Dr. Steiner's Psychotherapy Tools

Keynotes & Workshops

  1. For Therapists
  2. Training for Medical Professionals
  3. For Meeting Professionals

About Dr. Ann Steiner, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Presenter

Ann Steiner, Ph.D., M.F.T. (CA license #ML17115), CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist), FAGPA (Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association), is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has professional and personal experience with chronic physical illness. This makes her a dynamic and powerful speaker invited to give keynote addresses and other talks throughout the US and internationally for medical and mental health organizations, consumer groups and other illness-related organizations.

Her professional career spans 30 years of supervising and consulting with therapists, illness-related organizations and self-help groups as well as a private practice with individuals and groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Steiner has authored many articles published in professional journals and books. In addition:

  • Her new book, for the public, Help Your Group Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide, published by Routledge Books, London, released May, 2018.
  • Her book for group therapist's, Help Your Group Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide was so popular, that Routledge Books contracted with her to expand and update a 3rd Edition, to be released May, 2020.
  • She was featured in an inspirational photo-essay book about women who have dealt with major obstacles, Believing in Ourselves: A Celebration of Women, Andrews McMeel, 2002.
  • Her popular manual for group psychotherapists, support group leaders, and self-help group leaders, How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, continues to be recommended in classrooms and used by group leaders nationally and internationally.
  • She is currently writing a 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. This is a companion text to her MP3, The Rollercoaster of Chronic illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride.

Download a free copy of Dr. Steiner's Medical Information Form, a method for tracking daily medication intake, and emergency contact information.

You can see a partial list of organizations to which Dr. Steiner has made presentations as well as detailed information on her qualifications and experience on her Biography page.

To hire Dr. Steiner to give a keynote address or provide in-service training for your organization, please see about Booking Dr. Steiner


Group Work-Related Talks/ Workshops

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Creating and Sustaining Groups that Thrive
  • Introduction to Group Work

Illness-Related Talks

  • The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride
  • Top 10 Tips for Coping with Illness
  • Communication Tips for Better Living with Chronic Illness

For Self-Help Group Leaders

  • Top 10 Tips for Keeping your Groups Healthy
  • Understanding the Normal Stages of Coping with Chronic Illness

For Mental Health Professionals

  • Understanding the Normal Stages of Coping with Chronic Illness
  • The Therapist's Professional Will: If Not Now, When? (6 Hour Law & Ethics workshop)

For Small Business Owners and SoloPreneurs

  • Your Business Continuity Guide:The Back-Up System Every Business Owner Needs - If Not Now, When?


  • Believing in Ourselves: One Woman's Journey From Wheelchair to Motivational Speaker



Illness, Aging and Disability-Related Topics

  • The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride

This presentation will help you:

  • Understand normal reactions to illness and disability
  • Improve teamwork with family and friends
  • Increase your comfort asking for, giving and receiving help
  • Make room for comfort and joy
  • Deal more effectively with health care providers
  • Increase compassion for yourself and others

Dr. Steiner has presented workshops about coping with chronic medical illness and the Therapist's Professional Will for organizations such as the:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Berkeley, CA
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation, Northern California
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • California Pacific Medical Center, S.F., Radiation Oncology Department
  • California Psychological Association
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research, Inc., Keynote Address
  • International Human Learning Resources Network
  • Kaiser Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Walnut Creek, CA
  • The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Sjogren's Syndrome Symposium, Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Keynote address
  • University of California, Davis, Coronary Heart Disease Reversal Program


Dr. Steiner is passionate about helping patients and therapists live life to the fullest. She gives keynote addresses, leads workshops, is a motivational speaker, and consults with patients, organizations, practicing therapists, attorneys, and health care workers. Any content area can be presented as inspirational keynote presentations, in-service training events, half or all-day workshops, group discussions, etc.

Recently Dr. Steiner has begun offering trainings for professional speakers and small business owners on how to create effective back-up systems. The system helps workshop participants think through ways to put together a small group of trusted peers to replace them in the event of expected and unexpected absences.

"I prefer to design each presentation to address the particular needs of your membership or organization. The format can include interactive sections, short small group discussions etc.

If you have any questions or want to discuss whether and how I can be of assistance, please feel free to call (925) 962-0060 or send an email with your phone number and a variety of times when it would be convenient for me to return your call."


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Last Updated: January 20, 2020