Gillian Frise Therapy

Gillian Frise Therapy MEd RP

Registered Psychotherapist & Consultant

Individual | Couples | Family | Youth

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About Gillian

Welcome, I offer an empathic, intuitive and collaborative  approach to help you  connect to your strengths, develop greater self-compassion and help you find new ways of approaching challenges.  I have worked as a psychotherapist and parent consultant for over 15 years in both private practice and mental health settings. I work with children 9 and over, youth and adult individuals and couples with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues,  addictions, anger, parenting, separation/divorce, and trauma. I also run seminars and lead therapeutic parenting groups throughout Toronto. I work within an anti-oppressive framework to help people from all backgrounds, cultures and identities.


What is my training and approach?

I have a masters in counselling psychology from University of Toronto, OISE, and an undergraduate degree from McGill University.  I received my Parent Coach certificate from Parent Education Network. I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. 

My approach is collaborative and strength-based to help clients move towards continued growth, compassion, and self-awareness. I integrate different modalities that use both body and talking therapy such as sensorimotor body-based work,  mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), relational therapy, narrative therapy, attachment therapy, expressive therapy and for child development, Gordon Neufeld Institute. I also have the Emotionally-Focused Therapy certificate for couples counselling. 

Some of the skills you may be want to learn:

  • Help  handle and disengage from painful thoughts, feelings and urges
  • Experience a stable sense of self as an observer of experiences
  • Bring attention to the present moment with self-awareness
  • Develop self-compassion and acceptance
  • Build meaningful relationships
  • Identify patterns of trying to control or avoid uncontrollable internal experiences
  • Participate in values-consistent activities, even when challenged
  • Clarify what is truly important in your values to help you live a more  fulfilling life

I am always looking at new ways of challenging myself by participating in personal development courses that follow current research and approaches. I stay attune with my clients through supervision in a  group setting with colleagues.
I have also done and continue to do my own in-depth therapy  that includes a mindfulness practice and exercise. I also have many interests, including a longstanding art practice,  all of which provide me with a fruitful and restorative presence in my everyday life.   


What work have I done outside of my private practice?

I have worked as a counsellor and group facilitator in health clinics and agencies with families, couples and individuals.  My experience also covers working in the wilderness with trauma survivors and youth at Outward Bound Wilderness School, in prisons for people with addiction, grief and anger issues, with teen athletes who are recovering from an injury or mental block, with teens who are experiencing anger, behavioural issues, violence and/or depression, to assert and find their identity.


What do I do along side my private practice?


Along with my private practice, I also train graduate students in psychotherapy and consult on de-escalation strategies, trauma work and child development. I give lectures and run  groups on parenting at schools, agencies, day cares and organizations. I also run therapeutic groups for children and teens.