Deb Lyman, LCSW lcs22113
I’ve been a psychotherapist for 20 years and in private practice since 2004. I help 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 us. I also teach, supervise, and consult to new therapists.
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”.
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 member of the Executive Board.
If you'd like to discuss starting therapy, call (510) 594-4099 to schedule a free consultation.
do you take insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels and do not work directly with any insurance companies. If you would like to submit a claim to your insurance, I can give you a superbill with the information needed. I encourage you to call your insurance company about the details of your out of network coverage. I can help you with the questions to ask.
what is the fee?
My current fee is $175 per 50 minute session. I hold a number of reduced fee slots in situations of financial need and am particularly committed to supporting the emotional health of therapists in training and people working for social justice. I encourage you to call me so we can discuss your situation. If I am unable to accommodate you, I can refer you to a trusted colleague or training clinic. My reduced fee slots are currently full. If you would like to be on a waiting list for a full fee slot, let me know on the form at the bottom of this page. I can also provide a referrals to other therapists or counseling centers.
how often are the sessions?
I will likely recommend that we meet once weekly, at the same time each week whenever possible. I have found that this consistency allows for a trusting working relationship to form more easily, and that when people come in less frequently there is more time spent "catching up" and less time spent addressing the underlying causes of your distress. Sometimes people choose to come in twice weekly to deepen the work, or in times of crisis, or when their problems have not been adequately addressed in other therapies. We can discuss whether this option could benefit you.
how do i choose a therapist?
Making the decision to begin therapy is significant. You are committing time and resources to an endeavor that you want to be as beneficial as possible. Many factors may contribute to your decision about whether to work with a particular therapist, both logistical and personal. Our initial meetings are a chance to see how it feels to work together and to determine if therapy can help you with your concerns. If we are not the right fit, I have many talented colleagues with a range of specialties and am happy to make a referral.
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