Paul Steinberg

Program: Psychotherapy


Contact info

420-5950 University Blvd
Vancouver, V6T1Z3

Research and Interests

psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychoanalysis



Paul Steinberg completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and his psychiatric training at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario.  He was associate professor and undergraduate program director, Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario and assistant chief, Department of Psychiatry, St. Joseph’s Hospital, London, Ontario.  Subsequently he was clinical professor and psychotherapy program director, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta, and clinical coordinator, Psychiatric Day Treatment Program and director, Psychodynamic Psychiatry Program, University of Alberta Hospital.  He presently is clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, where he is on the psychotherapy program committee. Dr. Steinberg is a graduate of the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis of the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, New York City. He has published on psychodynamic aspects of consultation/liaison psychiatry, group psychotherapy, partial hospitalization, threats of violence, oral examinations and psychodynamic formulation.


Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Steinberg PI, The Use of Low Dose Neuroleptics in the Treatment of Patients with Severe Personality Disorder: an Adjunct to Psychotherapy, British Columbia Medical Journal, 2007,49:6,306-310.

Steinberg PI, Duggal S and Ogrodniczuk J, Threats of Violence to Third Parties in Group,Psychotherapy, Bull Menninger Clinic 2008,72/1:1-18.

Stovel L and Steinberg PI (2008).  Learning within Psychotherapy Supervision. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 78:2/3, 321-336.

Ogrodniczuk, JS, Joyce, AS, Lynd, LD, Piper, WE, Steinberg, PI, & Richardson, K  (2008).Predictors of premature termination of day treatment for personality disorder. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 77, 365-371.

Steinberg PI,  Duggal S, Ogrodniczuk J, Bragg K, Handelsman C, MacDonald B, Sayers N,Stovel L and Hutton K, (2009). The Function and Place of Structured Groups in PsychiatricDay Treatment, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 79/1:35-49.

Ogrodniczuk, JS, Piper, WE, Joyce, AS, Steinberg, PI, & Duggal, S. (2009). Interpersonal problems associated with narcissism among psychiatric outpatients. Journal of Psychiatric Research 43, 837-842.

Steinberg PI & Ogrodniczuk J (2010). Hatred and Fear: Projective Identification in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Practice 16/2:201-205.

Ogrodniczuk JS, Lynd LD, Joyce AS, Grubisic M, Piper WE, & Steinberg PI.(2011) Predicting response to day treatment for personality disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 56/2: 110-117.

Kealy D, Ogrodniczuk JS, Joyce AS, Steinberg PI & Piper WE (2013). Narcissism and relational representations among psychiatric outpatients. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 1-15.

Steinberg PI & Cochrane D, Integration of psychoanalytic concepts in the formulation and management of hospitalized psychiatric patients, (2013). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic,77/1:23-40.

Book review essays

“Secret Passages: The Theory and Technique of Interpsychic Relations”, by Stefano Bolognini. Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 2012, 19:1, 81-87.

“Bion Today”, Chris Mawson ed., PsychodynamicPractice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 2013, 19:2, 199-207.

Book reviews

“The Genius of Genesis: A Psychoanalyst and Rabbi Examines the First Book of the Bible”, Schulman, D, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, March, 2006, 51:3, 200-201.

“Relational and Intersubjective Perspectives in Psychoanalysis”, Mills J, ed., Canadian Psychology, 2006, Aug. 1.

“Way Beyond Freud: Postmodern Psychoanalysis Observed”, Reppen J, Tucker J, Schulman, D Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2006, 51:6, 474-475.

“Psychodiagnostic Manual”, PDM Task Force, Alliance of Psychoanalytic Organizations, Silver Spring, MD, 2006. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 53/1, 68-69, with Dr. C. Steinberg.

“Attachment in Psychotherapy”, Wallin DJ, Guilford Press, 2007. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 53/3:207-208, with Dr. C. Steinberg

“Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy”, Wachtel P, Guilford Press, 2008. Canadian  Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 54/1:46.(2009, 54/1:68.)

“Coasting in the Countertransference”, Hirsch I, The Analytic Press, 2008. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2008, 54.

“False Self: The Life of Masud Khan, Linda Hopkins, Other Press, 2006. Psychoanalytic perspectives, 2009, 6/2:90-96.

“The Evocative Object World” and “The Infinite Question”, Bollas C., with Dr. C. Steinberg, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry,(2010, 10:685).

“Partners in Thought: Working with Unformulated Experience, Dissociation, and Enactment”, Donnel B. Stern, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2009, in Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

“The Evocative Object World” and “The Infinite Question”, Bollas C., Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. with Dr. C. Steinberg. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2010, 10:685.

“Primitive Mental States”, Jane van Buren & Shelley Alhanati, eds, Routledge, 2010. In Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, 2011, 17/4:484-489.

When Theories Touch”, by Stephen Ellman, Karnac Books 2010. In Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 2012, 57/1:59-60.

“Reading Winnicott”, 2011, Lesley Caldwell & Angela Joyce (eds.). In Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 2013, 58/9, 551.

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