Diane Suffridge, PhD

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Associate Professor and Director, University Counseling Services

Counseling Psychology

School of Health and Natural Sciences

Diane is a licensed psychologist and has maintained a practice of psychotherapy and consultation in Marin County since 1988. In addition, she has held positions of Clinical Director at two outpatient mental health and social support agencies from 2000 to 2014. Since entering graduate school, she has been devoted to untangling the mysteries of the human psyche and to witnessing the power of human connection for healing. She became captivated by the power of entering the internal world of her clients and accompanying them on their search for wholeness. Her teaching in academic institutions, agencies and professional workshops has always been grounded in her own experience as a therapist. She enjoys sharing her acquired wisdom and learns from the dialogue that occurs in her training and workshops.  Her book "Entering the Behavioral Health Field: A Guide for New Clinicians" was published by Routledge in 2016. 


University of Kentucky, PhD, MA, BA

Research Interests

Diane was awarded a summer research grant to pursue her interest in the topic of "Relationships between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Mental Health Symptoms in University Students."  The project involved researching previously established links between ACE exposure and mental health symptoms as well as analyzing data related to the effectiveness of counseling in providing symptom relief for students with different levels of ACE exposure.