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 the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.

I have trained in a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, somatic-relational and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

With twenty 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.

Every person and couple I see is unique. I enjoy the endless variety of challenges that people bring into my office.

The scope of my work has changed with time: twenty years ago almost all my work was individual psychotherapy – today, a large part of my practice consists of working with couples.

I enjoy providing psychotherapy now – at the age of sixty-six – 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 experience great satisfaction in helping my clients become the men and women they want to be.

I enjoy facilitating workshops throughout 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)

Relationship Therapy

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

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.


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  • It is not that I am so smart, it is just that I stay with problems longer.

    – Albert Einstein

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

    – Charles Darwin

  • I want to host a religious show. I am sure that nobody wants the 11 oclock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we will have a great choir.

    – Kate Clinton

  • No wise person ever wanted to be younger.

    – Native American Aphorism

  • If everyone likes you, it probably means you are not saying much.

    – Author/political commentator Donna Brazile

  • It is not the perfect but the imperfect that is in need of our love.

    – Oscar Wilde

  • Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy, the joy of being Salvador Dali, and I ask myself: What wonderful things is this Salvador Dali going to accomplish today?

    – Salvador Dali

  • In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint or obligation.

    – Simone de Beauvoir

  • Some of us would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than let our illusions die.

    – W.H. Auden

My Office