Education and Licensure:

License #PSY10707, California Board of Psychology, August 4, 1988.
Ph.D., Psychology, 1986, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (APA-approved clinical psychology program).
Graduate fellowship, Summer 1982. NIMH trainee stipend, August 1981-May 1982.

Clinical Experience:

Private Practice 3/08-present:
San Rafael, California

  • Individual adult psychotherapy.
  • Clinical consultation to licensed therapists.
  • Training for behavioral health organizations regarding administrative, supervisory, and clinical issues.

Private Practice 8/87-3/08:
Corte Madera, California

  • Individual and family psychotherapy with adolescents and adults, specializing in treatment of survivors of child abuse and neglect.
  • Organizational consultation and assessment.
  • Clinical consultation to licensed therapists.
  • Clinical training and consultation to behavioral health organizations.

Prelicensure Training:

Marin Psychotherapy Institute, Mill Valley, California (9/86-8/87)
Veterans Administration and University of Kentucky Medical Centers, Lexington, Kentucky (APA-approved internship 10/84-9/85)
McGregor & Associates, Winchester, Kentucky (10/83-9/84)
Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky (9/82-5/84)
Psychological Services Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (8/80-4/84)

Teaching and Scholarship:

Associate Professor, Dominican University of California, Department of Counseling Psychology, San Rafael, California (8/14-5/22)
Adjunct Faculty, Alliant International University, California School of Forensic Studies, San Francisco (9/12-12/12)
Adjunct Faculty, Wright Institute, Berkeley, California (9/99-8/00)
Adjunct Faculty, Dominican College, San Rafael, California (8/98-8/00)
Instructor, Graduate Assistant, Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (6/84-5/85, 1/82-12/82, 8/79-5/81)


Suffridge, D. A. (2017). Learning to have difficult conversations. The Therapist, 29, 18-20.
Suffridge, D. A. (2016). Entering the behavioral health field: A guide for new clinicians. New York: Routledge.
Suffridge, D. A. (1991). Survivors of child maltreatment: Diagnostic formulation and therapeutic process. Psychotherapy, 28, 67-75.

Administration and Clinical Supervision:

Director, University Counseling Services 8/15-present:
Dominican University of California, Department of Counseling Psychology, San Rafael, California

Clinical Consultant 9/14-12/16:
Clinical Director 10/03-8/14:
Family Service Agency of Marin, a Division of Buckelew Programs (2012-2016), San Rafael, California

Director 1/01-9/03:
Clinical Director 6/00-12/00:
TALK Line Family Support Center, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, San Francisco, California

Director of Doctoral Studies 9/93-8/97:
Clinical Supervisor 9/89-8/98:
Community Institute for Psychotherapy, San Rafael, California

Other Professional Activities and Memberships:

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis North, San Francisco, CA, December 1997-June 2000.
San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (since 1990)
Marin County Psychological Association (since 1987), President 1999, Board Member 1998-2000
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (1992-2022)
California Psychological Association (since 1989)
American Psychological Association (since 1988)