Max Gillespie

Max Gillespie


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
01914136434

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Therapist - Ryton

Ryton NE40
01914136434
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I offer a soulful approach to therapy grounded in the latest psychological theory. 

​Often, it may seem that much of modern psychological therapy merely ruffles and reorganises the surface of the things that trouble us. Seeing people who are experiencing psychological suffering as complex machines to which we can apply a set psychological theories. In contrast, after 20years of working as a psychological therapist, I believe it's more appropriate to approach clients as 'souls' in need of hearing, healing, connection, meaning, and renewal.

​Within this spirit, and resulting from my many years of experience of working as a psychological therapist, psychological therapy service manager, and clinical supervisor; working therapeutically with a broad range of therapeutic material; hospice and bereavement end of life, trauma (including severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder such torture and sexual violence), physical, psychological, emotional and mental, and spiritual forms of abuse, substance-misuse, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and many other complex clinical presentations, I offer long-term open-ended therapy, and can also provide brief psychological interventions. I offer therapy at the depth needed to affect true healing rather than mere symptom control.

​Having studied and practiced 'depth-psychology' and Tibetan Buddhism for decades, I also offer a deeply engaged approach to post-traumatic growth. What I mean by this, is that deep soulful healing needs to be engaged with at depth, often clearing the rubble left in the wake of a personal disaster before one can move on and find a way to come 'fully alive’. ​

Practice description

I have a passion for working therapeutically; I’m not ashamed to call it a calling. People come to therapy for many reasons, but whatever their particular reason, there’s usually an intense need for connection and a hope for a deep renewal. This being so, I feel it a privilege to share in people's journeys.

​Towards this end, as well as offering psychological therapy, I have come to appreciate the deep healing and renewal that can come from an approach to therapeutic healing that embraces the body, breath, meditation, and mindful awareness (My experience is with techniques taken from the Indio-Tibetan Buddhist traditions). When combined with, and underpinned by, a deep understanding of the possibilities of the life enhancing qualities of the therapeutic relationship, healing can be more than just a return to 'normal'.

My first session

Our first session will be relaxed, and I will give you the space best conducive for you to find your own pace. We will get to know each other a little, and I may ask gentle questions that allow me to get a full understanding of what brought you to see a therapeutic relationship. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Groups, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling