Dr. Frank Groenewold

Dr Frank Groenewold

Registered Clinical Counsellor, was a school teacher, principal, and school counsellor for 23 years. He has now been in private practice as a clinical counsellor and consultant for the past 20 years. He has also held teaching positions at both UBC and SFU in the areas of educational psychology, counselling psychology, and classroom management and discipline. As a counselor, he has worked extensively with children, teens and their parents, and has served as a consultant to professional staff. He has also been a therapist for youth forensic psychiatric services, counselling youths on probation as well as adults mandated by the courts for counseling. For the past several years Dr. Groenewold has worked extensively with First Nations survivors of residential schools and their descendants. Frank is a caring individual who expects clients to gain insight into their own healing from within. He believes that clients have the resources within themselves to bring about the necessary change. Frank also works from a spiritual, Christian or religious perspective.

Don't walk in front of me, I might not follow;
Don't walk behind me, I might not lead;
Walk beside me and be my friend.
Quote by Albert Camus


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Fax: 250-746-0713

Suite 200 321 Festeburt V9L 3T1 Duncan BC

About Me


Frank holds a Master of Education in counselling psychology and a Doctorate in instructional counselling (counselling emphasis). He attends workshops and training seminars on a regular basis, to remain up to date in skills and knowledge.

Clinical Experience and Theoretical Orientation

Frank has more than 30 years of experience as a counsellor. He was a school counsellor for 11 years, working with children from age 5 to 14 for a variety of personal, family, or school issues. He has been in private practice for the past 22 years serving a population of clients ranging in age from 8 to 80. Frank has also worked with a number of clients who are mentally challenged. Frank has experience in both brief solution-focused therapy as well as long term therapy. As part of his private practice Frank has held contracts with Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services as well as the Solicitor General’s Department counselling adults in the criminal justice system. Frank’s theoretical orientation consists of helping the client gain insight into their inner self and then to help them develop cognitive skills to bring about a sense of self-empowerment within their world – a cognitive - behavioural/restructuring approach.

Cost for counseling

Cost for counselling is $100 per one hour session including HST. Clients may also be eligible for third party payers such as Workers Compensation Board, Insurance Corporation of BC, Employee Assistance Plans, or Extended Medical Plans. Frank will consider a sliding scale.

My clients

Counselling Approach
Frank is a caring individual who treats the client’s issues with utmost sensitivity. He believes that the power to heal lies within each individual. Frank’s goal in counselling is to help his client to become a whole, integrated person who has moved from a sense of powerlessness and helplessness to a sense of self-empowerment and wholeness .. Frank also has significant experience in assisting Residential school survivors and their descendants with their specific needs.
Client Presenting Issues
Anger, death of a family member, motor vehicle accident, work-related injuries, chronic illness, pain, acting-out behaviours of children and teens, relationship conflict, sexual assault/abuse, sexual offending behaviour, ddictions (alcohol, drug, sexual), work-related issues (stress, harassment), violence, low self-esteem, parenting of children and teens, interpersonal conflict, anxiety, depression, compulsivity, impulsivity.
Primary Areas of Practice:
  • Abuse - emotional, physical, sexual
  • Addictions
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Anxiety and/or Panic
  • Critical Incidents and Acute Stress
  • Grief and Loss - General
  • Marital/Relationship Issues
  • Parenting Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Self-empowerment
  • Wholeness
  • Depression
  • Men's Issues
Approaches Used
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Brief Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Communication Skills
  • Critial Incident Stress Managemnt
  • Family Therapy
  • Marital/Relationship Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Reality Therapy
  • Insight Therapy



Frank has provided consultation and training in a variety of issues for a variety of agencies and institutions. He has extensive experience in the educational system and with First Nations individuals. He is very willing to develop a workshop or training seminar to meet individual agency or institutional needs. He is able to vary his style of presentation as well to meet the needs of the group.


Classroom management and discipline, grief and loss, learned helplessness in children with learning disabilities, self-esteem, communication skills, helping skills, anger management, stress management, crisis counselling for teachers, teens and suicide, counselling issues for the classroom teacher, depression, parenting skills, forgiveness and reconciliation, fetal alcohol teens in the justice system, suicide intervention for crisis line, relationship skills conflict resolution, problem solving with youth, mediation skills, conflict resolution, adolescent development, assessing homes and families for foreign students, program development and staff training in a First Nations healing centre, time management, conducting effective meetings, consensus, and consulting in special classes for children with behavioural difficulties. Other areas for consultation and training are open for discussion.


Maple Ridge School District, Cascade Christian counselling Association, Surrey Christian Reformed Church, Carillon Music, Simon Fraser University, Willingdon Church, University College of the Fraser Valley, Skeena Junior Secondary School (Terrace), BC Association of Child Care Workers, Abbotsford Mental Health, Society of Christian Education of BC, Pacific Christian Academy, Langley Memorial Hospital, Simon Fraser University – teacher education program, Telecare (crisis line), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Public Health Centre, New Life Christian Reformed Church, Special Needs of Adoptive Parents, W. J. Mouat School (Abbotsford), Upper Fraser Valley Developmental Pre-School, Chilliwack Christian Reformed Church, North Burnaby Community Association, Christian Reformed Church of North America – Classis BC South East – abuse response team, Sto:lo First Nations, CP Rail (through UCFV), Motorcade GM, Wilp Si Satxw Community Healing Centre (Kitwanga, BC), Parents Together Support Group, Army Cadet Officers, Aga-Khan Foundation of Vancouver, Tzeachtin Band of the Sto:lo Nation.


  • Anger management
  • Family counselling
  • Family violence
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Sexual assault and abuse
  • Sexual offenders
  • Pain management
  • Chronic illness
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Parent/teen issues
  • School related issues
  • Adjustment issues-injury or illness
  • Marriage counselling
  • Relationship issues
  • Aging
  • Youth issues
  • Addictions-alcohol, drug, sexual
  • Work related issues