Alive Counselling

Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia and Online Counselling

every journey begins with one step

We believe we all have “stuff” & can benefit from counselling.

Welcome to Alive Counselling

Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia & Online Counselling

What makes you come alive?

When we feel stuck, overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start, we typically don’t start.

But the most important thing is to

Start where you are

That’s where we non-judgmentally meet you where you are to come alongside of you and get “unstuck.”

We help you understand where your “stuff” comes from (because we all have it),  to get to the root of the issue so that it does not pop up like weeds in other areas of your life, robbing you of your joy and being fully present in your work, performance, sport, enjoyment, relationships, and overall well-being.

We educate, equip, and empower you with practical & personalized strategies and help stop the negative thinking patterns. And yes, little changes can make big changes.

And most importantly, we are for you. We validate and provide a safe space for you to explore things that are weighing on you, so that you can get above them versus being under them to truly come more alive in your life.

We are a team of like-minded therapists in Kelowna, British Columbia providing Online Counselling and Walk &. Talk Therapy. We each have different sub-specialties. The right fit with your counsellor and schedule is such an important part of counselling, so we are happy to help you find that.

Join a Weekly Group

Groups can be a great way to build community & support. We are created for connection.

Counselling Areas of Expertise

Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia and Online Counselling

 

 

We believe nobody is perfect,  & everybody is welcome.

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Sports Psychology / Sports Counselling for Sports Performance

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Counselling/ Therapy in Kelowna, British Columbia & Online Counselling

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Lunch & Learns, Coaching, & Consulting for Organizations

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Speaking Events

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Online Group Counselling and Support Groups in British Columbia

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Walk & Talk Therapy

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Stress and Anxiety Counselling

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Depression Counselling

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Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

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Christian Counselling

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Online Counselling

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CBT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

We are passionate about coming alongside of
you wherever you are, because all we can do is start where we are.

Meet our Therapists at Alive Counselling

The right fit is such an important aspect of counselling. We offer flexible times for appointments and areas of counselling to meet you where you are.

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Barb Egan, Owner & RCC

Hi, I’m Barb. I believe we all have “stuff” and can benefit from counselling. We aim to personalize counselling to you and offer practical strategies to help you come more alive in your life. Barb loves educating, equipping, and empowering you to make lasting changes through individual therapy, groups, and as a clinical supervisor with Third Space and UBCO.

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Counselling Specialties

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Tamara Smith, RCC

Hi there, my name is Tamara, and I offer online counseling and walk and talk therapy services in Kelowna, BC. I am a strengths-based, person-centered and trauma informed counsellor who provides support to youth, young adults, individuals, parents and seniors who are seeking emotional support in dealing with various life challenges.

Counselling Specialties

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Shenaya Matvieshen, RCC

Shenaya is passionate about creating space where people feel seen, accepted, and safe to explore the depths of their experiences. She approaches counselling from a holistic view, recognizing that the mind, body, and spirit all play an important role in wellbeing.

Counselling Specialties

  • Online Counselling
  • Women’s Issues
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Self-esteem & Identity
  • Grief & Trauma
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Laura Belland, RCC

Laura works in CBT, self-compassion therapy and solution-focused therapy. She believes we can often be our own worst enemies and harshest critics, and hopes to help grow you to get past any negative thinking to become your most alive and thriving self; through CBT, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness amongst other strategies.

Counselling Specialties

  • Online Counselling & Walk and Talk Therapy
  • Clients who are dealing with anxiety/social anxiety, perfectionism, and depression 
  • Limiting beliefs about themselves, negative thoughts that keep resurfacing
  • Negative body image and disordered eating
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Being stuck and barriers to becoming your most vibrant self 
  • Adolescent and teen issues: friendships and difficult emotions, anxiety and social anxiety, building self-confidence and working on recognizing and growing your strengths 
  • Increasing resiliency and empowerment
  • Navigating new life changes such as sobriety, returning to school, career and overcoming grief amongst others.
  • Counselling for Parents on childhood emotional and behavioural regulation
  • Working as a teacher, I had the experience of learning about and employing different strategies to help students with their emotions in the classroom setting. In my role as a Student Support Services Coordinator, I was able to work with parents and teachers to create plans to help children best tackle these challenges. I would like to pass along practices often used in school and offer a collaborative approach where we can work together to target some of the things you’re seeing both at home and in the classroom. With a deeper understanding, we can begin to determine the best strategies to help you help your child gain back some equilibrium in their emotions, and gain the skills to deal with issues that may arise. A goal is to help kids feel more autonomy when dealing with tricky emotions, so they feel less at a loss of what to do next. Strategies may include different ways to regulate emotions and coping tools for dealing with each, ways to feel more confident in the classroom, and a growth mindset.
Barb Egan- Alive Counselling-Kelowna Counsellor- Anxiety Counsellor- Sports Psychology

Hi, I’m Barb.

Hi, I’m Barb. I work with a variety of individuals from athletes and university students to professionals, couples and parents.

As an online counsellor and a counsellor in Kelowna, British Columbia offering in-person therapy,  I specialize in helping you overcome anxiety, stress, and depression among others “issues” holding you back. We all have “stuff” in our lives that we would like to change. We work through understanding where our “stuff” comes from so it does not continue to resurface and re-trigger, as well as learn practical coping strategies to overcome it.

As a former professional hockey player & coach, I also specialize in supporting an athlete’s and team’s mental training for optimized performance in your sport and in your life.

I facilitate Speaking Events for Teams, Groups and Organizations, consulting on various mental health topics to optimize your group’s leadership, team-building, mental health, and performance.

From a former elite athlete and coach, to a wife and mother, and now a registered clinical counsellor, I understand the importance of mental health in the game of life. Although my background is in hockey, these skills are transferable to other arenas of life to help you discover and reach your full potential.

I’d be honoured to work with you to overcome whatever obstacles you are facing to help you truly come alive. Showing up can be the hardest part. And you’ve already done that; you’re here.

If you’d like, you can read a little more about my story here 🙂

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Hi, I’m Tamara,

Hi there, my name is Tamara, and I offer online counseling and walk and talk therapy services in Kelowna, BC. I am a strengths-based, person-centered and trauma informed counsellor who provides support to youth, young adults, individuals, parents and seniors who are seeking emotional support in dealing with various life challenges.

In my role as counsellor for over a decade, in private practice, as well as at a non-profit agency for several years, I have gained experience working with individuals from all walks of life: from the street entrenched homeless population to the upper-class margins of society. I have heard stories of all kinds and have held space for both the horrific and heroic aspects of peoples’ experiences. With this generalist approach I work across a wide variety of issues with specialized training in the areas of anxiety, depression, complex trauma/ptsd, substance use, self-esteem, vulnerability, shame, self-compassion, personal/spiritual growth, and grief and loss.

I believe in the healing power of storytelling and the resiliency of the human spirit. I believe in the strength, courage, and natural gifting in each one of us, and I’ve seen the fruit that comes, when walking alongside individuals who are ready and willing to grow. My great joy in my work is to see clients overcome whatever hardships they face, to once again live purposeful, joy-filled lives, while still honoring their past. Due to my personal life experiences I have a special interest in working with teen girls, leaders (of all kinds), practicing and retired athletes, university students, health care professionals, mothers, entrepreneurs, and individuals struggling with issues related to identity, spirituality or life transitions, but I am happy to welcome a wide range of cases.

I work from an integrative perspective and rely on a variety of clinical techniques, including Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Expressive Play Therapy, compassion and mindfulness practices, and EMDR. I am also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ and thrive on incorporating Brené Brown’s work on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy into the work I do with people. I believe the principles found in Brené’s Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum can literally change the world: recognizing the commonalities in shared struggles and connecting individuals to themselves and to one another.

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Hi, I’m Shenaya,

Shenaya is passionate about creating space where people feel seen, accepted, and safe to explore the depths of their experiences. She approaches counselling from a holistic view, recognizing that the mind, body, and spirit all play an important role in wellbeing. She incorporates evidence-based techniques in order to cultivate meaningful change for her clients. Shenaya believes that deepening our understanding of emotion in a safe relationship can be extremely healing and considers it an honor to walk with people in their journey.

Shenaya is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has additional training in emotion focused therapy which focuses on developing self-awareness, creating meaning, and processing emotions. She has experience working with adults, couples, and groups in a variety of settings.

Her Counselling Specialties include

  • Women’s Issues
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Self-esteem & Identity
  • Grief & Trauma
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Hi, I’m Laura,

Hi! My name is Laura Belland, I am so excited to be joining Alive Counselling. I became interested in counselling back when I struggled with my own mental health and saw a counsellor myself. When I was a teen, I remember being so worried about going to school that I would feel (and sometimes get) physically sick, shaky and be caught in a negative loop of what if’s – especially concerning social situations. Later, during a couple of high-stress situations, I remember my heart racing, tunnel vision, a cold sweat, and wondering if I was about to have a heart attack or faint. It was terrifying. I had no vocabulary for these experiences at the time – but now I can see that I was dealing with symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks.

 

Now that I’ve learned so much about mental health, I find it so encouraging to see the shift in people becoming more aware of mental health issues. An aspiration of mine is to see a change where addressing and taking care of our mental health is just as much a part of being healthy as regular exercise and eating to nourish our bodies. Problems are never too small to be recognized and worked with – waiting until hitting a rock bottom is not a good time! My greatest hope and goal with my clients is to get them past just a place where they are surviving, and instead of getting them to a place where they are thriving.

Her Counselling Specialties include

  • Online Therapy and Walk & Talk Therapy
  • Clients who are dealing with anxiety/social anxiety, perfectionism, and depression 
  • Limiting beliefs about themselves, negative thoughts that keep resurfacing
  • Negative body image and disordered eating
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Being stuck and barriers to becoming your most vibrant self 
  • Adolescent and teen issues: friendships and difficult emotions, anxiety and social anxiety, building self-confidence and working on recognizing and growing your strengths 
  • Increasing resiliency and empowerment
  • Navigating new life changes such as sobriety, returning to school, career and overcoming grief amongst others.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come Alive.

– Howard Thurman

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