Meet Kate!    Katherine (Kruse) Schwene is a Licenced Professional Counselor and an adult therapist with Step By Step Counseling.  She enjoys working with ages 17 and older.   She is currently accepting new clients. 

Kate’s training in Emotionally Focused Therapy helps her when working with couples who struggle with connection and communication.  She is able to help them understand and express themselves more clearly in order to build a secure attachment or bond with their partner.  Additionally, Kate also has 5 years expereince in a rehab facility which is beneficial when working with clients who have have addictions or know a loved one who struggles with addiction. 

A few areas of interest are:  

  • Couples, Relationship and Marriage Counseling
  • Addictions (Substance use)
  • Trauma 
  • Anxiety & Depression 
  • Life Crisis, looking for meaning and fullfilment

Educational Background

Formal education

  • Bachelors in Social Work & Theatre South East Missouri State
  • Masters of Education in Counseling from University of Missouri – St. Louis 

Certifications & Credentials

  • EFT – Trained, working towards certification 
  • EMDR – Trained, working towards certification

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Fees & Payment Information 


  • Intake: 125/session
  • 40-45 minute: 115/session 
  • Family/Couples: 135/session


  • In network with some commerical insurance plans
  • In network with some medicaid plans 


Availability and Location


  • Monday-Friday 
  • Telehealth:  Tues, Wed, Friday
  • In person: Monday & Thursday 


  • Saint Charles office
  • Telehealth

Get to know Kate!

Outside of the office Kate enjoys spending time with her husband Erik, as well as her furbabies Luna and .  She loves being an Aunt!  Kate is passionate about supporting animal shelters.  We love hearing (and seeing pictures) of her traveling adventures. And of course, no one would be surprised to see Kate riding her bike through the local parks or running in local 5k races and rocking it!  She will tell people that she feels most alive and centered when out on a run, especially in the fall. It’s also noteworthy that she is our office’s biggest Harry Potter fan. We love that Kate always reminds us to laugh, not take ourselves too seriously and have fun at work! 


Work with Kate!

Kate wants clients to have a calm, friendly enviornment.  If you are interested in working with her, please call 636-255-0002 or schedule through our online form.