About Deborah

For over 30 years, I have supported people navigating anxiety, stress, and overwhelm to rediscover their aliveness, agency, and the gifts that can come from even the most difficult experiences.

Oftentimes, we suffer because we have self-imposed limitations that make it hard for us to experience the internal freedom necessary for cultivating satisfying relationships, navigating addictive behaviors, and living out our true potential. These limitations are reflected in unconscious repetition of negative patterns and contribute to anxiety, depression, and frustration about meeting life goals.

With expertise and deep care, I offer an individualized approach that addresses what feels most important to you.

I would be honored to help you find solutions in this difficult time.

Feel free to contact me to schedule your first appointment or a free 20-minute phone consultation: 510-214-6951 or deborahyarock@gmail.com.

A Bit More About Me Personally

I am a second generation, U.S. born Jewish lesbian, originally from the east coast. I have lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. Spiritually centered and creative by nature, I am a practicing musician, singer-songwriter, with appreciation for all the arts.

The Intersection of Personal and Professional

Intuitive and creative with an eclectic background in the healing arts, I began my career as a healer, providing massage, acupressure, and energy balancing. This stems from my strong interest both personally and professionally in helping people navigate the relationship between mental and physical health as well as recognize the correlation between care of self and care of others. I know from my own past experience of personal illness and recovery how daunting it can be to negotiate health challenges along with the daily demands of work and relationships.

Along with my extensive experience having supported clients through difficult lifestyle changes, I feel inspired to help you rediscover your own internal balance. Whether it be about shifting responsibilities at work, navigating areas you are overextending, communicating needs to loved ones, or exploring healthcare options, I am committed to helping you navigate your unique challenges and pathways to aliveness.

A Bit More About Me Professionally

I received my Masters Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in 1991 and have served as a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and instructor in a variety of community-based, educational, and private practice settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. My work as a healer and therapist has been guided and inspired by body-mind processes, psychodynamics, re-evaluation counseling, process work, and narrative and expressive arts therapies. My teaching experiences have included Depression and Anxiety, Addiction, Recovery and Wellness, Psychopathology, Cross Cultural Counseling, Independent Study in Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment, and Group Practicum Supervision.

In addition to seeing clients in private practice and teaching, I am a lead instructor and Co-Founder of Inner Science Institute (InSci). InSci specializes in training mental health professionals who value progressive social change and spiritual awakening to recognize and amplify internal resources by learning to work from the inside out. We provide courses and events for lifelong learners as well as mental professionals interested in fulfilling continuing education units. An integrative institute informed by the inner sciences of psychology and spirituality, InSci offers transdisciplinary education and training to those interested in personal transformation, social change, and spiritual awakening.