About Mindbuffs

At Mindbuffs, we bring our collective experience in athletics, business, e-sports, and coaching into our Sport and Performance Psychology practice to help you achieve your goals. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in every area of your life as you bring your game to the next level by flexing the most important muscle in your body: your mind. Our work is relational; we come alongside individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations, working together to develop the self-awareness, culture, confidence, and focus that guides high performance. 

Meet our team

Whether you are an athlete, performer, or entrepreneur, we have the experience and expertise to help you unlock your potential. With backgrounds in coaching, e-sports, performance, and sports psychology, our diverse range of perspectives make us more than psychologists. We are mentors, teachers, and friends. Learn more about each of our team members by checking out their profiles.

Co-founder / Registered Psychologist
Alex
Schinke

Specializations: Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Peak Performance, and Female/Teen Development

Co-founder / Registered Provisional Psychologist
Mat
de Moissac

Specializations: Sports Psychology, First Responders, Career and Business Development, Anxiety, and Life Transitions

Registered Provisional Psychologist
Nick
Johnson

Populations: Teens, Adults, and Teams

Unlicensed Mental Health Therapist 
Kayla
Unrau

Populations: Children (6+), Teens, Adults, and Teams

Performance Consultant
Shawna
Shuster

Populations: Children (6+), Teens, Adults, and Teams

Masters in Counselling Student
Lindsay
Piper

Populations: Children (6+), Teens, Adults, and Teams

Masters in Counselling Student
Katie
Sharpe

Populations: Teens, Adults, Teams, and Executives

Administrative Assistant
Danica
Schmidt

 

Authenticity

Happiness and confidence are a result of accepting who you truly are, and designing your life around your personality, spirit, and character. We strive to help you know yourself inside and out because the very foundation of your success will come from the strength of your self-awareness.

Play

Even therapy should be fun. Just because we dive deep and spend time unravelling the most complex object in the world (our big beautiful brains), doesn’t mean that we should approach it with fear and hesitation. Our 1 on 1 sessions are lighthearted and focus on the relationship between client and therapist first and foremost.

Competition

We believe that life is just a little more fulfilling when some competition is involved. Whether it’s stretching your comfort zone on an outdoor adventure, pushing yourself to improve on your personal bests, increasing the impact of your business, or playing match play with your buddies on the golf course, we learn to thrive by having the opportunity to test ourselves through struggle, heartache, and failure. It makes those victories, and the relationships along the journey, that much sweeter.

Growth Mindset

Lean into discomfort and seek out new ways to learn. From our delicate ecosystem to our most intimate relationships, there is a sweet spot between order and chaos that breeds health and improvement. Complacency breeds stagnation and full-blown retirement kill us quicker. We are beings designed to experience the richness of life by constantly improving the things we invest our time and energy into.

Influencing Others

Mindbuffs was formed with the vision of having sport and performance psychology dramatically impact the ways in which high-performance industries develop healthy, research-informed cultures. These cultures are the breeding grounds of our society and individuals need to have the opportunity to live with authenticity, purpose, and passion within a relationship-focused environment. We believe that sport psychology can pave the way for a more accepting and conscientious society while simultaneously improving the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Education

Whether we are working 1 on 1, in group settings, or have the privilege of being a part of your team/work environment, we absolutely love to teach and educate people about the intricacies of our minds. When you work with us, you will learn how to control your thoughts and feelings, how to hijack parts of your subconscious, and how to enter in and out of flow state. We only ask that you pass the knowledge on!

Body Liberation & Weight Inclusivity

At Mindbuffs, we respect the diversity of body shapes and sizes and believe that health status should never be used with prejudice against the value of an individual. We are designed to thrive when we feel confident in ourselves (and yes, that includes our bodies too)! Our goal is to help you learn to love your body (or even just be okay with it), increase weight inclusivity in our communities, heal social connections, improve self-worth, and bring awareness to toxic diet culture and weight-based oppression.

Our values