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, anxiety and depression, addictions, parenting and relationship issues.

 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, 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 am a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). 

I integrate evidenced-based modalities such as mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and sensorimotor therapy.  For child development, I am trained in 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 keep abreast of  current research and approaches. I stay attune with my clients through supervision in a  group setting with colleagues.
I continue with 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 in health clinics and agencies with families, couples and individuals.  My work is broad over the years and has always been within a team setting to develop skills and learn from colleagues and mentors.  Over the years, I  have worked in agencies with a specific focus. To name a few:  separation and divorce, addictions, childhood trauma, sexual violence, grief, parenting, anxiety, depression. My experience also 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 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.