Therapist Profile

Ms. Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
1160 N. Dutton Avenue, Ste. 220 Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 303-3257
License Number
Practicing Since:
Additional Licenses:
MFT, #MFC34568

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Many people come to see me after the death of a loved one, a separation or divorce, or another milestone which has triggered existential anxiety or depression—such as a recent diagnosis, the birth of a new child, job loss or retirement. Often these times offer opportunities to explore old patterns of belief or behaviors which may no longer serve you. They also may be a time of spiritual opening. Where appropriate to your particular way of making meaning, I integrate my experience of years of spiritual practice and meditation, as well as professional training in spiritual guidance. Other clients come because they want to integrate traumatic experiences from childhood or from a more recent time, which are interfering with current relationships or with being fully engaged in life. Some need help defining who they are, in carving out a unique identity. I integrate depth psychotherapy (exploring your experience in your family of origin; dreamwork; and drawing on the therapeutic relationship that develops between us) with the recent findings of attachment research, neuropsychology, and mindfulness. I also have training and experience in Jungian psychology, family sytems work, EMDR, expressive arts therapy, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I believe that it is essential to have a wide range of techniques from which to draw, as each person is unique and each may benefit from something different. Thus, I draw on 20 years of experience to craft a treatment plan to fit your needs. With children, I do play and art therapy to help them to express feelings they may not be able to articulate. I involve parents in the treatment plan. With couples, I utilize the Gottman technique. My style is warm, gentle, and interactive, and I use humor in the healing process.

About My Practice

Office Hours
8:15 AM--7 PM
Individuals Children/Adolescents Couples Seniors
Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Shield of CA, Cigna, Magellan, MHN, Most Insurance Accepted, Private Pay, Tricare, United Behavioral Health
Credit Cards Accepted
MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


M.A., Counseling Psychology, 1994, California Institute of Intergral Studies B.A., Art History, 1987, Harvard University

Area of Specialty

Career Stress and Changes
Critical Incident Stress Management
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Sand Tray Therapy


Theoretical Orientation
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
EMDR-Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing
Family Systems
Self Psychology
Cerified Spiritual Director, 2011 EMDR CISD Training in Expressive Arts Therapy
Languages Spoken
English, Hebrew
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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