Growing Conscious Awareness
For Healthy Living
Welcome to Alive Mindfully – we’re glad you’re here.
Life is a mystery – filled with beauty, wonder, challenge and struggle.
We all face difficult times in our lives. If you find that more of your energy is going into managing life’s challenges rather than enjoying life’s beauty, that is when the support of a skilled therapist can help.
At Alive Mindfully we have over 40 years of clinical counselling and consulting experience. Our services include individual and couples counselling, group meditation retreats, online courses and wellness consulting and programming for work settings.
Our areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD, stress management, self-esteem, substance use disorders, and healthcare worker compassion fatigue. We use a range of counselling modalities that are strength-based, trauma informed, grounded in mindfulness practice, and tailored to your specific needs.
A good therapist is a trusted advisor and compassionate guide on your healing journey. If you feel there is meant to be more to your life, if you feel a call to move beyond stuck patterns to greater freedom and generativity, if you are ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and awakening, we are here to help.
What some past clients have said..
You are never quite sure how the unknown is going to be, but mindfulness will exceed your expectations and open your eyes to how beautiful the mind really is. Maureen’s warm personality and patience helped ease us into it, especially for those of us in unfamiliar waters. Her delivery, tone and pace were perfect for me to digest.
Counsellor, Youth Substance Use
It is so nice to slow down and reconnect to the inside of yourself. I had never explored my senses and was amazed…
Admin Support Staff, Fernie BC
Dean is a professional with an amazing ability to understand what I couldn’t. Dean never did the work for me and he always seems to know what to say to help guide me towards making up my own mind and figuring out my issues. Having Dean as a counsellor is like having a caring knowledgeable friend help you through the hard times.
I attended the mindfulness workshop, Come to Your Senses, with Dean and Maureen at the Naramata Center, located in the Okanagan valley. I was a little nervous about what to expect seeing as I had never attended a retreat of any kind. After meeting Dean and Maureen I felt at ease instantly. What I got out of this beautiful weekend was a sense of calm and roots dug a little deeper to become further grounded. I would highly recommend any and all retreats offered by Dean and Maureen if you need to take the next step on your journey.
Dean is a very skilled, knowledgeable and interactive presenter. He delivered a two day Introductory Counselling Skills Training for the Akisqnuk First Nation Health and Administration staff which was well received and beneficial to all participants.
Akisqnuk First Nation Health
As I mentioned I have some experience (but don’t have a structured daily practise except in times of crisis). The wording that you used was very clear and could easily be understood and added to my knowledge. Also you made it very easy to incorporate into every day life. The second best thing was the profound peace that I felt by the end of the day. I left feeling absolutely lovely and this state lasted the rest of the weekend. Thank you.
MSW, Invermere BC
I feel privileged to have learned from you… Your practice, calmness and supportive stance is such an inspiration to myself as an individual and as a practitioner.
Child and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Social Worker
Who We are
ABOUT MAUREEN SMITH
Maureen Smith (MSW, RCSW) is a psychotherapist, educator, professional meditator and teacher.
ABOUT DEAN NICHOLSON
Dean Nicholson is a psychotherapist, educator, Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher.