At the Phoenix Center,
we are fortunate to have a talented, dedicated and dynamic team who all love their work and are passionate about providing exemplary care to all children and families.
Founder, Executive Director
Sarah Rosen Garrett is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and licensed psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience with children and families. Sarah has specialized, advanced training in play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Trauma-Focused Equine Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, she is trained in crisis and suicide intervention, and the treatment of trauma, including witnessing a traumatic death, and abuse, neglect and sexual assault. Sarah is a member of NASW, the American Association for Play Therapy and the Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.
Upon moving to the Texas Hill Country, Sarah first worked as a CASA volunteer, and recognized the need for high-quality, affordable mental health care in rural Central Texas, as well as parenting support and classes. Sarah’s passion for providing exemplary mental health care for all children led her to create Camp Phoenix and the Phoenix Center in 2007. Sarah Rosen Garrett is the Founder and Executive & Clinical Director.
Chali Henderson, LPC, LMFT, RPT, received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University.
Chali is a bilingual therapist who specializes in play therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy and grief and loss. In addition, Ms. Henderson has specialized, advanced training in evidence-based treatments for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Chali believes that through a healthy, positive therapeutic relationship, children and families can begin a process of healing and growth that can endure throughout a child's lifetime. Ms. Henderson has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families to improve family relationships and create positive lasting change.
Erin Givarz received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. She is licensed through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association for Play Therapy. Erin has experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma, as well as other emotional and behavioral health needs.
Erin first started working at the Phoenix Center as an intern and is excited to join the Phoenix Center team beginning in August 2014. Before working at the Phoenix Center, Ms. Givarz worked with children, adolescents, and families at a bereavement center, in schools, at therapeutic camps, and internationally.
Erin Givarz has specialized, advanced training in Play Therapy and Sandplay Therapy, as well as a professional interest in art therapy. Ms. Givarz is delighted to join the dedicated and talented team of professionals at the Phoenix Center.
Maggie Messina received both her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Masters Social Worker. Maggie is a member of the National Association of Social Workers International. Maggie has experience implementing a variety of therapeutic techniques with children and adolescents, as well as working with families experiencing emotional and behavioral health needs.
Maggie first started working at the Phoenix Center as a University of Texas social work intern in 2014, and has now joined the Phoenix Center team. Before working at the Phoenix Center Maggie volunteered her time to assist children and their families through a variety of agencies, and worked with children and adolescents in the school setting through the Communities in Schools program. Maggie is excited to begin her work at the Phoenix Center alongside a group of professionals making great strides to provide affordable high-quality mental health services.
Niamh Fahy, MT-BC, received her Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom. Niamh is licensed through the Certification Board of Music Therapists and is a member of the American Music Therapy Association. Niamh has experience working with children and adults with neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders, adults who have experienced acquired or traumatic brain injury, adults and children who have experienced trauma, and adolescents in the juvenile justice system.
Niamh first started working at the Phoenix Center through our Camp Phoenix sessions in the summer of 2015. Following the success of this pilot music therapy project, the music therapy program has grown at the Phoenix Center. Prior to working at the Phoenix Center, Niamh worked both in the Austin area and internationally, in London, at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability.
Niamh feels extremely lucky to work in a career that allows her to use her love of music and her love of working with people, to create a therapeutic environment that addresses a variety of needs, both physical and emotional, across the life-cycle.
Jennifer serves as Phoenix Center's office manager. She has extensive experience in the corporate world and background as a medical front desk administrator, administrative assistant, customer relations manager, and retail manager. She and her husband moved from Portland, Oregon to Marble Falls to be closer to her family.
Jennifer believes "investing in families creates a happy and healthy community."
Blakeley Wilbanks is a proud graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Bridging Disciplines Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits. She most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Development at Sharing Hands A Respite Experience (SHARE), a nonprofit offering respite care and support programs for families who have children with special needs in Midland, Texas.
Blakeley is passionate about serving this community and happy to be back in the Hill Country! “I am truly grateful and excited for the opportunity to further the mission of the Phoenix Center.”
Children's Therapist (School-based)
Presley Pacholick received her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is licensed through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Presley has experience in utilizing play therapy and other creative interventions with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Presley started working with the Phoenix Center as a University of Texas clinical social work intern in 2016. Before working at the Phoenix Center, Presley has experience implementing interventions and programs with adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer as a volunteer coordinator for various social services agencies benefitting families, children and teens. Presley is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work alongside the Phoenix Center staff and continue its mission to provide quality services for children in Marble Falls' schools.
Facility Dog, Co-Therapist
Mabel is an Assistance Dog specifically trained to work in an agency with children who have experienced trauma. Assistance Dogs help create a calming and regulating environment and help reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
She completed intensive training and certification through Canine Companions for Independence, a service dog organization. In addition to working at the Phoenix Center, Mabel will serve as a “Courthouse Dog,” which means she is permitted to accompany a victim of child abuse into the courthouse.
Click here to learn more about Mabel and her training.
Graduate School Counseling InternS
Phoenix Center accepts graduate student interns in the masters of clinical social work school program at the University of Texas at Austin and the graduate counseling program at Texas State University. Counseling interns recieve clinical supervision and have a small caseload of individual therapy clients. In addition, interns assist with Phoenix After School, Phoenix Parenting, and Camp Phoenix.