About Roseann

I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health Treatment at The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a long-time affiliate of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, I completed an advanced practitioner program and was a contributing author to How Connections Heal: Stories from Relational-Cultural Theory. I have written for the eConnections Newsletter and designed workshops and seminars on the clinical application of Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT).

I am a great believer in life-long learning and whether I’m in the role of student, teacher or psychotherapist, discovering new and better ways to help people to thrive is my life’s mission. I have a general practice and have successfully worked with a variety of issues with more than 30 years experience inspiring people to succeed and flourish. I understand human development, the effects of loss, and the process of change and I base my therapeutic approach on several well-proven, results-oriented, research-based theories. Whether you have been in therapy before, or you are seeking therapy for the first time, I know how difficult it can be to find the right therapist. To get an idea of what it’s like to work with me, you can take a look at references from some of my colleagues. To schedule a first meeting to discuss your particular circumstances and your specific goals, please call or send me an email

Positive Psychology

Based on the work of Barbara Fredrickson and Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology is about awakening motivation and widening the span of possibilities to create a flourishing life. A growing body of research shows that positive emotions revitalize us and make us more resilient when we’re faced with difficulties and challenges. I help clients create happiness in their lives by teaching them ways to create regular experiences with 12 positive emotions:

  • Amusement
  • Awe
  • Forgiveness
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Interest
  • Inspiration
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Pride
  • Serenity

Relational Cultural Theory

Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) is based on the premise that psychological and emotional growth occurs in relationship and that all people yearn for connection. Empathy is at the foundation of this theory and connection is viewed as the energy that makes change possible. The theory, based on the work of the late Jean Baker Miller, also explores how cultural factors influence behaviors and expectations in relationships. This theory examines notions of self, autonomy, independence, individuation, power and competition. The work of therapy, as defined by this theory, is the creation of a growth-fostering relationship between therapist and client built on mutual empathy and authentic connection.

According to Miller, Five Good Things are consequences of growth-fostering relationships:

  • A sense of zest or well-being that comes from interactions with others
  • The ability and motivation to take positive action in service of self and others
  • Knowledge of oneself and others
  • Increased sense of self worth
  • Increased relational competence and courage

As a Relational-Cultural therapist, my work would include an exploration of your history and the cultural context in which you live. Together we would examine your perceptions, beliefs, and relational experiences to understand how you see yourself and expand possibilities for self-expression and self-empowerment. Healthy, satisfying connections are about being seen, accepted, and loved for who we are. Healthy, satisfying relationships encourage us to extend our authentic selves to others. We can find respectful ways to navigate inevitable conflicts as we relate across our differences, embrace vulnerability, develop strength and resilience and create profound mutual healing through genuine caring.

Professional References

Roseann Adams never fails to provide professional, compassionate and effective guidance to all of the individuals and couples I have referred. She blends hope and positivity with a direct and honest approach to the issues that present in the process of psychotherapy treatment. Her work is characterized by both her breadth and depth of understanding of others and helping clients address and resolve the issues they face. Roseann is an amazing presenter and speaker who is dedicated to raising consciousness in others. I’ve known Roseann for more than 20 years and it is a pleasure to know and work with her.

I have known Roseann Adams as a colleague and friend for more than 20 years. She is a creative and caring therapist who is able to integrate theory and practice while at the same time use her insights and personal experiences to help create healing relationships with clients who reach out for help. Roseann’s knowledge and practice of Relational Cultural Theory has guided her work with clients. She knows that we grow and thrive in our lives through healthy relationships. And healing and growth can only happen when we listen to others with respect, empathy and compassion. Roseann’s work exemplifies this. She has worked successfully with clients who are isolated and marginalized in their families, communities and the world. In her work with women and men from diverse backgrounds she has helped people find their authentic voices to recognize their strengths so that they are able to come of places of crippling isolation into a world of growth-fostering connections.
Roseann is a gifted therapist and compelling teacher. She listens with careful and thoughtful attention to every client’s unique experience. Her inspired work with people from all backgrounds helps them to understand themselves and to believe in the possibility of change, to see the opportunities in their lives, and to have the strength and courage to take steps towards creating the lives they seek

I have known Roseann Adams for 25 years.  I have admired her skills as a therapist, speaker, writer, and friend.  She is thoughtful, articulate and caring.  She is able to express what is difficult to put into words and can find empathic and compassionate ways to describe and explain complicated feelings.  She finds the positive in the most challenging of life’s situations, and is able to be present in a way that helps her clients develop resilience to face life’s difficulties.  If I were in an emotional hurricane I would want Roseann by my side.

I have had the pleasure and benefit of knowing Roseann Adams for over 20 years as a gifted psychotherapist and valued colleague. We have collaborated on countless occasions over the years, and her clinical insights and acuity have been a treasure. She has an uncanny capacity to synthesize detailed information to provide discernment and pragmatic guidance.

We have also had the opportunity to present at psychology conferences; Roseann is the consummate professional. She continues to pursue new pathways of learning and healing for her clients; and brings fresh, thoughtful ideas to these endeavors. Her creativity, wisdom, keen awareness and charming, relational personality are uplifting for anyone working with her, or in her care.

In the over 25 years I have known Roseann Adams, her combination of passion and compassion never ceases to amaze and inspire me as a therapist and person. Whether she is presenting an educational training program for professionals, conducting a life-skill building group for clients or working with individual clients, I’ve been privileged to learn from her dynamic, discerning and deeply caring style. Her knowledge and skill in Relational Cultural theory and practice as well as Positive Psychology techniques translate into truly empowering training programs for psychologists, social workers, EAP professionals and other clinicians. She works with a very diverse clientele, ethnically and culturally; given her caring nature and skill set, she moves easily across cultural borders to connect with clients. It is not surprising that she has become a brilliant educator and life coach, a gifted therapist, and a credit to her profession, doing what comes naturally to her: helping people to heal and transform their lives.

Roseann is an authentic, engaging therapist who meets clients where they are and supports them in getting to where they want to be. She’s constantly learning and growing to expand her range as a clinician and she integrates all these new methods and insights into her practice. Our field is blessed to have such a fantastic example of excellence and professionalism.

I met Roseann Adams in 1996 at a professional training in Relational Cultural Therapy. Her intelligence, warmth and compassion were evident immediately. Since then we have participated in a peer consultation group. I’ve seen her clarity in understanding clinical cases, her devotion to her clients, and the evolution of her clinical practice techniques to reflect the newest research in the field.
She has been an empathetic colleague and inspiration and support to me. I’ve attended several of her training sessions which were engaging, well-organized and skill-focused. I recommend Roseann with total confidence in her authenticity, clinical skill and integrity.

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