About Us

What is Metis?

The name “Metis” is derived from Greek mythology, where Metis was said to be the goddess of good counsel, advice, planning, and wisdom.

Therapists are verified by Psychology Today and GoodTherapy.org


Melissa Wright MA, LPC, RPT-S

Melissa Wright

This is my 11th year providing individual, family, and play therapy at  Metis Counseling. I worked for Healthy Families Counseling and Support as an outpatient therapist, supervisor, and in-home therapist for 10 years.

I am a registered play therapist – supervisor (RPT-S) trained through the Kansas City Play Therapy Institute. Play therapy is a unique approach to counseling that uses play and structured activities to target a child’s needs.

Melissa Wright, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC Therapist Kansas City Therapist

E-Counseling.com Registered Therapy Provider

I obtained my Master of Arts in counseling from Webster University and my Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

I have taught at Webster University as an adjunct professor for their Counseling of Children course. I am a Certified Trauma Specialist with credentials through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. For more information, visit their website at www.starrtraining.org/about-tlc. I have been trained in EMDR through the EMDR Training Center www.learnemdr.com.

Previous employment includes service coordination with the Department of Mental Health and Platte County Board of Services. I also managed a day treatment program through Unlimited Opportunities, Inc.

I have two boys, grades 12th and 10th, and have been married for 22 years.

I currently offer appointments in person and using telehealth.

Nicole Rich MA, LPC

Nicole Rich

This is my 11th year providing outpatient therapy at Metis Counseling. I have worked for Healthy Families Counseling and Support for 6 years as an outpatient therapist, in-home therapist, and targeted case manager providing mental health and counseling services to adults, adolescents, children, and families.

I earned my Master of Arts degree in counseling from the University of Saint Mary and my Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Park University.

Nicole Rich MA, LPC Therapist Kansas City Therapist

Previous employment includes case management, group facilitation, and in-home counseling with Child Abuse and Prevention Association and Synergy Services, Inc.

I have an 11th, 8th, and 4th grader, and have been married for 23 years.

I currently offer appointments in person and using telehealth.

Independent Contractors

Independent contractors that provide counseling services at this location include the following.

Kristen Dua MA, LPC, RPT-S

Kristen Dua

I have been providing therapy for children and families for over a decade, including work within schools, juvenile justice, community mental health (child & family therapy), sexual violence recovery & victim services, and private practice for children, adults, and families. I am a registered play therapist supervisor and am especially passionate about integrating play and expressive techniques into sessions.

I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. I have specialized training in play therapy, Theraplay, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and trauma in-formed treatments like Attachment Resiliency & Competency (ARC). Currently, I provide clinical services and trauma-sensitive training in Kansas City area schools.

I am married and we have a daughter. My family and I moved to Kansas City in 2018. We like to explore different parks & trails, bake & cook new foods, and imagine, create, & build together!

I currently see clients on Thursday evenings and am providing in-office and telehealth. Please contact me to check availability.

Sunny Lee MA, LPC

Sunny Lee

I am a licensed professional counselor, providing individual, couple, and family counseling. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – https://www.emdrconsulting.com/), which is a highly effective way to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma.

I am also trained in play therapy and theraplay (attachment-based therapy with the purpose of building a bond between child and caretaker). I completed Heartland Play Therapy Institute Certificate Program (https://www.heartlandplaytherapy.com/) and Level Two Theraplay & MIM (https://theraplay.org/). Further, I have experience in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. If needed, I can incorporate Christian faith into the therapy. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts in social work from Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

I taught undergraduate multicultural counseling and marriage & family counseling classes at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My previous employment includes City Union Mission, ReDiscover, and Torch Trinity Counseling Center.

I have a 15-year-old boy and have been married 16 years and currently am currently providing in-office visits on a case by case basis and telehealth.

Cleveland B. Kersey MSW, LCSW

Ora Kersey

I have worked for Swope Health Services and the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) for over 35 years as a Clinical Social Worker, providing mental health care and social work services to adults, adolescents, and families.

I earned my Master of Social Work Degree at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Previous employment includes substance abuse counseling, anger management, sexual abuse counseling, and couple counseling.

I currently offer daytime, evening, and Saturday hours and am seeing people in person and telehealth.

Wendy Barnes MA, LPC

Wendy Barnes

My primary focus when working with clients is to help empower them as we journey through the process of transformation together. I specialize in providing therapeutic services to children (8-12), adolescents (13-17), adults, families, and couples.  As a licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor in the state of Missouri, I have worked with children and adolescents for more than 20 years. During this time, I have also worked alongside my husband in Pastoral ministry for the past 22 years.  I have experience with counseling families and couples through grief & loss, family crisis, and everyday challenges of life.  While I am not a Christian Counselor, I am a professional counselor who is a Christian. One key strength is my ability to connect with people of all ages. 

My educational background includes a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas, a master’s in Counseling from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a master’s in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  I currently utilize a person-centered and individualized approach to counseling specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy; solution-focused; and trauma-informed counseling techniques.

I currently offer appointments in person and using telehealth.