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.
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
Director Of Outreach & Primary Therapist
Our Director of Outreach, Katelyn Reiss, has been a part of Thalia House since 2016. Katelyn began as an intern while completing her Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to her Master’s, Katelyn obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton, where she trained under Dr. Gerald Corey. Katelyn has worked in the mental and behavioral health field for five years. Aside, from Director of Outreach, Katelyn uses her expertise and passion in counseling to service individuals, couples, families, and groups through a person-centered therapeutic stance. Katelyn is passionate about the use of empowerment to cultivate self-worth and fostering hope towards lasting recovery. Her empathic position allows for safety and growth while working towards a place of healing and resilience.
B.S., Human Services - California State University, Fullerton
M.A., Counseling - Mid-America Nazarene University
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
Melinda Lericos, LPC
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
Elizabeth Breedlove, LMSW
Elizabeth is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working in the Behavioral and Mental Health field. Elizabeth has worked as a Behavioral Specialist for adolescents with developmental and learning disabilities within the school and community mental health care systems, as a mental health counselor in an acute care hospital setting for adults, as an on-site dual-diagnosis counselor for those suffering from addiction and mental illness, and as a Family Support Specialist for families suffering from sexual trauma and abuse. Elizabeth’s therapeutic approach earned patient and staff recognition as one of the most regarded Behavioral Health Associates at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in 2011-2012. This myriad of experience with clients and patients has formed Elizabeth’s effectiveness as an all-inclusive treatment minded therapist. At Thalia House, Elizabeth connects services for all residents, as they need it. While working closely with each therapist and dietitian, Elizabeth challenges and aids in the implementation of each client’s goals and aspirations for their recovery in order to help each resident begin to live not only independently, but successfully. Elizabeth serves clients and their families with private sessions addressing trauma, anxiety, disordered eating patterns, conflict resolution, boundary, and goal setting. Elizabeth also provides treatment planning and goal setting as well as connecting clients to local services within Kansas City as needed.
Bachelor of Behavioral Psychology, Minor in Women’s Studies – Avila University
Master of Social Work- The University of Kansas
Christine rupe, lcpc
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