Frank Schwoeri, Ph.D.

Frank Schwoeri, Ph.D.


Dr. Frank Schwoeri is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 35 years experience in a variety of clinical settings, and has also been in private practice in Moorestown since 1986. He received his PhD in 1981 from Bryn Mawr College, and completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. He received postdoctoral training with the Philadelphia Academy of Psychoanalysis and is a graduate of the Program in Object Relations Theory and Therapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He has certification in the Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders from the APA College of Professional Psychology.

He was Clinical Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry and Psychology Department at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at Hahnemann University Medical School, where he was also Assistant Director of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, teaching and supervising medical residents in psychiatry and psychology interns and post-docs. He has taught at several other area colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore. He has also been Clinical Director of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs (Hampton Hospital and Eagleville Hospital), and was consulting psychologist for the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency. He currently teaches two foundational courses at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

Dr. Schwoeri specializes in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for a broad range of problems, including the treatment of trauma and dissociative disorders, DID, addictions, and dual disorders. (Please see his articles “Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorders”, and “Borderline Personality is a Trauma-Based Disorder” elsewhere on this website.) His approach to psychotherapy is to be relational, egalitarian, and collaborative, where the patient takes the lead in deciding on goals, and the therapist is “The guide alongside, not the sage on the stage”. Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis is the school of thought which primarily informs his way of working with his patients.

He also has a special interest in mind-body approaches to psychological problems, and especially the applications of yoga and meditation for emotional balance and overall mind-body wellness. He has studied yoga and meditation at the Himalayan Institute with Rolf Sovik PsyD and Pandit Rajamani Tigunait PhD. He has also studied LifeForce Yoga with Amy Weintraub, and is a Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner. He has presented workshops on Clinical Applications of Yoga Practices for the South Jersey Psychological Association, and on Yoga and Meditation for Stress Management for Prudential Insurance Company.

Dr. Schwoeri is a dynamic speaker and recipient of the Belmont Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Hahnemann University Department of Psychiatry. He offers workshops and seminars for professionals and the public, and consultation and supervision for mental health professionals.