• About

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    Deb Lyman, LCSW lcs22113

    I have been a psychotherapist for 20 years and in private practice since 2004. My practice is focused on helping people who feel held back by self-doubt, perfectionism, confusion or anxiety to feel a greater sense of ease in their relationship to themselves, others, and to the challenges life naturally brings. I also teach, supervise, and consult to new therapists.


    My Philosophy


    I believe there is incredible power in being witnessed and having a companion in the process of self-exploration. I value authenticity, practicality, and humor, and bring all of these to my work, along with many years of clinical training. I am also influenced by my practice of Vipassana (mindfulness) and Metta (lovingkindness) meditation.


    I know how hard it can be to reach out for support when you’ve had the rug pulled out from under you by an unexpected failure, sudden loss or betrayal, or seemingly insurmountable challenge. It takes strength and courage to be vulnerable, and I’ve seen many times the profound changes that can occur when there is support in facing what Jonathan Kabat Zinn refers to as “the full catastrophe”.


    My Credentials


    I received a BA in Psychology from Washington University and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work. I completed post graduate studies in psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Psychotherapy Institute, where I am now a faculty member, clinical supervisor, and former member of the Executive Board.



    • The Psychotherapy Institute
    • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
    • Womens Therapy Center
    • APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) and Section 8 (Couples)
    • Gaylesta
    • Bay Area Open Minds
    • Alameda County Psychological Association
  • Contact Me

    It's important to have the right fit. To schedule a free 15-20 minute phone consultation,

    call (510) 594-4099 or click the button below to email. I typically respond within one business day.