Dr. Lori Futterman

As a clinical psychologist involved in clinical research, Dr. Futterman concentrates on her specialty areas in women’s health, particularly hormonal issues, mood and behavior and is considered an expert in the field of sexual medicine. In addition, she treats the psychological aspects of acute or chronic medically related difficulties, i.e. premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause, menopause, hysterectomy/oophorectomy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, HIV/AIDS, cardiac conditions, gastrointestinal difficulty, and cancer.

Dr. Futterman is the author of the book, PMS, Perimenopause and You: A Guide to the Mental and Emotional Patterns of a Woman’s Life. She has been published and reviewed in refereed journals. She also works as an investigator on clinical research projects. Dr. Futterman coordinates psychological services, research and educational programs at the San Diego Premenstrual Syndrome Clinic. She was a clinical and research consultant for the Clinic for the Sexualities and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Building on her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Futterman earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology.

As a professional speaker, Dr. Futterman shares her experience with a wide array of groups such as professional societies, the general public, and business organizations. Typically, her presentations are tailored to her specific audience and focus on the connection between the psychological and physiological aspects of women’s lives.

Dr. Futterman has a general private practice with two subspecialty areas: women’s health and sexual medicine.  She treats the psychological aspects of mood, cognition, sexually related difficulties and distress related to physical illness.

Dr. Futterman has dedicated years of service providing education to psychiatry residents and clinicians at leading medical and psychological organizations.  Over the course of her career, she has utilized a wide range of techniques to customize the care she provides, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness training, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  She stays up-to-date on all the latest educational strategies and current research in the field.


Dr. Futterman believes in close coordination with entire health teams: physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths and other mental health professionals to facilitate a comprehensive approach to your care.


Treatment focus is to assist in attaining personal balance, effectiveness and enhance overall health while achieving one’s personal best.


Dr. Futterman applies current research to your customized care plan. She uses cognitive/behavioral and psychodynamic techniques, clinical hypnosis, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), energy psychotherapy, and educational strategies.