Brenda Frye, M.Ed, PhD, LP

Clinic-Based Therapy Services

Initiating a therapy appointment can sometimes be one of the scariest things for people. There are many ideas about what this means about them, what others might think, and what will happen in the office with a therapist. My approach is eclectic and will depend on the referral reason and the client’s comfort level as well as the client’s background, culture, and needs. From the beginning, I provide a client centered approach so that a sense of safety and rapport can be built. I also maintain a goal-oriented approach and may, at times, nudge clients out of their comfort zone. I use a variety of therapy techniques with clients in order to provide the most effective treatment including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, narrative, and other evidence-based approaches.

My experience as a doctoral level clinician dates back to 2004. I have worked in several different regions of the US, working in California while in training and then in New York City for my predoctoral internship. I have training in forensic psychology and have worked in collaboration with attorneys and probation with legally involved clients. I have worked with serious mental health issues, debilitating anxiety, addiction, and have spent several years working with individuals with sexually acting out behaviors, compulsive sexual behaviors, and sexual abuse.

I am an assistant professor at University of Minnesota Duluth which requires me to stay current on standards, evidence-based techniques, and research.

Telehealth Services

To expand and improve our care options for clients, ACP offers Telehealth (phone or video) appointments. Telehealth uses phone or video conferencing to connect you with highly qualified and experienced providers in real-time from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Before your telehealth appointment, you will receive details for how you will connect with your provider. If you will be connecting via phone, the provider will plan to call you at your scheduled appointment time. Please be ready to take the call and also check that your phone allows calls from blocked numbers (accessible within your phone settings). If you will be connecting via video conference, your provider will email you an invite to join the appointment. Please call our office to learn more about ACP’s telehealth services and to schedule an appointment.

Areas of Specialty

  • Problematic sexual behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Anger
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Adults
  • Adolescents

Licensures / Titles

  • Licensed Psychologist (LP)
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
  • Certified in Forensic Psychology
  • Mental Health Professional


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology (PhD) – Palo Alto University
  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology (MS) – Palo Alto University
  • Certificate, Forensic Psychology – Palo Alto University
  • Master of Education, Youth Development Leadership (M.Ed) – University of Minnesota
  • Certificate, Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) – University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (BA) – University of Minnesota


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