A licensed clinical and sports psychologist, Dr. Joan Steidinger has been in private practice for over 30 years with offices in San Francisco and Mill Valley. She works with a variety of clients, ranging from high tech executives to women with depression to competitive, elite, and pro athletes. Beyond peak performance issues, she sees clients for executive coaching, depression, anxiety, PTSD, lack of confidence, injury concerns, and addiction issues. She has another specialty in the area of public service employees. As a member of San Francisco Police Department’s Psych Pros group for 30 years, she has continually seen police and fire officers. She was on the Advisory Board and faculty for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program from 1986 to 2002. She enjoys having a wide variety of clients.
She is a designated Certified Sports Consultant by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the international professional organization of sport and exercise psychology. She is also a member of the United State’s Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Registry of Sports Psychology. She sees both adult and teenage athletes. She has worked with athletes in a wide variety of sports, Including track and field, long distance running, volleyball, cycling (both road and mountain bike), football, basketball, boxing, tennis triathlon, golf, rugby, fencing, swimming, rowing, softball, and baseball. She has taught sports psychology at UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco State University, and to her peers throughout California.
As a writer, she wrote columns for SFGate.com and Psychology Today and magazine articles about both sports and women in a variety of magazines. In 2014, she released her first book, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete, which went on to win five literary awards. The awards were both in sports and women’s categories. Currently, She is working on a new book, Inequality in Sports: Female Athletes Around the Globe (working title).
As a speaker, Dr. Steidinger has spoken at a wide variety of venues, including such well known venues as the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Bay Sunday (CBS 5), Bleacher Report radio “Content is King,” WISE (Women in Sports & Events) panel “Treatment of Women On & Off the Field” and the first Caribbean Sport Conference. She speaks to teens as well as adults.
Sports psychology is not just a specialty for Dr. Joan—it’s a passion driven by her own experiences as an athlete. As a pre-Title IX athlete, she played both tennis and badminton in high school. In the early 1990’s, she went from being a middle of the pack ultrarunner to a front of the packer through the use of sport psychology techniques. Dr. Joan was a member of the first women’s Tamalpa Runners Club’s Ultrarunning Team, which placed first in the 1993 Pacific Region’s Ultra Grand Prix series. Dr. Joan placed third in the Open Division of that same series. She was also a double century cyclist, and Ride and Tie Equestrian competitor.
Dr. Joan and her husband have enjoyed many outdoor adventures together, including summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbing a 20,000 foot peak in Leh, India, and running/hiking a three day stage race in Nepal. In Nepal, they were introduced to a small orphanage (Freedom Children’s Welfare Center) prior to their first race. Since 2011, they annually donate money for education and when visiting, bring clothes, school supplies, and toys on a yearly basis. Dr. Joan and her husband are further blessed to live on Mt. Tam, running and hiking with their two Golden Retrievers.