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Dr. Sarah Zucker


Sarah Zucker Pronouns: She/Her Sarah Zucker is a licensed psychologist located in San Diego, CA. She is the Director of Center for Motivation and Change:California which opened in June of 2021 and is fully connected to Center for Motivation and Change:New York City. Her passion is helping clients resolve substance use concerns and supporting people in the change process however that may look for each individual. Dr. Zucker attended the University of California, Los Angeles for her undergraduate studies. After graduating, she obtained her doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. Dr. Zucker has primarily worked in private practice, university counseling settings, and as a staff psychologist and director in treatment centers that provide detox and residential treatment. At San Diego State University, she utilized a grant to co-design and implement the university’s first collegiate recovery program and gave presentations on reducing stigma and being an ally to people in various stages of recovery. Dr. Zucker has presented and written extensively about: Motivational Interviewing, client-centered discharge planning, reducing stigma, Invitation to Change, and making treatment and recovery more welcoming for groups that have been marginalized. She works primarily with addiction and substance use concerns, loved ones of people struggling with substance use concerns, trauma, OCD and anxiety, with members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of all identities, and teens, students, and young adults.