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.
Melissa Wright MA, LPC, RPT-S
This is my 9th 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.
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 10th and 8th, and have been married 20 years.
Nicole Rich MA, LPC
This is my 9th 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 Masters of Arts degree in counseling from the University of Saint Mary and my Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Park University.
Previous employment includes case management, group facilitation and in-home counseling with Child Abuse and Prevention Association and Synergy Services, Inc.
I have an 9th, 6th, and 2nd grader, and have been married 21 years.
Independent contractors that provide counseling services at this location include the following.
Kristen Dua MA, LPC, RPT-S
I have been providing therapy for children and families for over a decade, including work within schools, mental health juvenile justice, community mental health center (child & family therapy), sexual violence recovery & victim services, and private practice for children, adults and families. I am a registered play therapist supervisor and 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 trainings in Kansas City area schools.
My family and I moved to Kansas City in 2018. I have been married for 6 years and we have a 4-year-old daughter. We like to explore different parks & walking trails, cook together and go to the farmer’s market.
Sunny Lee MA, LPC
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 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 have been teaching 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 14-year-old boy and have been married 15 years
Cleveland B. Kersey MSW, LCSW
I have worked for Swope Health Services and the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) 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.
Sara McGinnis MA, LPC, RPT
I’m excited to provide individual and play therapy at Metis Counseling beginning in the fall of 2019. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2013. As a registered play therapist, I have over 150 hours of training in play therapy from Heartland Play Therapy Institute.
During the day, I work as a school counselor and have 15 years of experience working with elementary and secondary students. I am a married mother of two and enjoy exercising, traveling, and spending time with family.
I will have availability on Monday evenings and Saturdays.