Alissa Hirshfeld, MFT, author

Please check out my work, and get in touch below.

Featured Works

Politics and Prose Book Reading, Washington, D. C., March 2020:

Explaining malignant normality in a promo for the #UNFIT film, about Trump’s psychological unfitness for office:

Reviews of “Fury”:

Book Review of Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era

“Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era”



My Featured Books

“Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era,” edited by Amy Roost and Alissa Hirshfeld, Pact Press, March 2020.

“Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls,” Parker Piper Press, 2019.

“This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge,” Infinity, 2011.

Hire Me

In addition to my writing, I offer psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, children, and families, providing personalized and thoughtful guidance to help you to create more satisfaction in your life. I have 20 years experience working with different ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles.

People usually seek therapy because they want to live a more satisfying and authentic life. You may be seeking more fulfillment from your relationships, your work, or your life in general. You may be struggling to accept circumstances you did not choose, to adjust to a transition in your life, or to end behaviors that you recognize are no longer working for you. I tailor my approach to fit your needs. My background training is in depth psychotherapy, but for some situations, a solution-oriented, cognitive behavioral, or mindfulness approach is more effective, and I also draw on those techniques. 

I have an extensive background in grief work, having directed a hospice bereavement program, published in this field, taught at the university level, and created and directed bereavement camps. I also utilize EMDR to help in processing trauma.

I am also certified as a spiritual director and offer spiritual guidance.

Work With Me

Please contact me if you are interested in adding a venue to the “Fury” tour:

The co-editors and contributors to the FURY collection will be holding book signings and readings across the country. Our currently scheduled events are as follows:

March 24, 2020 – Book Catapult (San Diego)

March 27, 2020 – Charis Books (Decatur, GA)

March 28, 2020 – Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)

March 29, 2020 – Politics and Prose (Washington D.C.)

April 4, 2020 – Book Passage (San Francisco) 

May 13, 2020 – Literati Books (Ann Arbor, MI)

May 15, 2020 – Mather’s—More Than a Cafe (Chicago) 

May 16, 2020 – Bookends (Evanston, IL )

May 18, 2020 – Room of One’s Own (Madison, WI)

May 20, 2020 – Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA)

May 22, 2020 – University of Oregon (Eugene)

June 4, 2020 – Spoonbill and Sugartown (Brooklyn, NY)

Venues confirmed. Dates to be determined:

Copperfield’s Books (Sebastopol or Santa Rosa)

Third House (Gainesville, FL)

I am available to attend you book group to discuss any of the above titles: “Fury,” “Living Waters,” and/or “This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge.”

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“Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era” will be released March 20, 2020.

Donald Trump is an affront to the entire feminine ethos of caring. He is the ultimate self-aggrandizing, toxic male who will always act on his own behalf. This is his pathology.  And by extension, he is a public health danger to women, emotionally. Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency has had on each one of them, how each is confronting the problem, and how she is fighting back. 

Most readers will identify with more than one of these powerfully authentic and revealing personal essays representing a refreshingly broad representation of viewpoints. And that is exactly why Fury matters: it will help the reader feel less alone, work through some of their own hurt and pain, and formulate a plan for what they can do to bring about an end to the Trump presidency. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in, and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.

Praise for FURY

“If ever a book met the historic moment, it is this one. In an era where women are fighting oppression and sexual victimization, we have elevated unapologetic toxic sexual predators to both the White House and the Supreme Court. The authors in this collection bring us inside their workplaces and homes to show how this kind of politics has affected the lives of real people. If we survive the Trump era—by no means a forgone conclusion– we will have women to thank.”

– John Gartner, Ph.D. author of, In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biographyand Founder of Duty To Warn

“Women are still, in 2019, discouraged from viewing the world or politics or our surroundings too much as ‘women.’ We’re discouraged from so-called ‘identity politics,’ and made to feel silly if we feel personal grief at the idea of a sexual predator in the White House, the Supreme Court, and probably every other branch of government. This collection gives a defiant middle finger to that idea. In it, women discuss how their gender, racial, and sexual identities have all come into play in their experiences of the Trump presidency, and move quickly past Trump himself to the systemic failures he represents: patriarchy, white supremacy, and toxic masculinity. It’s not a wallowing, but a reckoning. An acknowledgement and a claiming of righteous anger, the goal of which is clear: claiming power and building new systems, and a better world. You’ll feel sadness, anger, empathy and more reading these essays, but ultimately you’ll come away feeling heard and empowered to fight.”

– Amy Westervelt, author of Forget “Having It All”: How America Messed Up Motherhood-and How to Fix It.

“These are thunderbolts thrown at the ultimate lightning rod in a cultural struggle that goes back to the dawn of human civilization. If only Donald Trump were just a metaphor, or justifiable outrage able to sway willful ignorance. A treat to meet these women in their fury.”

– John Sayles, author of Yellow Earth

My novel, “Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Scared Falls” just won a Notable Indie Award in Shelf Unbound’s Best Indie Book of 2019 competition. Follow me @

About Me

Alissa Hirshfeld grew up in Washington D.C., during the Nixon administration, where she listened to her parents and their circle of liberal friends avidly discuss the issues of the day.  From a young age, she wrote poetry and short stories, eventually working as the editor of both her high school literary magazine and newspaper and winning several writing contests and awards. 

She went on to study art history and psychology at Harvard University, where her writing was reserved for term papers.  After earning her masters in counseling psychology, she wrote academic journal articles for the American Journal of PsychiatryCreativity Research Journal, and The Therapist Magazine, while also taking interest in the therapeutic use of journaling, both for herself and for her psychotherapy clients. 

Now balancing a psychotherapy practice with parenting, she writes when the muse strikes, as it did after the loss of her mother, when she wrote a short memoir, This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge, that explored what she learned from her dozen years of working in hospice care, which coincided with the death of her mother, birth of her daughter, and her own near-death experience.  More recently, she published her first novel, Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls, a coming of age story interwoven with a story of grief and loss. 

Since the Trump campaign, Alissa has been involved in the Duty to Warn movement, warning about the danger this president presents to the public mental health, and has blogged about the intersection of politics and psychology.  These interests led to her collaboration with Amy Roost on this current anthology, Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era, which she is proud to see published by Pact Press, an imprint of Regal House Publishing.


I work with individual adults, couples, and adolescents, from all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, sexual orientations and gender identifications.

I also see bereaved children.


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1160 N. Dutton Avenue, Ste. 220
City, Santa Rosa 95401

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