Dr. Steiner's Psychotherapy Tools

Therapist's Professional Will

  1. What is the Therapist's Professional Will?
  2. About the Therapist's Professional Will: The Complete Guide Systems
  3. Getting Started, Tips, and Updates
  4. Consultation for Therapists
  5. Workshops & Keynotes for Therapists

Consultation for Therapists

"One of the luxuries of being in practice so many years is that I am experienced in a wide range of clinical work. In my private practice I work with adults, couples and groups. I also teach and consult with other therapists, to help clients get more out of their current treatment.  It is a joy to be able to help in so many different ways." Dr. Ann

Consultation with Therapists who want to draw up a Professional Will

Writing you own Therapist's Professional Will™ helps you and your colleagues cope when you are unavailable due to vacation, unexpected absence, relocating, or terminating your practice.

It is difficult to make time to plan for possible disruptions to an ongoing relationship with a client. I consult with individuals, groups and agencies who want to be pro-active and complete a Therapist's Professional Will™. Many therapists find that it helps to form what I refer to as your Emergence Response Team, a group of trusted colleagues you want to take over your practice in the event of your absence. I also provide consultation services on an as-needed basis for groups, to help you and your team members keep on track and moving forward on this important, yet challenging project.

Individual Consultation with Therapists who do Individual Therapy

Fortunately we never stop growing, and there is always more to learn about the art of therapy.  Consultation can enrich your clinical practice, help you sharpen your skills and rejuvenate your practice.  This dialogue can be ongoing or on an as-needed basis.

I offer consultation for therapists who want to expand their comfort and knowledge base in the following areas:

  • Medical illness
  • The impact of illness on relationships
  • Major life transitions
  • Work related challenges
  • Trust and intimacy issues
  • Organizational issues
  • Couples therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Countertransference issues 
  • Consultation with group psychotherapists and work group leaders

Group therapy is a rich, often challenging process. Unfortunately, many therapists had to learn their group skills from the "Seat of the Pants School." They may not have had the opportunity to learn first hand about being a leader, or the unique benefits that groups offer. Often they not have learned how to design, screen and prepare clients for their groups so that members get the most out of this rich treatment modality. ( Which is why I wrote my group therapy manual for therapists, How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide.)

This group is designed to help therapists work together to address practical and clinical issues.

Why a Consultation Group?

Stereotypes and prejudices about groups and group therapy exist among therapists and the general public.  Many therapists have not had the opportunity to learn about the unique benefits that groups offer. Often this makes it more difficult to establish and maintain groups. 

Groups, the antidote for isolation, can enrich ongoing individual therapy.  Group members dealing with similar challenges can help each other and grow from that experience. Members give each other the gift of hope, and cheer each other on during the dark times, the minor and major victories.  There is nothing like witnessing a group trying new ways of coping with challenges, and changing their negative self-image. Group work, while challenging, is a true joy.  And helping other therapists make their groups a safer and richer experience for their clients is often stimulating and enriching for each of us.

Whether you would benefit from help planning a group that uses a different format than you are accustomed to or want assistance starting a new group, consultation can give you the tools to put together a group that will be safe, meaningful and productive for group members.

Group Consultation for Therapists

My newest group is a consultation group for therapists who want the stimulation, support and interaction of peers who are sharpening their clinical skills. For more information see Consultations for Therapists in the Consultation section.

Consultation with Clents in Therapy

Sometimes it helps to get an outside or second opinion if therapist and client feel stuck, or the issues are not in the therapist's area of expertise.  Clients and therapists who have a good working relationship can benefit from time-limited consultation with an expert.  My role is to collaborate to enrich your current therapy.  In this way both therapist and client benefit from the input of a specialist.

Please go to Biography if you'd like more information about my training and background.

If you have any questions or want to discuss whether and how I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me directly at (925) 962-0060 or by sending 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: October 26, 2017