Adjunct Professor; Director, Third Year Counseling Internship Program, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • MS in Christian Counseling, Cairn University
  • BA in Psychology, Cedarville University
  • Certificate of Advanced Specialization in Christian, Cairn University
  • Certificate in Completion of 25 Hours in Crisis Intervention, Keystone Crisis Intervention Team

Sarah Ensslen teaches graduate counseling labs training students to utilize helping skills in individual assessment and counseling.

As the director of third year counseling internship program, Sarah assists students in site placement for practicums and internships and guides students as they navigate state license boards and requirements. In addition to her roles in the Graduate Counseling Program, Sarah Ensslen also counsels at a private practice.

Prior to working at Cairn, Sarah worked as therapeutic staff support in an elementary school and as a home companion in elderly care.

She is also a Soul Care Leader and Lead Worshiper (Vocals) at Seven Mile Road Church.

Academic Specialties:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Counseling Skills & Individual Assessment

Personal Interests:

  • Running, volleyball, &  soccer
  • Backpacking & hiking
  • Biblical Exegesis & homiletics


  • Champion of Character Award, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) (2007)


  • “How to Foster Vulnerability During the Initial Stage of Group Development” (Cairn University, 2016)

Book Recommendations:

  • Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
  • Caught Off Guard by William P. Smith
  • Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp
  • What’s So Amazing About Grace by Phillip Yancey
  • The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun

Teaching at Cairn since 2013

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