Sara Newhard, LCPC, LMFT

Spirituality and Christian Program Coordinator


“The best part of my job is watching faith, hope, love, and purpose unfold in our resident’s lives and transform families. Our residents often come into treatment feeling hopeless and with their faith severely tested; it is a remarkable privilege watching our resident’s reconnect, or connect for the first time, with the One who loves them more than they can fathom.”

As the Spirituality and Christian Program Coordinator, Sara Leads, supervises and facilitates trainings for the primary and family therapists in the Christian team. She oversees the Christian programming across campus, which includes groups, various worship services and holiday services for residents, and supports the chaplain who serves on campus. Additionally, she supports general spirituality across campus to encourage those of all faiths to nurture their spirit and connect with their Higher Power.

Prior to joining Timberline Knolls, Sara worked as a family therapist in the Chicago area where she specialized in multi-systemic therapy for adolescents and their families who were part of the juvenile justice system. Sara also spent several years living and working in Asia before pursuing further education and training in clinical psychology.

Sara earned her undergraduate degree in family psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University and her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Sara is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the National Board for Certified Counselors.