Laura Farres, Ph.D., RCC, MPC
Laura is the CEO and founder of Mind in Motion Consulting. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Ottawa. Her formal training is in the area of educational psychology and the psychology of performance. She has worked in the field as an applied practitioner for over 20 years.
She is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), a Chartered Professional Coach (Ch.P.C.) with Coaches Association of Canada (CAC), and a Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Laura has worked with a number of national, provincial and regional organizations as a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC). She has supported Canadian athletes at Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympic Games, and World Championships. She has provided consulting services to BC provincial teams at Canada Summer and Winter Games. She has been an instructor at Douglas College in Sport Science teaching courses on sport psychology and an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department at the University of British Columbia running a course on Performance Psychology. She has supported coaches as a Learning Facilitator through the NCCP program, facilitating courses on the psychology of performance, conflict management, and leadership. She supervises emerging MPCs and counsellors in an internship program through Douglas College Athletics. Finally, Laura has contributed to the Canadian Sport Psychology Association as a member of the Managing Council and as Chair of the Review Committee.
Laura is passionate about the field of performance. She strives to create safe and compassionate environments where clients can explore their own understanding of who they are and what they want to accomplish. She believes that individuals are the experts on themselves and active agents in their own change. She views consulting as a collaborative process where individuals need to be supported to recognize their strengths, explore past, present and future understandings and approaches, and move forward in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them.
Renée Hock, MEd, RCC, MPC
Renée is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), a Mental Performance Consultant (MPC) with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), and an NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Professional Teaching Degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Her professional experience encompasses a diverse range of roles, responsibilities, and business models. More specifically, she has worked as a Clinical Counsellor and Mental Performance Consultant in private practice, as a Teacher, Counsellor and Diversity Consultant for the Vancouver School Board, as the Head Coach, Sport Director and Executive Director of Judo BC, and in Public Relations for Seiko Sangyo Company Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.
As an athlete in judo, Renée represented Canada at the Pan American Games and World Championships. She presented live on stage at the Dalai Lama Youth Dialogue, is a recipient of the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award, and more recently delivered a Ted Talk at the TedX LangleyED event.
Renée employs a client centered approach in her work with others. This is accomplished through her awareness of the importance of meeting people where they are at, and by approaching others with a sense of curiosity and humility. Her collaborative and thoughtful process seeks to highlight and incorporate individual and group strengths with the ultimate goal of empowering others to maximize their potential.