Sarah Díaz, LMSW, is a therapist and facilitator who integrates psychodynamic, relational, and anti-oppressive approaches to support individuals who are in periods of transition, want to break old cycles, and are interested in working toward something new. Sarah believes that therapy can support patients in deepening their understanding of who they are, what they want, and how to put it into practice. In addition to helping patients navigate work challenges, anxiety, grief, and other issues, she has specific experience supporting parents of young children and neurodivergent children build their confidence and navigate the individual and systemic issues that are impacting their family relationships.
Sarah utilizes a psychodynamic approach, working with patients to understand how early experiences, thoughts, and beliefs influence their behavior. Her approach also prioritizes the therapeutic relationship as a site for healing. Sarah is deeply influenced by critical race theory, which centers the influence of oppressive ideologies and systems on ourselves and our experiences; and the work of third- and fourth-wave feminists, which emphasizes our connections to one another and finding opportunities for liberation within those systems. She is a fat-positive therapist, and centers body liberation values in her work. Sarah is especially interested in helping patients build capacity for the smaller acts that can help them feel more aligned with their values and more engaged in their communities, moving patients towards the world they want while living in the world we have.
Sarah received her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, where her work focused on ethnic, indigenous, and gender studies. She has over a decade of experience in state government helping people navigate complex bureaucracies to access resources. Prior to joining Critical Therapy Institute, she spent the last 8 years studying healthy and liberatory practices for youth development, with a focus on supporting parents and educators.