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Catherine Steininger, M.A., Clinical Psy - Executive Officer | office: 805-242-2502 TEXT OK

Catherine is a Pre-License MFT and is the program director of AMS for Santa Barbara County. Catherine has developed programs for AMS for seven years and facilitates S.T.O.P programs.​​​ She has extensive experience working with traumatized individuals, violent offenders, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors. She is bilingual in French and English.​​​

​Catherine received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Santa Barbara Antioch University in 2006. Having worked as a crisis counselor at Domestic Violence Solutions for 10 years, she gained extensive experience in outpatient and residential settings providing individuals crisis psychological support, resources, and emotional safety. Catherine eventually chose to work with the offenders side to deeply understand and reduce the cycle of violence in our community. After 7 years working as a seasoned batterer intervention group facilitator, Catherine found her true calling. While closely collaborating with Santa Barbara County Probation and judicial representatives, Catherine commits to educate about and to stop intergenerational transmission of violent behaviors for current and future generations. 


  • S.T.O.P Program (Innovative Skills, Techniques, Options, and Plans for Better Relationships) with Dr. David B. Weller, PhD.
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) with SB County Probation.
  • Attachment, and Neuroscience approaches with Dr. Stan Tatkin, Psy.D.
  • Non-Violent Communication Skills with Marshall Rosenberg.
  • 40HR Domestic Violence Certified with Domestic Violence Solutions.
  • 60HR Sexual Assault Advocacy certified by SB Rape Crisis Center.
  • Gestalt Play Therapy with Violet Oaklander.


  • ​Anger Management Skills, life-Coaching.

  • ​Attachment and Trauma Repairing.

  • Domestic Violence survivors / Sexual Assault Survivors / Victim Witness.​

​Catherine is a current member of SB-CAMFT. She is the event coordinator for SB Pro-Youth Movement [PYM] with  Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo and board advisor for What is Love Teens.

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