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.  I am a graduate of the Polaris Institute Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy program.

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.  I offer ketamine assisted psychotherapy to clients when appropriate.  Ketamine, when combined with psychotherapy, enables a perspective shift that is a powerful and effective support for healing and growth.

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, program contributor, and retreat leader at:
  • 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