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Michael Dale Kimmel - San Diego Therapist and Author
About Michael Dale Kimmel
I am a California-licensed psychotherapist (LCSW 20738) with a full-time private practice in San Diego’s beautiful and historic Kensington neighborhood.
With twenty-plus years of experience, I bring warmth, practical insight and a healthy sense of humor to my work.
I am flexible and creative in addressing a wide range of problems, using a variety of therapeutic techniques and approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, interpersonal, somatic-relational, psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I enjoy providing psychotherapy now as much as when I was new to the field. To keep fresh, I limit the hours I practice each week, read widely and regularly attend new workshops/trainings.
I work with individuals, couples and groups in a peaceful private practice office. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the office.
I strongly believe in the importance of – together – building a solid therapeutic alliance based on safety, trust and confidentiality. I work well with motivated individuals and couples who are committed to their growth and development.
I enjoy facilitating workshops throughout the United States (for more on that, click on the “Workshops” tab at the top of this page) and I am pleased to write the mental health column “Life Beyond Therapy” for both national and international periodicals.
Individual (one-to-one) Therapy
- Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
- Depression, Grief and Loss
- Healthy Sexuality and Intimacy
- Recovery from Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse
- Self-Esteem, Body Image and Social Skills
- Sexual Orientation, Coming Out and LGBTQ Issues
- Working with Difficult Emotions (e.g., Anger, Fear and Jealousy)
If you and your partner have drifted apart, are taking each other for granted, or are having the same arguments over-and-over again, relationship therapy can make the difference between giving up and working through your obstacles.
In our work together, I can help you and your partner to deepen your relationship and create a new level of satisfaction and fulfillment.
The intake process for couples work involves a one-hour intake session for each member of the couple. This greatly expedites the effectiveness of the therapy process when all three of us begin the work together.
Bioenergetic Analysis is a unique and effective psychotherapy that helps resolve emotional issues by engaging the wisdom of the body in a safe and caring relationship with a highly trained therapist.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, compassion, humor and style.
– Maya Angelou
Learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead.
– Oprah Winfrey
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not too late. Time is not running out. The moment has arrived when you’re finally ready to change.
– Cheryl Strayed
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
– Dr. Seuss
If it is impossible for you to go on as you were before, so you must go on as you never have.
– Cheryl Strayed
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
– Marianne Williamson
It always seems impossible until it is done.
– Nelson Mandela
We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
– Richard Rohr