The office of Step By Step Counseling was founded in 2009 and over the years has slowly expanded. As the need in the community continued to grow, the office moved into the current location in 2013. Our current space allows us to accommodate more therapists and services.

Our vision was (and still is) to create a counseling resource that serves the community by offering different specialties and services to a wide range of clientele.  As you will notice, therapists connected with Step By Step Counseling have their own specialties and populations that they serve. Our mission is to connect a client with a clinician in our community that will be a good fit for what they are struggling with.

We hope that every client has a positive experience within the practice.     How can we serve you?

Child Therapists

Jennie Wilson, MA

Owner, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Availability
  • Does not have any evening availability
  • Is not able to accept new straight medicaid clients at this time.
Credentials
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor
Certifications & Training
  • Autplay Certified
  • Safe and Sound Protocol Certified
  • Theraplay trained
  • EMDR trained
  • TF-CBT trained
Ages she works with:
  • Pre-School
  • Elementary aged
  • Middle School
  • Parents or Guardians
Location
  • Saint Charles office
Specialties
  • Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Brook Howell, MA

Therapist, Clinical&Play Therapy Supervisor

Availability
  • Currently has a 2-3 month waitlist 
Credentials
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist
  • School Psychological Examiner
Certifications &Training
  • Aut-Play trained
  • Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) trained
  • Filial Therapy trained
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology trained
  • Sandtray Therapy trained
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trained
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Level 1 & 2 trained
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
Ages she works with:
  • Pre-School
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Parents or Guardians
Location
  • Saint Charles office
  • In Home – Western Saint Charles County
Specialties
  • Attachment
  • Foster care & Adoption
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Behavioral & Emotional Concerns
  • Trauma

Jennier DeNunzio

Therapist

Availability
  • Currently has a waitlist for in home services
Credentials
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certifications & Training
  • Play Therapy, working towards RPT
  • Certified School Counselor (Missouri)
Ages she works with:
  • Pre-School
  • Elementary aged
  • Middle School
Location
  • In Home – Lincoln County
  • In Home – Saint Charles County
Specialties
  • Play Therapy
  • Presenting issues in pre-school aged clients

Dawn Maurer

Therapist

Availability
  • Sees clients on Fridays and Saturdays 
Credentials
  • (Provisional) Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Supervised by Shelley Kues
Certifications & Training
  • Working towards certification in Play Therapy
Ages she works with:
  • Elementary aged
  • Middle School
  • High School
Location
  • In Home – Saint Charles County
  • In Office (Saint Charles)
Specialties
  • Foster children or kids in state custody
  • Separation and divorce
  • Grief

Catherine Kendrick

Therapist

Availability
  • Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays afternoon & evening
Credentials
  • (Provisional) Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Supervised by Brook Howell
Certifications & Training
  • Working towards certification in Play Therapy
Ages she works with:
  • Elementary aged
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Young adult
Location
  • In Home – Saint Charles County
  • In Office (Saint Charles)
Specialties
  • Foster children or kids in state custody
  • Separation and divorce
  • Grief

Adolescent & Adult Therapists

Katherine (Kruse) Schwenke, M.Ed

Therapist

Credentials
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
Certifications & Training
  • EMDR Trained
  • EFT Informed
Ages she works with:
  • High School
  • Young Adult
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Location
  • Saint Charles office
Specialties
  • Addictions
  • Couples / Marriage Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety / Depression

Leah Coady, MA

Therapist

Availbility
  • Tuesday and Wednesdays
Credentials
  • CRC
  • (Provisional) Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Supervised by Rhonda Bethman
Certifications & Training
  • Play Therapy Trained
Ages she works with:
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Young Adult
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Location
  • Saint Charles office
  • In home – case by case basis
Specialties
  • Anxiety / Depression co-occurring with medical diagnosis
  • Clients or families of TBI, Cancer or other medical diagnosis 
  • Elderly, end of life
  • Transitions / life Stressor
  • Trauma

Kelly Jones, MA

Therapist

Availability
  • Thursday afternoon/evening & Saturdays
Credentials
  • (Provisionally) Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Under the supervision of Cheri Dueker
Certifications & Training
  • TF-CBT
Ages she works with:
  • Elementary and Middle children placed in fostercare
  • High School
  • Adults
Location
  • In office – Saint Charles
  • In Home – North Saint Louis County
Specialties
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Stepping Stones Therapists

Shelby

Intern

Time onsite
  • Winter/Spring Semester 2019
  • Summer 2019
Ages she works with:
  • High School
  • Young Adult
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Ideal Populations
  • Couples or Relationships
  • Anxiety & Depression
University

Elizabeth

Intern

Time onsite
  • Spring 2019
  • Summer 2019
  • Fall 2019
Ages she works with:
  • High School
  • Young Adult
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Ideal Populations
  • Individuals 
  • Couples
  • Families
University

Lindenwood University’s Masters in Counseling program

Sherine

Intern

Time onsite
  • Fall 2019 (October)
  • Winter 2019
  • Spring 2020 
  • Summer 2020
Ages she works with:
  • High School
  • Young Adult
  • Adults
  • Elderly
Ideal Populations
  • Individuals 
  • Couples
  • Families