San Diego Therapist and Author

United States, 5100 Marlborough Drive, California, San Diego
San Diego Therapist and Author
I am a California-licensed psychotherapist (LCSW 20738) with a full-time private practice in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.

I have trained in a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, somatic-relational and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

With twenty 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.

Every person and a couple I see is unique. I enjoy the endless variety of challenges that people bring into my office.

The scope of my work has changed with time: twenty years ago almost all my work was individual psychotherapy – today, a large part of my practice consists of working with couples.

I enjoy providing psychotherapy now – at the age of sixty-six – 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/training. I experience great satisfaction in helping my clients become the men and women they want to be.

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.

“The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage”

by Michael Dale Kimmel (Author)

Legal gay marriage is still a relatively new phenomenon.
As gay men who are now able to get married, we find ourselves in a bit of a quandary: for many male couples, sex is a lot more important for us than it is for heterosexuals. Two married men often have a stronger desire for sex – wanting more of it and with a wider variety of partners – than married opposite-sex couples. How does this work within the structure of a monogamous marriage? Is an open relationship a better structure for gay marriage?

Assuming that gay marriages will emulate heterosexual marriages is neither a valid nor a helpful assumption. But, as gay men, where does that leave us? There are currently no “rule books” for how a marriage between two men could or should work. While there are lots of books about how to plan your gay wedding, there are virtually none that address what to do after the honeymoon is over (literally and figuratively).

This book fills that void. It offers married gay couples (and gay men considering marriage) an easy-to-follow, practical framework that they can use to help create, adjust and structure their marriages. Using helpful examples and first-hand quotes throughout, Openly-gay psychotherapist Michael Dale Kimmel offers a roadmap for gay men who want to be married but have questions and concerns about monogamy and monotony.
United States
5100 Marlborough Drive
San Diego
Zip code
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 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.
Fees and Insurance
Sliding Scale
Qualification & Credentials
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
Qualifications & Credentials
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of California (LCSW License #20738)

Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (Somatic Relational Psychotherapy)

National Directory of Gay-Friendly Therapists (

National Association of Social Workers

Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis
License and State
LCSW 20738
Contact Details
Michael Dale Kimmel
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