Our Team

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

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.

Keven Wilson

Executive Director Heads Up Mind Gym

"Keven is Executive Director, Heads Up Mind Gym and a partner in the business.

With forty years experience in sport, as a player, coach, skill instructor, mentor and parent, Keven possesses hands-on insight into the keys to success for both individual and team athletes.

His three sons, all played hockey in the GTHL and continue to play; two recreationally and one professionally, with the Washington Capitals.

Keven participates as an external representative to the Greater Toronto Hockey League, Board of Directors, on  committees which include; The Strategic Planning Committee, and The Competition Committee.

Keven’s interest in sport specific athletic development led him to create a model which revolves around five key elements for success. He maintains a small applied player development consulting service and  utilizes his player assessment and development framework to help athletes improve their game play.

It is this same interest, that has Keven so excited about the Mind Gym. Sports Vision Training is not a new concept, but with recent advances in technology, it has become a dynamic training tool. With our space in Scotiabank Pond, it is now also very accessible. It is truly the missing link in the development of today’s young athlete.

Connie Mason - BA (Psychology)

Chief Operating Officer

Connie oversees all operational aspects of both Heads Up Mind Gym and Heads Up Mental Game Coaching. She is a strong advocate and believer in the value of improving your mental performance. With an educational background in psychology and hands-on operational experience in the medical field, she brings the perfect balance and enthusiasm to the operational efficiency of Heads Up.

Connie is also an avid runner and has tackled a full marathon, multiple ? marathons and other long distant runs, often ranking in top positions. Currently, she continues to enhance her running performances while training her brain regularly at the Mind Gym.

Gad Espinosa

Mental Performance Coach

Gad Espinosa is a former professional soccer player who represented Canada internationally. Over the past 25 years Gad has coached individuals who have gone on to win Olympic medals and represent Canada at various World Championships. Over the last few years he has added health and wellness training to his coaching repertoire. 
Career Highlights include: 
Ontario Provincial Soccer Team Head Coach
Technical Director - Toronto FC High Park
Coached 3 girls that captured Olymic Broze medals in Rio, Brazil (2016)
Positions held: Head Coach Men's varsity soccer - Redeemer University College

Saša Mudrinić - MA, RP

Mental Game Coach

Saša is a sports psychology consultant with a background in health and rehabilitation psychology.
He was born in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina and he lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia before moving to Canada.

Saša is also a competitive athlete and understands the rigours of balancing performance, health and enjoyment. He specializes in working with clients dealing with physical injuries and the subsequent impact on emotional well-being. Saša works from acognitive-behavioural perspective that is eclectic, incorporates the body-mind connection and is tailored toward the client's specific needs. He has a passion for working with younger populations in their physical, emotional and mental development as athletes.

Saša holds an Honours degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.