Deborah Linehan

Core Desired Feelings mudita - sprezzatura - home - free - radical

Specialty Meditation Teacher, Creativity Mentor, Entrepreneurial Coach

About Me

My passion in life is to help people get out of the rut, uncover what they want, and then go get it - especially as relates to career, relationships, and health.

I am a CCAR certified recovery & life coach and meditation instructor with extensive training in secular and multi-faith spiritual counseling. My philosophy is rooted deeply in Buddhist teachings and influenced by attachment theory, neuroscience and the healing modalities of the Bill Wilson's 12 steps, Noah Levine's Refuge Recovery and Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map.

I provide 1 on 1 mentorship, coaching, and counseling, teach group workshops and classes and run retreats for people who are interested in heightening their awareness of self and in nurturing their capacity for other-consciousness and emotional resiliency. Our goal is to foster an authentic relationship to life and self and to reduce suffering in all life areas.

My dedicated meditation practice began as a solitary pursuit in the late 90's / early 2000's. About 10 years later I was fortunate to find mentorship and training in Theravadan Buddhism and Vipassana meditation and counseling with western Dharma teachers Josh Korda and Noah Levine of Against The Stream Meditation Society / Dharma Punx. In addition, my training includes Palliative Care and Spiritual Counseling with Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Insight Meditation and MBSR with John Aaron of the New York Insight Meditation Center. My main meditation practice is Vipassana (insight).

I have worked as a palliative care volunteer at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City where I also served as a group meditation and spirituality group discussion facilitator in their psychiatric wing. I spent the greater part of 2016 as a Recovery and Life Coach, meditation facilitator and retreat manager at the New Life Foundation in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I also facilitate Dharmageek, a weekly meditation group in New York City.

Meditation, integrity, social and experiential relationships, and service are practices and themes that are integral to the work I do with all my clients.

Born in Massachusetts, I've been fortunate to also live in San Francisco and New York City. From 2016 - 2017 I lived in Thailand and Mexico before returning to New York to further my work and education.

Contact Info

Phone: (646) 343-7720

Email: deb@deborahlinehan.com

Website: http:deborahlinehan.com

Q & A

Q: What are your Core Desired Feelings?

MUDITA - Vicarious joy for the successes of another as if they were my own. Like the joy a parent has at their child's first steps.

SPREZZATURA - Grace and impeccability that come from enormous preparation, integrity, and devotion. like a duck gliding across a pond while its legs are paddling under the water like a bat out of hell.

HOME - Comfort in body, space & time, wherever I am.

FREE - Don't fence me in. Mind, Body, Soul.

RADICAL - Extraordinary massive action in community and with delight.

Q: How / where did you Desire Map? What did you love about doing it that way?

I Desire Mapped for the first time very shortly after the Desire Map book came out. It was over a holiday and I had a few days of undisturbed focus time. I plowed through the book and exercises with passion and excitement. I was at home, in my favorite chair, with Bach and Beats Antique playing in the background. (I prefer to work with instrumental music as it doesn't pull my focus.)

Q: Tell me a specific story about how knowing your CDFs has changed your life.

Knowing my CDF's quite literally changed my world. I used to keep reaching out for entrepreneurship but floating back into office jobs that I loathed. Knowing my CDF's helped me cut the cord for once and for all from the corporate life after building a bridge to the life I wanted. This has included spending the past year traveling and working as a coach in Thailand and Mexico.

Knowing my CDF's is also critical for me as a person who used to take on too much and end up way overworked. Being clear on what is important to me helps me (politely and kindly) say no to things every day. This leaves more time for what I love and value and for what makes me FEEL loved and valued. Saying NO with laser-like precision is a HUGE gift of being clear on my CDF's.

Q: Why are you passionate about sharing this work with others?

Since reading all of Danielle's work (including The Big Beautiful Book Plan, The Fire Starter Sessions, White Hot Truth and The Desire Map) I have shared her wisdom with friends and colleagues. It is a no-nonsense way to get to the root of ANY problem and solve it based on what is most important. It is flawless in its simplicity and effectiveness. I get so excited working with people and they get so excited as they see how empowered they can be over their own destiny. The Desire Map is not a solution that one slaps over their problems and wears like a mask, it is a methodology wherein the person doing the work creates their own ensemble from the roots up.


I spent last summer at a Thai mindful community with Deb as my life coach. One of the most genuine, compassionate and loving people I have ever met, she helped me get my life back on track. She is down to earth and really listens. Her counseling was a perfect combination of kind words, understanding, and needed tough love. I recommend her highly!

Roos M., Netherlands

Deb is an incredibly insightful and perceptive person. As my life coach she opened up my way of thinking about issues and offered some transformational ways of thinking about situations. She is a beautiful soul and all round badass person at the same time! Incredibly funny, kind, gentle and easy to get on with.

Peg D., Leeds, UK

Through her global travels and power of example, Deb has inspired me to live my life more fully than I otherwise would have. She continues to coach me in those times when I feel uninspired. She is an "added value" on our life adventures. Go Deb!!!

Kevin G., New York, USA

Instantly, I felt a connection and I was very comfortable opening up to Deb. The meditations we did helped me connect to myself; especially after a long day. I will continue working with Deb and already signed up for Level 2 with her. She also inspired me to really consider becoming a licensee myself!

Wiebke Winzer, Berlin, Germany

My experience working with Deb was great. She is a fantastic Desire Map advocate; happy, curious, creative, ready for everything life throws her way, unafraid, fun, excited, a person you want to be friends with and to be like - one word: awesome! We had a lot of fun; I gained insights about myself and learned a lot. My greatest takeaway was realizi

Gisi Vella, New York, USA

Working with Deb was amazing! She guided me through the Desire Map process in a way that was loving, insightful. The safe space she created allowed me to share openly my deepest fears and biggest joys and was instrumental in helping me to live a life that is based on authentic goals that are full of abundance, boldness, balance and love. She gave m

Rebecca Dumais, New York, USA

Deborah Linehan is a force for good in the Universe. She’s a powerhouse, a way-shower, and a trusted advisor and guide. I don’t make any major decisions without consulting her first. I love Deb!

Elizabeth McGann, Los Angeles, USA

It was invaluable to have someone with Deb’s talent and skill help me navigate the Desire Map. Her support is loving, insightful and her desire to help others transform and grow shines through. I felt fully supported by her and that we were very much ‘in it together’. The learnings I gained from Desire Map continue to underpin how I design my life.

Karen McMillan, London, England

Deborah created a safe, sacred space for me to explore my heart's desires. Each session began with a lovely guided meditation that put me completely at ease. With her gentle guidance, I could tune out the head chatter and listen to my heart. Working with her was a rich and joyful experience. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to do this work.

Joyce Jensen, Oregon, USA

Deb's thoughtful guidance and insights allowed me to reconnect with myself and create clarity about how I want to feel. Deb masterfully creates a safe space for Desire Mapping. I felt challenged, inspired, and completely energized by all of the exercises and meditations she led me through. I highly recommend her to anyone wanting to do this work.

Lindsey Interlante, North Carolina, USA

When I began working with Deb, I thought my issue was organization. She drew out the emotional underpinnings of what was happening and provided space for my conflicting emotions about creativity to emerge and resolve. I recommend this work for anyone struggling with motivation, creativity, resistance, or simply to improve general life satisfaction.

Ridge Cresswell, New York, USA

I found Deb to be warm, supportive, and informative. She guided me through the exercises, often starting with meaningful poems or mediations. Deb enabled me to successfully define my CDF's in a way that was comfortable and productive. I know I wouldn't have been able to do this on my own and am so thankful that my seeking brought me to Deb.

Michele Weisman, New York, USA


As a Master Desire Map Facilitator, I offer private, virtual Desire Map workshops for those who prefer a customized schedule. 
I have found incredible power and value in working through the Desire Map one-on-one. There is something sacred about this work and I reverently acknowledge what can blossom when digging deeply with another on an individual level. My private 4-week Desire Map curriculum includes 4 ZOOM meetups with home practice exercises between sessions. Each call lasts 1.5 hrs and can be scheduled at a time that is totally convenient for you. I am available via email for the duration of the month-long program to support you completely. Let's have a conversation (free) to see if working together would be a good fit for us. 
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