Emily Lyon, PhD

Emily Lyon, PhD

Professions: Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - Psy 17540
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 08622
Office 1
550 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 140
Palo Alto, California 94301
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Office 2
1035 San Pablo Ave, Suite 9
Albany, California 94706
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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I have enjoyed working as a psychotherapist for more than twenty years and I continue to find every day of working with people satisfying and meaningful. In the beginning we will grow to know each other, helping you to feel comfortable in the ongoing work. We will then gradually explore the problems and issues that have arisen in your relationships that have been difficult or even traumatic. This work takes time and patience but, as you move through the painful times in the past and grow into new understandings, you will feel more in charge of your life and be able to move forward with a new sense of clarity.

Email or Call Emily Lyon, PhD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08622

More Info About My Practice

My regular therapy sessions are 50 minutes, but I usually like to take a little longer when we are first exploring the possibility of working together.

I find it helpful to discuss fees and payment arrangements when we first meet so we can create the financial situation that will work best for both of us. I do work with several insurance companies.

My Role as a Therapist

As a therapist I am trained to offer you new perspectives and a deeper understanding of issues that have long felt 'stuck' for you. As we talk about your problems I can help you identify feelings you may not have been aware of,or help you in thinking about your life so new information arises that builds our understanding. It is often helpful for us to explore old relationships, a conflict that never was resolved or a loss that was not worked through. Sometimes, as we work together, old issues may emerge that had not been on your mind for some time, but may now be ready for exploration from a new point of view.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

The highest priority for myself as a therapist is to protect your privacy and confidentiality. In order for you to trust me with your sensitive information, you must be confident that I will never inappropriately reveal anything about you to anyone outside of the office. There are a few exceptions related to your safety which I will discuss with you in detail before we begin therapy. I am also responsible to never discuss my own issues that do not relate to your therapy and to maintain a safe, quiet space in which you can do your work. It is important for you to feel confident that you can ask me any questions about your therapy or our therapy relationship. Your sense of safety while we work is a high priority for me.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Generally I work with people who have relationship difficulties in their family or social life or in the workplace.
    My specialty is working with people (men or women) who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse as children or adults. I am familiar with dissociation in both its mild and more serious forms. I also work with depression and anxiety.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self Relations
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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