our staff:

 
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Emma Wood, lcmft

OWNER, CLINICAL DIRECTOR & PRIMARY/FAMILY THERAPIST

Emma Wood is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. Emma provides individual, couple and family therapy with adolescents and adults from a holistic perspective.  Emma is experienced with a wide variety of concerns & diagnoses including mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, self esteem and everyday life adjustments.  Emma has received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson and has also completed advanced training in couples' therapy at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. She offers comprehensive assessment, counseling, and enrichment for premarital and married couples. Emma is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Emma has been an adjunct professor, approved supervisor and worked in inpatient and outpatient settings. Emma is the owner of a private practice and owner of a supportive living home for eating disorders.

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy – Friends University

 
 

Lynette Morris, RD, LD

OWNER & REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Lynette Morris is a registered and licensed dietitian and manager of nutrition therapy at Thalia House. She has over 20 years of experience providing nutrition therapy in a variety of settings to individuals, their families and caregivers. Lynette is an Eating Disorders specialist who provides nutrition therapy to help clients normalize their relationship with food and their body. She has experience with teen and adults in the inpatient, transitional living and outpatient levels of care. Lynette collaborates with the client’s physician, therapist and other members of the healthcare team to provide multidisciplinary treatment. She works closely with clients to help them develop life skills such as budgeting, grocery shopping, cooking, appointment scheduling, and engaging in volunteer, employment, and academic opportunities. Lynette is a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians whose purpose is to improve the quality of care for individuals with eating disorders.

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Gina behm, LPC

Program Director & Primary Therapist

Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been a member of the Thalia House team since 2017.   She joined our team as an intern, and her passion for treating eating disorders, as well as the various accompanying diagnoses, continued to grow throughout her internship experience.  Gina now works with clients, both individually and in the group setting, through an eclectic lens. She believes in discovering and incorporating client values, strengths and passions to overcome whatever obstacles they may be faced with.  Her belief that clients’ strength lies within themselves aids her in creating a safe environment for clients to explore themselves and their relationships, and identify practical solutions to enhance many aspects of their lives outside of therapy.  In addition to her eating disorder clients, Gina also works with individuals experiencing a range of life concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief/loss, mood disorders and life transitions.

B.S., Psychology & Communication – Rockhurst University

M.A., Counseling and Guidance – University of Missouri, Kansas City

 
 

Karin Imhoff, LPC

Primary & Family Therapist

Karin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who leads groups and sees individual clients recovering from eating disorders. She has clinical experience with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders and tailors specific treatments to fit each client’s personal needs and goals. Karin helps clients recognize unhelpful patterns in their lives and empowers them to develop new skills and strategies, enabling them to let go of harmful behaviors and regain meaningful lives. She is DBT Certified and trained in RO DBT and shame based disorders. She has extensive experience in improving both emotion regulation and emotional overcontrol, as well as interpersonal relationships and social connectedness, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and shame resilience. Karin’s unique background and education in both counseling and engineering enable her to bring a balanced approach to the counseling relationship, incorporating both the emotional and logical aspects of people’s struggles. By developing a safe and compassionate environment, she offers hope, encouragement and practical solutions. Karin has a passion for helping those experiencing difficulties related to their eating disorders including emotional isolation, intimacy and connection, overcontrol, rumination, ineffective communication, emotion regulation, shame, low self-worth, stress, anxiety, and depression. She also works with clients’ families and partners who are supporting and encouraging her clients’ eating disorder recovery.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 15 years and their four school-aged children. She is respectful and appreciative of all cultures, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds. Karin also works as an Outpatient Therapist at Thalia Therapy & Wellness Center, our affiliated outpatient center for eating disorders in Overland Park, KS.

MA, Counseling and Guidance - University of Missouri, Kansas City

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Melinda Lericos, LPC

Primary Therapist

Melinda graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Food and Nutrition: Dietetics. With the goal of Eating Disorder treatment in mind, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Melinda began at Thalia House in 2013 as a volunteer for meal support. As her passion for eating disorder treatment grew, she completed her counseling internship with Thalia House. Now, as our Program Coordinator, she looks forward to working with each individual on their own unique journey to recovery; from the first phone call to a life recovered. Melinda believes in a holistic approach to recovery including wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit. Her approach to treatment is goal oriented and utilizes the ACT perspective as well as other mindfulness based techniques.

BS, Food and Nutrition: Dietetics - Northwest Missouri State University

MA, Counseling and Guidance - University of Missouri, Kansas City

 
 

Christine rupe, lcpc

Primary therapist

Christine was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to the Kansas City area in 2018. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Northeastern State University and she received her Master’s degree in community counseling from Oklahoma State University. Christine completed an internship at a addiction treatment center for women and children and enjoyed being able to work with women seeking to better their lives,and the lives of their children. In 2007 she joined the team at Laureate, a psychiatric hospital located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During her 8 years there, she worked in various different settings, including in admissions and as a primary therapist on the adolescent eating disorders unit. Her family then moved and began their overseas living adventure in 2015 where they spent 3 years living in Peru. After spending those years abroad in South America, she moved to Kansas in 2018. She enjoys collaborating and working as part of a treatment team, which she continues to do in an outpatient setting. Christine has extensive experience in working with adults, adolescents, and their families across multiple treatment settings and modalities. She has experience in individual, family, and group therapy, as well as parent coaching and meal support. Christine mainly works from a perspective of ACT, DBT, and CBT modalities; she also works within a Christian lens for those desiring that framework.

B.S., Psychology - Northeastern State University

M.A., Community Counseling - Oklahoma State University

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Caitlin Mordan, LPC

Primary therapist

Caitlin Mordan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works as and individual therapist at Thalia Therapy and Wellness Center, as well as a primary therapist for Thalia House’s Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. Her passion is working to build authentic connection with her clients in order to build the trust that is necessary for them to face whatever they bring into the counseling office. Caitlin strives to show her clients that their own unique quirks, sense of humor, and experiences can help to create the story that they want for their lives.

Caitlin specializes primarily in adolescents and athletes with eating disorders, but enjoys working with young adults and other presenting concerns such as anxiety, mood, and personality disorders as well. Caitlin’s clients will utilize a blend of DBT, CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy skills as they empower themselves on this journey to recovery.

B.S., Mathematics, Concentration in Engineering- University of Kansas

M.A., Counseling and Guidance- University of Missouri, Kansas City

 
 

Jennifer Hannon, TLMSW

director of outreach

Jennifer graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Jennifer took a two-year hiatus from school to pursue a job at UNL as a lab coordinator in the Family Development Lab. While working in the lab, Jennifer investigated the development of psychopathology (e.g. eating disorders, mood disorders) across the lifespan, with a focus on the family context and its etiological significance. She has presented her research findings at various conventions, including APA and ABCT. Jennifer left her job at UNL to pursue her master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas (KU), graduating in May of 2019. For the 2017-2018 school year, she was placed at Thalia House as an intern, where she fell in love with direct practice. During her second year of graduate school, Jennifer worked at EDCare, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient facility located in Merriam, KS. Through these various experiences, Jennifer has come to appreciate the role of clinical science in the treatment of psychopathology. She looks to bridge the gap between science and practice in order to enhance the efficacy of treatments for eating disorders. Jennifer utilizes ACT, DBT, and CBT in her treatment approach.

BA, Psychology – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MA, Social Work – University of Kansas

 
 
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Ariel Johnston, RD, LD

dietitian

Ariel Johnston is a Registered Dietitian. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in dietetics and completed her internship through Iowa State University. She is a Kansas City native, a cooking instructor at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, and has her own private practice, The Tasty Balance, LLC. Ariel has experience at both the outpatient and inpatient levels working with those with eating disorders.

As a former college and semi-pro basketball player her interest in nutrition started with an understanding that food can be fuel. Her passion for cooking and baking is what sets her apart and a piece she incorporates in helping clients repair their relationship with food.