Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Fawcett.
Kevin, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Most people are surprised to hear that I was a physics/engineering major when I started school. I started taking psychology courses early on in college mainly as a personal interest. I faced some serious hardships as I was growing up and my courses helped me better understand those experiences. I really didn’t consider pursuing psychology as a career until I was a senior in college. Since I was a teenager, I tended to be someone that others came to talk to and I enjoyed helping people in that way. I received wonderful encouragement from my professors and ultimately figured it could be a great fit for me. In total, it took about 8 years after college to finish all of the education and requirements for licensure as a psychologist. I was definitely nervous to take the risk of starting my own practice, but I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I started my practice in 2011 just a few months after getting licensed and, with the help of more great support, I’m proud to say that it has been thriving since.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not a smooth road! There were a number of times throughout my journey that I was very tempted to move onto something else. I had some really difficult hoops to jump through in order to be able to do what I’m doing now. Getting through a doctoral program and clinical internships, while simultaneously working side jobs (for living expenses) AND trying to maintain some semblance of a social life…it was grueling at times. Therapeutic work itself can is very challenging too. It requires a great deal of energy, attention, and creativity. It can become a lonely venture being in a solo practice and if I’m not being intentional about self-care can easily lead to compassion fatigue. But in the end, no other path has captured my interest the way that this one has. I truly feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, the type of contribution I am supposed to be making, and I find a great deal of joy in helping people this way. It’s that meaning in my work that has motivated me to persevere through those obstacles.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kevin Fawcett, Ph.D. (Psychologist) – what should we know?
I see people with a diverse range of backgrounds and presenting problems, but I tend to work with young/emerging adults in their 20’s and 30’s. My approach to helping others is person-centered, meaning that I focus on cultivating a genuine, honest, and caring relationship with those I work with, helping them understand themselves with greater compassion (which is almost always lacking). A huge part of the growth journey is also acknowledging our fears and finding the courage to experiment with approaching those fears. Real change in this way is incredibly difficult, which is why having a “safe base” in the therapeutic relationship is so critical…an authentic relationship where you feel understood and accepted but also challenged. That’s the feedback I get most from my clients, that they have this safe base with me and feel comfortable taking those risks with me.
Part of what allows me to create this environment is my dedication to self-care. For instance, I have a set number of timeslots during the week devoted to meeting with my clients and I tend to be firm with the limits I set. I don’t see clients on Fridays…That’s “Kevin Day” and I spend it doing things that I love. I regularly carve out time in my life for experiences that fill me up, which allows me to give more when I’m with those I’m helping.
I deeply believe I can only lead people in their growth process as far as I’ve been willing to go myself. I need to be able to model what it looks like to walk the walk, so I do my best to live what I teach. The “success” I feel as a psychologist is directly connected to my capacity to live my life with the intention and courage I’m trying to model, pressing into my own fears, taking risks, and becoming the best person I am capable of becoming.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
So many people deserve credit, both in my personal success and in the success of my business. Admittedly, it is hard to narrow it down to key figures. I had some great relationships with professors in college who introduced the idea of pursuing a career in psychology. I also had really amazing supervisors at my internship sites who helped to inspire confidence that I had something valuable to offer. One supervisor in particular, Karen Hyland, was willing to take me under her wing after my internship with her ended and provide me with the resources and guidance I needed to start my practice. I could always tell that she believed in me and that played a huge role in helping me get started.
But I wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support of my parents, friends, mentors, and colleagues…too many to name. Whether it was practical aid or emotional support, I quickly think of countless people I have turned to for help. I can’t think of how I could possibly show the extent of my gratitude for all of the support I have received.
- Address: 3604 Fourth Avenue, Suite 5
San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: www.drkevinfawcett.com
- Phone: (619) 356-0811
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org