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Hey! I'm Ana Zulic

I'm an Unlicensed Mental Health Therapist at Mindbuffs.

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Olympic weightlifing

What I do

My areas of interest

Sports Psychology, Eating Disorders, Teen Development, Body Image and Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Depression, Peak Performance, Life Transitions, Life Goals and Values, Athletic Identity, Minority Populations, ADHD, Neurodiversity, Grief and Loss, 2SLGBTQIA+ Identities, Return to Sport From Injury, Team Performance, Trauma, Religion/Spirituality, Addictions, Self-Harm

Populations I work with

Children (10+), Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Groups, and Teams

Interventions I use

Rogerian therapy, attachment therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, CBT, ACT, DBT, SFT, parts work/IFS, existential therapy, compassion-focused therapy, mindfulness-based therapy

Get to know me

Hi there, I'm Ana, and I'm thrilled you're here.

Sports have been a central part of my life since childhood. After struggling to find meaningful sport engagement post-high school, I discovered joy and purpose through martial arts. As a coach for women's fitness-based martial arts, and later coaching and managing a co-ed fitness kickboxing studio, I encountered numerous individuals facing mental health challenges hindering their progress. This is, in part, what led me to pursue sport and performance psychology after graduate school.

Another reason is that I have been a competitive athlete for a decade, and I've experienced the highs and lows of sports firsthand. My diverse athletic background - track, cross-country running, obstacle course racing, CrossFit, and currently Olympic weightlifting - fuels my passion for helping others overcome obstacles and thrive in all aspects of sport and life. One of my favorite psychological skills to personally use before a max-out attempt are visualizing a successful lift, mentally rehearsing what it looks and feels like, and imagining myself doing it. I'm a firm believer that by applying the lessons learned in sports to real-life situations, athletes can enhance their resilience to stressful situations, leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, and overall quality of life.

Above all, I'm dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing across every realm: psychological, social, physical, and spiritual. Through my Master's research on mental health stigma in sports, I've learned that seeking help is a sign of courage and tenacity. It's about time we re-frame "mental toughness" in sport as "mental fitness", where we roll with life's inevitable challenges with compassion, confidence, and resilience. Whether working with athletes, performers, individuals, or groups, I aim to empower others to unlock their potential and live authentically and meaningfully in sport and in life.

Let's embark on this journey together and achieve greatness, both on and off the field, court, or gym.

My broad education and experience as a teacher, coach, and athlete, have all helped me develop the necessary skills to understand the importance of goal setting, gaining confidence, and building resiliency, and I want to help you do the same! 

Through a client-centred approach, my aim is to help you develop the tools to navigate the stressors that life throws our way - whether or not they are sport related. I enjoy working holistically with clients to consider all aspects that may be impacting your life. Through this approach, we will collaboratively set goals by utilizing your personal strengths and values to help guide your treatment and have you living in the most meaningful way you can.



/per session

  • Direct billing is currently unavailable for Unlicensed Mental Health Therapists

  • Client-reimbursed coverage may be available through select insurance companies. Please check with your provider before booking to verify coverage of credentials.

Individual session

Team session


/per session

  • Includes a variety of introductory and in-depth sessions that can be customized for your team or group's individual needs.

  • Price includes the use of our team room in our Sherwood Park clinic. Additional travel fees may apply if your team wishes to hold the sessions at an alternate location.



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