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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.

Terms & Conditions
The website is owned by Deb Lyman, LCSW (“I,” “we,” or “us”). By viewing this site or utilizing any information provided you agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth below. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions please do not continue to view this website.

This site is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a client/therapist or client/counselor relationship. This site is simply a tool provided for free to you. 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who sees a limited amount of clients virtually within the state of California. This website is not intended to provide mental health treatment and again, does not constitute a client/therapist relationship which will be established after an initial consult and signed consent. I do not provide diagnosis via this website. The information provided on this site is not a replacement for the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy or the counseling relationship. The information on this website is not intended to replace medical advice. I am not a Medical Provider (Physician, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, etc.). You agree and acknowledge that I am not providing medical advice or mental health advice in any way. Always seek the advice of your own Medical Provider regarding any questions or concerns you have about your specific health or any medications, herbs or supplements you are currently taking and before implementing any recommendations or suggestions from my Website. Do not disregard medical advice or delay seeking medical advice because of information you have read on this Website. Do not start or stop taking any medications without speaking to your own Medical Provider . If you have or suspect that you have a medical or mental health problem, contact your own Medical Provider or Mental Health Provider promptly.

This website does not provide legal or financial advice and by consenting to these terms and conditions you do not hold me liable for any errors, omissions, damages or losses that occur from its use by you or any user. I do my best to provide accurate information that helps people in their lives but you agree that I am not liable and am not providing any financial or legal services. 

On that note, you assume full responsibility for using the information on this site, and you understand and agree that Deb Lyman, LCSW and affiliates are not responsible or liable for any claim, loss, or damage resulting from its use by you or any user. 

I try to keep the information on this site as accurate as possible, however, I do not claim any warranty or guarantee concerning its accuracy, timeliness and completeness, express or implied, including warranties or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. There will likely be typographical errors and if found, kindly bring them to my attention.

You are utilizing my website voluntarily and are here of your own free will. You agree that you are using this website solely for your personal use and that you are responsible for your choices, actions and the results. You accept responsibility for how you choose to use or not use the information provided on this website. You agree to use your own judgment before you implement anything from this website for your life or business.  

I do not guarantee nor warrant that access to the site will be error or virus-free. While I use a secure web host and have no intention of causing harm, you accept the risk in accessing this website. Links are to other web sites are provided for your convenience however I am not responsible for the availability, accuracy or content of those external links. References or links in my Website does not constitute my formal endorsement. I am sharing information for your ease of access only.  If my Website link appear in any other individual’s, business’s or entity’s website, program, product or services, it does not constitute my formal endorsement of them, their business or their website either.

The free content you access on this website is always free. I do not collect credit card information for anything that is free. Unless otherwise stated, users may print or download information from this site for personal, non-commercial use only, provided they identify the source of the material and include a statement that the materials are protected by copyright law. Beyond personal use, permission to reprint or otherwise reproduce any document in whole or in part is prohibited, unless prior written consent is obtained from the copyright owner. So send an e-mail at deb@deblyman.com

I do not guarantee results or outcomes as they differ for each person for counseling or psychotherapy. Results depend on you and how you implement and integrate what you learn. If you become a client, you will be given an informed consent discussing the risks and benefits of working with me. You agree that there are no guarantees from implementing or accessing information from this website.

You assume all risks in utilizing this website. As with all situations, there are sometimes unknown individual risks and circumstances that can arise during use of my Website that cannot be foreseen that can influence or reduce results. You understand that any mention of any suggestion or recommendation on or through my Website is to be taken at your own risk, with no liability on my part.

By using this Website, you agree to absolve me of any liability or loss that you or any other person may incur from use of the information, products or materials that you request or receive through or on my Website. You agree that I will not be liable to you, or to any other individual, company or entity, for any type of damages, including direct, indirect, special, incidental, equitable or consequential loss or damages, for use of or reliance on my Website. You agree that I do not assume liability for accidents, delays, injuries, harm, loss, damage, death, lost profits, personal or business interruptions, misapplication of information, physical or mental disease or condition or issue, or any other type of loss or damage due to any act or default by me or anyone acting as our agent, consultant, affiliate, joint venture partner, employee, shareholder, director, staff, team member, or anyone otherwise affiliated with my business or me, who is engaged in delivering content on or through this Website.

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