S.U.R.G.E., Inc.

Diane DesPlantes

Creating Global Healing, Health and Hope

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

There are times when we are uncertain about how to respond to issues, we may become overwhelmed by having to make decisions or we may feel depleted because we have tried everything possible but the problem(s) persist and seem to grow. We may also feel isolated as our personal and professional relationships become conflicted. We might be responding to problems never experienced, or we may lack the knowledge, experience, and skills to be objective enough to find a solution.

Sometimes we may not have personal, academic, or professional mentors or role models to help us through various situations.

This is the time to seek support from a licensed professional, who can guide you in alternative methods such as Cognitive Behavior therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Family therapy and Play therapy.

Working with Children ages 7 and up, Adolescents, Adults, and the LGBTQ community.

About Me

Diane DesPlantes is a psychotherapist for over 25 years, specializing in trauma. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in the State of New Jersey, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Division of Consumer Affairs. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has a certification in Clinical Social Worker Supervision.

Diane is a graduate of the Multicultural Family Institute in New Jersey. Specializing in working with diverse populations.

As a member of EMDR International Association she served five years on their Executive Board. She is a Certified Therapist in EMDR and is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

She has been appointed as an Expert Witness by the New Jersey Middlesex Court.

Diane maintains a private practice in Plainfield NJ for the past 16 years, as a bilingual therapist in Spanish and English. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Fordham University in New York City, and obtained her Master’s Degree at Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work in New York City.

Diane is a trainer with over 20 years of experience. She has been certified as a trainer of trainers. She has worked as a Master Trainer for the Department of Children and Families for the State of New Jersey, covering topics such as cultural competency, supervisory courses, child sexual abuse and LGBTQ issues. Diane has presented at the Annual NASW Conference and the Annual EMDRIA conference. She has presented in the states of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  She has also presented at numerous colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey, as well as community organizations across the country.

 I provide individual therapy, family therapy, video conferencing and telehealth.

S.U.R.G.E., Inc.

Works with trauma on different platforms pertaining to the mental health of individuals and groups. All therapeutic techniques are implemented while being mindful of how cultural differences play a major factor affecting outcomes. Trauma informed approaches are geared towards mental, physical, and behavioral health, while working with clients to address past and present traumatic events. In my practice, I primarily focus on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma and Stressor Related Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Depressive Disorder, ADHD, Separation Anxiety, Gender Dysphoria, Adjustment Disorder, Child Sexual Abuse, and Domestic Violence.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training goals are focused on quality training and practice.

  • Providing Mental Health Professionals, the knowledge, and skills to effectively render EMDR therapy.
  • Consulting individuals and groups in EMDR therapy to enhance their understanding and execution when working with clients.

The role of an Expect Witness is to provide written or verbal testimony explaining the mental health behavior which resulted in the action or non- action of an individual. Enlightening the possible psychological disposition of such action through scientific proven methods.

Expert Witness:
Trauma, Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Ethics

When working with S.U.R.G.E., Inc. we will provide the following services.

  • Conduct an initial evaluation to determine your needs.
  • Review all documentation, from every source.
  • Collaborate with all pertinent individuals, face to face or though video conferencing.
  • Provide one on one phone consultations.
  • Submit a written report when all research has been concluded.
  • Present court testimony if necessary.

Training & Consulting

As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, I am available to provide in-person or video conferencing for one on one or group consultations. The goal is to help you become more competent in your work with clients.

  • Help you develop the skills and techniques to increase your confidences.
  • Develop a more in-depth understanding of your clinical cases.
  • Learn to analyze and seek solutions for difficult sessions.
  • Group consultations can be schedule in one- and two-hour increments. There is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 individuals per group session.

Training In Other Areas

  • Cultural Competency
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Skills
  • Latino Issues
  • Parenting

Privacy Policy and Confidentiality

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law to ensure their safety.
  • If a Judge within the court system subpoenaed my records I would have to comply with the law.

Rates & Insurance Participation

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions.

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amounts per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Private Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • United HealthCare/OPTUM
  • Wellspring EAP

If you have Out of Network benefits included in your insurance policy that is not listed, or if you have EAP coverage that is not listed, please contact me for more details.


  • Comprehensive Clinical Assessment/Initial Appointment: $100
  • $ 90 per 60 Minutes – Individual Therapy Session
  • $ 125 per 60 Minutes – Family Therapy Session

Let’s Start a Conversation


1265 Salem Rd
Plainfield, NJ 07060
United States


Tuesday & Wednesday: 4 pm – 9 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm