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 »

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’s 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’s 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’s done.
Nelson Mandela

We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
Richard Rohr