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Girls today need access to tools that will help them stay strong and resilient as they journey through growing up.

You’ve heard stories about the turbulent teen years and likely experienced them yourself. You know your daughter needs to stay connected to her true self – her true voice – to make it through happy and healthy.

You want to make sure your daughter doesn’t lose that vibrant spark of light you love about her. You want to help her keep her authentic self alive and free, and trust that her value is within, instead of seeking it outside of herself.

It’s possible to give girls the tools and skills that will set them up for lives of happiness and fulfillment.

It’s possible to prevent the drop in self-esteem that’s been found to happen during the tween years. It’s possible to avoid the moodiness, argument and disconnection that can happen.

That’s what the Inner Rainbow Project is all about!

I’m Carly Mentlik. I’ve counseled, taught, learned from and listened to girls (and their adults) for over 15 years. I started the Inner Rainbow Project to give girls access to the self-development and personal growth tools they need to thrive.

My mission is to empower girls to navigate growing up with authenticity, confidence and courage.

My work…

Empowers girls to explore their strengths and build a personal set of tools for dealing with challenges
Teaches girls to understand, manage and express their emotions
Inspires girls to take active participation in their personal growth
Gives girls access to knowledge, tools and skills they don’t get in school
Helps parents support their daughter’s healthy development


Together we can help girls grow up to be confident, emotionally healthy, self-aware women who can change the world!


Credentials & Qualifications

  • I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California
  • I have a dual degree Bachelor’s in Special and Elementary Education and a Master’s in Counseling, both from New York University. I also took on extra PhD level coursework in adolescent girls’ development and social-emotional development
  • While at NYU, I worked on a research team and interviewed tween and teen girls about their experiences in friendships, using a method aimed at listening for authentic voice
  • For 5 summers, I lived with groups of 30+ tween and teen girls as their dorm leader at a summer enrichment camp for gifted learners
  • I’ve created curriculum, courses, programs and taught for enrichment programs, homeschool coops, youth groups and for private families, in areas of: personal growth, creative thinking, psychology, philosophical thinking, creative writing, yoga, expressive arts and project-based learning
  • I’m a certified yoga teacher, with over 500 hours of training, teaching and mentoring hours in Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa Flow yoga; for 3 years, I taught yoga classes to tween and teen girls and adults
  • I’ve completed additional trainings and studies in: meditation, mindfulness, energy work, sandplay, expressive arts therapies, treating trauma in adolescents, treating depression and anxiety in adolescents and positive psychology
  • I started and ran a community learning center, Mandala Daydreams, aimed at promoting and creating space for community-based and progressive learning
  • I held a private counseling practice for 2 years where I specialized in working with tween and teen girls and their parents. I used an eclectic approach, blending my background in Western psychology with expressive arts, yoga, meditation and mindfulness
  • I’ve worked with hundreds of adults across the world as an online therapist, using the modality of messaging to approach a wide range of issues

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