Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Relationship challenges & couples counseling
Performance and creativity in school and work
Meditation / mindfulness
Integration of Psychotherapy and spirituality
Existential challenges / crises
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.
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Relationship Challenges & 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
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 – Previous work 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
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
Brown University Student Health Insurance
First appointment: $200/session
Ongoing sessions: $150/session
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."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (learn more)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Rhode Island Rape Crisis Center, 1990 - 1994
Boston University School of Social Work, MSW, 1990
Brown University, BA, 1983