Brian Lim

Brian Lim, LMFT #105043, Certified Hakomi Therapist

Brian Lim, LMFT #105043, Certified Hakomi Therapist


Office in Oakland, CA


For Individuals
Welcome to mindful and somatic psychotherapy.  
There are a wide range of reasons why people seeking counseling, including trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or just life transitions.  Whatever the case may be, it is with fierce determination that I meet you with grace, joy, and clarity.  You will not be alone on your journey.  We will address your goals in such a way that reconnects you to your wholeness and vitality.   
If you are seeking to overcome a difficult past, support with a current situation, or simply explore a new direction, I look forward to meeting you and working together.

Issues I treat include

  • Trauma & PTSD 
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression – Grief and loss – Self esteem
  • Co-dependency
  • Life transitions
  • Sexuality
  • Intimacy and communication
  • Personal development and growth
  • Diversity, multi-cultural, social justice challenges

Couples and Families

Exploring therapy with those you love and care about is a wonderful and unique opportunity.  

While we may have been hurt in past relationships, it is also with our significant relationships that we are heal and continue to grow.  It is an incredible opportunity to rework long standing patterns that no longer serve you.

You can expect a positive, direct, no non-sense space with me.  I am not interested in taking sides with any particular party.  Rather, I will always strive to protect the sensitive spirit of each person.  You will find a safe and gentle space, so that the true beauty of your relationships may find its way.  

Issues I treat include

  • Communication skills
  • Life stage transitions
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Infidelity or ruptures in trust
  • Premarital counseling
  • Ending relationships
Please feel free to contact me to schedule an appointment or with any questions you might have.

Diversity – Cross Cultural – Social Justice 

The complexity of who we are is not something to be minimized, but rather embraced as a vehicle for personal growth.  

Oppression exists in many forms.  Assuming the norms of a dominate culture is in part what contributes to the alienation of those who do not identify in the same way.  (Examples include: race, gender, sexual identification, etc.). None of these completely define a person, but they must be included.  I work with a variety of ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and relationship configurations.  It is my privilege to honor all the richness of who we are, so that your healing and growth may continue to find its authentic path.   

About me:

Certified Hakomi Therapist 

Hakomi is a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that supports a personalized self study.  This lends itself to increase self knowledge, ease, and connection to yourself and other relationships in your life.  While I incorporate many modalities in therapy, the principles of Hakomi is foundational to how I practice.  You can learn more at:

Professional Skills 

Comprehensive Training 

Attachment Training – Attending to Attachment

Couples Training

Character Training – Responding to Life

Trauma Training – From Trauma to Dharma

Recreation of the Self – Existential and Transpersonal Selfhood

EMDR uses bilateral stimulation and combines it with guided imagery.  It has been found to be helpful for a wide range of issues, including trauma/PTSD.

Trauma level 1&2, with Dr. Laurel Parnell.   

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Embodied Touch 
When we first come in to the world, touch is our very first way of communicating.  Therefore, while it is not required for therapy, mindful and safe touch can be a powerful ally in healing.  
Relational Somatic Healing – Shir Dvir 

Transforming the Experience Base Brain – Stephen Terrell

Somatic Resilience and Regulation – Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell

B.A.S.E. – Module 1&2 – Dave Berger, SEP trainer

Engaging Self & Other through Embodiment – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen 

Trauma Training

From Trauma to Dharma – Hakomi

Sensorimotor – level 1

EMDR – Trauma – Level 1&2

Transforming the Experienced Based Brain: 1,2,&3
Somatic Resilience & Regulation – Kathy Kain & Steve Terrell
Sexuality & Intimacy Training

Somatica Core Training – Sex and relationship Coaching 

Diversity – Cross Cultural Training

Let’s Get Real – Lee Mun Wah

World Work – Process work: Group conflict resolution – Arnold & Amy Mendel 

John F. Kennedy University
Master of Arts in Counseling: Holistic studies
Marriage and Family Therapist
License #105034
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Fee and Scheduling

Individual – 60 min: $180

Couples / Families – 75 min: $220

Individual sessions are typically 50-60 minutes.  

Most couples find 75 minutes highly beneficial to their counseling.  
Free initial phone consultation
In order to provide a high quality of focused care, I limit the amount of clients I see each week.  For this reason, reduced fees are typically not offered.  
(While I do offer some sliding scale appointments, this is usually full.  For unique circumstances, please speak to me directly.)  

Payment methods

Cash, check, credit card.

I do not accept insurance directly, but do provide itemized receipts of service.  You may contact your insurance provider to determine your plan for mental health services.  

Cancellation policy

Please let me know 24 hours advance.  Less than that will result in a charge for the full session.  

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Relational Somatic Healing

2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley CA, 94703

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