CSPA Professional Members: Nova Scotia

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Lori Dithurbide, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Division of Kinesiology Dalhousie University; MPC Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic


Biography: Dr. Lori Dithurbide is a full-time faculty member in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University teaching courses in Sport Psychology. Lori is also a professional member and Atlantic Rep for the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Lead Mental Performance Consultant for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. In her role at the Sport Centre, Lori consults with National team athletes training in Atlantic Canada and across the country. She has worked with Hockey Canada's Women's National Development Team, Canoe/Kayak Canada, Sailing Canada, and most recently, attended the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Canada's Women's Artistic Gymnastics team. She's worked with World Champions, Olympians, and professional athletes, as well as many local and provincial developmental athletes. 


Language(s): English, French

location. Halifax, NS

email. lori.dithurbide@gmail.com

twitter. DrLoriD

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Andrew Ling, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Lingo Performance Consulting; Mental Performance Consultant; Regional Representative - Atlantic Provinces, CSPA

Biography: Andrew Ling is a Mental Performance Consultant and is focused on training athletes for performance enhancement. He is currently working with athletes and teams at Dalhousie University. He has worked at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida, and was the Director of Mental Conditioning at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. He has worked with the Women’s Canadian National Softball Team, Men’s Canadian National Sitting Volleyball Team, and athletes/teams training at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. Andrew also has experience working with multiple University volleyball, basketball, and swimming teams in Canada and professional tennis and football players in the United States. Andrew is also a volunteer coach for the Halifax Hurricanes Basketball Club and has been a Provincial Team Coach for Basketball Nova Scotia. 

Language(s): English

location. Halifax, NS

email. andrew.ling@lingoperformance.com

phone. 902-219-2547

website. www.lingoperformance.com

twitter. @Lingo_Perform

linkedin. linkedin.com/in/andrewling

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Katherine MacAdam, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Dr. MacAdam & Associates 

Biography: When Dr. MacAdam started private practice in 2005 as a chiropractor, she was interested in cognitive behavioural therapy for managing back and neck pain. She started to investigate the current literature and concluded that there was a lack of research in the area so she decided to enroll in a Masters Degree Program at Dalhousie University in 2006 to further investigate her theory.

Her Master Thesis entitled, "Does guided imagery as an adjunct to chiropractic treatment affect pain and disability in physically active adults with chronic low back pain?" concluded that guided imagery may be beneficial as an adjunct to spinal manipulative therapy in the treatment of chronic low back pain. Her first published research was in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2005.

Dr. MacAdam is certified as a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. She received her education and training through attaining a Master's Degree in Science with a focus on guided imagery. She uses the following techniques in the clinic setting: Relaxation, Stress Management, Guided Imagery, Hypnosis, Chronic Pain Management, Injury Rehabilitation, and Recovery and Regeneration Techniques. 

Language(s): English

location. Halifax, NS

email. katherinemacadam@hotmail.com

phone. 902-407-3347

website. www.halifaxchiro.com

twitter. @halifaxchiro

facebook. www.facebook.com/drmacadamandassociates

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Danielle Poulos, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Mental Performance Consultant, Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic; Sessional Instructor, Dalhousie University; Mental Performance Consultant, Dalhousie University Varsity

Biography: Danielle is a lifelong athlete and coach with a strong passion for Sport, High Performance, and Well-being. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. Since 2005, Danielle has been working in the field of Sport Psychology, with a variety of teams, athletes and sports. These include athletes of all ages, competitive levels, Special Olympics, and Paralympics, as well as coaches and parents. She has worked closely with Dalhousie Varsity, Canada Games, the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, National Teams, local clubs, and abroad with a Serie B Waterpolo team in Sicily.

Danielle is a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association as well as a Competition Development (Level III) certified coach with the Coaching Association of Canada. During her 20 years as a coach, she coached Nationally and Internationally, was awarded Coach of the Year three times, and has lead two teams to win National titles. Danielle has also taught regularly at both Dalhousie and Acadia University as a Sessional Professor in the field of sport.

Danielle has a person-centered approach to her work and aims to help her clients in achieving peak performance, personal growth, and wellbeing. 

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Competition Development Coach (Level III) and Master Learning Facilitator, National Coaching Certification Program

Language(s): English, French, Italian

location. Halifax, NS

email. daniellecpoulos@gmail.com

phone. 902-989-5050

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Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Taylored Mindset; Lead Mental Performance Consultant, Deafgolf Germany; Professional Member, CSPA

Biography: Simon Taylor is the founder of Taylored Mindset, his mental performance consultancy that specializes in helping individual athletes and teams take their game to the next level. He is a professional member with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, holds a master's degree in sports psychology from the University of Stirling, and is a 2021 PhD candidate in sport psychology.

Simon has played golf at the highest level as an amateur, competing at international events across the globe and at an NCAA Division I university. This provides Simon with a unique opportunity to be able to relate to players' experiences while making use of the latest evidence-based approaches to support his client's needs.

Simon has worked with coaches, amateurs, and professional athletes ranging from 14-60+ years of age across all skill levels that share the same goal—taking their game to the next level. These include a 1. Bundesliga golf team in Germany, the German national deaf golf team, a university field hockey team, and individual athletes in a variety of different sports.

Simon’s approach is to provide clients with skills and strategies, which can enhance athlete performance, team functioning, and overall well-being.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; ACT Immersion; Mental health conditions, treatment, and referrals for sport and exercise psychologists; Telepsychology 101; Going Digital: Online Consulting for Mental Performance​

Language(s): English, German

location. Halifax, NS

email. simon@tayloredmindset.com

website. https://tayloredmindset.com/

twitter. simon_t91

instagram. @taylored.mindset