Foundations for Growth            

Specializing in Adoption Services, Adoption Education & Support,
and Counseling services for Women, Teens, & Families

Meet the Co-Founders/Counselors

Audra Coons, LCSW

Co-Owner/Founder, Counselor
Audra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW#13435) in the state of Florida and is Certified as an Adoption Competent Therapist by Florida's Department of Children and Families. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in psychology from University of Evansville and her Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Central Florida. Audra is also a Notary Public in Florida.

Audra found her true passion when she began working in the adoption field, mostly with expectant/birth mothers and adoptive families. She has management, counseling, and outreach experience working for a national, private non-profit adoption agency specializing in open adoption and domestic placements. Audra is excited to focus her career on services for the adoption community where there is a strong need for education, counseling, and skilled clinicians serving all members of the adoption triad: birthparents, adoptive parents, and adopted children.

Audra also has diverse experience within the mental health field and specializes in counseling for women's issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, and trauma. Audra has experience in a variety of settings including an inpatient psychiatric facility, behavioral health hospital, outpatient counseling centers, and in-home case management. She has worked in family strengthening and parenting education programs, substance abuse treatment, mood and anxiety disorder treatment, and medical social work. She has been trained to use evidenced-based interventions including Attachment-Focused Therapy, Behavioral Activation (BA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and also utilizes mindfulness and strengths-based interventions.

Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp - Tampa Bay Chapter), and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
 

Katherine Roth, LCSW

Co-Owner/Founder, Counselor

Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW#13287) in the state of Florida and is Certified as an Adoption Competent Therapist by Florida's Department of Children and Families. Kathy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with an Additional Major in Psychology from Michigan State University. In addition, Kathy obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on children, youth and families from the University of Michigan. Kathy is a Notary Public in Florida.


Kathy has a strong passion for family building and strengthening. She believes those pursuing the adoption process/making an adoption plan deserve to be given equal opportunities, choices, education, and support to ensure a positive experience and future. Kathy has a vast amount experience and expertise in working with the adoption triad at various stages of the process as well as an array of settings. Kathy began working as a counselor with families and children at risk for child abuse/neglect and/or involved in the foster care system. Kathy continued her career in the adoption field while working as a counselor and coordinator at a national, private non-profit adoption agency specializing in open adoption and domestic placements. Over the years, she has provided a variety of services to birth and adoptive parents such as the home study process, facilitation of educational workshops and seminars, support groups, and counseling as an adoption professional. Kathy strives to provide ethical, comprehensive services and is eager to share her passion and expertise with others in the adoption community.


Kathy specializes in counseling for adoption, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, life changes/transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem/self-confidence, sexual violence, trauma, and women's issues. Kathy believes it is important when working with clients to create a comfortable, safe space and to develop an individualized treatment approach based on the client's identified needs and goals. Kathy has been trained to use evidenced-based interventions including Attachment-Focused Therapy, Therapeutic Parenting,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client-Centered, Trauma-Focused CBT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.


Kathy has worked extensively with adults, adolescents/children, and families in a range of settings including outpatient counseling centers and home/community based services. She has worked with women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual/physical/emotional abuse, family building and parenting education programs, and as a behavioral health case manager and counselor assisting clients with mental health issues.


Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN), and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).