Clinical Psychology in San Jose, CA 

In these times of uncertainty we now offer secure

therapy by phone or video daily Mon through Fri

from 9am to 9pm & select assessments

Meet Dr. Hirshfeld

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in practice with infants, children, young adults, adults, couples & families. I acknowledge that suffering experienced in relation to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, developmental difficulties, marital distress, parenting, trauma, illness, medical conditions, physical pain experienced in relation to physical injuries, illness & other experiences can result in debilitating distress. Amongst other roles, I also have served as a founder of companies including Tech and understand the incredible toll & joy startup life takes.

In my practice I cognize that choosing a psychologist & treatment modality can be difficult and confusing. I am here to attempt answering questions you may have about the process of therapy, analysis, or brief analysis. 

Areas of expertise: assessment; treatment planning; trauma, secondary stress, burnout & compassion fatigue; psychoanalysis; brief psychoanalysis; treatment of ages 0-5; psychotherapy for children, young adults, adults, couples & families; consultation to clinicians, teachers, executives & institutions.

I have also authored manuscripts in the areas of child psychoanalysis, psychosomatic conditions, trauma & secondary stress & co-authored & implemented a Brief Lacanian Treatment Model & a "Lacanian Approach" model to the organization and its individuals. I also offer a weekly Lacanian Seminar for clinicians to help advance their knowledge of Lacanian & Freudian theory & practice. 

I have completed a postdoc fellowship @ Stanford Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS); conducted extensive research @ PTSD Research Program, SFVA/UCSF; was a consultant to the Brief Lacanian Analysis Project @ MMH; served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty @ CIIS & as Faculty & VP @ Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis (LSP), & as a founder in Tech.

Services are offered in English & Hebrew by Dr Hirshfeld as well as Spanish by her Team. 


Our Services

Browse through the various services offered by Dr. Ayelet Hirshfeld & her Team 




I provide consultation to organizations & executives interested in promoting their management skills, and clinicians who provide psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

I see patients in both brief and long-term individual psychotherapy. Patients present with different areas of concern or symptoms ranging from anxiety, depression, grief, work-related difficulties, parenting related difficulties, intimacy related concerns, trauma related symptoms etc. 

I see patients in both brief and long-term Lacanian Analysis. If you are interested in exploring the option of analysis, we will first meet for a few preliminary meetings in order to establish the modality and whether this is a good fit for your demand. 


I provide play therapy for children with a variety of developmental, social, emotional & behavioral issues. For example: biting, depression, anxiety, attachment difficulties, difficulty separating, difficulty adjusting to preschool or school, coping with parents’ divorce, coping with the birth of a sibling, and other life transitions and stressors.


Couple's mediation upon separation, traditionally does not involve the child. We listen to the child indirectly vis a vis our trained professionals during mediation. 


We provide Psychological, Developmental, Psychoeducational, Custody, Forensic, and Disability Evaluations. 



I see couples in both brief and long-term psychotherapy. Patients present with different areas of concern or symptoms ranging from anxiety, depression, grief, relationship difficulties, marriage related difficulties, intimacy related concerns,  etc. 


Gili S.

"Dr Hirshfeld is a very good therapist and a true professional.
When I was in crisis Dr Hishfeld has proved that she can handle solid  what I was dealing with (and that was a lot) and has training and wide experience that helped me fully recover.  

Patrick S.

"I saw Dr. Hirshfeld on a referral. She is very professional, thorough, and provides sincere care. I felt very comfortable talking with her and think she made some solid recommendations to me. I wouldn't hesitate to see her for further counseling and I strongly recommend her."

We are here for you

Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm
​​Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Email: ayelet@drhirshfeld.com
Contact Details
Tel: 408-874-6506
Office: 669-342-6984
Fax: 408-663-6614

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