Ira Steinman, MD

Ira Steinman is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco, focusing on the Intensive Psychotherapy of the severely disturbed. Early training included working with R.D. Laing in London, evaluating Psychiatric medication for the National Academy of Sciences Drug Efficacy Study in Washington and a Psychiatric Residency at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He is the author of TREATING the ‘UNTREATABLE’: Healing in the Realms of Madness and of the upcoming SELF PSYCHOLOGY and PSYCHOSIS (with David Garfield). Additional information can be found


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