My name is Ryan Gillespie and I am a counseling psychologist who provides individual, couples, and group therapy for adults.
I have over 15 years of experience helping people address a wide range of concerns, and have been serving the Nashville community for over a decade.
I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose, and hopeful about therapy. I provide free 15-minute phone consultations and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I appreciate your interest in my practice and hope that you find the information on this website helpful.
I view therapy as one of the most important investments that a person can make in him or herself. We all want to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and I see therapy as a unique opportunity for people to explore how they want their lives to feel and the ways in which they want to grow.
So often the changes we seek involve feeling more connected to ourselves and other people, and I believe the insight and skills that emerge through therapy can provide the foundation for this connection. The therapeutic relationship, itself, often provides one significant point of connection...
I see therapy as a collaborative relationship between the client and therapist. At the core of my work is the belief that therapy is most successful when it is based on a relationship that involves safety, trust, and respect. While the exact outcomes of therapy can be difficult to predict, you can be assured that I will tailor therapy to meet your specific needs, and that I will offer kindness, compassion, and genuineness throughout our time together.
• Relationship Concerns
• Adjustment/Life Transitions
• Grief and Loss
• Identity Concerns
Difficulties with trust, intimacy, and communication
Developing insight and change through relationships
I received my masters and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology from Indiana State University. I completed my doctoral internship at the Vanderbilt University-Veterans Affairs Internship in Professional Psychology and my postdoctoral residency at the Vanderbilt University Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC). Before pursuing full-time private practice, I worked at the PCC for 8 years and performed clinical, training, and administrative roles. I have worked in a variety of settings, including rural and urban family practices, university counseling centers, and veteran’s affairs medical centers. I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.
My path to psychology began as an undergraduate student at the University of Alabama – Huntsville. I did not enter college with the intent to become a psychologist (in fact, my sole intent was to play for UAH’s hockey team); however, with one particular class and a several good mentors, psychology and the potential to understand and help others became not only an interest but a passion. I feel fortunate and lucky to have found psychology and to be a part of a profession that allows me to work with and learn from so many different people – my clients.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, playing hockey (some dreams never die, they just get re-constructed), and spending time with friends.
My office is in the Kinnard Building, which sits on the corner of 21st Avenue South and Blair Blvd., between Hillsboro Village and I-440. The building is directly across 21st Avenue from the Harris Teeter grocery store, and right next to Hillsboro Hardware.
There is covered parking under the building with the entrance off Blair Blvd. If this lot is full, there is also a smaller lot that is accessed by a ramp that goes up between our building and the Hillsboro Hardware store next door on 21st Avenue.
My office is on the 2nd floor, Suite 229. Take a right off the elevator, then immediately right again down a short hallway. The door is on the right.
Our first session will last approximately 50 minutes. This session represents a chance for us to get to know one another, and for me to begin to develop an understanding of the concerns you want to address. I realize that coming to therapy can feel daunting, initially. As such, I will also encourage you to ask any questions you might have for me and will work to pace the session in a manner that is comfortable for you. Establishing trust and safety in therapy can take time, but I hope to convey my sincere interest in building a collaborative relationship with you during our first meeting. Near the end of the first session, I will provide feedback about the concerns we’ve discussed, talk about how I might be able to assist you, and help to establish some initial goals for our work together. I will also encourage you to provide feedback/impressions regarding our initial session. If, for any reason, you do not feel comfortable with my style, approach, etc., please know that I am open to this feedback.
Please review, print, and complete my paperwork and bring these documents to your first session. These documents can be found in the "My Paperwork" section above. Completing these forms ahead of time will allow us to focus on the matters that are most important to you. At the end of our initial meeting we will also review and complete a "Fee and Therapy Contract." Your signature on this form represents your consent to therapy and acknowledgement of my office policies and procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding my paperwork.
My fee for 50-minute appointments is $140.00. If you would like to use your insurance, please check with me to see if I am an in-network with your insurance carrier. In the event that I am not in-network with your carrier, I can assist you with filing for out-of-network reimbursement. Please note that if you are seeing me as an out-of-network provider, you will be responsible for paying my full fee at the time of our visits and that different insurance carriers vary in terms of the reimbursement they provide. I suggest that you contact your insurance provider prior to our initial meeting and ask if they provide out of network benefits for behavioral/mental health needs, and inquire as to the rate of reimbursement they offer. Whether you are seeing me on an in-network or out-of-network basis, please have your insurance card handy during your first appointment so that we can fill out the necessary claims form. Note that payment is expected at the time of service.
I do offer a limited number of sliding scale appointments. Please contact me to find out about the current availability of these appointments.
I am legally obligated to maintain your confidentiality and feel that this obligation represents one of the cornerstones of therapy. There are, however, a few circumstances that would require me to break confidentiality: 1) If you represent an imminent threat to yourself or someone else, 2) if you report knowledge of abuse/neglect involving special needs populations (children, elderly, mentally or physically challenged), and 3) if I am court-ordered to provide documentation associated with our work together. Please let me know if you have any questions about these exceptions.