President- 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.
Vice 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.
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.
Co-Secretary–Marilee Woolstenhulme, CSW
Marilee has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University in Provo. While earning her first degree, Marilee worked as a counselor in an elementary school, and it was at this time that Marilee realized her passion for working with children and their parents to enhance relationships. Since that time she has worked in various capacities with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient, crisis residential, and long term residential treatment centers in both Utah and Idaho. One of Marilee’s passions is teaching a class meant to help parents enhance attachment to their children. Marilee employs traditional therapy, EMDR, art, sand-tray and especially play therapy techniques in her capacity as a therapist at the Green House Center for Growth & Learning in Pleasant Grove. Marilee’s other passions include: pursuing spiritual growth throughout her life’s journey, being a wife and mother, and studying relationships and child development. Her hobbies are cooking, sewing, crafting and blogging. She loves to teach!
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.
Treasurer – Stuart Harper
Stuart Harper works as an LCSW, RPT-S. He graduated with an MSW from BYU in 1998 and received the postgraduate RPT-S credential in 2004. Since 1998 he has been employed in the non-profit sector with Family Support & Treatment Center in Orem, and has functioned as their Clinical Director since 2004. His primary populations include abuse, trauma, attachment and adoption. Stuart also provides contract services to the Utah County Justice Center for their children’s treatment groups, and is a lead writer for Empowered Life Solutions. He has served as the UAPT treasurer since 2005.
Assistant Training Coordinator & Conference Chair– 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.
RPT/RPT-S Coordinator – Vicki Crowe
Outreach Specialist – Larry Dunning, PhD, RPT-S
Larry was born in upstate New York, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from State University of New York at Potsdam. He then went on to pursue a master’s in psychology from Purdue University, took a side trip into music at Indiana University (Bloomington campus), getting another bachelor’s. Then, he completed a doctorate in psychology at Brigham Young University.
Larry has worked in the Youth Outpatient program at Wasatch Mental Health in Provo for the past 22 years. He is an RPT-S, and has recently served as President of UAPT.He is married to Debra (formerly Colletti) and has three children: Chris, who married his beautiful Peruvian bride in June of 2009; Ryan, 21; and Nick, 18. His current passions are play therapy, choral music, biking, reading, and anticipating his first grandchild.
Newsletter Editor – Annabella Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S
BS: Brigham Young University; MSW: Brigham Young University
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
Annabella has been a therapist for the past eleven years working with children, adolescents, and families. Areas of expertise: trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, childhood disorders, adoption/foster care issues, family issues, parent education and training. Annabella is fluent in Spanish and sees clients at Sierra Counseling. Passions: Husband, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons, traveling, classical music, reading, exercising, seafood, chocolate, and play therapy!
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 Coordinator- Kayelyn Robinson, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist
Kayelyn Robinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 9 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 teaches 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. She has been a back up trainer for Utah Foster Care for potential foster parents and also for ongoing training for currently licensed foster parents. Kayelyn loves camping, being with her family, 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 currently works for Four Points Community Health Center and the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, in Cedar City, Utah as a mental health clinician and family services manager. She is trained and certified as a Registered Play Therapist and is trained and 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.