Melissa Herring, Ph.D.
Dr. Herring is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Georgia. She has been with Cherokee Counseling since 2003. She received her doctoral training in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She has published several articles dealing with child development, parenting, and maternal depression.
Dr. Herring offers individual psychotherapy for adults and teens who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and trauma. She has specialized training in women’s issues related to pregnancy, postpartum mood problems, and infant attachment. Additionally, she has extensive training and experience psychological factors and medical conditions, such as weight management, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, physical injuries, gastrointestinal problems, and insomnia.
Dr. Herring’s work with children is best described as family therapy. Some of the issues that she treats are behavior problems, emotional outbursts, anxiety, sibling conflict, and poor peer relations. First, she attempts to provide the child and caregiver(s) a shared understanding of the problem and desired goals. She then works with the child to develop the needed skills to address the problem. Finally, she works with caregivers or other family members so that they are able to address problems more constructively at home or school.
“I love that my job allows me to use scientifically-proven strategies in the context of a trusting relationship to help people create more meaningful and satisfying lives.” -Dr. Melissa Herring