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.
In addition to my private practice, I write the mental health column “Life Beyond Therapy” for Gay San Diego and regularly facilitate workshops throughout Southern California.
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
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.