Accepting new clients for evening appointments
Offers remote video sessions
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Wednesday: Evenings by appointment
Thursday: Evenings by appointment
Specialties & expertise
Dr. Kevin 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 young professionals 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.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Cultural adjustment – Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Diabetes Distress – 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
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Dr. Gaw is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: $225 (90min)
Ongoing sessions: $160/session (60min)
Group sessions: $65 (90min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. Must be discussed in advance and have documentation.
Therapist's note: Dr. Gaw can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
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.”
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
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. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
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)
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy uses stories to connect an individual to their broader context, by exploring dominant stories and alternative stories; dominant plots and alternative plots; events being linked together over time that have implications for past, present and future actions. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to change their relationship with problems in their lives by rewriting narratives. (learn more)
Positive psychotherapyPositive psychotherapy focuses on positive emotions and client strengths, rather than deficits in order to reduce negative symptoms. (learn more)
Education and work experience
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