Stephanie Herring, PhD., M.A.
Director of Alternative Sentencing/Employer Services
Dr. Herring joins the treatment team at NSIGHT Psychology and Addiction team with over 28 years of experience in the chemical dependency treatment and recovery field. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Herring has made a name for herself within the judicial system, acquiring the upmost respect, trust and rapport from judicial officers, district attorneys, the probation department and criminal defense attorneys. Her primary goal has been to advocate for clients that have chemical dependency and mental health issues to receive alternative sentencing in the means of treatment in lieu of incarceration. She has sat patiently and encouragingly with over thousands of clients and their families in the courtroom during their court proceedings and has been the liaison between their progress in treatment to the Court. She has participated in numerous chambers conferences with Judges, Attorneys and District Attorneys to provide pertinent bio-psycho-social information about her clients to explain why treatment can sometimes be a better alternate to incarceration, as many of these clients have never received treatment to address their addiction and underlying psychiatric ailments and if left untreated, may likely lead to ongoing illegal activity and hence, re-offend.
In addition to her expertise and rapport within the legal system, Dr. Herring has taken on the role of primary therapist and case manager, conducting individual therapy, group and multi-family groups with chemically dependent clients and those with psychiatric issues. She has worked at the Betty Ford Center, CPC and Charter psychiatric facilities and started her career at the County of Orange working with children and their families.
Dr. Herring received her Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Psychology, where she also obtained Certificates in both treatment of victims and perpetrators of violent crimes and chemical dependency treatment. During her five year doctoral training, she conducted a research study at Cornerstone of Southern California, entitled “Cognitive Therapy with the Chemically Dependent Depressed Inpatient.” This became her published dissertation. She also received two years of her post-doctoral supervision from world renowned psychiatrist, Joseph Pursch.
Dr. Herring has had extensive training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide crisis counseling to the victims of the Laguna Beach fires in 1994. She has attended numerous trainings on the newest cutting edge treatment modalities, such as Terence Gorski’s relapse prevention training and Dr. David Burns cognitive-behavioral interventions. She has been affiliated with the American Psychological Association, Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and American Association of Christian Counselors. In her free time “Dr. Steph” enjoys spending time with her two active teenagers, giving back to the community by handing out socks and waters to those living on skid row, (Rocks ‘n Socks on Skid Row) and visiting her family and friends in her hometown up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and cheering on her Seattle Seahawks!