President– John Burr
John Burr, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University and is a registered play therapist supervisor. He has been in practice for 30 years specializing in using expressive arts (sandplay, art, music, writing, movement, etc) to help in the healing process. John teaches a series of workshops on expressive arts and sandplay therapy. John is a father of 9 children and has three grandchildren. He enjoys biking, basketball, hiking, shooting, running, and loves the outdoors. John is currently vice president of the Utah Association of Play Therapy and has been an active board member for over twenty years.
Vice President – Sharlene Christensen
Sharlene is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Utah and her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Sharlene is a nationally certified counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is a NOJOS (Network on Juvenile Offending Sexually) affiliate therapist. She is also a certified Domestic Violence Counselor through the Utah Domestic Violence Council. Sharlene has over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She has provided group, individual, and family therapy in residential treatment, child welfare, and private practice. Sharlene loves assisting families with navigating through life’s challenges while helping them develop more adaptive skills in order to find their path to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
Treasurer- Heather Stephenson, CMHC, RPT
Heather Stephenson, Clinical Mental Health Counselor, earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from Utah State University in 2001. After taking some time off to start her family, she went back to school and earned her masters in counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2009. While in her internship, she found how much she enjoyed working with children and decided to pursue her training to become a registered play therapist. Heather has been in private practice for 8 years in Logan and owns her own business, Spring Tree Counseling, PLLC. Her favorite clientele are the children she works with, especially those under the age of 5. She was asked to join the board in the spring of 2013. In her spare time Heather likes to be involved in physical activities such as running in 5ks, cycling, and triathlons.
Co-Secretary – Ronda Kistler
Originally from Bakersfield, California, Rhonda received her Bachelors degree from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX, and her Masters from The University of Denver in Colorado. Rhonda has worked extensively with children and families in various capacities since 1998. Most recently, she worked in therapeutic settings with children and adolescents in foster care and, or post-adoptive homes. Prior to that, she worked with children and families in the child welfare system in Colorado. Rhonda is married to Romeo Kistler who is a Licensed Professional Counselor. They are the proud parents of Connor who is 6 years old, and Karina, who is 2. Here at the Green House Center, Rhonda employs traditional therapeutic techniques along with art therapy, sand tray, play therapy, EMDR and DBT. She works with adults, adolescents and children experiencing a wide range of relational and individual challenges, including simple and complex trauma, and is currently working to complete her Play Therapy Licensure.
UAPT Consultant- Holly Willard, LCSW, RPT-S
Holly Willard LCSW, RPT-S is the owner of Grandview Family Counseling, a private practice in Bountiful, Utah. Holly Willard completed her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2000 and received her LCSW in 2002. Since that time, she has worked in various clinical settings from school counseling, residential care, foster-care, outpatient clinics and private practice. Holly Willard has extensive background working with children, teens and families. She specializes in trauma and attachment issues. She was an adjunct professor at University of Utah and Westminster. Holly is a contributor to local television news and radio. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and presents nationally on play therapy topics. Holly Willard was the President of the Utah Play Therapy Board from April 2015 to April 2017 and currently serves as consultant.
Facebook/ social media/ Public Relations – Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has focused on providing therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Training and Development at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.
RPT/RPTS Coordinator– Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S
Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S Business Genre: Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), Utah County
Annabella Hagen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained her MSW from Brigham Young University. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for over 18 years. She is the owner and clinical director for Mindset Family Therapy in Provo, Utah.
Her practice focuses on working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, OCD and OC spectrum disorders, trauma, family and couples counseling. Annabella has worked for various Utah entities as a child therapist and as a parenting consultant. She enjoys serving her community by presenting and conducting parenting training.
Annabella’s interest in helping her community led her to train an amazing team of therapists who are committed to helping community members with their mental and emotional needs. Her staff is passionate about helping clients return to what life used to be before experiencing their current challenges. We love to watch our clients make progress as they fully engage in their treatment and experience their journey back to living a value-centered life.
Annabella is a board member for the Utah Association for Play Therapy. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and has been a presenter for both entities. Annabella is also a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
She is the author of “Emma’s Worry Clouds” and writes for various online magazines and her business blog. Annabella loves jogging, traveling, reading, yoga, and classical music. Her favorite pastime is playing with her grandchildren.
Business Website Address: http://mindsetfamilytherapy.com/
CEU/Membership Coordinator – Laura da Silva, CMHC, RPT-S
Laura da Silva is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. She earned a Bachelors in Psychology from Utah State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She has been working as a therapist for over 10 years. She owns her own private practice in Riverton – Lighthouse Counseling Services. She has published 3 articles and 3 books. Her specialties include child therapy, EMDR, self-esteem, trauma and abuse, depression and anxiety. She is fluent in the Portuguese language. As well as spending time with her husband and 4 children, she enjoys going camping, snowboarding, and making craft projects in her spare time.
Membership and Credentialing Coordinator- Kayelyn Robinson, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist
Kayelyn Robinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years of years of experience. She is trained in EMDR, Trauma-focused CBT, and is a Registered Play Therapist. She is specialized in children, play therapy, trauma and attachment. She enjoys working with children, teens, adults, and families on a variety of issues, including: play therapy, trauma, attachment and abuse, and addictions. She facilitates the Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) class for her clinic and developed a Parenting the Traumatized Child Group for caregivers in a surrogate parent role (kinship, guardianship, foster care, and adoptive parents). She has served as a back up trainer for Utah Foster Care for potential (pre service training) foster parents and also for ongoing training for currently licensed foster parents. Kayelyn loves camping, being with her family, spoiling grandchildren, traveling, reading, and listening to music. She also enjoys refurbishing old furniture.
Website Coordinator – Tina Warhurst, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist
Tina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist, with a graduate degree from the University of Utah as a Master of Social Work. She has dedicated her career to helping individuals and families reach their highest potential. She began her service career in 1994 as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of Idaho and has since worked with children in the child protection system, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, and children, individuals, and families, ages 3 and up, as a mental health clinician. She works in both private practice and community mental health in Cedar City, Utah. She is trained and certified as a Registered Play Therapist and is trained as an EMDR Child Specialist I. She is skilled in EMDR, DBT, and CBT, with a special interest in expressive techniques to enrich the therapeutic environment. Tina was born and raised in the beauty of Southern Utah and enjoys spending time in the surrounding mountains with her husband, their sons, and beautiful grandchildren.
Newsletter Coordintor – Lynn Hollingshead, CMHC, Registered Play Therapist
Lynn provides children a safe environment in which they can find their voice. His training is in child-centered play therapy, sandplay, and expressive therapies which allow children a unique chance to express themselves. While adults express their experiences in words, children express their experiences in play. Lynn is a member of APT and received his Registered Play Therapist credential recently in October 2017.
Lynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science with a Psychology emphasis. He then received a Master of Science from Westminster College in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. His internships have included experiences with Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism in Salt Lake City and Odyssey House of Utah in the Parents with Children program. Lynn has also spent the last five years teaching radKIDS (a personal empowerment program for children) at a local elementary school. After graduation he worked for Redwood Family Therapy, Landmark Family Therapy and the Center for Sandplay and Expressive Therapy in training to earn the hours and experience necessary for his Clinical Mental Health Counselor license which he received in September 2017. Lynn currently works for Clear Horizons Clinical Services working with children, parents and families primarily in the foster care system doing much of his work providing in-home services.
Lynn works with the entire family to develop a systemic approach to healing and hope. He believes that when one member of the family shows symptoms of distress it takes the entire family to create healing. Lynn works with all children and families, including those with behavioral issues and those on the autism spectrum. Teaching replacement behavior and providing children with structural support while helping parents better understand their child is the primary goal.
Lynn is a parent of five wonderful children and has found that it is the most rewarding (and toughest) job he has ever had. He believes parenting is an investment that we make in raising our children, giving them roots and wings simultaneously. Lynn loves to play with his children and spend time researching and learning new things. Lynn’s hobbies include drawing, woodworking, and building Lego creations with his children.