About Me!

Welcome to my website! I am so glad to have you here.  Whether you are a parent, therapist, professional, graduate student or just surfing the web, I believe you will find useful articles, ideas, and techniques to use at home and in the play room.

Clair Mellenthin


Let me tell you a little about myself. I am, first and foremost a mother, a wife, a sister, and a friend. I have three rambunctious kids who I like to refer to as “my insanity makers and my sanity savers”.  I am married to a wonderful man who is my best friend and partner in all that I do.

I also happen to be a child therapist who specializes in play therapy.  I have been doing this now for over a decade and plan to continue to pursue my passion of working with and helping children and families heal from abuse and trauma for many years to come.

I have been very fortunate in my career to be able to work as a clinician, and speak at many different venues including radio, TV, and other media. I also regularly present at workshops and professional conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.

For further information on future speaking engagements click here.  I would also love to present at your mental health conventions, workshops, and local or state play therapy conferences as well.  To book a presentation click here.

Mission Statement

I am passionate about helping children and families find hope and healing, utilizing a playful play therapy approach to heal from past trauma, abuse, and hurt. I am often asked, “Why do you choose to work with traumatized children and teens?”

Throughout my many years as a clinician, the most rewarding experience is witnessing a child who has been through trauma and hurt, genuinely laugh again and find their inner voice through the process of healing.  This is my passion and my desire for each of my clients I work with.

Core Principles:

  • Integrity
  • Allowing others to walk their own journey, giving support throughout the process
  • Teaching independence and the importance of the self

Stay Connected

I invite you to stay connected through workshops, events, and on my website.  I also welcome you to follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Youtube, and Twitter!

Professional Bio


Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S is an international speaker, award winning author, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is the creator of Attachment Centered Play Therapy. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy nationally and internationally.

Ms. Mellenthin is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy. She is the author of several books including Attachment Centered Play Therapy; Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders; and My Many Colors of Me Workbook. In addition, she has authored several chapters and articles. Ms. Mellenthin frequently appears on local and national television and radio as an expert on children and family issues.