Kathy Roth, MSW, LCSW
Founder / Counselor / Adoption Competent
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing therapeutic and support services to women, children, and families since 2009. My passion and expertise is in empowering clients to take steps in creating the life they desire by achieving their personal and/or family goals. I enjoy assisting clients in self-exploration, strengthening relationships, and learning new ways to cope with the issues that cause distress. I take great pride in providing comprehensive services in a safe, welcoming environment. Get in touch to learn more!
I have over 10 years of clinical experience in working with women, children, and families in the areas of violence against women, child welfare, adoption, and mental health. In 2009, I began her career by providing counseling, support, and legal advocacy services to women survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual violence. I transitioned to providing home-based counseling services to families and children at risk for child abuse/neglect or involved with child welfare, with a specialty in working with families impacted by domestic violence. I continued my career in the adoption field at a national, non-profit, open adoption agency working as a counselor and coordinator with expectant mothers as well as adopting/adoptive parents at various stages of the process. In these positions, I facilitated educational workshops and seminars, support groups, options counseling services, and home study services.
I have been providing therapeutic services in a private practice setting to women, children, and families since 2014 and continue to do so today. I am eager to share my passion and expertise with others in the women's rights/issues, child welfare, and adoption community.
More About Me
My Licensure, Certifications, & Education
Licensed Clinical Social Worker "LCSW" in the state of Florida (Lic #: SW13287)
Adoption Competency for Licensed Professionals Certification by Rutgers University/FL Department of Children and Families.
Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on children, youth and families from the University of Michigan.
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an Additional Major in Psychology from Michigan State University.
Notary Public in Florida (Commission #GG189964).
Additional Professional Work
I am also the Co-Founder of Foundations for Growth, PLLC, which offers members of the adoption constellation access to resources and information on open adoption and best practices.
In 2018, Kathy participated in the creation of a 21-hour curriculum for pre-service parent preparation and training for adoptive placement of a child(ren) which was approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Welfare. This curriculum is currently being utilized in Empowered Life's education and support services.
Areas of Expertise
Areas of expertise include self-esteem & confidence building, life transitions/changes, relationship issues, trauma, domestic violence, sexual violence, women’s issues, pregnancy health & emotional wellness, family building, attachment & bonding, open adoption planning & support, and adoptive parenting support.
I utilize best practices in adoption as well as evidenced-based interventions such as compassion-focused therapy, strengths-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, feminist therapy, trauma-focused therapy, attachment-based therapy, therapeutic parenting, family-centered coaching, family systems approach, and adoption competencies.
Professional & Community Involvement
Kathy enjoys attending and presenting at various speaking events, support groups, conferences, and trainings. Some opportunities include the American Adoption Congress Conference, Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium, and the Adoption Summit.
Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, National Foster Parent Association, Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN), Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), and Women Empowered Global.