Alive Counselling

Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia and Online Counselling

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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.

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.

We have a great team of therapists at Alive Counselling to help you find the right fit for you!

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. We also offer online counselling and in person counselling in Kelowna, BC.

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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

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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

  • In Office In Person Counselling, Online Counselling or Phone 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 
  • ICBC Counselling
  • 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.
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Lauren Mills, RCC

As a former teacher, Lauren brings over 6 years of experience helping youth and adolescents navigate life’s unique challenges. Lauren is passionate about counselling for teens and adults in Kelowna, BC for anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, athletes, and a variety of “issues.” By walking besides clients in their mental health journey, Lauren incorporates a holistic mind and body approach to healing and well-being. As an elite-level coach and athlete, Lauren works from a strength-based and solution-focused approach tailored to individual clients’ needs. Bringing all these life skills together as a counsellor, Lauren works hard to help clients’ voices feel heard and supported in their pursuit of mental health journeys.

Counselling Specialties

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Natasha Martini, MSW, RCC

I’m Natasha, and I am here to accompany you on your mental wellness journey so that you can live your most fulfilling and authentic life. I am here to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential space for you to share your story and to explore your mental health goals. I am here to help you see your inner strengths and resiliency, and to help you feel like yourself again. I offer in-person, online, walk-and-talk, relationship, family, and group therapy services within Kelowna, BC. I operate from a bio-ecological, trauma-informed, anti-colonial, and strengths-based framework, and my practice employs elements of nature-based therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive based therapy. For the young, and young at heart, I offer play-based and art-based therapy practices, and I am also happy to provide nature-based services outside so that you can enjoy some fresh air and sunshine as you engage in healing. I serve children, youth, adults, families, and couples, and I would be honoured to walk the path to mental wellness with you and your loved ones.

See Availability or Book in: Here

Counselling Specialties

  • Anxiety, Stress,
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Love
  • Burnout Prevention/Recovery
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self-Harm & Suicidality
  • Disordered Eating & Body Image
  • Navigating Life Transitions
  • Youth: Health & Sexual Education
  • Emotional Regulation & Behaviour Coaching
  • Children, Youth, people with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • CBT
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
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Rachel Jones-McKinley, RCC

Hi There,

My name is Rachel. I am a mama, partner, daughter, sister, friend and counsellor.  I am a lover of people and their stories, and believe in resilience, even when it seems impossible. 

Sometimes life presents us with challenges that we didn’t ask for. This can feel unfair, and navigating our struggles can feel overwhelming.  It is not lost on me the strength that it takes to seek help, and I find myself humbled by my client’s bravery.  My own life experience, academics, as well as my background working in neurosciences, has shown me that although knowledge is essential, the power of human connection forms a strong foundation for change. I have experience working with many needs, from a variety of frameworks.  However, above all else, I believe in the importance of providing my client’s with a safe therapeutic environment in which to share. 

I work from a variety of frameworks including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Integration, Exposure and Response Prevention and Emotion Focused Therapy.  Most importantly, I work from a Person-Centered approach…one that fits you.  

 

I believe you know yourself better than anyone; sometimes you just need support discovering and accessing your true self. 

Counselling Specialties

I like helping teens and adults understand and work through many trials including:

Anxiety, Stress, Social Anxiety, OCD

Depression

– Self-worth

– Grief

– Caregiver Fatigue

– Trauma

– Relationship Issues

– Life Transitions

– Gender Identity

– Mood Disorders

– Personality Disorders

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Barb Egan, Owner, Clinic Director, & 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.

See Availability or Book in: Here

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Counselling Specialties

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

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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 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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