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
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.
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 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.