Mel R. Eldridge, Ph.D.
Dr. Eldridge has been in private practice since 1993 and specializes in working with children and families. Dr. Eldridge also consults with private and public schools, physicians, and other professionals to help develop effective supports and interventions for children at school and home.
Dr. Eldridge provides psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments of children and adults related to learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia), language and auditory processing disorders, attention-deficit problems (ADHD), autistic-spectrum disorders (Asperger's), and social-skill deficits. Finding are presented in a detailed written report, which provides an in-depth profile of learning strengths and weaknesses and recommendations to maximize the student’s learning potential. The report also provides a practical “road-map” for teachers and parents for how best to address the presenting concerns.
Dr. Eldridge also provides psychological counseling to children, teens, and young adults to address a variety of needs. His approach to therapy is goal-directed and symptom-focused, and he works with his clients to develop new and more effective coping skills. Dr. Eldridge views psychotherapy as a collaborative process, and he is dedicated to establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship where children, young adults, and parents feel respected and valued. Dr. Eldridge is a strong believer in the capacity for growth and positive change for people of all ages, and he works hard to help clients identify and value their strengths while addressing areas of new development. Areas of specialty include:
Depression Anxiety / Panic Disorder / OCD
Parenting challenges Coping strategies for ADHD
Social skill development Coping strategies for anger and frustration
Adjustment to divorce Adjustment to chronic medical illness
Family or sibling conflict Stepparents / blended family concerns
Substance abuse Motivation problems
Ph.D. Georgia State University
Internship: Tulane University Medical Center
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Tulane University Medical Center
M.S. The College of William & Mary in Virginia
B.A. University of Tennessee
American Psychological Association
Georgia Psychological Association
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder (CHADD)