1. Alive Counselling Services

Alive Counselling Services

We are passionate about coming
alongside of you wherever you are.

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

…that is why we offer a range of options to best suit you, your unique situation & goals, & schedule including

Schedule:

Specialties:

Styles:

  • Therapy styles because the right fit with your therapist is such an important factor!

Counselling Options

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Counselling/ Therapy in Kelowna, British Columbia & Online Counselling

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Sports Psychology / Sports Counselling for Sports Performance

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Lunch & Learns, Coaching, & Consulting for Organizations

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Speaking Events

Counselling:

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, you wish to live more alive in, I would love to help you with:

  • Groups help foster a sense of connection where we educate, equip & empower you with others in a common struggle
  • Anxiety, Stress, & Depression
  • Identifying, Challenging, and Replacing Negative Self-Talk and Limiting Beliefs that are holding you back (specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT)
  • Understanding your “issues”, so that they do not keep coming up in other areas of your life like weeds
  • Practical Coping Strategies
  • Practical Mental Health Care Tips to improve your overall wellbeing
  • Identify your unique triggers and how to manage them
  • Improving Self-Confidence
  • Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Parenting, Motherhood, Miscarriage, Infertility struggles & other Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues, Communication, and Conflict Resolution
  • Couples Counselling & Family Counselling, including pre-marital
  • Social Anxiety
  • Boundaries & healthy relationships
  • Holistic and integrative approach incorporating nutrition, physical health & exercise, spiritual, social, emotional, & mental health to care for you in the most complete way possible. I collaborate with your physician, naturopath, physiotherapist, coach, strength coach, or other practitioner so that you get a complete “team” approach.
  • Self-Care areas of Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Practical, Social, Financial, Professional/Work, Space. When we are running low we need to replenish ourselves in practical but powerful ways. Empty cups cannot pour!
  • Christian Counselling for those interested in incorporating and growing in their faith as I have a background in ministry and a strong personal Christian faith.
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Focus and practical Goal-Setting
  • Increasing Motivation, Sense of Direction & Fulfillment
  • Learning your unique strengths  & values, and how to apply them. One tool I love is Strengths Finders for Personal & Professional Growth & Development
  • Life Balance & Guidance

“Barb’s experience and expertise has helped normalize what I was going through, feel heard, and learn useful coping strategies. She has a calming presence, genuine heart for people, and impactful ways of helping. I always leave better than I came.” – Client A.

 

“Barb has been a bright light and walked with me through some dark times. She has been instrumental to my personal, professional, and relational growth and I’m truly grateful!” – Client S.

 

This is a safe space where I can unload. I feel heard, seen, and loved for who I am. So then I feel I can bring my best, authentic self into my work, my relationships, & my life. I feel recharged! – Client K.

 

I now understand where my anxiety is coming from. It’s not as overwhelming. I  know my unique triggers, how to identify them, and most importantly, how to cope and get through them. –Client J.

Sports Counselling:

Specializing in supporting athletes’ Mental Health & Mental Game, as a former elite athlete and elite coach:

Not only do I know what it is like as an elite athlete, and as a university coach, but I grew up in a prestigious athletic family in the United States. My grandfather was a professional baseball player. My father was an elite dual-sport athlete and Sports Medicine Specialist/Orthopaedic Surgeon for professional sports teams. I lived and breathed sports. So, I know the passions as well as the pressures.

Athletes have unique pressures that not everyone understands. It can feel like you are alone. But let me encourage you–as a former elite athlete and professional coach of elite athletes–I know you are not. That is why I am now a mental health professional; I saw the immense need among my athletes and experienced it myself when I was an athlete. I personally benefited from these sports psychology and mental health strategies, not only in my performance in my sport (winning National Championships & playing at the highest levels), but taking care of my mental health just as I cared for my physical health to be the best me I could be. I’d love to help empower you in that, too.

My background is in hockey, but I work with athletes across levels and sports, from high performance youth, Junior/Major Junior, University (NCAA & USports), professional, and Olympic levels. I offer flexible and Online sessions to accommodate an athlete’s demanding schedule.

  • Now, I am passionate about helping athletes create a practical and personalized “Mental Workout” they can use before practices & games to enhance performance & confidence
  • Sports Psychology and Performance strategies
  • Individual & Team/Organization sessions
  • Reasons to work with a Sports Counsellor
  • Identify negative, limiting beliefs holding them back
  • Taking control of your “Mindset” and making the most of the chances you are given–even amongst a pandemic, injury, limited exposure or playing time, or other situations that are out of your control
  • Focus, Motivation, & Goal-Setting
  • Getting in “the zone”, staying in “the zone”, and how to get back in “the zone”
  • How to Prepare for Games
  • Maintaining Composure amidst Pressure
  • Stress & Time Management
  • Mental Toughness & Resilience
  • Confidence & Consistency
  • Sport and Position Specific Sports Psychology Strategies (specializing in Hockey, and Goaltending)
  • Performance Anxiety, Managing Nerves
  • Emotional Control
  • Visualization, Breathing, Grounding, & other Sports Psychology Strategies
  • Managing  & Navigating Pressures of the University Recruiting Process (NCAA & USports) & while in University using my experience as a former athlete at The Ohio State University (NCAA D1) & Coach (Ohio State, UBC).
  • Coming back from Injury & support in the Rehabilitation process as someone who navigated this and eventually a career-ending injury
  • Identity after Sport, Life Transitions
  • Team Building
  • Life Skills transferable outside of sport

Coaching:
Personal/
Professional Growth & Development

Leadership, Team-building, and Personal/Professional Growth & Development

  • As a former and fellow high-performer, I help high-achievers perform their best in their sport, business, work, music, and other areas of life to follow their passions.
  • It can be difficult to turn it off, relax, and find a healthy work/life balance, or confuse that your performance equals your worth. (My #1 Strength is “Achiever.” So, I get it).
  • I also help with Goal-Setting, Motivation, Sense of Direction, Purpose & Fulfillment,
  • Clients will be given a Strengths Finder Assessment with a personalized write up and debrief of your unique Top 5 Strengths, and how to apply them in your life.
  • This is a team-building & leadership enhancement tool used by 90% of Fortune 500 Companies.

People who know and use their unique Strengths are:

  • 6x as likely to be engaged at their work, school, or team.
  • 7.8% more productive in their role.
  • 3x as likely to have an excellent quality of life.
  • 6x as likely to do what they do best every day.

“We loved doing the Strengths with Barb. It has helped us individually—and through a career change—and collectively as a couple. It helps me understand and appreciate my spouse more, and I now feel like I can encourage him better.” – Clients C. & M.

Consulting

Consulting for Organizations, Corporations, Groups, and Teams

  • I am a mental health consultant and mental health advisor for a number of prestigious corporations and organizations.
  • I am a mental health consultant and sports psychology consultant with a variety of professional athletic organizations and teams.
  • I provide written content, resources, videos, educational information and am a referral for their employees, staff, and athletes.
  • I love speaking to universities, schools, churches, and groups to educate, empower, and equip them in caring for their students’, staffs’, and their own mental health.
  • Interested in adding a mental health consultant or advisor to help your team, group, workplace, or organization thrive? Please contact me at [email protected]

Speaking Events & Workshops:

For a list of my previous & upcoming Speaking Events, please see my social media pages and Events website page. The most recent ones include:

Topics are personalized to your needs. They have included:

  • Monthly Sports Team Interactive Workshops (See Sports page for list of common topics I speak to teams about regarding mental health and the mental game).
  • Common Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies in Anxiety & Depression for Organizations, Corporations, Teams, Schools, and Churches
  • What Does it Mean to be “Mentally Healthy?”
  • What Does “Mental Toughness” Look Like in Real Life?
  • Top 10 Lies We Believe & How to Replace Them
  • Fight, Flight, & Faith: Faith & Mental Health
  • Speaking at churches, Bible studies, and ministries
  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Changing Negative Self-Talk
  • Finding Your Why
  • Values
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Self-esteem, Identity
  • Family
  • Anger
  • Resilience
  • Life Balance & Guidance
  • Coping Strategies
  • The Connection between the Brain and the Body
  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
  • Breathing, Muscle Relaxation, & Grounding Techniques
  • Couples Strengthening
  • 5 Love Languages
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Secure Attachment in Parenting
  • Building Emotionally Healthy Families
  • Building Emotionally Healthy Marriages
  • Motherhood
  • Becoming a New Mom
  • Educating, Equipping, & Empowering Women in the Community
  • Gratitude
  • Performance, Pressure, & Identity
  • Overcoming Anxiety & Stress with Wildfire Women
  • Change the way you Think, Change the way you Feel, Change the way you Live
  • Confidence
  • Motivation in Sport

“Doing what is best for our babies means taking care of ourselves as mamas. For me, this is meeting with Barb. She is able to share her knowledge and background in attachment theory in a way that makes sense, but it is her honesty and support that is especially rejuvenating.” – Client K

 

Barb is a gifted speaker that makes it interactive, educational, and fun! ” 

Alive Counselling is a team of therapists offering individual, couples, & family counselling in Kelowna and throughout British Columbia.

For your comfort & convenience, we also offer Online Counselling including flexible hours, days, weekends, & evenings.

We offer Walk & Talk Therapy sessions, and also 30 minute therapy sessions for those with a time and financial constraint.

Please note: Session rates start at $125 + 5% GST/hour, or $75 for 30 minutes

Extended health care benefit plans typically cover care with a “Registered Clinical Counsellor“; however, please check with your provider for details.

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