Laura Farres has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa. Here formal training is in the area of educational psychology and the psychology of performance.
She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), a Chartered Professional Coach (Ch.P.C.) with Coaches Association of Canada (CAC), and a Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
For over 20 years, she has worked as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC), supporting elite athletes and coaches at the international, national, provincial and regional levels. She has provided consulting services to BC provincial teams at Canada Summer and Winter Games and worked with Canadian athletes and teams at Olympic, Paralympic, and Special Olympic Games, and at several World Championships in a range of sports. Through her private practice, Mind in Motion Consulting and through the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS), Laura also provides clinical counselling services working with a diverse range of performers (athletes, coaches, actors, dancers, musicians).
Laura has several years of experience as a supervisor, mentoring a number of emerging consultants and counsellors in internship programs at Special Olympics BC and Douglas College Athletics. She has also contributed to the Canadian Sport Psychology Association over the years as a member of the Managing Council and as Chair of the Review Committee.
Finally, as an educator, Laura comes with extensive experience from her time as a faculty member at Douglas College (Sport Science Department) and as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (Theatre Department). She has served on several committees including the Research Ethics Board at Douglas College. She has published several peer reviewed articles, book chapters and popular publications, and presented at numerous academic and professional conferences.