Matthew has an extensive psychology background in a broad range of areas. Clinical diagnosis and treatment, family centered practices, motivation, performance concepts, and emotional management have led to a depth of practice. This variety has allowed him to reach populations not only for bettering problem solving but performing better in life. Matthew has Master’s degrees in both Education and Sport & Exercise Psychology, doctoral level work in Clinical and Counselling Psychology, and is currently doing his PhD in Sport Psychology, focusing on personality and motivation across the lifespan. Matthew has developed and instructed courses at the post-secondary level. Lastly, Matthew has an extensive background in sport, having performed at National levels as well as coached athletes to National and International success.
Matthew’s extensive background in sport psychology includes areas of personality and motivation, emotional regulation, team construction and cohesion, coach development, motor performance and learning, and leadership.
Matthew has experience in the areas of child, adolescent, adult, and family development. Some of the areas for specialty include depression, anxiety, behavioral issues/concerns, substance misuse and abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders and disordered eating patterns.
Matthew has been a highly sought-after motivational speaker at the conferences throughout the Province. Participants and audience members continually provide praise and positive feedback for his speaking style.
Matthew’s skill provides a unique combination of humor, academia, and a propensity for the unpredictable that will leave you both laughing and learning.
Working toward a cohesive and high performance environment is key to success in any team. This team may be a hockey or volleyball team or a team of employees seeking higher performance for themselves and one another. The key is understanding dynamics from a science-based approach to motivational environment. Having prepared coaches, teams, and athletes at all levels requires a comprehensive understanding for the developmental needs of the athletes, coach demands and pressures, team culture construction, and the performance expectations for the team. A blend of training in multiple facets of performance psychology ideally places Matthew in a position to support how you want to structure your team, establish the best environment possible for your athletes, and meet the goals set out by the sport organization.
Matthew has held multiple roles in the field of human performance. Roles such as post-secondary faculty, head coach in sport, member of an integrated performance team (i.e. Canada Games), or one-on-one psychology professional, striking a balance between the demands of a current situation and a full understanding for how the situation is being viewed is key to success. Matthew has worked with high performance athletic populations, persons experiencing eating disorder and disordered eating issues, workplace performance, along with mental health and performance challenges such as anxiety and depression. Matthew’s interests are in working with individuals and teams to reach a healthy and performance mindset.