Welcome to the Counseling Department at St. Francis Xavier Jesuit School
Who are your School Counselors?
After receiving a Bachelor of Elementary Education, Mrs. Garlick taught both fifth and first grade. She soon became a stay-at-home mom to her three children, while working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. In 2013, she graduated and became a Licensed Associate Counselor through the State of Arizona and began work at CT Counseling Services in Downtown Phoenix. In 2016, Mrs. Garlick opened her business At the Parenting Place where she teaches parenting classes and works one-on-one with parents. In 2019, Mrs. Garlick joined the staff at SFX as their school counselor. She loves working with the students at SFX, as well as their parents, helping them through any challenges they are struggling with.
Mrs. Kaul received an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from NC State University. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from California State University- Bakersfield. While living in CA, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist for the Kern County Department of Mental Health. In this role, she provided counseling to children who were receiving special education services in the public school system and their families. She later worked as a high school counselor in CA, providing students with academic, career and personal counseling. After her first child was born in 2005, she took a break from working full time to stay at home with her children. She started with SFX in August 2021. She is excited to work with the families and staff at SFX to support the social and emotional development of students as they mature into Kids For Others.
Mrs. Garlick is on campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Her primary focus is grades 5-8. Mrs. Kaul is on campus on Thursdays and Fridays. Her primary focus is PreK-4. Although the counselors are assigned to specific grade levels, both are always available to any child regardless of grade if a need arises when they are on campus.
What is School Counseling?
Our school counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators to assist students' social and emotional development. At SFX, we strive to foster the development of the whole child by not only focusing on academic success, but also supporting emotional, spiritual and physical wellness. Cura Personalis is the Latin phrase that translates as "care for the entire person." This expression is a hallmark of Ignatian Spirituality and suggests that our relationships with students address each child as an individual having a unique set of gifts, struggles, potential and worth. In counseling, we strive to enhance students' education by helping them develop appropriate social skills and coping strategies, and to instill a positive self-concept.
Mrs. Garlick and Mrs. Kaul are available for classroom lessons, small group counseling, individual counseling and referrals to outside services, if needed.
In order to benefit the most from working with the counselor, rapport and confidentiality are very important. What is said in the counseling office will remain confidential with the following exceptions:
If there is ever a need to break confidentiality, the counselor will let the child know in advance and work with the child to handle the situation in a way that respects his/her feelings and needs.
Referrals to Outside Services
School counseling is considered a short term resource. Outside resources will be provided for issues that are beyond the scope of school counseling or that require ongoing, long term counseling. School counselors are trained to recognize and respond to mental health needs that may require a referral for additional help outside of school.
Please feel free to reach out to a school counselor if you have any questions, concerns or to request assistance.
Susie Garlick Cindy Kaul
Phone (602) 212-4564 Phone (602) 212-4564
St. Francis Xavier
4715 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 266-5364
Fax: (602) 279-0423
Mission Statement: St. Francis Xavier School, a faith community grounded on Jesuit principles of superior education, cultivates excellence in mind, body, and spirit sending forth Kids for Others.