Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

About Dr. Steiner

Ann Steiner, Ph.D., MFT, CGP, FAGPA, (CA. Marriage and Family Therapist, License #ML17115), Certified Group Therapist, Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Steiner is a noted national and international speaker, workshop leader, author, consultant to therapists, and a highly respected, practicing psychotherapist. In her private practice, she works with individuals, couples, and leads therapy groups focusing on life challenges, relationships and transitions.

As an international trainer/teacher, professional speaker, and specialist in leadership skills for group leaders, her tools for making groups emotionally safer, and more productive, have made her a sought after speaker/trainer.

Her most recent book, the Third Edition of How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Groups that Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide, Routledge Books, London, was just released!

She is delighted that Green Pastures, under the auspices of Grace Yung, Ph.D., in Hong Kong, has agreed to translate/ publish both books into traditional Chinese characters and simplified Chinese for readers in Mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia.

She is also pleased to announce that she is now licensed to provide telehealth services in New Mexico as well as in California!

Due to COVID, the launch has been postponed - check back for future Author Events!


  • Dr. Steiner recently published Help Your Group Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide, Routledge Books, London, April, 2018. This easy-to-use manual guides leaders of groups of ALL kinds—discussion groups, Book Clubs, peer support groups, organizations, and workplace teams. It provides leadership and facilitation tools, sample group agreements, and numerous modifiable forms for starting and maintaining groups that thrive.
  • She is a pioneer in working with and teaching about individuals derailed by chronic physical illness and medical issues. Dr. Steiner has personal and professional experience with chronic pain and has authored numerous publications on the topic.

Currently, she is working on  "The Therapist’s Professional Will: An Interactive Workbook and Planning Guide" and looks forward to completing her  self-help book, "The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride," a guide for individuals, family, and friends whose lives are affected by chronic pain and illness.

Her innovative work on "The Therapist's Professional Will™," a system that provides continuity of care for patients in the event of the therapist's temporary or permanent absence, has gained national recognition. 

Dr. Steiner served as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School, San Francisco for over 14 years. She is currently on the faculty of The Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program, was elected to serve on the Board of the American Group Psychotherapy Association from 2012 to 2016, and was elected to serve as a Board Member of both the the National Speakers Association of Northern California, (through 2019) and the International Human Learning Resources Network, (through 2021).

Drawing on her 30 years as a psychotherapist, her popular keynote presentations, motivational speaking engagements, and teaching reflect her warmth, humor, and understanding. She is known as a dynamic speaker with a talent for clarifying difficult issues with simplicity and compassion.

“Life is not what it is supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

"We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”

By Virginia Satir, known as the “mother of family therapy."

For more information, see Keynotes & Workshops.

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Last Updated: January 2,  2021