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Support Group for the Over 64

Group is a safe place to:

  • Practice and learn how to express your needs in relationships
  • Improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • Discover the gift of compassion for yourself
  • Improve your communication skills


About this group:

This supportive, process-oriented mixed long-term group for high-functioning adults addresses life transitions, self-care and intimacy issues. Designed for people who want to work on problems in their personal relationships and the challenges and opportunities presented by aging,hidden disabilities, chronic pain, and life-altering medical challenges. Members become aware of patterns that do not work and explore new ways to create more satisfying relationships. This warm group of men and women over 64 is made up of psychologically minded/curious members who focus on deepening their capacity for self-compassion and connection with others, both in and outside of the group. There are currently a few openings for psychologically aware members dealing with life transitions.  

About the leader:

Ann Steiner, Ph.D., M.F.T., CGP, (Certified Group Psychotherapist), Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association, (AGPA-F) has been leading psychotherapy groups for 30 years, supervises, trains and provides consultation to therapists. She is a licensed marriage family therapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, former Board Member and is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Society, was president of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, and a founding member of the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists.

Dr. Steiner served as an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, San Francisco for fourteen years, and is a founding member and on the faculty of The Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program. She lectures at professional meetings internationally, within the US and locally, and writes for consumers and therapists.

Note: All of Dr. Steiner's groups are designed for individuals who have either have been in, or are currently in psychotherapy, are not in crisis, and are motivated to change. There are many groups that are designed to help people who are in crisis or who have different needs. For more information about short-term and other kinds of groups, see the Healing Power of Groups and Group Therapy Referral Resources.

For Further Information

For more information or to discuss whether this group might fit your particular needs, please free to call Dr. Steiner at (925) 962-0060 or send an email with your phone number, and a variety of times when it would be convenient for her to return your call.

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Last Updated: June 20, 2023