Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck, MFT, CHT


I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and Marin county, 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.

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 well-being in my clients’ lives.

In addition to my formal clinical training, I am a certified as a mindfulness teacher by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Teacher Training program.  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. I am an outdoor enthusiast, and my personal aliveness and well-being is supported by playing in the wilderness and also through contemplative time in nature.


  • As a mindfulness trainer and consultant, I develop curriculum and teach mindfulness based social and emotional intelligence skills internationally in healthcare, education, government and corporate settings
  • I am a senior teacher and program contributor at:
  • I offer annual mindfulness-based retreats at Canyon Ranch retreat center and Esalen
  • 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 and difficult relationships, . I have taught clinicians this methodology both locally and internationally
  • I have held positions as an adjunct professor at JFK University Somatics department and in the Mindfulness and Compassion program at the California Institute of Integral Studies

Trainings Offered