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Sarah Unkefer

M.A.- Level Intern

Sarah Unkefer is a Christian Counselor who is cheap and discounted


  • play therapy and early childhood development
  • parenting and family dynamics
  • adolescent identity formation
  • navigating Foster Care & adoption
  • anxiety/depression
  • life transitions
  • healing from childhood trauma
  • communication issues


Client focus


  • toddlers/preschoolers
  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

Client Type

  • individuals
  • couples
  • family

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.” – Bessel van der Kolk

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

Therapy is a place to feel safe. My goal is to be a supportive, empathic, engaging, and calm presence. I believe all adults deserve a place to be heard, accepted, and inspired. Teens deserve a place of stability, independence, and exploration. And kids deserve a place of curiosity, creativity, and playfulness–a place where they can truly be kids!

Everyone is unique and has different needs. For this reason, therapy is a collaborative experience. No matter what your age, we can discuss challenges, goals, plans, strengths, and resources. I hope to provide a holistic experience not only focusing on your or your child’s mental health, but also your physical, spiritual, and social needs.

What to Expect in Therapy

A good therapy experience is based on your relationship with the therapist. I hope to cultivate a relationship based on trust, care, and understanding. This trust is established by letting you tell your story. We don’t have to jump into challenges right away, I want to get to know you, your history, your present concerns, and your hopes for the future. We all have ups and downs, and it’s a big step deciding to come to therapy. Whether you are seeking out therapy for yourself, your child/teen, your family, or as a couple, therapy meets you right where you are at.

When it comes to working with children, meeting them right where they are is best done through play. Dr. Karyn Purivs explains how play “disarms fear, builds connectedness, teaches social skills, and teaches competencies for life.” When I work with children, I will use games, toys, and movement to help them feel comfortable to express themselves and feel their kid emotions.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

When I was in high school, I had family members experience the difficulties of the foster care system. Through this, I was introduced to Royal Family Kids Camp that serves children in the foster care system. This piqued my interest into becoming a therapist and how needed therapy is. I served for five consecutive years as a volunteer at Royal Family Kids Camp, and seeing the significant effects of a stable, safe presence in the lives of these kids (even for one week!) made me realize how much healing and growth therapy can bring.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. During my time there, I served in various local outreach ministries that provided stability for children from the local community. Post-grad, I worked at a preschool and gleaned experience working with children on the autism spectrum. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Colorado Christian University. I completed my practicum at Tennyson Center for Children where I served families who were looking to heal and thrive from the inside out. I received training in family systems, trauma, attachment, dysregulation, parenting support, and behavior management. These skills will benefit me at Cornerstone and beyond.

Personal Interests

I am originally from Phoenix, AZ, so I love the sunshine and warmth! I grew up playing sports and enjoy playing basketball (go Suns!), being active, and going outside. I also have a musical background and play many different instruments, such as piano, trumpet, and ukulele. I also enjoy singing! I love my dog Chloe and spending time with my family, siblings, and fiancé.

“If we can communicate to our children: It’s you and me against your history, we have a strong place to begin” – Dr. Karyn Purvis

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” – Psalm 73:26

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