Ali Kimmell is a psychotherapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker 67173) practicing in Oakland, CA. She works from a relational psychodynamic perspective and works to create an environment of radical inclusivity for clients of all genders, sexual orientations, races, cultures, faiths, sizes, and lifestyles and is a kink and poly aware therapist.
She has particular expertise in helping clients work with:
Ali uses both a social justice lens and a relational psychodynamic grounding in her work. Which means believing that lasting change comes from exploring and ultimately freeing oneself from the underlying causes of current symptoms. Ali help's clients discover the patterns that are holding them back, and experiment with new ways of being. In this process, she attends to external and internalized dynamics of oppression to help clients find places of resistance, resilience and healing.
She received her B.A. at Wesleyan University and her masters' degree in Social Work at Smith College for Social Work. She completed an advanced training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley and has been studying modern analytic group psychotherapy at the Center for Group Studies in New York City since 2014.
Ali has served as faculty at the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Group Therapy Training Program in Berkeley. She holds leadership positions and teaches at The Psychotherapy Institute on issues of sociocultural diversity with a particular focus on racial diversity and non-traditional relationship models.
The Psychotherapy Institute
Center for Group Studies
American Group Psychotherapy Association
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Bay Area Open Minds