Degrees and Certifications:
Hi! My name is Kate Saunders, and I'm a Trauma-Informed Therapist with SLPS. This is my fourth year working for the district and my second year at Meramec. I am trained as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), which means that I am trained as a social worker, but focus especially on mental health. During the year, I meet with select students individually or in groups to help them work on social and emotional problems. It is just like taking your child to see a therapist outside of school, but you don’t have to worry about time, transportation, or insurance! My therapy services are free and open to any child at Meramec and has experienced or witnessed something “sad, bad, or scary” in their lifetime.
I am a graduate of The University of Chicago and Loyola University - Chicago. I grew up in the St. Louis area, but have lived in a bunch of different places. Chicago was my favorite! Outside of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband, son, and two dogs. We enjoy biking, hiking, travelling, and refueling with delicious food (especially cookie-dough ice cream).