S. Stein Curriculum Vitae


In addition to having been a psychologist for the past 25 years, I have forged a career as a writer and artist. I have an online column at PsychologyToday.com, where I have had over 2 million reads, and have been published in many other online and print publications. I have co-authored two workbooks that sell regularly, and have written two unpublished memoirs and have two new books in progress. I have been invited to workshop my memoirs at the prestigious Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and Lit Camp, and have been published in several print publications, including Flaunt Magazine, The Awakenings Review, and Anxy Magazine. An excerpt from a memoir was published online in The Guardian. I have also had extensive public speaking and teaching experience, including presenting at over 20 workshops and conferences and having been interviewed for a podcast, articles and books. I have published and maintained several websites. My photography has been exhibited in several small shows and has sold to collectors and individuals.



What The Wild Things Are: Understandings of Self, Awareness, and Mental Health in an Ever-Changing World independent columnist current psychological issues from a socially relevant perspective http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are (over 2 million reads, 9k in last 30 days, 35k in last 90 days)


https://medium.com/@s-stein new to Medium, 250 followers thus far (1300 views this month)

I also published an online column at SF Modern Psychology at Examiner.com (for several years but no longer in existence)


Anxy Magazine

The Masculinity Issue, October 2019. Not All Men, Excerpts from my book Evil At Our Table, unpublished memoir about my work with Sexually Violent Predators

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Invited panelist from Anxy piece, in a conversation about masculinity, moderated by Anxy Magazine editor-in-chief, Bobbie Johnson, on January 17, 2019 (was sold out)

The Awakenings Review (short non fiction story), Vol 7, No 2, Fall 2018 short story (cut from the original draft of 100 days)

Flaunt Magazine (X2) 

“de·tach·ment”, creative non fiction, Nine Lives issue (January, 2015)

“Where are you?”, creative non fiction, Location issue (Feb, 2014)

Psychology today (print magazine) 

Several articles accepted into the print version, most recently August 2021


The Guardian

October 2019 


Article syndicated from Anxy Magazine, garnered over 300,000 views in the first 3 days, has accumulated readers ever since (and numerous emails to author)

Der Freitag 

November 2019 


“Der Freitag” has an ongoing collaboration with The Guardian. My article there was translated and published in the German weekly

Additional publications: Psychotherapy.net (January 2021), Sante Center for Healing publication (December 2013 & March 2013), Bay Area Sex Addiction Therapists (frequent blog contributer), Center for Healthy Sex, San Francisco Police Department publication.


Community of Writers at Squaw Valley

Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir Conference, July 2015

LitCamp Juried Writers Conference

May 2016


(designed, launched, and maintained, in addition to this one)




Taking Back What’s Been Stolen: A STOP STEALING workbook

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Pathways Institute Press; 2 edition (May 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615813925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615813929

Taking Back What’s Been Stolen for Teens: A STOP STEALING workbook

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1539146081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1539146087


Evil at Our Table

Memoir: A forensic and yet humanistic view of sex offenders from a wife and mother who has a career evaluating Sexually Violent Predators in California prisons (40,000 words with original photographs)

100 Days of Solitude

Memoir: Due to a combination of mental health and marital crises, a woman breaks free from a proscribed present and future and steps into the wild and untamed moment of every day, with her authentic self at the center. (60,000 words with original photographs)

Wrestling with Demons 

Photographs, essays, and interviews that deeply challenge accepted “norms” of eroticism and sexuality with the goal of bringing desire out of the shadows to form a more integrated and whole concept of sexuality. (20,000 words with original photographs)

Stepmother Journals (working title, in progress)

Memoir (in progress): A woman who has just entered the freedom and massive identity and life shift of empty nest finds herself living with and co-parenting a young child.



https://idopodcast.com/ (200k unique listens every month)

Interview was about this article: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201708/i-still-dont-feel-lovedconnectedcared-about which currently has 250,000 reads

2 podcast invitations in the cue:

The Lover’s Lounge podcast, Teena Love, host (featuring experts on relationships, love, and sex)


Zensensa Love podcast (affiliated with Zensensa.com), Thomas Westenholz host (featuring interviews with leading relationship experts)



Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, December 2000

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

M.A. Clinical Psychology, Spring 1997

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Psychology/Social Science, Spring 1990 (minor in photography & film)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Writers Grotto

Several courses over the past several years

Joshua Mohr writing coach

Class instruction, personal writing instruction, and reworking 100 Days book

Photography at CCSF

Several courses over the past several years, several exhibitions


Clinical & Forensic Psychologist 6.01 – Present

Private Practice

San Francisco, CA

Provide outpatient individual therapy and assessment to adults, adolescents, couples and children with a range of psychological issues and functioning; specialization in issues related to relationship and attachment, creativity, addiction, infidelity, impulse control, gender and sexuality, and couples who want to revitalize, repair, open up, or end their relationship.  Provide clinical and assessment consultation and supervision.  http://www.samanthasmithstein.com/

Provided evaluation and testimony related to mental condition and risk potential of sexual and violent offenders, including for the California Sexual Offender Commitment Program (SOCP) from 2006-2010.  Provided psychological evaluation and risk assessment evaluations of patients at Coalinga State Hospital (CSH) in 2010.  Personally completed close to 200 comprehensive psychological/risk assessments.  

Co-Founder & Director 01.10 – 04.16

Pathways Institute for Impulse Control

San Francisco, CA

Co-developed and co-directed treatment and training program which provides assessment and individual and group treatment to those (adults, adolescents, and children) suffering from impulse disorders, addictions, out-of-control behaviors, and their partners and families. This includes a comprehensive, CBT and psychoeducational group therapy curriculum which has been published in workbook form, as well as IOP (Intensive Outpatient Treatment) and Partial Hospitalization.  Specialize in impulse control disorders, including stealing disorders & kleptomania, sexually compulsive behavior (and sexual offending), alcohol & chemical dependency, eating disorders, anger management, and others.  Also provides psychoeducational assessments and treatment for children with learning & attention differences.

The Pathways Institute for Impulse Control has worked under contract and on a referral basis for the US Federal Probation Department, San Francisco Pretrial Diversion, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Superior Court Community Justice Center, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and other institutions and organizations to provide forensic assessments, court-ordered/mandated treatment, consultation and training regarding the above-mentioned populations. Pathways has currently been changed to a group practice.    http://www.pathwaysassessment.net/ 


American Psychological Association (APA), Member

Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), Clinical Member

California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO), Member

Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), Member

Sex Addiction Help, San Francisco Bay Area, Member

Bay Area Open Minds, Member