Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M.A., MFT
Adjunct Faculty in Counseling Psychology

Professional Licenses and Memberships

  • Marriage and Family Therapist, #34568
  • Certified Spiritual Director


Educational Background

  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
  • A.B. Fine Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.


Areas of Expertise and Professional Practice

  • Individual Psychotherapy with adults, seniors, adolescents, and children
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Geriatrics
  • Post Partum
  • Spiritual Issues



  • Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, "This Whole Wide World Is Just a Narrow Bridge," Infinity, 2011.
  • Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M. A., M. F. T. “Youth Bereavement Program Handbook" Hospice by the Bay, 2006. 
  • Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M. A., M. F. T. “Supporting our Children Through Grief.” The California Therapist. California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Jan/Feb. 2001.
  • Joseph Schildkraut, M. D. and Alissa Hirshfeld, A. B. “Rain of Lyres, Circuses of Melancholy”:Homage to Miro. In Depression and the Spiritual in Modern Art: Homage to Miro. Ed. Joseph Schildkraut, M. D. and Aurora Otero. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 1996.
  • Joseph Schildkraut, M. D.; Alissa Hirshfeld, A. B.; and Jane Murphy, Ph. D. “Mind and Mood in Modern Art II: Depressive Disorders, Early Death, and Spirituality in the Abstract Expressionist Artists of the New York School.” American Journal of Psychiatry. April 1994.


Workshop and Symposia Presentations

  • Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M. A., M. F. T. “Youth Bereavement Program Handbook.” Presented at the California Hospice Foundation Conference, Berkeley, CA, March 2006 and  at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2006
  • 2008—2012: Presentations on Working with Grief and Loss, in adults and children, at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa; guest lecturer at Santa Rosa Jr College and Sonoma State University.


Courses in 2015

  • CP 5218 Geriatrics and Long-Term Care