About Michael Dale Kimmel – San Diego therapist


Born in northwestern Ohio (the oldest of four children), I grew up in a small farm town. Eventually, I escaped the farm and made it to the big city of Cincinnati, where I earned a B.A. in Personnel and Group Development.

After graduation, I moved to London where I worked at a punk clothing store in Covent Garden and sang in the subways (and the occasional nightclub).

During much of my twenties, I lived in Europe, Egypt and (the former) Yugoslavia. After returning to the USA, I earned a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology while interning for “Sesame Street” and “The Electric Company” in New York City.

In San Francisco, I was the Clinical Director for the Homeless Children’s Network and a counselor for Aptos and Potrero Hill Middle Schools while earning my second Master’s Degree.

In San Diego, I’ve worked as a licensed psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente (Point Loma Psychiatry), Psychiatric Centers at San Diego and San Diego Hospice. I opened my private practice in 2002.


B.A. in Personnel and Group Development (Honors department, graduated Magna cum Laude), University of CIncinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Semester abroad at University of Bath, Bath, UK (coursework in sociology, psychology and education)

Independent Study at Oxford University, UK with Dr. David El-Kabir (micro-endocrinology)

M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work (State of California, Title IV-E award winner), San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Completed a four-year certification program in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy with the Southern California Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis


Professional Affiliations

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of California (LCSW License #20738)

Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (Somatic Relational Psychotherapy)

Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis


  • What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart.

    – Marshall Rosenberg

  • Let us become the change we seek in the world.

    – Mahatma Gandhi

  • Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects.

    – Alfred Kinsey

  • People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.

    – Epictetus

  • We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.

    – Anais Nin

  • The faults we criticize in others are only our own projected onto them; if they were not, they would not bother us, and we would not even notice them.

    – Geshe Rabten and Geshe Dhargyey

  • If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.

    – Harvey Milk

  • Perhaps, I myself am the enemy who needs to be loved.

    – Carl Jung

  • To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.

    – Rudolf Steiner