DR. SHAUNNA TAYLOR
PERFORMANCE COUNSELLING

LISTEN * SUPPORT * CHALLENGE

I have 20+ years of experience as a clinician and service provider to athletes, dancers, musicians, and other high performance-based professions. As the Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, I am an advocate for promoting mental performance and mental health as part of holistic development systems.


From providing support to developing athletes, to being an integrated support team member to 6 Olympic and 4 Paralympic Games, I bring decades of experience to athletes and coaches looking to add to their mental flexibility. I am the current mental performance service provider to Ballet Kelowna, athlete and coach services at PacificSport Okanagan, as well as the Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport

I look forward to helping you develop new habits and skills that enable you to achieve your performance goals.

 
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NOTE TO CLIENTS: COVID-19 OPTIONS

To all my valued clients - your safety is my number 1 priority. Please note that our clinic has re-opened and public health and safety is our #1 concern, If you are interested in booking an in-person appointment, I will forward you our safety procedures and precautions. I will continue to offer e-counselling via telehealth and virtual counselling platforms. Please contact me if you are interested in distance counselling. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you require support and follow the Public Health Officer recommendations in your region for prevention and treatment.

 

Dr. Shaunna Taylor, PhD

Chair, Canadian Sport Psychology Association (MPC)

Certified Clinical Counsellor (CCC)

ABOUT ME

[University of Ottawa]
Since 1998, I’ve helped my clients - performers from a variety of fields and backgrounds - break through obstacles that stood between them and optimal mental performance and mental health. Let me help you learn and develop strategies to achieve your performance goals. Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.

 

MINDFULNESS-BASED 
COGNITIVE APPROACHES

Personal and Group Support That Makes a Difference

 
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Holistic Performer Wellness

I use research-informed approaches to help performers achieve overall health and wellness. From physical fitness, to rest and recovery, to work-life balance and mental health, I help my clients to embrace a holistic approach to personal health and wellness.

Whether you are locally-based for in-person support, or you train and compete at a distance, I have flexible support platforms for face-to-face and virtual meetings. 

Mental Performance

I use cognitive behavioural (CBT) and mindfulness-based approaches to help performers in such areas as:

  • psycho-motor learning

  • enhancing motivation

  • visualization/imagery

  • focussing strategies

  • self-regulation skills

  • constructive feedback

  • optimal goal-setting

  • disordered eating prevention 

  • positive body image

  • performance anxiety

  • relaxation / activation

  • emotional intelligence 

  • other mental skills that are vital to performance.

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Team and Program Leadership Support

I work with teams and programs to provide support services at all levels (from performers to coaches, management and technical leadership).


From local club teams, to varsity sport, provincial and national programs, let me help you to create safe, inclusive and burnout-resistant programs.

I currently provide individual and team support for UBC Okanagan Heat varsity and club programs, as well as many developing and nationally-carded athletes and performers throughout the Okanagan Valley and abroad. From Ballet Kelowna, to local school districts, I also support a wide variety of diverse organizations. Please contact me to discuss your needs - I look forward to hearing from you!

AFFILIATIONS

I am proud to provide support to many regional, provincial and national organizations.
I am happy to provide references and work with you to personalize the services you require for an individual, group, team or organizational program. I look forward to working with you!

 

Start the conversation about mental health and the role it plays in overall performance:


“Just because you’re a good athlete doesn’t mean you can escape mental health issues that affect people. Bringing awareness to it is important ... We've come many, many miles in this area and we're more compassionate and understanding. Mental illness affects one in every five Canadians, so if you think about that, that means four (players) in my dressing room alone, must be affected in some way."


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BUILDING CONSTRUCTIVE PERSPECTIVES


"I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."

Ken Venturi

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#214 - 3001 Tutt Street, Kelowna, BC

 

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