Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sauda and her family immigrated to the United States in 1985 seeking greater opportunities as the Apartheid in South Africa was still intact at the time. She has been residing in South Florida ever since. As Daylight Recovery Center’s Clinical Director, Sauda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Growing up as a child of an addict/alcoholic father, she resisted working in the substance abuse treatment industry for many years. Instead, her career focused on working with abused/neglected children and survivors of abuse/trauma. Serving as the Director of Case Management for the community-based agency under the Department of Children and Families (DCF), a former colleague asked her if she’d be interested in a new opportunity as a Clinical Director for a substance abuse treatment center. With much hesitance, she accepted the position after a particularly positive meeting with the owners of the substance abuse facility. Seven years later, she still believes switching industries is the best professional decisions she has ever made.
“It’s extremely rewarding to be given the opportunity not only witness significant change in someone’s life but also to be part of the process.”, she states. Understanding that it’s quite common for clinicians to suffer from compassion fatigue and burnout, she knows the importance of making time for one’s own mental health and wellbeing. “In order to effectively help others, you must take the time to help yourself.” In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three and five-year-old children. She credits her children for reminding her how simple life can be as they are a constant reminder that no matter how tough life can get, it is all about having love and compassion for one another.