Kevin  Gaw

Kevin Gaw

Psychologist, PhD

Not accepting new clients in Providence practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Career counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Diabetes stress

Professional statement

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.


Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places

Diabetes stress - Support and education associated with the unique and often unspoken emotional challenges and worries that are part of the range of experience when managing and living with diabetes


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Kevin Gaw is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Initial session: $225 (90min)
  • Group sessions: $65 (90min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Gaw can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

154 Waterman Street

Suite 15

Providence, RI 02906


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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



Therapy Groups

Kevin  Gaw
Managing Diabetes Support Group

Designed specifically for individuals living with diabetes, this group provides a supportive environment for participants to be understood and supported through the stress and burnout that can come with this chronic condition.

Kevin  Gaw
Résumé and Strategic Cover Letter Writing Class

This weekly group (open to adults at any stage of employment) provides participants with tools and strategies to prepare and improve their application in today's employment market.