PsychCentral recently interviewed our very own Clair Mellenthin, the Clinical Director here at Wasatch Family Therapy. Clair was asked about how she copes with stress, the best part of her job, and her overall experiences being a therapist. Here are a few of her answers:More
This 8 week group is designed to help school-aged children navigate the challenges of social situations and understand what it means to be a friend. Focusing on understanding their role and impact on those in their world.
- Keep and make friends
- Increase self-esteem
- Discover skills for coping with anxiety
- Strengthen social skills
Next Session begins: Monday, September 15th (4:30 – 5:30 PM)
Price: $50 per week/ per child
Many parents with kids entering first grade are shocked about how big this transition is for their child. They go from being in school part of the day or even part of the week in kindergarten to being in school for the full day. This is a full day without mom and dad, without the comforts of home and without knowing what to expect. Often times many first graders develop anxiety for the first couple of weeks and may exhibit some regressive behaviors during that time. Watch the video to learn some tips for helping your kids get through this transitional period.
Exciting news! We’ve outgrown our Utah County location in Provo so we are moving to a new office space THIS SAT.
After June 1st we will no longer be in our Provo office on University Ave but will be seeing all Utah County clients in our new office location:
As of June 1st our NEW Wasatch Family Therapy UT County office address is:
1458 East 820 North, Orem UT 84097
Near the mouth of Provo Canyon, our new office suite has
- larger offices
- more offices
- breathtaking views
- private bathroom
Thank you to our therapists and clients who have made this possible.
Make an appointment with one of our Utah County therapists and see how they can help you improve your life and relationships!More
As a child therapist, I often use books to teach concepts and promote change. This is a list of my top twenty books.
- How Are You Peeling? Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers
- I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis (Author), Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
- My Many colored Days by Dr. Suess
- All Feelings Are Ok: It’s What You Do With Them That Counts. Lawence E. Shapiro (Author), Jillie Mandel (illustrator).
- How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Illustrator)
- No Hitting!: A Lift-the-Flap Book Karen Katz
- When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
- Tiger, Tiger Is It True by Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm
- Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego (Illustrator)
- The Feelings Book Todd Parr
- Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
- The Cow That Went OINK byBernard Mos
- The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
- The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch (Author), Michael Mart
- If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
- How Do Dinosaurs Go To School by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
- Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jane Dyer
- Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
- If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover
Wasatch Family Therapy’s Kate Hofer with Collette Dawson-Loveless will present a CPRT for Teens and Art Therapy training on April 27th, 2012 for the Association of Play Therapy Utah Chapter. The training focuses on strengthening the bonds of attachment between parent and child. The training will be held at the Foster Care Foundation located at 5296 S Commerce Drive #400, Murray, UT 84107.
Q: My daughter’s children are close friends with their cousins. The parents of these cousins took in foster children who sexually molested the cousins. My daughter wants to know how best she can protect her children from being molested by the cousins. All the children involved are younger than 10 years old. My son was similarly molested by neighbor children and has been struggling with pornography and masturbation for twenty years. She doesn’t want that to happen to her children. Where can she go for advice?
A: The first step your daughter can take is to begin to have first of several conversations with her young children about good and bad touch- explaining “good” touch is a hug, a tickle under the armpit, a high five. A “bad” touch is when someone touches your private parts or asks you to touch theirs. Talking about what to do if this ever happens is also a topic for conversations throughout their lives- always tell a grownup! She also needs to ask if they have ever experienced “bad touch” to find out if they have also been abused.
Just because the cousins were sexually abused, it does not necessarily mean that they will in turn, molest others or engage in sexually inappropriate behaviors. If they have not acted out sexually, you do not need to limit their exposure and time together, unless the foster children are still in their home. To be on the safe side, an adult should be supervising their play for the next few months. They can still have play dates and engage in normal interactions, but I would suggest that the play just takes place out in the open- no closed doors allowed. I would also say “no” to sleepovers for the time being. If the cousins have been acting out sexually because of their abuse, it is okay to limit the play dates and offer support as adult friends/family.
A good resource for your family members is The Association For Play Therapy where you can find play therapists who specialize in treating sexually reactive and abused children in your area. There are chapters located throughout the United States.
Get to know our Wasatch Family Therapy therapists and their specialty areas, learn more about why we do what we do, and hear about my vision for Wasatch Family Therapy 9 years ago when it was a solo practice.More
For those of you who wonder what role toys, art, sand trays, and games have to do with therapy, WFT therapist Jill Zuniga, APC suggests this article on play therapy.
Play With A Purpose (published in the Sun Journal)More