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Carol Hirshfield, Ph.D.Carol Hirshfield, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 16827)

11340 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 473-3200


I have had over 25 years experience working with children, adults and their families on both the East and West Coasts. I was born and raised in New York City, and have had professional experience in New York, New Jersey, and California. My special expertise includes child development, populations who have special needs (such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, developmental disabilities, and autism), and services for families who are engaged in high conflict divorce. In addition, I have consulted at several schools and day care centers in the Los Angeles area. And, I am one of the few psychologists in this area who run ongoing social skills groups for children ages 7-14 years, as well as an ongoing teen psychotherapy group.

Prior to completing doctoral work in clinical psychology, I developed and ran two highly acclaimed programs for young adult with learning/developmental disabilities. I have taught undergraduate and graduate level classes, including graduate courses in family systems therapy and couples therapy. In New Jersey, I helped develop a parenting center, where we had a peer counseling training program for parents. My postgraduate training includes completing hypnosis training; a 2 year postgraduate institute in family systems therapy; advanced training in mediation, collaborative divorce and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Hirshfield has published many articles on learning disabilities and has presented workshops on parenting, divorce, media education, and issues related to special needs’ populations.

Clinical Services:
• Psychotherapy – children, adolescents, adults
• Family Therapy & Couples Therapy
• Social Skills Groups – ages 8-15 and Teen Psychotherapy Group
• Custody Medication
• Co-Parenting Classes (COPE©)
• Parenting - for individuals and in workshops

Curriculum Vita:

Carol R. Hirshfield, Ph.D.
Psychologist (PSY16827)
11340 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 265
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310) 473-3200

The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA: PH.D., Clinical Psychology, 1998. Pre-doctoral Internship: Julia Ann Singer Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Hunter College, New York, NY: B.A., Psychology (Major), Anthropology (Minor). 1972.

Post-Graduate Training

Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Monica, CA:  Advanced Training in Mediation, Collaborative Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, 1993.

NJ Center for Family Studies:  Millburn, NJ:  Family Systems Therapy Certificate, 2 years postgraduate studies.  1979-1981.

Ethical Hypnosis Training Center, South Orange, NJ:  Clinical Hypnosis Training, 1983.


Private practice
Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA - March 1993 to present
Private practice in individual & family therapy, social skills groups, collaborative divorce and custody  mediation.  Specialties: working with children with special needs and their families, high conflict divorce.

Lovaas Institute, Culver City, CA - April 2008 to present
This agency provides behavioral treatment for children with autistic spectrum disorders.   Provide supervision and consultation to staff members as well as client families.

Curriculum Vita:

May 2001 to June 2008
Day care center for children ages 18 mos. to 5 yrs. Helped identify children at risk, trained staff, taught parenting workshops, and provided consultation to administrative staff..

WESTLAND SCHOOL: Educational Consultant
Bel Air, CA - January 1999 to 2004
Part time school psychologist position involving consultation to teachers and parents, screening students for learning disabilities, parent education.

Los Angeles, CA - April 1997 to April 1999
Therapist providing child-centered family therapy in outpatient mental health facility.

Alhambra, CA - September 1994 to June 1997
Taught graduate level course on clinical applications of family systems therapy, and couples’ therapy.

WESTMARK SCHOOL: Transition Specialist
Encino, CA - August 1994 to June 1996
Consultant to school for children with learning disabilities. Developed and implemented transition planning, for post-high school plans for college and/or work.

Los Angeles, CA - April 1986 to August 1994
Developed and implemented improved model of service delivery for young adults with learning disabilities (originally developed in JESPY House). Duties included hiring and supervising staff, intakes and interventions with clients and families, liaison with board, overall administrative responsibilities.

JESPY HOUSE: Founding Director, Clinical Director
South Orange, NJ - August 1978 to October 1985
Developed and implemented a unique model of service delivery to a population heretofore not served: young adults (ages 18-30) with low average intelligence and learning disabilities. Program facilitated transition from home or residential school to independent living. Administration of ongoing program, especially with regard to clinical services.

Scotch Plains, NJ - June 1978 to June 1984
Founded parenting center dedicated to peer-led support groups for new mothers and mothers of young children.  Developed and co-led peer facilitator training course, workshops, child care, parenting education and self-fulfillment.  Organized all-day conference in March 1978 featuring Boston Women's Health Book Collective, and other noted speakers.

Upper Montclair, NJ - Spring 1979, 1980
Taught undergraduate child development, infant development courses.

Brooklyn, NY - November 1976-September 1977
Counselor to 36 adults in psychiatric halfway house. Duties included group, individual & family counseling, case management, intake, crisis intervention, & vocational guidance.

Howard Beach, NY - January 1975 to November 1976
State-run facility for developmentally disabled children, formerly housed at Willowbrook. Team member responsible for psychological evaluations and treatment planning, consulting to multidisciplinary team.


Hirshfield, C. (1997 Fall). Learning Disabilities and Families. The Educational Therapist. 18(3), 15-17.

Hirshfield, C. (1994 Win). The ABCs of Vocational Guidance: How You Can Help Your Adolescent and Adult Clients. The Educational Therapist, 15(1). 8-11.

Hirshfield Goodman,C. and Brown, D. (1992 Jul/Aug). Learning Disabilities and the Workplace. LDA Newsbriefs. 9.

Hirshfield,C. and Brown, D. (1992 Spr). Uncovering Learning Disabilities Can Enhance Job Performance.Employment Relations Today. 39-41.

Goodman, C. (1988) Helping Families Cope: Families with Learning Disabled Children. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities. (ERIC Document ED 298 686)

Goodman, C. (1988) Learning How to Work. Their World: A Publication of the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, 67.

Goodman, C., Brown, D., Goodman, S., Buffton, W. (1983) Independent Living for Learning Disabled Adults. Bridges to Tomorrow: the Best of ACLD. Proceedings of the International Association for Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities, 19-23.

Professional Presentations (Partial List)

Santa Monica Bar Association, April 28, 2011. “Reunification Therapy: When, How, With Which Parties”

California State Bar, Family Law Section. April 9, 2011, “Divorce in the 21st Century: Understading The Expaning Role of Mental Health Professionals

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association Training, May 2008,October 2009, October 2010. A 2-day training for attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals.

Los Angeles Bar Association, Minor’s Counsel Training ,October 2 & 3, 2009. Panel presentation: Working as a Team: Mental Health Professiaonsl, Minor’s Counsel, Parents and Counsel

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Minors’ Counsel Training, October 3, 2008. “Child Development & Divorce: An overniew of Ages and Stages.v“Helping Children with Social Skills: A Seminar for Parents”. A 3 hour workshop for parents, attended by 150 people, for the Bureau of Jewish Education Series, Stephen S. Wise Temple, February 2001.

“It’s Only Make Believe: Atittudes of Adolescents Toward Violence in the Media”. A talk based on original research for international conference, attended by 300 adolescent medicine specialists. Society of Adolescent Medicine, Aix-on-Provence, France. July 1999.

Parent Education seminars, P.S. #1, Santa Monica, CA, February, March, April, May 1999.

“Recent Approaches to High Level Conflict in Divorce”, Panel presentation to Los Angeles County Psychological Association, October 1998.

“Social Skills Training”. Etta Israel Center, Jewish Family Services, Los Angeles, January 2, 1997. A training for social workers on staff.

“Dyslexia: How to Live With It”. The Learning Annex., August 30, 1995, September 27, 1995. Los Angeles, CA. An evening workshop for adults who are dyslexic, offered on two occasions.

“Is There Life After High School?” Conference at Landmark West School, “From L.D. to Ph.D.”, Encino, CA. May 20, 1995.

“Short-term Therapy with Children”, A training seminar for staff and interns, Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center, Los Angeles, CA. March 23, 1995.

“Transition Planning: Life Beyond High School”. A one-day workshop for the Association of Educational Therapists, Sherman Oaks, CA, March 18, 1995.

“Parenting the Adolescent with Learning Differences”, Landmark West School, Encino, CA., January 21, 1995.

Families of the 90s: Family Therapy Approaches to Contemporary Problems”, A Panel Discussion, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, October 1990.

“On Becoming Independent”, A seminar for parents of adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Orton Dyslexia Society, June 1989.

“Independent Living for Adults with Learning Disabilities”, Conference on the Learning Disabled Adult. California State University, Northridge, February 1989.

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