Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D.

Transformational Behavior & Leadership Coach in San Diego, California

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D.

Transformational Behavior & Leadership Coach in San Diego, California

Greetings, I’m Michael. I’m a Rational Emotive Behavior & Leadership coach and people builder in San Diego, California with more than 40 years experience as a clinical psychologist. Since retiring from diagnosing and treating those living with mental illness, I've come to find a more fulfilling approach to helping others through the practice of cognitive transformational coaching. My practice now focuses on partnering with people to help promote their pursuit of leading fulfilling and meaningful lives, cultivating the best within themselves and in the most direct way helping them turn every situation into one in which they win or learn, never lose, to enhance their experiences of love, work & play.

I earned my doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as Chief Psychologist for Children’s Hospital of San Diego and the San Diego Police Department. I also served as the Chief Behavior Science Consultant for the American Council on Exercise and as the Director of Behavior Science and Transformational Coaching for the Premier Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa. I am on the Science Advisory Board of the International Council on Active Aging. I’ve been featured in many national TV and radio programs, health-fitness magazines and national newspapers, and have been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1981. Currently, I’m a founder and serve as Director of Behavioral Science for Plus Size Certified, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to eliminating stigma and bias so many face living with obesity and overweight, particularly in gyms and healthcare.

I’ve developed significant experience in training and supervising a broad range of health care professionals in cognitive behavioral health psychology and coaching practice.

I'm an advisor to numerous fitness and health coaching related businesses, a keynote speaker and author of four lifestyle books including the 25th Anniversary edition of my 1988 original, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff PS: It’s All Small Stuff.” My most recent book is, "The Link is What You Think."

You can book a consultation with me for life, health, wellness, relationship and career coaching, with a click on the button above. My business card says, “Available: When you’re in need.”

  • Work
    • Michael R. Mantell, PhD, Inc
  • Education
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Hahnemann Medical College
    • University of Bridgeport