Team Members

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Owner, Ph.D. PSY 22767

Owner, Clinical Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Supervisor

In her private practice Dr Hirshfeld specializes in assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy, play therapy, psychoanalysis & consultation for infants, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, families; Clinicians. 

Dr Hirshfeld is an expert in trauma, secondary stress, burnout @ the workplace, Executive & Tech Consulting & compassion fatigue assessment & treatment. 

Dr Hirshfeld has 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. 

Dr. Hirshfeld 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), & was a founder/CEO in Tech; & co-founder at "O" Data. 

Services are provided in English and Hebrew

Dr. Lorena Ramirez
PsyD PSB 94023844

Dr. Ramirez is a psychological assistant in private practice supervised by Dr. Ayelet Hirshfeld Ph.D. She obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She also holds a masters degree in forensic psychology. Dr. Ramirez has worked in a variety of settings all which have focused on trauma, including community mental health centers, school settings (preschool, and elementary), inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, forensic setting, and Veterans Affairs.

Services provided in English & Spanish 

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Dr. Charlotte Nolan Ph.D.
Ph.D. PSB 94025355

Dr. Charlotte Nolan Ph.D. is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow in private practice supervised by Dr. Ayelet Hirshfeld Ph.D.  Dr. Nolan has several years of experience working with families and young children focused on parent-child relationships and interactions,  personality and cognitive assessment, and informal learning/schooling in community settings.  In more recent years she has focused her work on providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples facing a variety of clinical issues including anxiety and depression, grief and trauma, and relationship and identity transitions. Her couples therapy aims to change and heal the struggles of power (i.e., sex, money, parenting etc.) within long-term committed relationships and to examine personal change and identity development within the system (flexibilty vs rigidity at different time points). Dr. Nolan uses and integrated and eclectic approach of evidence-based methods ot therapy including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, developmental/systems and mentalization-based treatments. 

Michaela Zavala MA
Office Admin

Michaela is our administrative assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology/Criminal Justice in 2015. She has a wide range of experience working with different groups of people including international students, victims of human trafficking, foster children, prisoners and medical patients. She enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them on a personal level, and she is always happy when she feels she is helping others. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing soccer, watching tv and spending time in nature with her partner and their 8 year old pitbull rescue Bubba.