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 Palumbo, 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




Katelyn Reiss, TLPC

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



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Karin Imhoff, LPC

Primary & Family Therapist

Karin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and leads groups at Thalia House focusing on using connection and spirituality to help clients find value and self-worth and engage in meaningful relationships. Her belief that every person is worthy of acceptance, love, and belonging is what brought her to Thalia House. Her hope is that every individual learns to better engage with the world from a place of worthiness as they continue in their recovery. Outside of Thalia House, Karin is a clinician at Resonate Relationship Clinic, where she works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families facing a variety of life’s challenges. She understands that every person has a unique story, and it is in the context of these stories that she offers hope, encouragement and practical solutions. She has a passion for those experiencing difficulties related to emotional isolation, intimacy and connection, ineffective communication, parenting struggles, stress, anxiety, depression and low self-worth.

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




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



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Elizabeth Breedlove, LMSW

Primary Therapist

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