association since 1989. When she’s not working, she can be found meditating, at a concert, traveling, or binge watching one of the latest Netflix shows.