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Be it as a person’s counselor or as a founding member of facilities for the homeless, Kevin Everett FitzMaurice, M.S., seeks to make others’ lives better by helping others improve how they function. As a volunteer, he supports community services to improve others’ living conditions. As a counselor, he “counsels” in the traditional sense: advising, directing, and nudging–or pushing–others into facing and resolving their issues.


TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

Mr. FitzMaurice has a variety of formal and advanced training in counseling, which includes Addictions Counseling, Family Therapy, advanced Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), and over 1,650 hours of diverse training for continuing education units (CEUs). To make the best use of that extensive training, he takes an integrative approach, grounding himself in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and using the other theories to build upon that one core theory, rather than focusing on multiple theories and mastering none of them.

After more than twenty-five years in counseling, Mr. FitzMaurice has worked in the substance abuse field, directed two community mental health programs, and spent fifteen years counseling in private practice. In that time, he has refined many principles for and methods of counseling. He now puts those principles and methods into book form to share them with a wider audience, so more people can benefit than he can reach in person. Currently, he has more than thirty books written, most of which are available worldwide as ebooks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo, and Apple.


PHILOSOPHY & INFLUENCES

The philosophical odyssey of Mr. FitzMaurice began in the late ’60s. It has remained a mostly self-taught pursuit, with little formal training or education in philosophy. The odyssey started with Western philosophy and a study of pragmatism and atheism. For example, he read every work of Nietzsche that had been translated into English at that time. From there, he moved to the study of Zen, Buddhism, Hinduism, and a misguided experimentation with psychedelics to achieve states of superconsciousness. He continued into Eastern philosophy, pursuing Taoism and J. Krishnamurti. Next came a study of Christianity that started with seven readings of the Old Testament and nine readings of the New Testament from cover to cover. This was followed by a formal study of Western psychology. The ongoing influences for FitzMaurice’s thinking continue to be Christianity, General Semantics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and an Eastern combination of J. Krishnamurti, Taoism, and Zen.


CREDENTIALS & CERTIFICATIONS

Academic Credentials: Master of Science (M.S.) in guidance and counseling, with a specialization in agency counseling, from the University of Nebraska. Associate of applied science in human services – chemical dependency counseling (with honors), from Metropolitan Community College.

National Certifications: National Certified Counselor (NCC) [active for 20+ years, now expired]; Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) [active for 20+ years, now expired]; Family Certification in REBT; Primary Certification in REBT; and Advanced Certification in REBT.

State Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon [inactive 2017]; previously Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) in Nebraska; previously Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa.

Community Service: One of the original founders of the Francis House, Siena House, and Stephen Center homeless facilities still in operation in Nebraska. Supporter of the following charities: OxFam America, Amnesty International USA, Habitat for Humanity, and Green Peace.

Photo: The photo of Mr. FitzMaurice shown on this website and elsewhere is outdated, because it is from a younger age. It continues to be used because Mr. FitzMaurice is known by that photo. The hairstyle and glasses are the same, but the hair is whiter, there are more wrinkles, and there are other signs of aging.


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