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Sarah Dietz, PsyD, FT
Staff Psychotherapist

Sarah’s work as a psychologist is rooted in the belief that there is healing power in connection and in sharing one’s story. Sarah works to provide an affirming space that allows clients to explore their experiences and challenges in a more nuanced and compassionate manner. Human beings have an innate need to feel seen and understood. In an increasingly isolating world, therapy offers clients the opportunity to feel less alone in their struggles, while also offering practical coping skills and strategies for growth.

Sarah adopts a collaborative approach with clients, to ensure therapy is addressing goals that are
valuable and relevant to each individual. Sarah is intentional about approaching clinical work with a multicultural lens as a means of acknowledging and honoring all aspects of clients’ identities and lived experiences. Sarah utilizes a trauma-informed and grief-informed framework to avoid pathologizing normative reactions to trauma and loss. Sessions will often include psychoeducation to help clients better understand and contextualize their challenges, experiences, and reactions.

Sarah is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes interventions from CBT informed modalities (e.g., Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness). She also incorporates aspects of Interpersonal Therapy, Feminist Therapy, and Systems theory. Sarah is a strong advocate for social justice and is affirming of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Sarah is a licensed psychologist, as well as a Fellow in Thanatology (FT), a certification acknowledging specialized professional experience and knowledge in the areas of death, dying and bereavement. She graduated in 2008 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology, with a special proficiency in Behavioral Medicine.

Sarah has over a decade of experience working in various university counseling centers and especially enjoys working with graduate and professional students. She also has experience in a variety of community mental health settings. Sarah considers herself a generalist but has special interest in working with adults experiencing grief/loss, depression/mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, adjustment concerns, and life transitions. Sarah is also open to providing therapy to those diagnosed with a terminal illness or nearing the end of life.

Sarah is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She has lived in Eastern NC for 7 years and recently moved to Wilmington from Greenville, NC.

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