Lori Lavinthal MA, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist, providing DBT, and psychotherapy to adults, adolescent and couples. For the past 20 years she has helped Bay Area adults, teens and families transform and create lives worth living.

Lori’s approach is informed by her training and interest in psychodynamic, systems and attachment theories. She is warm, thoughtful, engaged and direct, collaborating with clients to create strategies that achieve their goals.

She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the Marina/Cow Hollow neighborhood and holds a faculty appointment at the University of California San Francisco, as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She continues to treat patients, teach students and provide care with UCSF’s Psychiatry and Eating Disorder treatment programs.

Lori Lavinthal received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Following her passion and interest she completed a MA in Counseling Psychology in 2000 and assisted teaching graduate courses at California Institute of Integral studies. In 2003 she became licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 39904).

Her interest in DBT began in 2007 when she trained with the UCSF Adolescent DBT program. She later studied in the 2 year intensive training program in DBT by Behavioral Tech, the official training organization founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

In 2014 she received training in FBT, family based treatment of Anorexia, and received supervision from Daniel Le Grange. She continues to collaborate with UCSF adolescent medicine, nutrition and psychiatry departments.