William  Gardner
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William Gardner

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Updated June 9, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Work stress

Professional statement

Dr. William Gardner is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Gardner specializes in providing individuals with the tools they need to manage the difficult emotions that arise throughout the day. He is passionate about helping those who suffer from the impact of anxiety, depression, phobias, and traumas. He also works with clients who find themselves overwhelmingly angry, either at situations or at other people.

Dr. Gardner’s approach to therapy is based on a short-term, brief intervention model. He equips his clients with coping skills so they can restart their lives again with healthy patterns. With clients, he draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques by teaching clients to recognize cognitive distortions like assumptions or misinterpretations. He collaborates with clients to find solutions to their presenting problems and provides a safe, comfortable environment for exploring thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Dr. Gardner earned his PsyD from Stanford University. He is dedicated to using evidence-based practices in his sessions and aims to help clients enjoy their lives, rather than feeling stressed. His style is positive and compassionate and his practice is accessible for adult clients of all ages.

Message to clients

This has been such a difficult time for all of us. We each have been working through our issues on our own and in our own ways, with most of the outlets we would have normally had, such as friends, activities and other distractions, out of our reach. These normal activities allow us the opportunities to burn off steam, to reset our stress levels and to supplement our needs in our interpersonal relationships. Without the normal balances in our lives many issues that we are normally able to put aside or ignore are rearing their ugly little heads and need to be addressed. But there are also advantages to the stay at home, and that is that we can take the time we need to work on the issues that may have been there for years as well as those issues that are only now showing up.

I feel so fortunate to be able to do the work I do with people. My hope in working with you is to help you to rapidly make changes to the way you think and feel, problem solve issues that are coming up in your life and create work arounds when the tasks required to feel better seem overwhelming. More than just a sounding board, I will work as a guide, friend and teammate to help you move forward toward your goals.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


William Gardner is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am to 5pm
  • Tue 8am to 5pm
  • Wed 8am to 5pm
  • Thu 8am to 5pm
  • Fri 8am to 1pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

Private Practice, 2009 - Present

Vanderbilt Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship, 2010
PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, PsyD, 2009


California: PSY24131