Michael Dale Kimmel CBT, LCSW

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"Some of us would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than let our illusions die." W.H. Auden
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A Brief Bio:

Born in Northern Ohio (the oldest of four children), I grew up in a small town of two thousand sassy farmers. I was named after my great-grandfather Michael, who reportedly had the first Ford dealership in the State of Ohio (he ran it out of his hardware store). 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. I spent my junior year abroad at the University of Bath (UK) and my spring break that year studying photography in Moscow (USSR).

After graduation, I moved to London (UK) where I managed a punk clothing store and sang in pubs. During my 20's and 30's, I lived in Egypt, Denmark, France and (the former) Yugoslavia. After returning to the USA, I worked in personnel and human resources and then earned a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology while interning for "Sesame Street" in New York City.

In San Francisco, I was the Clinical Director for the Homeless Children's Network, earned my second Master's Degree and was a Middle School Counselor in the San Francisco Public Schools. In San Diego, I've worked as a licensed psycho- therapist for Kaiser Permanente (Point Loma Psychiatry), San Diego Hospice and Psychiatric Centers at San Diego. I opened my private practice in 2002.

My Book:

In 2019, the paperback version of my book "The Gay Man's Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage" was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. To find out more, you can go to the "My Book" page on my website (listed at the bottom of this page) or check out the book's page on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com.


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

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

Internal Family Systems - Currently enrolled in their Level One Training

Intensive Journal Workshop Trainings 1-3


Individual Psychotherapy:

  • 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.

Certified Bioenergetic Therapist

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

Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (Somatic Relational Psychotherapy)

National Directory of Gay-Friendly Therapists (GayFriendlyTherapists.com)

National Assocation of Social Workers

Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis


5100 Marlborough Drive, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92116