This was personalized for him when he began to play competitive hockey. As a goaltender, he quickly realized the importance of mental training in addition to physical training. He was able to see steady improvements in all aspects of his performance when he consistently incorporated strategies he learned from self-help literature, fitness techniques, and nutrition. It was these experiences that began to form his interest in biology, psychology, physiology, and neuroscience. Upon realizing that a professional sports career was not in his future, he turned his attention to earning his first degree in Health Studies (now known as Applied Health Science), in order to prepare him for a career in medicine or a related field (e.g., chiropractic).
After 5 years of full-time study to obtain both of his undergraduate degrees, Dr. Friesen still hadn’t satisfied his appetite for learning about the mind and brain. So he applied and was accepted to study Clinical Psychology at York University in Toronto where he completed both his MA and PhD degrees.
As a licensed psychologist in Ontario, Canada, his official areas of practice include working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in the areas of clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and forensic/correctional psychology. His training and experience cross a broad spectrum of psychological difficulties including working with individuals with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, dementias (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), brain injuries (from sports concussion to severe traumatic brain injuries), and those involved in the criminal justice system (i.e., offenders of all types). He has worked clinically in a university psychology clinic, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital for those with acquired brain injuries, geriatric hospital, prison, and in private practices. He believed that to truly understand success and potential, he needed to thoroughly understand and work with people of all types including those who were at their lowest points and those who were not living up to their potential.