“I have learned that Sara Klinkhammer has been appointed Clinic Director at Sunshine Coast Health Centre. That is wonderful news! Sara was one of my students decades ago at Simon Fraser University. In those days we were all caught up in the excitement of new forms of treatment and harm reduction that were being introduced in Vancouver and in the new research studies, including our Rat Park experiments, that seemed to be finally changing people’s minds about the cruel and futile “War on Drugs.” Some of my students had big hearts, some had big brains, and some, like Sara, had both! So she went on to master a demanding graduate program and then took on challenging agency work in various parts of the addiction field. I think Powell River is lucky to have Sara Klinkhammer and Sunshine Coast Health Centre!” – Bruce Alexander
Sara joined our clinical team in 2016. She brings a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has also worked in both residential and outpatient settings as a concurrent disorder counsellor. Her strong belief in the worth of each individual, optimism in the face of adversity, as well as respect for autonomy and dignity, has served her well in this work.
Sara completed her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser University in 2005 and her Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2008. In 2009, Sara started a post-graduate program in Existential Analysis and in 2013 became a founding board member of the Existential Analysis Society of Canada. Sara is excited to be living and working back in Powell River where she was born.