Emily Macdonell


Areas of Focus

Depression & Anxiety, Trauma, Life Transitions & Identity, the Professional Helper/Front-Line Worker experience

Who I Work With

Teens (16+)



Interesting Facts About Me

I’m a big fan of BC – taking in the views, the trails, and the wineries are some of my favourite ways to spend time. Catching a sunset (or a sunrise if I’m feeling ambitious) is my favourite part of the day. I love to create playlists that fit any season or experience – music means a lot to me.

Hello, I’m Emily (she/her)! I completed my Masters of Counselling at the Athabasca University and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

While I have always wanted to work with people, I first became interested in counselling when I was in university and accessed mental health services for the first time. I was met by a warm, welcoming counsellor who supported me through a difficult transition and helped me to figure out what it looked like to thrive amidst a chaotic season. My seven years of experience in community mental health- working with people who have been navigating life transitions, challenges within their social and cultural contexts, substance use, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more- has equipped me to contribute positively to the well-being of others. I have a passion for supporting individuals who care for people in their personal and professional lives, knowing first-hand how important it is to proactively create space for our own mental health.

During our time together my aim is to empower you, in whatever season you find yourself in, to seek understanding of your experience and walk away with a compassionate perspective of the challenges of being human. I recognize that everyone is unique and has their own important story to share. You are the expert in your experiences and story, and I am here to support you along the journey. Together, we will work collaboratively on the goals you feel are important. You will notice that my work is client-led and strengths-based, but I also integrate practices from narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and body-based practices as they become relevant for you. My hope is that you would feel safe, seen, and supported in our time together.

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