• Money in the Clinical Dyad Study Group

    A clinical study group on money in psychic life and in treatment

  • About Money in the Clinical Dyad

    Few topics can be as fraught and impactful for the therapist in private practice as money. Unfortunately, most graduate programs and post-graduate trainings pay scant attention to money as a clinical issue. Money can represent love, freedom, restriction, power, control, evil, greed, benevolence, and possibility--symbolic currency that flows between people and gives rise to internal conflict. It is not just a logistical issue to get past on the way to the 'real stuff' of therapy.


    Money is both concrete and symbolic, for both clinician and client. Clinicians who limit their discussions with clients to only the concrete aspects of money in their practices miss important opportunities to deepen their understanding of their client's internal world and the issues that brought them to seek treatment.


    To thoroughly address issues of money in psychotherapy requires

    • Being able to hold the concrete realities of money in mind
    • Knowing and managing one's own beliefs, ambivalences, and anxieties about money
    • Remaining curious about the client's subjective experience and ways of relating to money
    • Understanding the myriad ways money can function in our psyches and relational worlds

    Through close reading of relevant papers and discussion of case material Money in the Clinical Dyad participants will explore a range of topics such as

    • the fee as an integral part of the therapeutic frame
    • responding to frame challenges around money and fee
    • working with clients who have much more or much less money than the therapist
    • destructive ways of relating to money
    • how the therapist's need (in the form of charging a fee) impacts the therapeutic relationship
    • money in the transference/countertransference matrix
    • enactments born of the therapist's money anxieties

    Who is this for?

    Money in the Clinical Dyad is appropriate for clinicians with at least 2 years of clinical experience, preferably working in a private practice setting (your own practice, a group practice, or outpatient fee-for-service clinic). The class will be limited to 8 participants to facilitate depth of connection and ability for participants to be vulnerable in presenting case material. If you are unsure if this class is a good fit for you, call or email and we can talk about it further.


    The Details

    In Person Class:

    We will meet in my Oakland office from 7:30-9:00pm on the following Thursdays: 

    September 26th, 2019

    October 10th, 2019

    October 24th, 2019

    November 7th, 2019

    November 21st, 2019


    IN PERSON CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be added to the waitlist for the in person class, please complete this short application. After your application is reviewed, you will be sent information regarding payment. Your space in the class will be not guaranteed until payment is received.


    Online Class:

    If you are outside the Oakland area or are unable to meet in person, I am offering an online option. The online group will meet via Zoom from

    1:00-2:30pm PST on the following Fridays:

    September 27th, 2019

    October 11th, 2019

    October 25th, 2019

    November 8th, 2019

    November 22nd, 2019


    To register for the online class, please complete this short application. After your application is reviewed, you will be sent information regarding payment. Your space in the class will be not guaranteed until payment is received.



    Early Registration (before August 1): $200

    After August 1: $240


    Monthly Online Consultation Group:

    Following the class, you will be eligible to participate in a monthly drop-in consultation group that will meet via Zoom starting in December 2019. More details to follow.


    Refund Policy: Cancel before August 15st- 75% refund, Between August 15-September 15- 50% refund, Between September 15th and start of class- 25% refund. No refunds after the first day of class.


    About Deb Lyman, LCSW

    I've been in private practice for 15 years and been a clinical supervisor and consultant for over a decade, helping early and mid career therapists develop more confidence with both the clinical and business sides of their practices.  I integrate contemporary relational psychoanalytic thinking with attachment theory, mindfulness, neuroscience and a social justice lens. This informs my practice building as well, so I'll help you think about the clinical implications of your business decisions and the business implications of your clinical decisions. Want to know a bit more? Check out my About page.

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    The groups beginning in September are currently full. Click below to be added to the September waitlist.
    You'll be first in line for the next round (January 2020).

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