Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck, MFT, CHT

415 379 0515

I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael, where I enjoy working with individuals, couples, groups, teaching and consulting. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and am a certified Hakomi therapist www.hakomicalifornia.org/.

I have completed extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, positive psychology, behavioral neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, all of which are woven into my work.

Theraputic Approach

My work with clients is experiential and present-focused. It blends a pragmatic, skills oriented focus with an emphasis on compassion, integrity, and an active inclusion of the body and mind. I hold a strength-based approach and emphasize resource building and increasing aliveness in my clients’ lives. In addition to my formal clinical training, I am also strongly influenced by mindfulness practice and contemplative wisdom traditions. It is my belief that psychotherapy is more than simply healing symptoms; it is about helping clients reach their goals and creating a life that is meaningful, connected and engaged. As an outdoor enthusiast, my personal aliveness and engagement is supported by playing in the wilderness and also through contemplative time in nature.


  • As a mindfulness consultant, I have taught mindfulness based social and emotional intelligence skills worldwide to individuals, groups, and in clinical, educational and corporate settings through Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
  • I have developed a methodology of treatment called Sense and Sensibility that utilizes somatic/ sensory awareness, mindfulness, and expressive arts to teach clients emotional and social life-skills. This integrated approach has been very successful for clients working with emotional imbalances, difficult relationships, and eating disorders. I have taught clinicians this methodology both locally and internationally
  • I offer annual mindfulness-based retreats at Esalen
  • I am an adjunct professor at JFK University Somatics department and in the Mindfulness and Compassion program at the California Institute of Integral Studies

* I offer clinical supervision through New Perspectives Center for Counseling


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training
  • Making Mindfulness Work
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Trainings Offered