Meet Our Team

Sarah Atkins, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Psychology

As a post-doctoral fellow at Club Recovery, my primary role involves collaborating with the clinical staff and surrounding community to enhance the treatment and overall experience of clients who seek services at Club Recovery. Within my fellowship, I coordinate outcomes research that aids in the monitoring and ongoing revision of the clinic’s treatment approach. This research serves to continually enhance Club Recovery’s understanding of the interventions and approaches that work best to serve the needs of their clients. I also conduct outreach in the community that connects the ideas and practices of the clinic to the efforts of other individuals, groups, and organizations within the Twin Cities. Additionally, I develop and conduct professional trainings with Club Recovery’s clinical staff.

Over the course of my training, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles and setting. These roles included as a clinician within community mental health clinics, a hospital, and college counseling centers. I have also served as a course instructor for graduate and undergraduate level courses and as a graduate researcher within the university setting. As a clinician, I have training serving clients across the lifespan including children, families, adults, and couples. My therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory and incorporates aspects of family systems, emotion-focused, and cognitive behavioral theories. At the heart of my work is the belief that a trusting, empathic, and safe therapeutic relationship serves as the basis for clients to explore their concerns, discover important insights, and experience meaningful growth and change.

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sport Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I earned my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Child and Family Therapy at the University of North Texas. I completed my APA-Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center. I have also received specialized training in working with survivors of trauma.