Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change



Ann Steiner, Ph.D., M.F.T. (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA., License #ML17115), CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist), FAGPA ( Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association), has been treating clients and leading psychotherapy groups for 30 years. She supervises, trains and consults with therapists and their clients.

  • Graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
  • Maintains a private practice in the San Francisco East Bay
  • Presents a wide range of talks, workshops and keynote addresses to consumers and mental health professionals throughout the country
  • For more information see Keynotes, Workshops, and Consultation and Articles and Publications

My approach is heavily influenced by my belief in the importance of loving kindness and compassion not only for others, but for oneself. I blend psychodynamic, control mastery and systems theory, all of which focus on individuals' strengths, childhood history, culture, problem solving skills, and motivation to change old patterns. To learn about my treatment approach please see Therapy Services.


  • Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, San Francisco, 1998-2009.
  • Faculty member, Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program, 2005 - ongoing.


  • Member, Board of the International Human Learning Resources Network, 2016 - 2019
  • Member, Board of the National Speakers Associaion, Northern California, 2016 - 2018
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Group Psychotherapy Society, 2012 - 2016
  • Exceptional Service Award, Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter, 2011
  • Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Society
  • Founding Member of the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists
  • Life Member, California Psychological Association
  • Founding Member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association's Disability Study Group
  • Past President of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
  • Co-Chair the American Group Psychotherapy Associations' Medical Illness Special Interest Group - ongoing
  • Former coordinator for the Self-Help Clearinghouse in San Francisco
  • Former Clinical Director of the Peer Counseling Program for the Arthritis Foundation
  • Member of the National Speakers Association since 2004


  • Relationship issues
  • Chronic medical illness
  • Therapy groups


  • Authored numerous articles about living with chronic illness, and the challenges and joys of group therapy.
  • Published over twenty articles and taught about the important, yet taboo topic of therapists preparing for illness, death, relocation or retirement. Her work on the Professional Will has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, a textbook entitled Skilled Empathy: Creating Safety Through Therapeutic Attachment, (Gollnick, 2005), and incorporated into the curriculum for FilmTx, a continuing education provider. Her articles are featured on the CAMFT website and have been published in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
  • Recently published How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, a collection of guidelines and templates to assist group psychotherapists. Topics covered include: "How to Facilitate Healthy Termination in Groups," the "Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Maintaining Healthy Groups," "Designing Group Agreements that Fit Your Group," etc.
  • New! 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, 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.
  • Produced a downloadable system entitled "The Therapist's Professional Will: The Complete Guide™," described as the definitive guide for therapists committed to their clients' well being in the event of the therapist's absence.
  • Completing a self-help book, the companion text for her MP3 The Rollercoaster of Chronic illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride. Also see a list of related articles and publications.
  • Provides a free downloadable Medical Information Form on which to track daily prescription medication intake. This easy-to-use, one-page form improves safety and independence, and gives individuals more control over their medical care.


Dr. Steiner is passionate about helping people confronted with challenges to rebuild and add joy to their lives. She gives keynote addresses, leads workshops and provides consultation with clients, organizations, therapists, attorneys, and health care workers. C.E. Units are available for MFTs and LCSWs in the state of California.


  • AARP, Walnut Creek 2004
  • Ageless Lifestyle Live Expo, Concord, CA, 2001
  • American Chronic Pain Association, Fairfield, 1995
  • Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, 2003, 2004. Keynote speaker 2004 and 2009
  • Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, annual presenter
  • Center for Independent Living, Berkeley, 1995
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Support Group Facilitators, San Mateo, CA 1996
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research, Inc. Keynote Address, 2000
  • Diabetes Society of Solano County, CA, 1999
  • First Hospital of Vallejo, Women's Series, Vallejo, CA, 1994
  • Northern California Diabetes Society, 1999, 2001
  • Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, Walnut Creek, CA, 2001
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance National Conference, Burlingame, CA, 1994
  • Northern California Arthritis Foundation, annual presenter since 2001
  • Northshore Senior Center, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • Parkinson's Network, Walnut Creek, CA, 2003
  • Rossmoor Stroke Club, Walnut Creek, CA, 2004
  • Seattle Senior Services, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • Sjogren's Syndrome Symposium, Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Keynote Address, Seattle, WA, 1991


  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds, CA, 2006
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association, frequent annual meeting presenter: New York, San Diego, Chicago Washington D.C., Texas, Boston, S.F., etc.
  • Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, 2004, 2009
  • Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, annual presenter
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Santa Clara, CA 2005
  • California Pacific Medical Center, Radiation Oncology Department, 2001
  • California Pacific Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014
  • California Psychological Association, 2003
  • California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2007
  • California Specialty Hospital, Vallejo, CA, 2003
  • Center for Independent Living, Berkeley, 1995
  • Contra Costa Psychological Association, CA, 2008
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Support Group Facilitators, 1996
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research, Inc., annually since 2000
  • FilmTx Continuing Education Law and Ethics Seminars 2004, 2005
  • Front Street Inc, Santa Cruz, CA, 2002
  • International Human Learning Resource Network, annually since 1999
  • Kaiser Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Walnut Creek, CA, 2003, 2004
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance National Conference, 1994
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, annually 1988-2008
  • Northern California Multiple Sclerosis Society Facilitators Conference, 2001, 2002
  • Northern CA Society Clinical Social Workers Mid Peninsula Chapter, 2007
  • Northshore Senior Center, Seattle, WA, 2003
  • San Antonio Group Psychotherapy Association, 2007
  • San Francisco State University, Department of Social Services, 1997
  • Santa Clara Chapter CAMFT Northern Region, 2002
  • San Luis Obispo Chapter CAMFT, 2007
  • The Psychotherapy Institute of Berkeley, CA, 2006, 2009
  • University of California, Davis Coronary Heart Disease Reversal Program, 1996
  • University of California, San Francisco Symposium Presenter, 1995

For a more complete listing of past speaking engagements please send an email to Dr. Steiner.

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Last Updated: June 18, 2018