Best of Kelowna

Thank you for voting, we placed second!

We are so proud of our team at Alive Counselling for advancing to the top 3 in the Best of Kelowna under Psychology Clinic! Thank you, Kelowna, for your incredible support. We are humbled and honored to serve you and be part of this great community! 🫶

Welcome to Alive Counselling

What makes you come alive?

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 rivght fit with your counsellor and schedule is such an important part of counselling, so we are happy to help you find that.

Meet Our Award Winning Team

Our Offices

Our Office is an Inviting Space to Talk

Counselling Service Areas

We believe nobody is perfect, & everybody is welcome.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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  • Therapy for Teens

    Therapy for Teens

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  • Grief Counselling

    Grief Counselling

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  • Counselling for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Counselling for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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  • Therapy for Kids and Play Therapy in Kelowna

    Therapy for Kids and Play Therapy in Kelowna

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  • Counselling for ADHD and Autism Support

    Counselling for ADHD and Autism Support

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  • Counselling to ICBC clients who have been in a car accident

    Counselling to ICBC clients who have been in a car accident

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  • EMDR Therapy / Trauma Therapy

    EMDR Therapy / Trauma Therapy

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  • Couples Counselling

    Couples Counselling

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  • Nature Based Therapy

    Nature Based Therapy

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  • In Person In Office Counselling

    In Person In Office Counselling

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  • Types of Counselling

    Types of Counselling

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  • Clinical Supervision

    Clinical Supervision

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  • Online Counselling and Therapy

    Online Counselling and Therapy

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  • Sports Psychology / Sports Counselling for Sports Performance

    Sports Psychology / Sports Counselling for Sports Performance

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  • Lunch & Learns, Coaching, & Consulting for Organizations

    Lunch & Learns, Coaching, & Consulting for Organizations

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  • Speaking Events

    Speaking Events

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  • Walk & Talk Therapy

    Walk & Talk Therapy

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  • Stress and Anxiety Counselling

    Stress and Anxiety Counselling

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  • Depression Counselling

    Depression Counselling

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  • Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

    Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

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  • Christian Counselling

    Christian Counselling

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  • CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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Counselling areas of expertise

It’s OK to not be OK all the time. But, it’s not OK to stay there. If there are areas of your life that you wish to live more alive in, we would love to help you.

Full List of Counselling Services

The Beginning of Your Journey

Contact us to begin your next step

Looking for, finding, and connecting with a counsellor can seem overwhelming. We appreciate where you are, we know what that is like, and want to encourage you that you are brave. In our experience, it is so worth it; you are so worth it! You will never regret investing in yourself. Thank you for your time and courage.

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Hi, I'm Barb .

I'm an online and in-person counselor based in Kelowna, British Columbia, serving a diverse range of clients, including athletes, university students, professionals, couples, and parents. My expertise lies in helping individuals conquer challenges such as anxiety, stress, and depression by delving into the root causes and equipping them with practical coping strategies.

As a former elite hockey player and coach, I specialize in enhancing athletes' and teams' mental training to optimize performance, both in their sports and daily lives. Additionally, I offer speaking events and consulting services for teams, groups, and organizations, focusing on mental health, leadership, team-building, and performance enhancement.

My journey from elite athlete to wife and mother, and now a registered clinical counselor, has given me a unique perspective on the significance of mental health across various aspects of life. I'm committed to helping you overcome obstacles and unlock your full potential. You've taken the first step by being here, and I would be honored to support your journey towards a more fulfilling life.

Owner, RCC, Approved Clinical Supervisor

Here for You

Meet our Team of Therapists at Alive Counselling

The right fit is such an important aspect of counselling. We offer flexible times (days, evenings, & weekends) for appointments and areas of counselling to meet you where you are.

We also offer online counselling and in person counselling in Kelowna, BC for children, teens, university students, adults, couples, & families.

  • Spela Grasic

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Spela Grasic

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Emotional regulation: everything from feeling tingly and buzzy all over (but not sure how you “feel”) to feeling so furious you think you’re going to burst to feeling completely empty and detached and everything in between.
    • Self-injury
    • Academic stress
    • OCD: those annoying, embarrassing, or downright terrifying (can’t ever admit that outloud) thoughts that leave you feeling stuck or having your spinning in circles trying to just make the uncomfortable feeling go away

    What makes me come alive

    Real, live, messy connections and moments of hope and resiliency. That moment when you start to feel a challenging or painful relationship shift. That moment when a student who absolutely did not want to be there, finds something worthwhile in the experience. That moment when someone sits with you and doesn’t turn away, but instead says, this isn’t too much, or too messy, or too shameful. You aren’t too much. 

    Those are the moments that make me come alive, and I’m incredibly grateful to allow the clients that trust me enough to share those moments with me.

  • Shonah Nykiforuk

    Certified Professional Counsellor - Candidate

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  • Shonah Nykiforuk

    Certified Professional Counsellor - Candidate

    Counselling Specialties

    • Collaborative treatment for those wanting a way of out negative cycles such as addiction to substance, food, or self-defeating behaviours
    • Supporting clients who have a loved one currently trapped in addictive behaviours, pursing sobriety through a treatment centre or in active recovery
    • Struggles around depression, anxiety and avoidance behaviours
    • Bridging life transition with skills, support and coaching
    • Faith based Christian counselling for those who identify with Christianity as a source of faith

    Approaches:

    • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • Skills based training and mindfulness

    What makes me come alive

    Working with clients to flourish their willingness to change and collaborate on equipping skills, while maintaining a non-judgmental and supportive environment is the most rewarding job on the planet.  I have seen clients overcome what they thought were impossible weaknesses to bring meaning and joy back into their lives!

    A Passion Project:

    Having personal experience with supporting a loved one through addiction, treatment and recovery I am passionate about supporting people (whether the addict or care giver) through this challenging time.  Addiction can breed shame, isolation and depletion in the care giver, as well as erode trust and self-confidence.  Through counselling we can address the grief, loss and trust as well as build back your confidence, identity and develop skills to navigate repairing relationships.
  • Robin Gabert

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Robin Gabert

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • As a therapist: helping individuals and couples deepen self-understanding for a fuller life and/or marriage
    • As a Menopause Practitioner:  (peri, menopause, post) – helping women and their partners understand the physical, emotional and mental changes taking place
    • As an End of Life Doula:  supporting individuals and families transition through grief and surrounding concerns
    • As a spiritual seeker:  exploring and deepening my own awareness in hopes of expanding the collective consciousness

    I promise a safe space where listening, sharing, exploring are welcomed. I want to assist you toward personal growth and awareness thereby making room for peace and increased happiness.

    What makes me come alive

    Hello, I’m Robin (she/her) and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I consider myself to be a wellness enthusiast who is passionate about helping others navigate their life journey.

    I have spent my career discovering and sharpening my skills as a mental health clinician. By attending workshops, courses and galvanizing therapeutic modalities (with an attachment, person-centered, EFT and CBT lens), I have honed my skills to attend to the diverse needs of my clients. As importantly, is my lived experience of the many challenges and successes of 25 years of marriage and raising 4 children in a blended family. From this I have gleaned that there is never one right way to improve a situation, though there are easier paths than others to get there.

    As a clinician, I am honoured to walk along side, supporting clients as they traverse their life’s journey, with hope of paving a path for a richer, more peaceful way of being.

    I am a firm believer in the flowing energy of the universe, and so I consistently steer clients toward nature and use of their own breath to settle themselves. By slowing the nervous system down, it opens and allows a clearer vision of their options, opportunities and choices.

    In my free time you will find me hiking in the mountains with family, friends or my dog Ellie. I am always looking for new trails in nature or new life experiences and adventures which keep me present and grateful.

    If any of this rings true for you, I look forward to connecting and working with you.

  • Samantha Cooper

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Samantha Cooper

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Teens & Young Adults
    • Relationships
    • Anxiety
    • Strengths-based counselling
    • Student Life & Academic Stress
    • Self-image and Identity

    What makes me come alive

    Hi there! My name is Sam (she/her), and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor  (RCC). I hold a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology.

    I loving supporting teens and young adults. I offer in-person sessions, Walk & Talk Therapy, and virtual sessions. Born and raised in Kelowna, I have developed a deep appreciation for the well-being of our local community. I am a lover of animals, nature, and an adventure-enthusiast.

     

  • Erik Olson

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Erik Olson

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Anxiety/Depression
    • Life transitions and parenthood.
    • Relationships, communication and boundaries.
    • PTSD and complex trauma.
    • Wellness, balance and resilience.

    What makes me come alive

    I come alive at the opportunity to be helpful. Whether it is the day to day stress of life; the discomfort of feeling stuck; the pain of relational turmoil; or the fear that it will never change, I am honored to be entrusted in taking part in your health and wellness. I take a collaborative approach to counselling; we find what works for you. I have a particular interest in wellness and resilience through adversity and trauma. I’ve worked in the mental health field for 15 years with adults experiencing numerous challenges and diagnoses.

  • Stacey Boe

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Stacey Boe

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    I am currently providing counseling in-person and online for ages 10+ Specializing in:

    • Teens and Adults
    • Anxiety, phobias, OCD, panic
    • Depression, anger, emotional dysregulation
    • Postpartum depression and anxiety, birth trauma, motherhood
    • Body image, self-identity
    • Trauma, EMDR therapy

    What makes me come alive

    Hi, I’m Stacey, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and hold a Master of Art’s in Counselling Psychology degree.

    With 15 years of experience in mental health, I combine and integrate various mind-body modalities in order to tailor sessions to your individual needs. My approach is client-centred and trauma-informed, with a particular emphasis on Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

    When developing a treatment approach, I recognize that our social, cultural and familial experiences through life, can greatly influence the way we view ourselves and the world around us. At times, our exposures through history may disconnect us from our inner world of knowledge, skills, and resilience. Honouring your story, and the wisdom you enter the room with, is fundamental to our sessions. As we access the qualities, values, and strengths embedded throughout your story, we may develop and grow healthy coping patterns to challenge the problems being faced. Within this process, you may find yourself reflecting on pieces of life in a way that you have never reflected before, opening up a space for movement and change.

  • Lauren Mills

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Lauren Mills

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Counseling for youth, teens, adolescents, and adults
    • Anxiety, stress, and Depression
    • Athletes
    • Individuals with learning differences / ADHD
    • Trauma-based mindful healing
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Strengths-based, Goal-setting
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Solution-focused Therapy
    • Walk and talk Therapy

    What makes me come alive

    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.

  • Laura Belland

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Laura Belland

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Clients who are dealing with anxiety/social anxiety, perfectionism, and depression
    • Prenatal and postpartum anxiety, depression and stress as well as issues with infertility and miscarriage
    • Limiting beliefs about themselves, and 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
    • Counselling for Parents and Kids (5+) on childhood emotional and behavioral regulation
    • As a previous respite aide, she is passionate about working with those with neurodevelopmental disabilities, ADHD, and autism support
    • Support in navigating life’s transitions and stressors

    What makes me come alive

    Hi there, my name is Laura Belland. I specialize in CBT, self-compassion therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I believe we can often be our own worst enemies and harshest critics, and I hope to help you grow and get past any negative thinking to become your most alive and thriving self; through CBT, compassionate self-care, and mindfulness amongst other strategies. I am passionate about working with clients experiencing anxiety, social anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and depression. I have experience helping those with limiting beliefs about themselves, negative body image, and disordered eating. I work with kids (5+), teens, and adults.

  • Shenaya Matvieshen

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

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  • Shenaya Matvieshen

    Registered Clinical Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    • Depression & Anxiety
    • Women’s Issues
    • Chronic Illness
    • Pregnancy and Postpartum
    • Self-esteem & Identity
    • Spiritual development
    • Grief & Trauma

    What makes me come alive

    Hello! I am Shenaya; a therapist, mother, wife, and wellness enthusiast who is passionate about seeing others thrive. I take an emotion-focused, trauma-informed approach to therapy. I also incorporate other modalities and evidenced-based interventions to best support the individual goals of each person I work with. I am currently offering online counseling services to adults in Kelowna, BC.

  • Shawna Scafe

    Registered Professional Counsellor

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  • Shawna Scafe

    Registered Professional Counsellor

    Counselling Specialties

    Shawna runs Simple on Purpose and Works with moms who want to live with more peace, purpose and presence.

    • moms who feel overwhelmed by motherhood and stressed out with life
    • moms who wish they could be more present and enjoy their kids more
    • moms who want to create an experience of motherhood that is inline with their personal values
    • moms who want to learn about emotional intelligence for themselves and their kids

    Works with those who wish to live more intentionally

    • those who want to be more proactive with their day and life
    • those who want to make consistent, simple steps towards intentional living
    • those who want to shift their habits

    Works with those who want to improve relationships

    • those who feel intimidated by conflict and want to learn conflict resolution skills
    • those who want to improve connection in their relationships
    • those who want to set healthy boundaries with people in their lives
    • those who wish to be proactive and intentional with their marriage

    Offers counselling and coaching, virtual sessions with video on or off.

    What makes me come alive

    Shawna is a mom of three kids, enjoying small-town life in the Similkameen. Her original background is in environmental planning and environmental health. Upon entering motherhood and having three kids close together, she felt totally overwhelmed by motherhood and it took a toll on her health and marriage. With counselling, and a lot of inner work, she grew a passion to help other moms turn off the autopilot living and show up for their lives, on purpose. This prompted her to seek training as a coach and a counsellor. Shawna enjoys music, painting, being outside, and that beloved daily coffee.

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Testimonials

People We've Helped

  • Client L

    Lauren mental training techniques were a game-changer for me. I learned to channel my energy productively instead of being self destructive thanks to her guidance.

  • Client S

    A big thank you to Lauren for helping me rediscover my confidence on the court. Her expertise and encouragement were pivotal in my sports performance.

  • Client A

    My child hated feeling different in school and with friends. Lauren not only understood them but taught them to embrace their uniqueness in a wonderful way.

  • Client J

    I struggled to make sense of my emotions until I started sessions. Her guidance and support helped me navigate my feelings and find clarity.

  • Client E

    Lauren made me feel truly seen and understood during our sessions. Her empathy and attentiveness made all the difference in my healing journey.

  • Jocelyne & Monique Lamoureaux

    Team USA, Olympic Gold & Silver Medalists

    Whether it’s on ice and or off ice training the mental component of the game is bigger than the physical at times. I believe in sport and in life there are always obstacles, extrinsic and intrinsic. The biggest and most important mental skill I think a person can have is the ability to rebound from mistakes, criticisms and doubt with the confidence that you have the ability to get the job done and to improve yourself every step of the way.

  • Kate Kowalchuk

    NCAA and CIS Goltender

    After meeting Barb she changed my life, helping me to reach deeper and find out how to be the person and player I wanted to be even with my set backs with post-concussion & outside obstacles. I am forever grateful for the ongoing support and help I was lucky enough to receive from my coach and mentor Barb Egan.

  • Client M

    The work I have done with Barb has changed my life. With her help I learned that I was not only worthy but, capable of helping myself. Walking with her has been one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever had.” – Client M.

  • Stephanie Schaupmeyer

    Captain, UBC Thunderbirds

    In my 5 years with the UBC Thunderbirds, the discourse surrounding mental health as a high performance athlete has changed so much. I have learned that being mentally tough on the ice is inextricably linked with being mentally well in the other areas of your life. I learned that this idea of a strong, mentally unbreakable athlete just isn’t possible. We all need support at times, and it’s ok to ask for it. When I started actively working on my mental wellbeing just like I actively worked on my hockey skills is when I began to really feel mentally tough in other areas of my life.

  • Client K

    Highly recommend Barb! Very easy to speak with and effective at helping you understand how you can take action to to bring about positive life changes and to move past areas in life where you may feel a little ‘stuck’ “

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