Ms. Gisele Harrison, MSW, RSW

(She/They)

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant

Online Therapy

About Me

I can provide individual and group consultation to EMDR therapists located anywhere in the world. I am only licensed to provide EMDR therapy to residents of Ontario, Canada. In 2023 I became involved with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and am now a network member and in the process of applying thru EMDRIA to be an EMDR Basic Trainer. I completed Basic Training in 2001, and again in 2020 and a third time in 2023. I am a certified EMDR Therapist and an Approved Consultant. My practice is trauma & dissociation focused, and rooted in anti-oppression, antiracism, and is queer affirming. I have spent considerable time and money learning about my location in the world and how oppressive systems impact all bodies. I combine parts work, somatic psychology, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, yoga and meditation with my EMDR practice. I first learned about EMDR during the second internship of my Master of Social Work program in 1998. My supervisor had completed the training and allowed me to observe some of her sessions. I was impressed with the results she and her clients were reporting. I am committed to obtaining ongoing training and consultation and have attended several advance training workshops and programs to compliment my EMDR practice including: Certificate in Expressive Arts (in-progress), Advanced Certificate in Dissociation Studies (in-progress), structural dissociation; Got' Parts?, Internal Family Systems Therapy; Schema Therapy; Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; MBSR; Working with Dissociation; several Art of EMDR retreats, Intensive Somatic Integration Trauma Training, Somatic Integration and Processing Case Conceptualization (levels 1 and 2). As such I have also completed workshops under the direction of: Dr. Jamie Marich, Irene Rodriguez, Amy Wagner, Bridger Falkenstein, Jen Savage, Melissa Benintendi, Caleb Boston, Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Dr. Peter Levine, Dolores Mosquera, Kathy Steele, Roger Solomon, Kathleen Martin, Cindy Shrigley, Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Terrence Real, Esther Perel, Michael Stone, Jon Kabat Zinn, Saki Santorelli and many more. I keep up to date on new developments in EMDR therapy through participation in consultation groups with colleagues, consultees, my own individual consultation, ongoing training, and by faithfully listening to the "Notice That" and "Beyond Trauma" podcasts. I have personally gained so much relief from EMDR as a client and have been using it successfully with my own clients since 2001. I have been providing long term counselling to folks struggling with Trauma, Complex Trauma, Dissociation, Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Attachment, Self-Esteem and Grief since 1998. Further to my own regular EMDR therapy, I have also experienced EMDR as a client and in many practicum experiences from the Art of EMDR to re-completing Basic Training almost 20 years after completing my first Basic Training. I am passionate about learning and helping clients to feel liberated from oppressive experiences that have impacted how they see themselves and their experiences. My goals in life and in work are to embody the journey that I passionately encourage people to take with me throughout the counselling process. I have an almost daily mindful meditation and yoga practice, I try to eat as healthily as possible (this is driven by my own autoimmune disease) and I take several breaks throughout the day to breathe, be silent and/or walk my "still in training since October 2010" therapy dog named Molly. I find freedom in my Buddhist meditation practice and in my faith as a Christian. I gather strength, experience and training from studying and learning from the world's religions as well as the world's great philosophers, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. I have a passion for reading and watching films and listening to podcasts and can often suggest the right book or the right film or the right podcast to meet the needs of people seeking my services. I am very well connected in the community and can assist people in making connections with others outside of the work we engage in together. Similarly if there is not a strong connection between us, I am very willing to refer you to someone who may be a better match for what you are looking for. I love to travel and have worked and/or travelled across Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, Cameroun, Uganda, England, France, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and much of the United States. I would be happy to hear from you to see how I might be of service.

Education & Experience

www.giseleharrison.com

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Ontario Association of Social Workers Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers EMDR Canada Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Network Member

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Moral Injury
  • Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • BIPOC
  • Couples
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military

Language

  • English
  • French

Insurance

  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana

Please check with your insurance provider to see if your extended health care benefits cover counselling with a registered social worker.