Psychotherapist, Social Scientist, and Blogger in Encino, CA, USA
After completing graduate work at the City University of New York, Brooklyn, Jonah's post-grad interests led him social psychology and to the work of Kurt Lewin and other group dynamists; as well as to Murray Bowen M.D. and Carl Whittaker, MD., originators of the family approach to psychotherapy. Another year was spent interning at the Brentwood V.A. Hospital Alcohol Treatment Unit, exploring the use of video in psychotherapeutic training; a revolutionary practice in the 1970's.
Further along, there was an 18 months stint at The Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles where he went into body dynamic work and then to professional training as a family therapist. He is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #7300).
He has worked as a counselor on the staff of New York Institute of Technology. Moving to Los Angeles in 1970, he became Director of the Hillel Foundation at Los Angeles City College. In 1980, he opened his private practice, with offices in Beverly Hills and San Dimas, CA. He has staffed at Glendale Memorial Medical Center, Glendale, CA; and Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina, CA. He has also been an instructor at University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.
Mr. Steinhaus has also been active in professional affairs. He chaired the board of directors of the non-profit educational foundation: "Eureka: The California Computerized Career Counseling Project". He created the training program for the Educational Commission for Foreign Trained Medics through the AMA.
He has been the president of the Southern California Psychotherapy Association, the founder of The California Mental Health Counselors Association, and a national leader in The American Mental Health Counselors Association. He served on the board of directors of the American Counselors Association. He was elected to three terms (nine years) as Chair of The National Commission for the Certification of Clinical Mental Health Counselors; the certifying body of the American Mental Health Counselors Association; now called the Clinical Mental Health Counselors division of The National Board of Certified Counselors.
After a catastrophic stroke, near death experience and many years of rehabilitation he feels ready to face the new challenges of aging.
Current professional interests include aging, geriatrics, Jungian archetypal mens' work.