Alissa Hirshfeld, MFT

License Type: Marriage and Family TherapistLicense #: 34568License Issued: 1997Graduate School: California Institute of Integral StudiesLocation: Santa RosaPhone: (707) 303-3257

About Alissa Hirshfeld

Whether you’ve never been in therapy before or are very experienced with the process, I know the courage it takes to begin with a new therapist, and my first priority is to make a connection that helps you feel safe, seen, and accepted. I offer psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and couples, providing personalized and thoughtful guidance to help you to create a richer, more meaningful life. I have 30 years of experience working with different ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles.

People usually seek therapy because they want to live more satisfying and authentic lives. You may be seeking more fulfillment from your relationships, your work, or in general. You may be struggling to heal from a recent or historical trauma or loss, adjust to a transition in your life, or change patterns and behaviors that you recognize are no longer working for you. I tailor my approach to fit your specific and individualized needs. My academic training is in depth psychotherapy and in family of origin work, but for many situations, a solution-oriented, cognitive behavioral, or mindfulness approach is more effective. I am creative in the way I approach each person, also drawing on training in expressive arts therapy, hypnotherapy and visualization, nature therapy, Jungian dreamwork, spiritual direction, EFT tapping, EMDR, and Gottman couples work.

I have specific expertise in grief work, having directed a multi-county hospice bereavement program, published in this field, taught at the university level, and created and directed bereavement camps for adults, families, and children. I have published two grief-related books: “This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge” and a novel,”Living Waters.” The first describes my experience working at hospice, while grieving the loss of my mother and dealing with a post-partum near death experience. The second tells a coming of age story, intersecting with a story of dealing with illness and loss, emotionally and spiritually. More information is available on Amazon:


  • Adolescents
  • Adoption Issues
  • Adults
  • Anxiety and Panic
  • Bereaved Children
  • Children
  • Chronic and Life Threatening Illness
  • Couples Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Blended Family Issues
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Issues
  • Geriatric
  • Grief and Loss
  • Issues Related to Divorce
  • Life Threatening Illness
  • Loss of Personal Identity or Meaning
  • Parenting Issues
  • Political Despair
  • Sand Tray
  • Stress Management
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Women’s Issues