Shirley Friesen, M.A.,R Psych

We Live What We Teach

Shirley Friesen, M.A., R.Psych.

Age group I work with: Ages 17 and up.
Language(s): English
Where I offer my services: Online 
When not at work I am: Balancing it out with family and friends, hiking,walking and pelotoning!
Favourite ice cream:

Vanilla bean.

If I wasn’t a therapist I’d be: A human rights lawyer.
Book recommendation: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabot Zinn.

Please note that Wise Mind Centre is not a vendor of ICBC and WorkSafe BC. Ms. Shirley Friesen does not accept ICBC or WorkSafe BC referrals.

Shirley is a registered psychologist licensed by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#1771). She has over 20 years of experience helping people who are exhausted from trying too hard to keep everything under control. Overthinking every detail, frustrated that other people seem to live their lives effortlessly and feeling like an imposter? Shirley will help you understand what’s holding you back and how you can fulfill your potential. Shirley will introduce you to strategies to help you cope more effectively with stress and anxiety, increase your confidence, and eliminate the self defeating thoughts that prevent you from being your best self.

In addition to her individual practice, Shirley has consulted within the fitness industry and lifestyle/wellness professionals, with the TV series X-Weighted, and authored a book on weight loss and lifestyle management for their live rollout.

Finally, Shirley has a decade of experience in labour relations and workplace wellness, and was part of a Treasury Board task force that created a report to federalize the Psychological Standard and an implementation Guide for the Federal Public Service.



The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change

Carl Rogers

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself

Thigh Nhat Hanh

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward

C. S. Lewis