Laura grew up in Montreal, and moved to Victoria in January 2014. Her background in coaching and experience as an elite athlete is what drove her to pursue a degree in Psychology from Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and ultimately a Masters in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON). Laura is a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), as well as the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
Laura has experience working with athletes of all levels, helping them build the necessary mental skills required for sport, rehabilitation, and everyday life. In her role as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), Laura has worked with numerous teams, individual athletes, and coaches, helping them 'train their brains' to perform at their best more often and more consistently. Her belief that these skills are not only sport-related skills, but also life skills, is what inspired her to extend her services to help exercisers, individuals who are contemplating exercise, concussion patients, and those involved in the rehabilitation process.
Laura's role involves encouraging, supporting, and helping individuals through the rehabilitation and recovery process. Helping patients set safe and realistic goals, build motivation, confidence, self-awareness, and the ability to self-regulate are at the heart of Laura's work. Some of her research interests include exercise adherence and attrition, motivation, self-efficacy, self-regulation, and behaviour change.
Laura is thrilled to be a part of the Concussion Program and to take part in engineering the innovative, evidence lead care pathways. She has a strong belief in the “active for life” movement and tries to make physical activity a part of her every day life. In her free time, Laura enjoys exercising, cooking, eating, spending time with her husband, and catching up with friends and family.