Kristin Hirt


Kristin Hirt
Call Me Call 510-872-2336

Kristin Hirt


Professions: Counselor, Life Coach, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 43291
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: I offer a complimentary 15-minute initial phone consultation to assess whether we may be a good fit.

Contact me to discuss my fee for a 50-minute session and to schedule an appointment.

I can provide you with a receipt for service that can be submitted to your PPO-type insurance plan, Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for reimbursement.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


3225 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, California 94610

My Approach to Helping

I welcome you to come as you are.

I approach growth and healing holistically and appreciate you as multi-faceted - feeling, thinking, physical, social, and spiritual. As we work together, we'll consider how various aspects of yourself can become more balanced to facilitate your overall experience of well-being.

I consider our collaborative therapeutic relationship an authentic meeting of equals. I understand you as essentially good, worthy, unique, and capable. I'll recognize your existing strengths and skills, and build on them for future successes.

We'll explore the interplay between what's conscious to you now and underlying dynamics that may not yet be fully conscious. We'll aim to bring subconscious dynamics to your fuller awareness.

Our therapeutic relationship will serve as a tool for learning about your relationship style and patterns.

We'll pay closer attention to your habitual thought patterns and consider how unexamined thoughts can sometimes trigger feelings and reactions that aren't so helpful for you. We'll consider expanded perspective for more balanced, useful views of yourself and others.

With mindfulness practice, you'll shift gears from "autopilot" to a more intentional curiosity and acceptance of what's happening in the current moment.

In working with couples, I draw from Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Non-Violent Communication.

I bring humility, respect, and genuine interest to our collaboration. My style is down to earth, non-pathologizing, and interactive, with healthy doses of humor. I welcome diversity and embrace a social justice perspective.

I've been in practice as a psychotherapist since 2000.

More Info About My Practice

I have a specialization in working with adult children of dysfunctional families. Many who come to me for support are seeking to cultivate a clearer, fuller sense of self and identity. I help folks who didn't receive emotional and psychological attunement from their parents as children, due to parental narcissism, trauma, substance abuse, and/ or mental illness, or due to abandonment, neglect, excessive criticism, and/ or abuse. I offer support with finding one's voice, self-esteem, shyness and social anxiety, introversion, sensitivity, and life meaning, purpose, and transitions. I offer support in cultivating authentic connections with others and in healing struggles in relationships around self-esteem, assertiveness, boundaries, enmeshment and co-dependence, and isolation.

I work with couples around managing the impact on the relationship of one or both partner's trauma history, balancing individuality and relationship, co-dependence, boundaries, communication skills, conflict management, and affair recovery.

* I offer video and phone sessions for out of area clients residing in the state of California.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

When we collaborate in the healing process, we'll be tuning in to and drawing from your unique strengths - your enduring resilience, your essential wisdom, and your creative spirit - as the foundation for addressing the real challenges and struggles you face.

I offer you a safe space for exploring and more deeply understanding your experience of stuckness, vulnerability, or conflict.

I'll help you to anchor yourself with compassion and validation, to become empowered to find your voice, and to practice new communication and coping skills.

From a wider lens, I'll help you to see new choices for change that are both practical and meaningful, and that more fully align with your core values, sense of purpose, needs, and goals as you move forward into the life you envision for yourself.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
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