Sarah Zucker, Psy.D.
Dr. Sarah Zucker started working at AToN in May of 2016. Although she has several areas of interest, her primary passion has always been treating addictive behaviors, helping clients resolve substance use concerns, and supporting clients in achieving long-term recovery. Dr. Zucker believes that everyone has their own unique journey and that recovery is not one-size-fits-all, so she was very excited when the opportunity arose to work at AToN where treatment and recovery is tailored to the individual.
Dr. Zucker studied psychology and LGBT studies at UCLA for her undergraduate education. While there she volunteered at the UCLA Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program, performing exposure therapy with clients who had severe OCD. Working with clients quickly confirmed that she wanted to be a practicing clinician as opposed to a researcher. It was an honor for Dr. Zucker to support people in their most vulnerable moments and witness their determination and growth. After graduating from UCLA, she attended the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University where she obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology. Throughout her graduate studies, Dr. Zucker worked and interned in inpatient and outpatient settings, always gravitating towards substance use disorder treatment.
Prior to AToN she worked at Counseling & Psychological Services at San Diego State University where she utilized a grant to build the university’s first collegiate recovery program. A particularly important part of that role was developing a recovery ally training which she used to educate professors, the campus police department, administrators, and students on how to reduce stigma on campus and how to be allies to students in recovery.
Dr. Zucker has a passion for recovery, mindfulness, intersectionality, healing shame, and empowering people. She also loves animals (especially dogs), tennis, yoga, and meditation.