Natasha Martini

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What makes me come alive

 

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 therapy in Kelowna, BC,
  • online therapy throughout British Columbia,
  • walk-and-talk therapy in Kelowna,
  • 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
  • teens
  • adults
  • family counselling
  • couples counselling

I would be honoured to walk the path to mental wellness with you and your loved ones.

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Counselling in Kelowna, BC and Online counselling for:

As a clinician I most commonly work with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, body image, low-self-esteem, burnout, and relationships.

If you are curious about play-based therapy, nature-based therapy, or managing ADHD please feel free to reach out to me via email at [email protected] and to follow along for more information on my Instagram at @natasha.alivecounselling.

Play Therapy for Kids in Kelowna, BC

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Hi, I’m Natasha! I am a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) and a graduate of a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. I love to explore how play-based therapy creates space for healing, connection, and for fostering emotional regulation while working with children, youth, and adults.

Play-Based Therapy (PBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic modality that engages the participant in play-based activities to assist them to explore, express, and process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. PBT can be used to explore emotions, deal with unresolved trauma, learn new coping mechanisms, gain emotional regulation, and to redirect unhelpful behaviours. PBT can be used for people of all ages, but PBT is most commonly used with children from the ages of 3 – 12. PBT can involve therapeutic play-based activities that involve: storytelling, figurine play, role-play, puppet use, art/craft-based activities, and dance/creative movement.

If you are wondering whether PBT is an appropriate therapeutic avenue for yourself, your child, or
someone that you know- please feel free to reach out to me via email at
[email protected]

Nature- Based Therapy, Walk and Talk Therapy

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As a mental healthcare provider, I also love to explore how nature-based activities can be integrated into my clinical practice. Nature-Based Therapy (NBT) describes therapeutic interventions that incorporate the natural world and elements of nature to promote healing and positive-mental wellbeing. NBT is an umbrella term that refers to various nature-based interventions such as horticultural therapy, forest bathing, eco-therapy, wilderness therapy, green-space therapy, and adventure-based therapy. NBT is based upon the idea that humans are connected to and are impacted by their natural environment. NBT is a great option for folks who have reservations about in-office or online therapy.

If you feel uncomfortable in clinical settings such as office spaces, Nature-Based Therapy might be a great fit for you!

Counselling for ADHD in Kelowna, BC and Online

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As a mental health provider, I am also passionate about helping people who struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I have lived experience with ADHD and I know firsthand how difficult it can be to cope with the challenges that ADHD may present.

People with ADHD experience symptoms that include challenges with inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Inattentiveness can look like: being easily distracted, frequently losing things, an inability to finish tasks, switching tasks before finishing them, and having challenges listening to and carrying out instructions. Symptoms related to hyperactivity
and impulsivity can look like: inability to sit still, inability to wait your turn, constant fidgeting, interrupting others, acting without considering consequences, excessive movement, and excessive talking.

I am passionate about helping others to champion their ADHD symptomology
and to channel their energy in a way that is authentic and true to themselves. If you are curious about ADHD you can talk to your family physician, mental health care provider, or connect with me for additional information, coping techniques, and other resources.

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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!

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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.

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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