In psychotherapy, clinical training is the most important and sometimes the most intimidating phase of preparation for being an effective clinician. “Entering the Behavioral Health Field: A Guide for New Clinicians” is a practical, how-to guide for learning psychotherapy and other mental health services based on my 25 years of experience training and mentoring mental health trainees and interns. The book leads new clinicians through all of the necessary steps of clinical work in mental health agencies. Explanation, guidance and suggestions are combined with a case example and tools that can be individualized for each clinician and agency. The book has been accepted for publication by Routledge, with an expected publication date of July 2016.

Dr. Suffridge’s trainings are thoughtfully organized. She engages us at the level of both heart and mind. She uses case examples to highlight important points and encourages commentary and input throughout her workshops. I have enjoyed Diane’s candor around her own clinical challenges and find it has helped me gain greater perspective on my work.


Christine Gazulis, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor and
Workshop Coordinator

About Diane Suffridge

I am a licensed psychologist with over 25 years experience training clinicians who are entering the field of psychotherapy, mental health or behavioral health . I offer comprehensive training and consultation to agencies and their supervisors who work with clinicians in practicum, field placement or post-graduate training.

My theoretical orientation is integrative. I use a contemporary psychodynamic foundation because it encompasses the breadth and depth of understanding of all aspects of the human condition. I integrate this conceptual base with techniques and strategies from cognitive-behavioral, family systems, mindfulness, and problem-solving approaches.