David Lim Bio

DAVID LIM  (LCSW) is a licensed therapist (LW60177117, State of Washington).  He holds a MSW from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, and has Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication and General Science from Purdue University.  David has a diverse professional background and maintains a strict emphasis on evidence-based practice as a psychotherapist, psycho-educational / group facilitator, life coach, and parent coach. David is DBT foundationally trained by Dr. Marsha Linehan’s training group (Behavioral Tech LlC).  He is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamics. Within these frameworks, he incorporates his personal expertise of Internal Family Systems, Attachment frameworks as well as energy and spiritual perspectives.

In addition to private practice, David is the Clinical and Program Manager at an integrated medical and behavioral adult outpatient clinic that serves 1,450 clients. He was formerly a psychotherapist and educator at  Group Health Cooperative  (based in Seattle). He has facilitated DBT skills groups (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and created an innovative, trans-diagnostic Emotion Regulation Skills class, This 12 week program is based on principles of DBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness principles, exposure principles, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

David works with children, teens, parents, adults, families, couples and helps people address a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive challenges . Those challenges include, anxiety: panic/phobias/obsessions/hoarding/social, depression: bipolar/dysthymic/major, Borderline Personality Disorder / emotion regulation / distress tolerance, adjustment disorders, trauma / PTSD, self-harm / suicidal ideation, transitions (divorce, job, moving, marital separations), work stress and performance, communication and interpersonal challenges, parenting / family issues, impulsivity, addictions, and motivational challenges.

David’s ability to connect and successfully motivate people from all walks of life comes from his energy and his unique professional diversity.  He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, and he has held five directorship positions in the non-profit, communication, and academic arenas.  He has served as a political consultant and journalist in Washington D.C., reviewed grant proposals for a $70 million authority in Los Angeles, coordinated marketing and brand efforts at UC Irvine and USC, served as marketing manager for a medical organization and  a $80 million private company, both in Seattle.

David has also served as a therapist and supervisor at the Institute for Family Development in Seattle. He has facilitated Harm Reduction, ADD, and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups; provided individual therapy at the Long Beach Child Guidance Center (Long Beach, California),  at UCLA’s Student Psychological Services Center, and provided advocacy, case management, and therapy services for an AIDS/HIV agency in Southern California.