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 10th 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 11th and 9th, and have been married 21 years.
I currently offer appointments in person and using telehealth.
Nicole Rich MA, LPC
This is my 10th 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 10th, 7th, and 3rd grader, and have been married 22 years.
I currently offer appointments in person and using telehealth.
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, 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 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.
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 only providing telehealth at this time. Please contact me to check availability.
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 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 14-year-old boy and have been married 15 years and currently am currently only providing telehealth at this time.
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.
I currently offer daytime, evening, and Saturday hours and am seeing people in person and telehealth.
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 currently have availability on Monday evenings and see people in person and telehealth.
Abby Gray MA, LPC, ATR
My clients have described me as having a warm, engaging and enthusiastic presence. I live with my husband in Kansas City, MO. I love spending time outdoors, meeting with friends at local dog-parks, and enjoying good coffee whenever I get the chance. I can provide in-person and telehealth sessions. My schedule is very flexible and I can likely find a session time to meet your needs.
I received my Masters Degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and since then have gained experience in a broad range of settings. I have worked with adults in acute inpatient mental health, at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, through online telehealth services, and as the lead therapist of a mental health intensive outpatient program. My experience with children and adolescents has included working in a juvenile detention center, in a youth homeless shelter, in school settings, and in child and adolescent outpatient clinics.