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

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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. 

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Dr. Russell J. Floyd Psy.D.
Psy.D. PSB 94023920

Dr. Russell Floyd is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow in private practice, supervised by Ayelet Hirshfeld, Ph.D. He earned a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Forensic Psychology from an APA-accredited graduate program at the American School of Professional Psychology in Orange County. He also received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the American School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.
Dr. Floyd has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including
counseling clinics in which he provided short and long-term psychotherapy; a crisis center
providing brief, individual and group psychotherapy and diagnostic assessments; Harbor UCLA Medical center where he received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT); an educational center where he conducted
psychoeducational and psychological assessments, and Napa State Hospital, where he conducted individual and group psychotherapy, competency evaluations, and risk and psychodiagnostic assessments.
Dr. Floyd’s interest is in helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, relationship difficulties, cultural conflict, identity formation, and stress management. He works from an integrative and collaborative approach with the aim of creating a nonjudgmental and safe environment for each client. Dr. Floyd’s approach is rooted in the belief that the therapeutic space is the foundation for the development of a strong relationship, from which desired change can begin to take place.

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 

Michaela Zavala MSW
ACSW 106318 & Office Admin

Michaela is an Associate Clinical Social Worker in private practice supervised by Dr. Ayelet Hirshfeld. She obtained her masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 2021. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology/Criminal Justice in 2015.

She is a social work clinician at Stanford, blood & marrow transplant, working with oncology patients. She also has clinical experience working with veterans, the homeless, substance use disorders co-occurring with other mental health conditions in particular Trauma, anxiety and depression. She further has clinical experience in palliative care. 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. 

We are lucky to have Michaela also serve as our Office Admin assisting with billing, patient relations, and insurance reimbursement.