Jefferson Sa, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Sa has been Sunrise Community Counseling Center’s CEO for 25 years. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has over 30 years’ experience working in the behavioral health field in the United States and Latin America. Dr. Sa’s specializations include therapy for drug and alcohol dependence/addiction, anger management, domestic violence, and hypnotherapy. He is certified in various behavioral treatments, including Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN), Assertive Continuing Care (ACC), SARATSO LS/CMI, STATIC 99R, and is certified as a CCBI Human Trafficking Advocate in the State of California. Dr. Sa has spearheaded local and international multicultural and multiethnic mental health programs that have integrated HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Currently, he oversees three grant programs at Sunrise that are federally funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) that focus on behavioral health prevention and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, as well as HIV and hepatitis prevention and treatment, for youth and adults. Dr. Sa is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is also a Merchant Marine in the U.S. Coast Guard.