Meet the Team at Alive Counselling:

We are a team of therapists in Kelowna, British Columbia offering In-Person Counselling, Online Counselling and Walk & Talk Therapy. We work in many similar areas of counselling and also have different approaches and specialties to find the best fit for you. We aim to give you the best care by finding the right fit for you, your unique situation, and schedule.

You are welcome to book directly in for a consultation or appointment. We all offer complimentary consultations to find the right fit.

You can also contact us to help you find the right fit for you!


Barb Egan: Owner of Alive Counselling, Counsellor, Therapist

Owner and Counsellor

I aim to meet you where you are at, help you understand your issues or “stuff” (cause we all have it), use your unique strengths to face it, and learn practical coping strategies to make lasting changes. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to identify, challenge, and replace negative self-talk. This is the gold-standard of treatment for many issues including anxiety, stress, and depression. Essentially, if we can change the way you think –or talk to yourself– we can change the way you feel, we can change how you act, and ultimately, change the way you live. These areas are all interconnected. Thus, small changes in one area can have a ripple effect throughout your life.

Area of Expertise:

I work in many areas but specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to implement change in how you 

  • think/talk to yourself, 
  • feel (manage overwhelming feelings, stress, sadness, etc and improve confidence), and how you 
  • act (what you do or do not do because of your “issue”).
  • Changes in any of these areas can influence one another, and ultimately impact how you live more fully in your work, relationships, and life–to truly come alive. 

However, counselling is so personalized to you. I always tailor my approach uniquely to you and your unique goals.

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Laura Belland: Registered Clinical Counsellor

Area of Expertise:
  • 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.
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Lauren Mills

Area of Expertise:

-Lauren is a former high school teacher, elite university athlete, and coach of all levels, including a National Championship university coach.

-Counselling for youth, teens, adolescents, and adults

-Anxiety, Stress, and Depression


-Individuals with learning differences /  ADHD

-Trauma, Trauma-based mindful healing

-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

– Strengths-based, Goal-setting 

– Narrative Therapy 

– Solution-focused Therapy 

– Walk and talk Therapy

-In Person Counselling in Kelowna and Online Counselling in BC

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Rachel Jones-McKinley

Area of Expertise:

– Anxiety, Stress, OCD

– Depression

– Self-worth

– Grief

– Caregiver Fatigue

– Trauma

– Relationship Issues

– Life Transitions

– Gender Identity

– Mood Disorders

– Personality Disorders

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Natasha Martini

Area of Expertise:
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Joan vonNiessen

Area of Expertise:
  • Trauma, EMDR, Neurofeedback
  • Anxiety/Stress/ Depression
  • ADHD/ Focus/Attention
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief/loss
  • Couples/ Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Emotional regulation
  • Peak Performance
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Shenaya Matvieshen, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Area of Expertise:

Shenaya Matvieshen is a therapist at Alive Counselling in Kelowna, British Columbia and offers Online Counselling. 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.

Her Counselling Specialties include
Women’s Issues
Depression & Anxiety
Chronic Illness
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Self-esteem & Identity
Grief & Trauma

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Natalie Spooner Team Canada Olympic Gold Medalist-sports-psychology-barb-egan-alive-counselling

Natalie Spooner / Team Canada, Olympic Gold Medalist & Silver Medalist

The mental side of the game is extremely important. Having someone like Barb– who has been there as a player, coach, & mental health professional—is invaluable to help players perform their best on the ice, and in life!


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.


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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