Areas of focus include:

  • Stress, Anxiety and Depression

  • Assertiveness and Communication

  • Changing Careers/Relationships

  • Cultural Identity Formation

  • Adult Children of Immigrant Parents

  • Childhood, Adult and Intergenerational Trauma

  • Structural, Institutional and AssimilationTrauma

Approach and Background:

We will explore what comes to mind in and between sessions to facilitate insight, examine your relationship history and at times I will bring in practical skills and psychoeducation.

I work from a psychodynamic and relational perspective, informed by object relations, attachment, trauma and critical race/social/transformative justice theories. I also utilize behavioral and skills based work when needed drawing from the latest research in neuroscience, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) skills and mindfulness practices.

As a Korean-American, cisgender, able-bodied woman, I intend to offer an affirming perspective about your social and cultural identity, whether different or similar to my own.

I welcome people of diverse backgrounds. You may be a BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/Person of Color), LGBTQ+ person, 1st- or 2nd-generation immigrant and/or feeling marginalized in your community. I welcome your questions about how I may understand your personal identity and life circumstances.

I bring a prior professional background in architecture and studies in art, yoga and meditation as a complement to my psychotherapy practice. My recent clinical experience includes long-term depth work with creatives, career professionals and adult children of immigrant parents. My prior clinical experience was in community mental health working with young children with complex trauma, adults with severe mental illness and teaching adult DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) skills.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California (LMFT#105935)

  • The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA (2-year intensive psychodynamic training certificate), 2016-2018

  • The Wright Institute, M.A. 2015

  • M.I.T., M.Arch 2001

  • Columbia University, B.A. 1995



  • ​The Psychotherapy Institute, Board Member at Large (2018-2020)

  • The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

  • Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology 

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Deborah Kim, LMFT #105935

3155 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

Phone: 510-859-7912

Email: info@deborahkimlmft.com

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