Tele-health sessions available Due to COVID-19, I am currently working with my clients through
tele-health, until it's possible to safely resume in-person sessions.
I have opened up some reduced fee slots for
new or returning clients whose income
has been affected by the pandemic.
Please contact me if you are interested.
Bioenergetic Analysis Using the wisdom of the body to release the pain of the past. Relationship therapy can make the difference between giving up, and working through obstacles. Thriving - not just surviving - at work how to get along with difficult people and not let them bring you down. Deepen your relationship to a new level of satisfaction and fulfillment. Thriving – not just Surviving in our forties, fifties and beyond. Self-Esteem, Sexual Orientation & Coming Out Finding your place in the LGBTQ community.

 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)

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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  • 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

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