Michael Dale Kimmel – San Diego Psychotherapist and Author

About Michael Dale Kimmel

I am a California-licensed psychotherapist (LCSW 20738) with a full-time private practice in San Diego.

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.

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
  • Recovery from Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse
  • Self-Esteem, Body Image and Social Skills
  • Working with Difficult Emotions (e.g., Anger, Fear and Jealousy)

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. Learn More »

Relationship Therapy

If you and your partner have drifted apart, are taking each other for granted, or are having the same arguments again-and-again, relationship therapy can make the difference between giving up and working through your obstacles. Learn More »

Bioenergetic Analysis

Bioenergetic Analysis is a highly effective, body-based psychotherapy that helps resolve emotional issues by engaging the wisdom of the body in a safe and caring relationship with a highly-trained therapist. Learn More »

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It’s not too late. Time is not running out. The moment has arrived when you’re finally ready to change.
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