Our Team

Brenley Shapiro - BA, BFA, MSW, RSW, RP

Company Founder & President
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
Sport Psychology & Performance Consultant

A Toronto basedCognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Sport Psychology & Performance Consultant, and Certified Sports Vision Trainer, Brenley Shapiro has become highly respected among sporting communities throughout the North American landscape. Holding an Honours degree in Psychology, a Specialized Honours degree in Fine Arts with a focus on Movement Therapy, and a Masters Degree in Clinical/Counselling (MSW), she is able to bring a depth of knowledge and theoretical framework into her applied practice. Further advancing her knowledge base, Brenley has done additional Sport Psychology & Sports Vision training & certification, consistently staying on top of the most current trends, latest research and advances within the field. Her innovative and in depth program development combines theories of cognition and behaviours into mental skills training, along with scientific strategies using state of the art technologies to strengthen neurocogntive processing, decision making under stress and overall reaction timing. Brenley’s rare and unique skill set blended together, fundamentally guides her clients to master their mind for ultimate performance enhancement.

Brenley has been in practice for over 18 years counselling athletes, individuals, children, and families, and is the founder of Heads Up Mental Game Coaching. Established in 2011, Heads Up is a comprehensive high performance training academy, focused on developing ALL aspects of the mental game, for sport, corporate and life in general. Brenley has also become a powerful keynote speaker on the topic of Mindset, Performance and Success, and is the mental performance spokesperson for Gatorade Canada.

With an exceptional ability to teach, motivate, inspire and connect with all those she works with, Brenley has dedicated her life’s work to helping people push the boundaries of achievement and facilitate a pathway towards success. Her transformative program and style, along with her vast degree of knowledge and training spanning every aspect of the mental game, is what separates her from the rest. Provoking excitement, engagement and the transformation of the power of the mind, Brenley is able to foster a true culture of excellence within those she works with.

Lyza-Jane De Vera , BA, MSc Sport Psychology

Mental Performance Coach

Lyza-Jane DeVera was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and after moving to Toronto, she started her dance training at the early age of 2 years old. She trained formally in many disciplines and holds certifications with The British Association of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance. Lyza graduated from the University of Western Ontario with high honours, earning her Bachelors in Business and Psychology. At Western, she was also on the Upper Executive board and creative director of CAISA Fashion Show – Canada’s largest student-run fashion show to date; raising more than $260,000 for the Children’s Health Foundation in London. She is certified with the International Sports Sciences Association in Personal Training, Sports and Fitness Nutrition, and Post-Rehabilitation Exercise Therapy. Lyza is currently completing her Masters of Science Degree with a specialization in Sport and Performance Psychology in November 2019 and wishes to continue her studies thereafter to becoming a fully licensed sport and performance psychologist.

Lyza-Jane has had the opportunity to train, perform and teach alongside many renowned artists across North America, Europe, and Australia, with some of her credits including the Randolph Academy Triple Threat program, The National Ballet School of Canada, a National TV Promo for CTV's "So You Think You Can Dance", Toronto's RBC WinterCity Festival, the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, and as part of Team Canada for the IDO World Dance Championships in Germany. Alongside different dance teams across the GTA, Lyza has also shared her creative training techniques with players of the Vaughan Soccer Club, Mississauga Chiefs Hockey, and University of Toronto Varsity Soccer. Lyza always strives to implement creative and innovative ways of uniting both mental and physical strategies to her training techniques in order to help athletes and performers reach their peak performance levels, while also keeping them excited and engaged in new activities.

Gabrielle Iwaskow, MA Counselling Psychology (MACP)

Mental Performance Coach

As a Toronto based Psychotherapist (Qualifying), with a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gabrielle Iwaskow is motivated and passionate towards the athletic and high performance community. Earning an Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University, she addresses how psychological factors influence performance in sport and is able to integrate innovative and evidence-based tools into tackling the problems that are here and now.

Gabrielle brings unique first-hand experience to the table. As a provincial level soccer player for over a decade, she has developed awareness for the psychological aspect of the game, particularly in highly competitive environments. Her insight and eagerness to help athletes take ahold of their mental abilities sets her apart from Mental Game Coaches, helping achieve new levels of performance. As a results-driven individual, Gabrielle has a passion for facilitating a connection for inner strength to maximize performance potential.