Claude Steiner

American psychotherapist & psychologist

Claude M. Steiner (6 January 1935 – 9 January 2016) was a French-born American psychotherapist and writer. He wrote about transactional analysis (TA). His writings have focused especially on life scripts, alcoholism, emotional literacy, and interpersonal power plays.

Claude Steiner
BornClaude M. Steiner
(1935-01-06)6 January 1935
Paris, France
Died9 January 2016(2016-01-09) (aged 81)
Ukiah, California, U.S.
ResidenceBerkeley, California, U.S.
Ukiah, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
GenreTransactional analysis
Subjectlife scripts, alcoholism, emotional literacy
Notable worksWarm Fuzzy Tale

In the 1970s and '80s, Steiner was a founder and practitioner of Radical Psychiatry, a new approach to psychotherapy based in a social theory (of alienation) rather than a medical one (of individual pathology). Influenced by progressive movements of the time, work in this modality continues into the present and is gaining recent recognition worldwide.

Steiner died at his ranch in Ukiah, California on 9 January 2017, aged 81.[1]


  1. "Claude Steiner Ph.D.'s Obituary on San Francisco Chronicle". Retrieved 16 January 2017.