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Lisa Richter LCSW

Employee Information

Lower School, Student Support & Wellness
Lower School Counselor

Contact Information

School Phone
(415) 258-1990   x1411
Room / Office

Education & Achievements

BA in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
MSW (Masters in Social Work), New York University
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in California
Phi Beta Kappa


At SD Since

Lisa H. Richter grew up in Los Angeles, and comes from a family of educators and mental health specialists. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and she earned her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. She went on to earn her clinical license, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California. Prior to coming to San Domenico in 2000, Lisa worked in Child Welfare at Marin Child Protective Services (CPS), as a child and family therapist in private practice, as an Emergency Room Social Worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, as a bilingual therapist for underprivileged families on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and as an outreach worker for Catholic Charities and Marin Head Start. In her work at San Domenico, Lisa sees each student through a developmental lens and embraces a "whole-child" philosophy, supporting a balanced approach to meeting each student's unique needs. Lisa's approach to working with students, parents, and colleagues is deeply informed by the perspective she has gained while working in a wide variety of settings, along with her experiences as a parent to three sons. Lisa is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, and she is enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness, hiking, and reading.

“My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is supporting students and families.”

Professional Development

  • Rising to the Complicated Challenges of Family Relationships in the Digital Age with Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair; Challenge Success: The Well-Balanced Student
  • Talking to Kids about Ethics, Decision-Making & Intimacy with Natasha Singh
  • The Whole Brain Child Training with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D; An Unsexy Truth: Where Porn Culture is Meeting Children with Natasha Singh
  • EQ Schools Conference: Teaching to the Human Core
  • Teens on Screens: How to Protect our Youth in Today's Cyber World
  • The Brief Therapy Conference
  • Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference
  • Mindful Schools Trainings: Mindfulness Fundamentals & Mindful Educator Essentials (

Publications and Presentations

  • Two-time Presenter at CAIS Northern Regional Meetings