Kansas City Residents Benefit From New Counseling Practice

Metis Counseling uses the power of play to help children and families.

Metis Counseling recently opened its doors in the Northland. Owners Melissa Wright and Nicole Rich serve residents ages 3 through 103 with individual counseling, family therapy and play therapy.

Metis Counseling was named after the Greek goddess of good counsel, planning, advice and wisdom. It’s a responsibility that licensed professional counselors Wright and Rich take seriously in their outpatient practice.

Co-owner Melissa Wright was employed with Healthy Families Counseling and Support as an outpatient therapist, supervisor and in-home therapist for children, adolescents, adults and families for the last 10 years. She’s a registered play therapist trained through the Kansas City Play Therapy Institute. This unique approach uses play and structured activities to target children’s needs.

“Kids tend to be more resilient in working through their problems, and much of this is due to the power of play,” said Wright. “Even kids who are resistant to sharing their feelings often open up and enjoy play therapy.”

Children in play therapy create a world in the sand, as sand trays and props are the primary tools used in this approach. Kids also express themselves through art and role playing.

In addition to her specialized training in play therapy, Wright earned her Masters of Arts in counseling from Webster University and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Previously, she coordinated service with the Department of Mental Health and Platte County Board of Services, and managed a day-treatment program through Unlimited Opportunities, Inc.

Wright’s counseling experience started at age 16 when she volunteered for a suicide hotline. She’s worked in social services ever since. “I feel I was drawn to this work due to having a brother with autism,” she said.

Co-owner Nicole Rich has a similar passion. She was employed with Healthy Families Counseling and Support for the past six years as an outpatient therapist, in-home therapist and targeted case manager. Rich provided mental health and counseling services to adults, adolescents, children and families. She often utilizes play therapy techniques as she works with children and families.

Rich earned her Masters of Arts in counseling from the University of Saint Mary and her bachelor’s degree from Park University. Previously, she provided case management, group facilitation and in-home counseling with Child Abuse and Prevention Association and Synergy Services, Inc.

“I am very passionate about my work,” said Rich. “I feel that my sensitivity, compassion and commitment to my clients are beneficial to the therapeutic process.”

Metis Counseling is conveniently located across from the Zona Rosa entrance near the I-29 and Barry Road corridor. The office is in the BarryView Building behind Jiffy Lube, Prairie View Road and 83rd Street.

To learn more about services we provide or to schedule an appointment, please visit us at metiscounseling.com or give us a call at 816-399-4204. Metis Counseling works with many insurance plans as well as self pay.


For more information:

Melissa Wright or Nicole Rich