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 Registered Mental Performance Consultant through the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), as well as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with 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 and everyday life. Her belief that these skills are not only sport-related skills, but also life skills, is what inspired her to work with exercisers, individuals who are contemplating exercise, and with those involved in the rehabilitation process.
Laura's role involves encouraging, supporting, and helping individuals become more active by fostering positive attitudes towards physical activity. 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 excited to be a part of the Tall Tree team and loves the clinic philosophy and mission to provide a new level of clinical excellence through the multi-faceted approach of an integrated team, fueled by caring and fun. 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, coaching water polo, cooking, eating, and catching up with friends and family.