Rational, compassionate psychotherapy for youth, young adults and adults.  Individual and family therapy, trauma, critical incident response and sport performance counselling.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada  


Mcdonnell counselling

McDonnell Counselling offers rationale, compassionate psychotherapy for youth, young adults and adults, family therapy, critical incident response and sport performance counselling.  Counselling therapy assists people experiencing difficulties in relationships, or within themselves, and enhances their growth and well-being.  The process includes making use of relational, conversational, somatic, expressive or educational methods and techniques, informed by established counselling and psychotherapeutic theories, research, ethical standards, human diversity and the range of human traditions. 




In the early 1990’s, Greg volunteered at a summer camp for youth and teens with cancer. This experience profoundly changed his perspective and outlook on life.  He learned what it meant to truly live life, and discovered that he wanted to pursue a career working with people.  The lessons learned at this camp remain close to him and are a touchstone for his life and work:  share gratitude, live in the present, laugh often, and practice loving kindness.

Greg completed a Bachelors degree at Simon Fraser University in 1996, and began a 15 year career working as a Youth Outreach Worker with youth, young adults and families. 

For 5 years, Greg was the Executive Director of the Whistler Community Services Society, a forward thinking non-profit agency with many successes working in social service delivery.  Since completing his Masters in Education (Counselling) at the University of Victoria in 2008, he has been honoured to work with a wide variety of individuals and families in his private counselling practice.

Greg lives in Whistler, BC with his partner and his son.  He enjoys travelling and yoga as well as many other outdoor recreational pursuits including skiing, surfing and mountain biking.  


  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Foundation for Human Experience, 2010.
  • Masters in Education (Counselling), University of Victoria, 2008.
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors (Member #3482), 2008.
  • Certified Canadian Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Member #1319), 2008
  • Member: Canadian Sport Psychology Association, 2012
  • Reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Counselling, 2008
  • Bachelors of General Studies (Child Youth and Family), Simon Fraser University, 1996
  • Level I Peer Mentorship Trainer, Peer Resources, 2001.
  • DSM –IV Workshop, Vancouver Coastal Health, 2009
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Training, Justice Institute, 1998.


(604) 935-0968


205C - 1200 Alpha Lake Rd.
Function Junction
Whistler, BC.



People seek counselling for many reasons including, depression, trauma, anxiety, phobias, stress, grief, addictions, anger, self-esteem, assertiveness, self-defeating behaviours, life transitions, personal and spiritual growth, couples counselling, conflict in relationships, communication and intimacy challenges, children’s behavioural issues and challenges of youth and young adult transitions.  McDonnell Counselling offers a variety of different counselling formats to meet your unique needs.  


Individual Counselling

A safe, confidential and caring environment.  

Tailored to your unique needs, you will be encouraged to explore feelings, beliefs, behaviours and work through challenging or influential memories.  You will identify aspects of your life that you would like to change and in the process, better understand yourself and others, 


Mental Performance Counselling

Maximize team and individual performance.  

Develop strategies to meet your goals, increase confidence and mental toughness.  Areas of focus include; mental skill development, team building, visualization training and concussion support.


Family/Couples Counselling

Work together to achieve a common goal.  

Families or couples are supported to work together to identify specific areas of conflict and/or aspects of the relationship that they would like to change.  Collectively, a joint plan of action is developed to improve each individual’s satisfaction and contentment.


Critical Incident Response Program

Reducing the distress experienced after a critical incident

A sudden and unexpected incident like witnessing a serious injury, the loss of a coworker, responding to an accident scene or being robbed, are examples of a critical incident.  Our program reduces the impact on the emotional well-being of those who are directly exposed.  . 


All interactions, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of sessions, progress in counselling and your records are confidential. No record of counselling is contained in any academic, educational or job placement file. You may request in writing that specific information about your counselling is released to persons you designate. For example, your Doctor, your child's teacher etc...

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor and member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, Greg McDonnell and McDonnell Counselling are subject to strict guidelines governing confidentiality. It takes courage to seek counselling and talk about yourself in a way that is private and personal. Therefore, it is entirely understandable that you will be concerned about confidentiality.

Your confidentiality is taken very seriously. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will not be revealed to any third parties except:

  • When disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the client or others
  • When legal requirements demand that confidential material be revealed
  • When a child is in need of protection

frequently asked questions


Q:  How do I get Started?

A:  Simply reach out and contact to book an appointment.  You can book online through this website, you can send us an email, or give us a call.  If you wish, you are welcome to send a background email in advance of your first session. 


Q: how long will it take?

A: Counselling is a process which means it can take time. However, we generally subscribe to a short term model which is designed to get to heart of the matter and develop goals and strategies quickly in an effort to get you back to yourself. Oftentimes, this is 2-6 sessions. If you have extended benefits, sessions are often capped at a certain amount which we are obliged to respect however you would be welcome to seek further counselling outside of the insurance provider. Many clients schedule regular monthly or quarterly maintenance sessions.  


Q: is counselling covered by MSP?

A:  Psychotherapy is not covered by MSP in British Columbia. However, it is covered by many extended benefits providers associated with many employers in BC. I am a registered provider with most extended benefits providers. 



A: You will be charged a rate of $135 per hour.  Should cost be an issue, there are a number of subsidy programs that we can refer you to and are happy to offer a sliding rate scale for those who qualify.   Please contact us directly for more information.  There is a 24 hour cancellation notice required. If you do not provide this notice, a $50 fee applies. 


Contact Us

APPOINTMENTS:  Clients are seen by appointment only.  

TO BOOK:  Please call 604.935.0968 or email to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT or feel free to use the form submission below. Please note that Greg is frequently with clients and will return your call as soon as possible. 


EMAIL:  Please complete the information below and click "Submit".  Please note that information collected using this form is sent directly to Greg's confidential email and is not shared with anyone.  

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Our Office

205C - 1200 Alpha Lake Rd.   

Whistler, BC.

(604) 935-0968