Gillian Frise Therapy

Gillian Frise Therapy MEd RP

Registered Psychotherapist & Consultant

Individual | Couples | Family | Youth

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About Gillian

Welcome. Whether you are coming with clear practical goals or for more open-ended exploration, my compassionate therapeutic approach will help you create more stability and move you out of habitual patterns of restrictions and avoidance, towards a meaningful and valued direction.

I have worked as a psychotherapist for over 15 years in both private practice and mental health settings helping individuals, couples and families. I have experience with a range of issues including, childhood trauma, violence, grief, anxiety and depression, addictions, parenting and relationship issues.

 I work within an anti-oppressive, feminist framework to help people from all backgrounds, cultures, genders and identities. My approach is inclusive and adept at building connections.


What is my training and approach?

I am a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have a masters, M.Ed. Psych, 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 integrate evidenced-based modalities such as :

  • mindfulness

  • dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

  • acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • relational psychotherapy

  • Janina’s Fisher’s informed trauma approach

  • sensorimotor therapy

  • Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate’s child developmental-attachment parenting approach

  • 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 to become your own guide

  • Bring attention to the present moment with self-awareness

  • Develop self-compassion and acceptance

  • Explore unconscious stories and belief systems that may be limiting your potential and keeping you out of connection with others.

  • Identify patterns of trying to control or avoid uncontrollable internal experiences

  • build meaningful relationships

  • 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 keep abreast of  current research and approaches. I stay attune with my clients through supervision in a  group setting with colleagues.
I have a mindfulness, yoga, exercise and an art practice,  which provides me with a fruitful and restorative presence in my everyday life.   

Where is my practice?

My office is located at 240 Roncesvalles Avenue at the Village Healing Centre. I also provide tele-psychotherapy on providers such as Face Time and Skype.


What work have I done outside of my private practice?

I have worked in health clinics and agencies with families, couples and individuals for over 20 years.  Working in team settings at the YWCA, St Joe’s Hospital, Family Service Toronto, Planned Parenthood and Sistering, I have developed specializations in addictions, childhood trauma, sexual violence, grief, identity issues, parenting, separation and divorce, anxiety and depression. My experience covers working with trauma survivors and marginalized 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 a mental block and with young adults who are struggling with 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.