What makes me come alive
Hi, I’m Barb 🙂 I am a wife, mama to three, and coffee lover. I am a former elite hockey player and coach turned counsellor that specializes in working with athletes to support their mental health, and enhance their mental game and performance with sports psychology strategies. As a counsellor in Kelowna, BC, I specialize in helping people overcome anxiety, stress, depression, and negative self-talk (among other areas). I also offer Online Counselling. I have a particular heart for university students working with them across the United States and Canada for over 12 years. As a wife and mom, I love working with other women to fill their cups as they continue to pour out to those around them. Because, empty cups cannot pour!
As a therapist, I work with individuals, couples, families and speak to a variety of organizations, groups, and teams. I also am a mental health consultant to corporations and organizations.
I come alive with connection to my faith, family, community, my work, health, nature, and my morning coffee.
I believe everyone has a story worth sharing. I’d be honoured to hear yours.
The best leaders have scars
After a career-ending injury, I transitioned into coaching. Therefore, I know first-hand about navigating injuries & rehabilitation, pressure and expectations, negative self-talk, and identity after sport. I experienced this myself, and saw this in my players as a professional coach. I transitioned into counselling, because I personally benefited from it as an elite athlete with sports psychology strategies and overall as an individual with my mental wellbeing. I know what it’s like to be in the other chair; to feel stuck & overwhelmed.
But, I also know the hope-filled and empowering experience of someone walking with me during difficult times. I am now on the other side, & I am committed to being a safe and trusted co-journeyer with you.
I aim to meet you where you are at, help you understand your issues or “stuff” (cause we all have them), use your unique strengths to face them, 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.
For instance, imagine if you were not struggling with ____ . What would you be thinking, feeling, and doing then that you are not now?
Owning our story and loving ourself through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do” – Brené Brown