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Dear Friends of Phoenix Center,


It is a beautiful Spring in the Texas Hill Country - wildflowers and signs of growth are all around us!  Spring has been a time of tremendous growth for the Phoenix Center as well.  We have served a record number of children and families in our therapy clinic in January through April, 2012.  Two licensed therapists & three Interns - graduate students from U.T. Austin  - have provided counseling and play therapy to children and families who do not otherwise have access to these services.  The Phoenix Center is thankful to have a skilled, talented team, and a beautifully equipped play therapy room.  Read more about play therapy, and how it helps children in need - such as survivors of abuse - in this month's issue. 

On behalf of the deserving children we serve, thank you for your continued support.  Your support makes all we do possible.  Thank you.


In this Issue:
  • Second Chance Prom - Record Funds Raised!
  • Thank You to Our Sponsors
  • Play Therapy: What is Play Therapy & How does it help?
  • Enchanted Rock Outdoor Therapy Retreat
  • Camp Phoenix - Summer 2012
  • Wish List
  • Who We Are
liberty hallLiberty Hall - Art Room 2camp 2011 - horseback riding 

2nd Chance Prom - Record Funds Raised!  


Thank you to all who attended and supported our 2nd Chance Prom fundraiser on March 30, 2012 at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay.  150 tickets were sold and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening of dancing to the music of Austin band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes.  Because of the generosity of so many people, this was our most successful fundraiser to date.  The funds raised at 2nd Chance Prom will directly benefit children in our community by allowing us to provide more therapeutic camp sessions in 2012, as well as increased counseling services for children and families in need. 


A huge thank you to Event Chairs Cheryl Foster and Terry Gulden for their extraordinary efforts and steadfast support of our programs and mission.  Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to Jo Indrieri for her time, talents and exceptional efforts on the event decorations.  


Thank you as well to the event committee, volunteers, sponsors, and generous local businesses and individuals who donated food, beverages and auction items.  We greatly appreciate your support.   Thank you.


Thank You Sponsors

We greatly appreciate your continued and generous support.

American Bank of Texas
Grand Bank of Texas
Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln
Sana Vida
Ultimate Facials Spa & Boutique
Michael and Cheryl Foster
Lee and Judy Keller
Robert Ruff
Dr. Deborah Voorhees


Hutto, Lucksinger, Garrett & Kennedy, PLLC
Highland Lakes Title Company
Northland Cable
River City Grille
River Cities Sunday Tribune
Service Title Company
Treaty Oak Bank


Balcones Distillery
Blue Bonnet Cafe
Brother's Bakery
Darci's Deli
Fleur de Bleu French Bakery
River City Grille
Bill and Janey Rives
River City Grille & Paul Brady
Savvy Vodka
Wines Across Texas


PLAY THERAPY: What is Play Therapy and How Does it Help?


Play therapy is one of the many therapeutic services that the Phoenix Center provides to children and adolescents with mental health needs, such as survivors of abuse, neglect and trauma.    


Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys and art instead of words.


One of the leading experts on play therapy notes "Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Play is the child's way of communicating just as talking is the adult's natural way of communicating. In the playroom, toys are used like words and play is the child's language. Children are provided special toys in play therapy to enable them to say with the toys what they have difficulty saying with words...they can use dolls, puppets, paints, or other toys to say what they think or how they feel." 


Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve emotional or behavioral issues. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them. Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior and develop problem-solving skills.


The majority of the children who receive play therapy services at the Phoenix Center are survivors of abuse, neglect and/or trauma.  Many of our young clients are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  If a child has survived abuse, play therapy provides a safe psychological distance from the traumatic experience, and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to the child's age and development.


Play Therapy International lists some of the "tools" commonly used in play therapy: 

  • Therapeutic Storytelling
  • Creative Visualization (Relaxation Techniques)
  • Puppets and Masks
  • Drama & Role Play
  • Therapeutic Toys and Dolls
  • Sand & Clay
  • Art
  • Music

Play therapy has been used to help children since 1919.  In that time, research has shown its effectiveness in being beneficial to children and families. 


For more information please visit:


Association for Play Therapy 

Play Therapy International 

UNT Center for Play Therapy: 



Enchanted Rock Outdoor Therapy 


enchanted rock - girls in creekOn March 24th, a group of teen girls took a trip to Enchanted Rock for an outdoor therapy session. The theme of our session was self-esteem and personal strengths.  The girls who attended are survivors of abuse, and during the retreat all were smiling, relaxing and even romping in the creek after a hike to the summit.  All who attended enjoyed a picture perfect Spring day with abundant sunshine, wildflowers, and signs of new life and growth everywhere - most wonderfully on the faces of the girls. 

During the retreat, each of the girls named their strengths as well as those of each member of the group... One 13 year old survivor of abuse said "My gift is my voice. Both my singing voice and my voice that inspires others." 


Enchanted Rock is an enormous pink granite rock formation located in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Llano Uplift, approximately 15 miles north of Fredricksburg and 15 miles south of Llano. It covers about 640 acres and rises about 425 feet above the surrounding terrain. It is the largest rock formation of this type in the United States.  


Look for more outdoor therapy sessions in June and July, with expanded outdoor programming this summer at Camp Phoenix at Candlelight Ranch (Candlelight Ranch is the site of Camp Phoenix).
enchanted rock flowerenchanted rockflowers enchanted rock


Camp Phoenix - Summer 2012


We are excited to announce that we will be expanding our therapeutic Camp Phoenix program this summer! We will now be offering a total of 5 overnight camp sessions in May, June & July, as well as 4 day camp sessions in June. Please contact us at (830) 613-7230 or for more information about our therapeutic camp sessions and how to register.
The photos below are from Camp Phoenix - a camper completing the canyon traverse element of the ropes challenge course and campers engaged in an equine therapy session at camp. 


canyon crawlhorsepainting summer 2011



Wish List 

  • Healthy Snacks for the After School Program
  • Journals (blank, unlined) or sketchbooks for children in counseling to use at home
  • Relaxation music CDs (Sound Healing by Steven Halpern) for children in counseling to use at home
  • Fund a need online:

$5 donation - provides arts materials  

$10 donation - provides healthy snacks  

$30 donation - provides 3 yoga mats   

$100 - Sponsor our play therapy or counseling services  

$500 - Sponsor 1 therapeutic camp session 


To help fund a need above, please click here.  Donations in any amount are needed and greatly appreciated.  Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that our services are available to children and families in need.  If you have donated recently, we appreciate your continued and generous support.  Thank you.


For more information about our wish list items, please call Sarah at 830.613.7230.


holiday party - 4 yr old zip line 


To believe in a child is to believe in the future. 
 Supply the children

with the tools and knowledge

 to overcome their obstacles. 
 Impact in each child the desire to fulfill his or her dream.

 ~Henry James



"My girls have learned
 to lift up their heads, pick up their talents, and 
 let their dreams come back."  

 ~parent of children served by the Phoenix Center  



"When I come here I feel really good because we work things out."

~child served by the Phoenix Center

 Who We Are         

art classyoga - peyton



Our Services

Phoenix Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to meeting the need for high quality mental health care in rural Central Texas.    


We provide free of cost:

  • Phoenix Counseling Services: psychotherapy and counseling for families and parent/guardians and play therapy for children 
  • Phoenix After School: therapeutic after-school programs offering yoga and art therapy groups 
  • Camp Phoenix: therapeutic camp sessions at Candlelight Ranch, including equine therapy, adventure/wilderness therapy, art therapy, and yoga/wellness programs

Who is a Phoenix Center Child?

Children and teens ages 4 - 18 with identified mental health needs.  Children we serve are often uninsured, underinsured or are otherwise unable to access high quality mental health services.  


Our Collaborating agencies include:  CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Highland Lakes.  In addition, youth are referred to our programs by public school counselors and families.


Our Staff include licensed mental health professionals, graduate student counseling and social work Interns from the UT Austin School of Social Work and Texas State University, and registered yoga teachers. 


Sarah Rosen Garrett, LMSW
Executive Director
Post Office Box 732
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Our mission is to promote the physical and mental well-being of youth in Central Texas.
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