Dr. Debbie Magids is a counseling psychologist with a thriving private practice in New York City.  In recent years, Dr. Debbie’s philosophies and focus have shifted from traditional therapy practices to meet the varied needs of her clients – entrepreneurs, finance executives, creative professionals -- in our increasingly fast-paced, highly connected society. She is also an entrepreneur, consultant, and corporate speaker.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Dr. Debbie’s doctoral dissertation explored the effects of the Holocaust on survivors’ children. “Personality Comparison Between Children of Hidden Holocaust Survivors and American Jewish Parents” was published in the Journal of Psychology.  

She lives each day with a deep appreciation of the value of human life and a passionate desire to help others — of course her clients, but also those who can’t help themselves, especially animals. Dr. Debbie is a (mostly) vegan who loves live music and practices meditation daily in her beloved hometown of New York City.

Dr. Debbie was previously tenured at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, where she spearheaded the creation of the personal counseling center, which is now the Student Wellness Center and Counseling Services. She was also a professor at Hunter College School of Counseling MSEd program.

Current Projects

Dr. Debbie, who firmly believes that well-being requires addressing both the mind and the body, runs 360UpClose, in partnership with Dr. Jaime Schehr, a naturopathic physician and registered dietitian. Their program addresses 'everything' wellness. 


She also created an innovative program called Headshotherapy, in partnership with esteemed portrait photographer Peter Hurley, to jump-start the path to self-discovery. With headshots as the focal point, they help clients understand the psychology of appearance; it's importance, and how it is used as armor to shield them from their vulnerabilities and flaws.  The awareness helps them confront obstacles and tackle fears – both personally and professionally. In the end they get to see their essence shine through the lens of the camera.


Dr. Debbie has been featured as a leading expert on media outlets including The Tamron Hall Show, Today, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, The Joy Behar Show, The Nate Berkus Show, CNN Headline News, The Montel Williams Show, The Tyra Show, The Howard Stern Show, and The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition.


Dr. Debbie is the author of All the Good Ones Aren’t Taken: Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting Love (St. Martin’s Press).


Dr. Debbie earned her undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany and 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 PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.