Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck, MFT, CHT

Lori Schwanbeck, MFT, CHT

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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, Conflict Resolution, and interpersonal neurobiology, all of which are woven into my work.

Theraputic Approach and Specialties

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, mind, and spirit. 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, sensory awareness, yoga, and the healing power of Nature. 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 passionate.

Along with my psychotherapy practice, 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 teach a variation of this to teachers and youth educators through my work with NoBully.

NoBully brings social and emotional skill building to classrooms to create emotionally safe school environments for children.  www.nobully.com

I am also an adjunct professor in the Somatics department at JFK University where I teach a course entitled, “The Cultural Body”.
Areas of clinical focus include:

  • Emotional balance
  • Eating disorders
  • Women’s health
  • Relationship building
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
  • “NDD” – Nature Deficit Disorder


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training
  •  Nourishing the Self - Eating Disorder recovery group combining sensory awareness, expressive arts, and skill building
  • Body Blessings – Women’s Embodiment group reclaiming the Feminine body through connection with Nature

Trainings Offered