Carl Nienhuis, MHK
Mental Performance Consultant
Canadian Sport Psychology Assocation Professional Member
Carl Nienhuis is a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where he obtained his Master's in Human Kinetics, specializing in Intervention and Consultation in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Carl has been consulting in Abbotsford and the Greater Vancouver area for just over two years. He has worked with people of all ages from various sport and non-sport backgrounds, from helping youth develop positive living skills, to helping national team athletes perform consistently on the world stage. Carl is currently working with the Canadian National Fencing and Pentathlon teams, helping numerous athletes prepare for the 2012 Olympics in London. Aside from sport psychology consulting, Carl is also a sessional instructor in the Kinesiology department at UFV and a coach with the UFV volleyball programs.
A Brief Snapshot of What I Do:
I listen. I provide support. I work collaboratively with athletes and performers while selecting appropriate skills and strategies to enhance performance and wellness. I challenge, question, encourage and educate while helping athletes and performers become experts on themselves. I strive to help each individual develop an ability to manage their own specific needs, draw on personal strengths, seek solutions and find meaning and perspective in their personal pursuits.
Common misconceptions are that sport psychology is only for elite performers or for athletes dealing with issues. I
definitely enjoy helping these people, but that is only a small segment of the population that I help. The reality is that we are all performers, and some days we do better at our tasks and roles then others. My holistic approach to helping means that through establishing a meaningful relationship, we will target various dimensions of your lives with the goal of helping you seek a consistent level of performance and excellence, be it in athletics, business, academics, or whatever your performance domain may be.