Chronic Pain/Medical Issues

Group Facilitator: 
Ann Steiner, Ph.D., LMFT, CGP, FAGPA
Contact Phone: 
(925) 962-0060
Contact Email: 
Group Type: 
Mixed-Gender Group
Group Type: 
Mixed-Gender Group
Near BART - Wheelchair Accessible
Meeting Day(s) and Time(s): 
Wednesday 12:30-2pm

Isolation, loss of connection with others, and trauma are major issues for most people dealing with chronic pain and illness. This supportive, long-term support group addresses hidden disabilities, chronic pain, and life-altering medical challenges. Members of this unique group inspire each other to make the most of life with limitations, deal with the challenges that illness brings to relationship issues, trust, and intimacy, while reducing their isolation.

Note: This group is designed for members who have been in, or are currently in, individual therapy. I use a collaborative approach in screening potential members and with member's individual therapists. You can find more details about my group work and screening process online by following this link:

This group is a safe place to:

  • Increase your understanding of your reactions to your limitations
  • Learn new ways to get your needs met
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Discover the gift of compassion for yourself

If you have any questions please feel free to call me at (925) 962-0060.

Group Leader Bio: 
Ann Steiner, Ph.D., M.F.T., CGP,* FAGPA* has been leading psychotherapy groups, for 30 years, supervises, trains and provides consultation to therapists. She is a Fellow* and recently elected Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Society*, was president of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, and served as an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, S.F. for over 14 years. Dr. Steiner has been training and consulting to therapists for 26 years, and is on the faculty of The Psychotherapy Institute's Group Therapy Training Program. She is the author of the newly released “Starting and Sustaining Groups that Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide.”