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-S) 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Children's Therapist (School-based)
Amber received her Masters of Arts in Social Work and Masters of Divinity from Baylor University. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Amber has experience with outdoor therapy, ecotherapy, trauma-informed care, and play therapy. Her previous work includes providing trauma-sensitive clinical support to children and adolescents, as well as working with anti-hunger initiatives around Texas.
Alice Seitzer is a Licensed Master of Social Work, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and registered yoga teacher 200hr. Alice currently works part-time at EPIC/Falls Career High School and part-time at the Phoenix Center. She has been teaching yoga for nine years and integrates yoga into her therapeutic work with children and adolescents. Alice also has specialized training in nature therapy, and introduces the natural world to clients through, hiking, gardening and walks outside. She also believes in the power of expressive art therapies, which add ways for clients to express and communicate their feelings when words are difficult to access. "I think of myself as a reflection for the kids and adolescents I work with. They know what they need in order to grow, and I help them to discover what is already within them."
Maia received her Master’s of Science in Social Work and her certificate for school-based social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Maia has experience with trauma-informed care, play therapy, outdoor therapy, and incorporating yoga and mindfulness into therapy practice. Her previous work includes providing trauma-sensitive clinical support to children, adolescents, and adults in schools and clinical settings.
Dani Sauber, LPC-Intern, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Concordia University and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas State University. Dani previously worked with children and adolescents in schools and a residential treatment facility. She specializes in Play Therapy and has experience in Child Parent Relationship Therapy as well as Sand Tray Therapy. Dani is passionate about working with children and helping parents understand the struggles their children experience. She is excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Phoenix Center!
Michelle received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Texas. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association. Michelle has experience with trauma-informed care, play therapy, child-parent relationship therapy, and is certified in Positive Discipline, a parent coaching model. Michelle’s work includes providing trauma sensitive counseling to children and adolescents, and working with parents of her clients to create and support systematic change.
Certified Yoga Therapist
Celice has over 1000-hours of teacher training and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance as well as a certified yoga therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists. Cece facilitates yoga programs for the Head Start program and the Juvenile Probation program with the Phoenix Center.
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."
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.