Have concerns about anxiety? Wondering about depression? Experiencing a sense of loss? Speaking with one of our team members can assist in clarifying a challenge, empowering you to start movi... Read more
Have concerns about anxiety? Wondering about depression? Experiencing a sense of loss? Speaking with one of our team members can assist in clarifying a challenge, empowering you to start moving forward, and feeling a greater understanding of satisfaction and control for mental wellness and the impacts in your life. We work with the multidimensional challenges accompanying our mental health and would be happy to speak with you.
Do you want to perform at a greater level? Sustain attention and concentration while being in high-stress and pressure situations? Want to understand motivation and strengthen mental forces t... Read more
Do you want to perform at a greater level? Sustain attention and concentration while being in high-stress and pressure situations? Want to understand motivation and strengthen mental forces to thrive during opportunities? Upcoming tryouts? Many forces are related to optimal performance in the lives of those who strive for this state. Take a deep dive into the work of higher human performance. Find out what those strivings look like, how they work in your life, and barriers to break down to achieve optimal high performance!
How do "littles" process emotion? What happens when you have a young person navigating a world that may not be clear to them? What about an adolescent experience that seems larger than they f... Read more
How do "littles" process emotion? What happens when you have a young person navigating a world that may not be clear to them? What about an adolescent experience that seems larger than they feel capable of working with? Adopting an experiential approach assists in navigating the wild world of development. Knowing your young person is working with someone compassionate, understanding, and educated in youth development is integral to the growth and development of a very precious asset in our world.
Lifestyle? Wellness? Bouncing back from illness? Working with pain? The resonating question is: How does psychology fit with these concepts? Looking into how a person's biological makeup (his... Read more
Lifestyle? Wellness? Bouncing back from illness? Working with pain? The resonating question is: How does psychology fit with these concepts? Looking into how a person's biological makeup (history), psychological pathways (i.e., stress, pain, etc.), and social forces (i.e., family, occupation, cultural influences) will play a multitude of roles. These roles may include grounding a solid medical program, challenging the mental corners of our thinking, and cultivating an understanding of helpful and less helpful social forces in your life. Factors addressed in health psychology include eating habits, medical relationships, processing health information, lifestyle decision-making (i.e., motivation), and underlying beliefs about illness, wellness, and happiness.
So many people say: "We just need to communicate better." How many people really dig deep into: 1. What they want to communicate. 2. How they want the message to come across. 3. When is best ... Read more
So many people say: "We just need to communicate better." How many people really dig deep into: 1. What they want to communicate. 2. How they want the message to come across. 3. When is best to do so? 4. Work to become more precise about what is needed for the family/couple relationship. Working on communicating, trusting, and effectively fostering a deep, caring relationship is a deliberate and conscious process. Choosing to work with a professional can grow a sense of effectiveness in your relationship.
Want to perform better as a team? Doing team building and wanting to ensure a more profound sense of cohesion to ensure the build keeps building? Working toward a cohesive and high-performanc... Read more
Want to perform better as a team? Doing team building and wanting to ensure a more profound sense of cohesion to ensure the build keeps building? 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 environments. Having prepared coaches, teams, and athletes at all levels requires a comprehensive understanding of the developmental needs of the athletes, coach demands and pressures, leadership roles and relationships, team culture construction, and the performance expectations for the team.
Matthew has spoken at numerous professional conferences and to diverse and age-spanning populations. He has spoken to Provincial Sport Associations (Athletics, Triathlon, Swimming), provinci... Read more
Matthew has spoken at numerous professional conferences and to diverse and age-spanning populations. He has spoken to Provincial Sport Associations (Athletics, Triathlon, Swimming), provincial kinesiology and pain conferences, teacher's conventions, professional development opportunities, and high school, college, and university athletic departments. Topics range from mental health to high performance, from motivation and personality to cohesion and personal development. Send us your ideas for your event, and we can create a unique experience your participants will remember!
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.
Krystle Bush grew up in the Peace Country. An avid athlete, she graduated from Peace Wapiti Academy and attended and played volleyball for Grande Prairie Regional College. She moved on to Brandon University in Manitoba, where she continued her volleyball career and simultaneously finished her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. After graduating, she moved overseas to teach English in Thailand. It was here that she realized her love of teaching children and the value of advocating for them. This motivated Krystle to return to Grande Prairie to pursue a second degree in Social Work from The University of Calgary and finish her last year of volleyball eligibility as a Wolf at GPRC.
Today, Krystle is still an avid athlete. She enjoys playing volleyball, golfing, hiking, fishing, camping, and walking her two dogs whenever she has spare time. She has been working in Social Work for the last eight years, mostly with children, and possesses specialized grief counselling skills from her time working at the Grande Prairie and District Grief Association. She works from a strengths-based perspective, working with children and youth to build and strengthen coping skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Ultimately, Krystle wants to help individuals feel like their happiest selves and enjoys working with various techniques to make this possible.
Pursuing mental wellness, reaching your true athletic potential, or healthy lifestyle habits are journeys that take time and support. Michelle's greatest passion is guiding people seeking mental wellbeing, healthy lifestyle changes, or skills and tools to achieve optimal performance. She believes that mental wellness, physical activity, nutrition, and fitness are essential components of a person's wellbeing.
Michelle has an extensive background in sports and fitness. She has coached recreational and competitive-level athletes for over 20 years. Her love of coaching and athletics led her to enter the fitness industry in 2007. Since this time, she has instructed group exercise classes and coached one-on-one clients. She continued to expand her education and expertise to help people with their mental and physical wellbeing. Michelle completed a Master of Science degree in Psychology, BA in Psychology, and Fitness and Health Promotion diploma. Michelle's pursuit of ongoing professional development has led to both breadth and depth of applied knowledge meant to guide clients toward a balanced performance in their lives.
Michelle's pursuit for excellence in mental performance heightened when she began competing in the Fitness division of bodybuilding at the international level. She realized that mental performance training is equally as crucial as sport-specific training and strength & conditioning. Mental performance training gave her the tools to regulate emotions more effectively during competitions, reframe thoughts, ease stress, positively perceive pressure, and focus on crucial aspects during competition so that she was more likely to perform her best. She would like to share the knowledge she has gained with other athletes and performers and work with them to find tools and build skills that will allow them to perform their best.
Michelle can aid in healthy lifestyle changes, pain management, coping with injuries, managing stressful life situations, and self-esteem. She is currently mentoring to become a Professional member with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association as a Mental Performance Consultant and taking steps to become a Provisional Psychologist.
Heather is a seasoned and compassionate psychologist with a heartfelt commitment to enhancing the mental well-being of her clients. She has a wealth of expertise, employing a holistic, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive approach to address the needs of those she works with.
Heather graduated from the University of Alberta in 2012 with a Master of Education Degree, specializing in Counselling Psychology. She started her professional career doing trauma work, completing major practicums at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and running programs for children impacted by intimate partner violence. She has since completed comprehensive training through the Child Trauma Academy. Heather has worked extensively in schools throughout northwestern Alberta over the last decade; as a result, she has considerable experience working with children and youth, and their families. Her understanding of the nuances of neurodevelopmental challenges allows her to tailor interventions to the specific needs of each client, fostering a supportive, developmentally-appropriate environment for growth and skill development.
Heather believes in working collaboratively with you to identify your strengths and choose what will be helpful according to your goals and unique needs. She utilizes methods from many areas, often combining them with somatic modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to build an adaptive and integrative therapy process. Her primary intention as a therapist is to create a safe space where you feel seen and understood, while gently helping you process the elements that are limiting forward momentum and facilitating a journey towards growth.
Heather is available to offer therapy to children, youth and adults around a wide range of topics including:
Matthew has a far-reaching psychology background in a broad range of areas. Among them includes clinical diagnosis and treatment, family-centered practices, motivation, performance concepts, and emotional management. This range has allowed him to reach diverse populations to improve problem-solving and perform better in life. Matthew has master’s degrees in both Education and Sport & Exercise Psychology, doctoral-level work in Clinical and Counselling Psychology (ABD). He is currently doing his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology, focusing on personality and motivation across the lifespan. Lastly, Matthew has an extensive background in sport, having performed at National levels and coached athletes to National and International success.
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 (Canada Games, USports programs, ACAC programs), 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 in varying capacities, 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.
Have typical talk therapies been less successful for you in managing anxiety or ADHD symptoms? Difficulty with headaches or hypertension in your life? Chronic pain? Regulating emotional responses effectively? This training technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals from their own bodies (Stens, 2021).
(Coming Summer 2022)
Looking to enhance understanding of neurophysiological responses to dysfunctional thought patterns? Want to treat the cause rather than the symptom? We cannot control everything in our world that triggers us but we can assess and respond appropriately so the triggers lose strength.
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Athlete performance? Better concentration? Preventing age-related cognitive decline? Improved memory and attention? Increased emotional regulation? These skills, among others, are executive functioning skills. Using neurotracker can aid in actively training these skills while receiving immediate performance feedback.