Leslie Baxter, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in San Mateo, California, 94401

Leslie Baxter, LMFT

Leslie Baxter, LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 51997
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $190 ind/family session, $80-$90 child therapy group
Free Initial Consultation
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San Mateo, California 94401

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My Approach to Helping

Your child is one of the most important people in your life. Together, we will sort through your knowledge of your child as we address your concerns, increase your understanding of the meaning behind your child's behavior and enhance your ability to respond in ways that will benefit your child, your family and yourself. The journey you are embarking on in searching for and bringing your child to therapy is one that takes courage and trust. As a parent myself, I recognize how hard this is and am ready to work together with you to gradually begin this process.

More Info About My Practice

My focus is on families with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school-age children. Your child's primary relationship is with you, so that is where we will begin. Your relationship with your child is the one that will support your child's relationships with siblings, friends, and teachers. Positive social skills are at the heart of school success and your child's success is a driving force in your family life. Relationship skills are learned through play, so play therapy is at the heart of the work we will do together. Whether your child has learning differences, social challenges or trauma or life transitions to work through, as a team we can support them in reaching their full potential.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Childhood anxiety is one of the issues that is most common in young children and one of the common reasons that parents bring their children to see me. A toddler or young child with anxiety might cry, whine or tantrum more than to be expected, might have trouble separating from you or might even be unable to talk at school or in other social settings. Some of this might be biologically driven, some of it might be due to life circumstances, but together we can support your child in better managing feelings, and social challenges.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

A play-based assessment is an important start to child therapy. As you are the most important person in your child's life, your participation with your child in this assessment will give us a great deal of insight into your child's strengths and needs and the parenting style that works best. Additionally, a developmental history and some sense of circumstances that have occurred over time will add to our understanding of where to begin our work together.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Adults


  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    Infants, toddlers, preschoolers, primary grades with trauma, social-emotional or developmental challenges

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Theraplay
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