Specialties & Expertise
Passion, purpose, and direction: These three words describe Dr. Kevin Gaw’s orientation in providing services.
Dr. Gaw is a counseling psychologist with an office in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in career counseling, life transitions, anxiety, cultural challenges, and finding passion and purpose. With a background in career services, he is particularly passionate about helping students and professionals (young or seasoned) explore career options and find meaningful work that aligns with their interests and values.
Dr. Gaw's approach is integrative and highly tailored to the needs of each client. He uses both skill-based and insight-oriented therapies, helping clients to build concrete strategies to address overwhelming thoughts and emotions, while gaining the mental space to explore big questions about identity, meaning, and purpose
Dr. Gaw welcomes individuals to challenge and reframe the stories they tell about themselves to be more compassionate, affirming, and empowering. He is committed to helping each client find greater fulfillment in their personal lives and careers.
Message to clients
Reaching out and finding a therapist with whom you can connect is not easy or simple. And, it takes a lot of courage to do this. Here's a bit about me and my approach...
I employ the ever-optimistic glass is half full perspective, meaning, we are always developing as individuals and there are always opportunities from which to learn and grow. Without judgement, I view what many call failure as instead life experience and frame it as an opportunity to learn, rather than as a deficit of character, knowledge, skill, or ability. In addition to symptom reduction and management, addressing and resolving root issues are essential for growth and progress. Supporting clients as they move through and beyond experiences that have impacted them is essential.
I am an advocate for personal and professional success, which is (among many factors) an interaction between personal development, career development, professional aspiration, interpersonal skills, access to opportunity, and life-long learning and engagement. Passion, purpose, and having a sense of direction, personally and professionally, are central to my work. I believe identifying one's passion and purpose (which can shift over time), finding meaning, experiencing happiness and flourishing, and living authentically (in alignment with one's values) are important goals.
Work and Education
Private Practice, Psychologist, 2018 - Present
University of Nevada, Reno, Psychologist, 1999 - 2004
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Counseling Center Psychologist, 1994 - 1999
Watsonville, California, Middle School Guidance Counselor, 1987 - 1989
Licensed as a Psychologist: Missouri, 1995 (inactive) Nevada, 1999
(active); and Rhode Island 2018 (active)
American Diabetes Association & American Psychological Association, Mental Health Provider Diabetes Education Program, 2018
Southern Illinois University’s Counseling Center, Doctoral internship, 1993 - 1994
University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD, 1994
San José State University, MEd, 1987
University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, 1982