Katy  Roth

Katy Roth

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Not accepting new clients (updated September 22, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Relationship challenges and couples therapy
  • Performance and creativity in school and work
  • Meditation/mindfulness
  • Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual abuse
  • Chronic illness
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Existential challenges/crises
  • Family issues
  • Graduate studies

Professional statement

Katy Roth has been in the field of therapy for over 20 years, with deep expertise in trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, and work and school performance. She sees many couples, graduate students, and individuals who have experienced trauma. A long time practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Katy also works with meditators, assisting them to integrate spiritual practice with their work in psychotherapy. She is also a professional musician and brings her own direct experience with performance and creativity to her work with artists, writers, and performers.

Katy's practice is heavily informed by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, as well as modalities such as Mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Sensorimotor Psychotherapy helps clients use somatic intelligence to engage the body in the therapy process. Katy is one of the few Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Certified Advanced Practitioners in Rhode Island (as of the writing of this profile, she is the only Advanced Practitioner in RI), and uses this method for clients processing trauma, doing couples work, and/or overcoming graduate school challenges.

Katy began her private practice in 1994 after receiving her MSW from Boston University's School of Social Work and previously worked at the Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center.

Message to clients

We all come into this world with our own unique capacities, strengths and vulnerabilities. Whatever challenges we may be experiencing, there is a deep wisdom in our systems, a way in which our minds and bodies are striving to take care of us and navigate our circumstances. Sometimes we need help to find and draw on this resource and therapy can be a valuable way to do this. I’d encourage you to take your time and talk to different people, looking for a knowledge base and approach that feels right to you, but also for a personal connection in which you feel seen, understood and accepted exactly as you are.


Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Relationship challenges and couples therapy - Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating; using Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for couples work

Performance and creativity in school and work - Rediscovering any lost performance and/or creativity at work or coursework; graduate student challenges (e.g. dissertation writing, research, writing blocks, career exploration)

Meditation/mindfulness - Assists meditators to integrate spiritual practice with their work in psychotherapy

Integration of spirituality and psychotherapy - Utilizing spirituality as a tool in healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

Life transitions - Adjusting to a new life stage, new relationships, career transitions; graduate student career and life transitions; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Sexual abuse - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault; has previously worked at the Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center

Chronic illness - Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens

Cultural adjustment - Moving to a new city, country, and/or culture

Existential challenges/crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence

Family issues - Navigating family challenges; helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children

Graduate studies - Navigating any blockage or challenges in dissertation writing, research, writing blocks, career exploration

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (55min)
  • Initial session: $200


475 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1994 - Present

Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center, 1990 - 1994

Boston University School of Social Work, MSW, 1990

Brown University, BA, 1983


  • English

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