TESTIMONIALS

Over the past few seasons, I have had the opportunity to work with Brenley within a team atmosphere and on an individual level, as a member of the Peterborough Petes. Whenever she came to the rink, chatting with her would provide my teammates and I a nice change of perspective towards approaching the game that we play. Her strategies and coaching helped us develop a process driven mindset through the ups and downs of an OHL season. Brenley’s mental game coaching, along with the enthusiasm and positive energy that she brings, has proven to be a useful tool that my teammates and I have been privileged to use.
Zach Gallant
Team Captain, Peterborough Petes, OHL; 3rd Round NHL Draft Pick; Signed to the San Jose Sharks, NHL
I think having a strong mental game is so important to any athlete. When you have a positive mindset toward your sport, you’ll have more fun doing it and will excel at your craft. Being a 15 year old kid, you go through certain ups and downs with school, family, friends etc, and having someone like Brenley to talk it out with is really important. Having that mental game will always reassure you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and to keep pushing to achieve your goals.
Adam Fantilli
1st Round OHL Draft Pick, Saginaw Spirit; Committed to Chicago Steel, USHL
I want to thank you so much for your part in my tennis journey. On signing day, I signed to New Mexico State University on a full tennis scholarship. As sweet as this accomplishment is, I would not have been able to get here without you. You helped me to overcome all of the obstacles and adversity I was facing. To be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t have continued playing tennis anymore if it wasn’t for you. Knowing that I had you in my corner when I was competing during that time made an incredible difference in the outcome of my junior career. Thank you for all that you have done for me along the way.
Alexia Di Giulio
NCAA DIVISION 1 TENNIS
Mental game training is so important when it comes to dealing with the stresses and challenges that come along with playing AAA hockey. Working with Brenley has helped so much and been amazing! I have learned so many different strategies that I can take into my game and use to deal with stressful situations. Brenley has walked me through how to train my brain to think positively in order to perform at my best.
Julian Facchinelli
7th round OHL Draft Pick (2020), Sarnia Sting
Working with Brenley on my mental game has helped me become a much stronger person both on and off the field. It has been such a huge factor in helping me accomplish my goal of going on to play college soccer at the division 1 level.
Sierra Cote
NCAA DIVISION 1 SOCCER
Working with Brenley helped me to improve my overall confidence so much. I am now able to let go of worrying about things that are going on in my day and in my game. For example, a bad turnover, worrying about the GM in the stands, ice time, or high pressure games and situations. Brenley has helped me learn that I create pressure in my own mind, which ultimately hurts me more than it helps me. She has taught me how to manage pressure and adversity and play with confidence, regardless of the circumstances. I am so much better at controlling my emotions now and getting off the emotional rollercoaster. This has been a real game changer for me!!
Nikita Korostelev
CLEVELAND MONSTERS, AHL; ADMIRAL VLADIVOSTOK, KHL
I have been playing hockey for most of my life, but after spending just a few hours with Brenley Shapiro, it completely changed my game. Before, I was an under confident player, trying to impress the scouts and making so many mistakes, resulting in nothing but frustration. After working with Brenley, I was able to change my game and become a different player. It helped so much that I continued working with Brenley. She has given me so many ways to overcome future problems, and is constantly finding ways to deal with new problems on a weekly basis. She has completely changed the way I play hockey and it has gotten me so much further in my career than I would have ever expected without this help. I now have many new thoughts and new ways to look at life and hockey.
Ethan Spaxman
NCAA, DIVISION 1 HOCKEY, MERRIMACK COLLEGE
I worked with Brenley on a lot of things like confidence during my injury the year of my NHL Draft. It really helped keep me focused and on track during this time, and I came back and played some of the best hockey I have ever played.
Declan Chisholm
Peterborough Petes, OHL | Winnipeg Jets, NHL Draft Pick
Before working with Brenley I was negative, anxious and I struggled with performing under pressure. With my mental game training, I have been able to take these struggles and look at them through a different lens and gain a whole new perspective. This has changed my game and state of mind in tennis, which has resulted in great success. It led me to winning U16 Provincials in Canada and placing top 12 in Canada for U18. My work with Brenley has helped me to stay focused in the present, control my nerves and build my confidence. It has been a game changer!
Erika Dimitriev
U16 PROVINCIAL TENNIS CHAMPION, ONTARIO; RANKED 12TH IN CANADA - U18
Brenley has helped me improve my overall personal performance and our team performance with some mental toughness training. Her tips and tricks help me stay focused during a game and not let anything get to me. It has really helped our team up our game and I would recommend her to anyone looking to get an edge over their competition in ANY sport! Thank you so much Brenley!
Veronique Gagne
PROVINCIAL & NATIONAL RINGETTE CHAMPION
What I enjoyed most about working with Brenley, was that it was fun and easy. We basically went over things I knew, but couldn't get a grasp on. Just realizing this helped me to find ways for staying mentally prepared.
Sean Ross
LOOMIS PREP SCHOOL; NCAA DIVISION 3 HOCKEY, WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
My team had an amazing experience working with Brenley! She is passionate about her job and is amazing at what she does. Extremely kind and good with all ages! She is a 10/10, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone seeking any type of mental training! I am extremely grateful for everything she has done for my team, thank you Brenley!
Jade O'Donnell
NATIONAL RINGETTE CHAMPION
The mental performance program I did with Brenley was so important because it is such a big part of success in the game. So much of how you think and react to things like mistakes, coaches yelling, and guys getting in your head, come from your mental toughness. Brenley has taught me to have the right mindset and learn how to react and respond in a more powerful way. She also helped our team with setting goals, monitoring our progress, and team cohesion. It brought us all closer together and helped us to be a strong group. Brenley is very easy to talk to and was always there when you needed her. She has helped me to stay focused on my main goal of getting to the NHL with a strong mind and clear focus.
Tyler Weiss
COLORADO AVALANCHE, NHL DRAFT PICK
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Brenley. Working with her allowed me to fully understand how my thinking was holding me back in my performance. She guided me on how to let go of that thinking and be present in my experience. My sessions with Brenley completely changed my life because they not only helped me on the court, but could also be transferred into my everyday life by having a better understanding of myself, my emotions, and my patterns.
Julie Gordon
Professional Beach Volleyball Player
Brenley Shapiro has worked with our ringette team this season and her expertise has been very helpful. I really appreciate her help and would recommend her to anyone looking to up their game. You would be surprised by how important the mental aspect of the game can be. Brenley had a great presence when speaking to our group and time flew by during our sessions.
Gabrielle Dagenais
NATIONAL RINGETTE CHAMPION
The Heads Up Mental Game Coaching Program with Brenley Shapiro was amazing. It helped the team a lot and it also helped my game so much. Thank you for a great training program.
John Carpino
CAPTAIN, NYR JUNIOR A
“I want to thank you for everything you taught me and helping me achieve my goal of getting drafted to the OHL”.
Ethan Sullivan
13th Round OHL Draft Pick (2020), Hamilton Bulldogs

COACH TESTIMONIALS

I used Brenley's service's this hockey season with my Minor Bantam Vaughan Kings AAA Hockey team. She is phenomenal. There is so much value that Brenley brings to a team when speaking about mental prep, team building exercises, learning about player personalities, dealing with stress and anxiety in hockey and also for parents and how to deal with a child in high level sports. I would recommend every team use Brenley. It certainly helped my team maintain a great dressing room.
Victor Vescio
coach
I am writing to express my appreciation for the competency and professionalism Brenley brought to our team of elite athletes. The tools Brenley works hard to instill into her students - our athletes - has not just helped them deliver the best of their abilities in sport, but has shaped their confidence and approach to many of the challenges and dreams they will face outside of sport. Thank you Brenley for a job very well done.
Frank O'Donnell
coach
Brenley, I just wanted to thank you once again for your assistance. It's invaluable - From the team building, overcoming mistakes, confidence, team commandments, visualization, etc..., you have given us the mental tools we need to go the extra distance. As a coach, some of these things we were doing, but in bits and pieces, with no structure. Your ability to package it all up and clarify the mind game for us was exactly what we needed. Thanks so much!!!
Rick Dagenais
coach

ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIALS

Brenley’s expertise and Sports Psychology program helps athletes push their game to the next level and maximize their development potential. Her dynamic style and commitment to the players and teams she works with is second to none. I highly recommend Brenley Shapiro and the Heads Up team and programming. She's the best in the business.
Lindsay Hofford
Arizona Coyotes, NHL - Assistant General Manager; Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL - Former Director of Scouting
Brenley is a highly committed and dedicated Sport Psychology Expert. We are privileged in having Brenley assisting coaches across Ontario. Her immense knowledge and experience is second to none and we strongly recommend her for your teams and/or sport development.
Coaches Association of Ontario
www.coachesontario.ca
Brenley and her team were an outstanding addition to the OHL Combine. The insight they were able to provide to the athletes, general managers, and scouts will assist in the future development of players within Ontario. Both the Mental Game Coaching and Sports vision training programs are cutting edge and the OHL was very excited to implement it into our program.
Joe Birch
OHL Senior Director of Player Development
Brenley’s motivational coaching along with the Mind Gym training were a perfect kick-off to our planning and brainstorm sessions. I highly recommend Brenley for a corporate team event which balances nicely both fun and performance to get the most out of your teams.
Greg Mason
VP Marketing, Walt Disney Studios

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

Brenley has changed our son's life. Jason started to see Brenley in early 2018 as part of his hockey development. We soon realized that this was going to be a life changing adventure. After each meeting, Jason would not stop talking about the session for hours. Jason's self confidence in all aspects of his life skyrocketed. He stopped blaming himself for the coaches' decisions. He stopped worrying about things that were out of his control and started focusing on what he had the power to change. Brenley helped put in place the building blocks Jason needed to believe in himself and go after his dreams. The 2018/19 hockey season, Jason struggled to shine and finished the year with 2 points in 42 games. 2019/20 hockey season is a totally different story. As of the middle of November, he has 21 points in 20 games all while playing a higher level of hockey. Jason's self confidence has shown in all aspects of his life both on and off the ice. Now, when he meets new people he steps up and presents himself in a welcoming and approachable way. A future in hockey at the highest level possible is the goal. Who knows, maybe even some overseas travel to compliment it.
John Humphries
Hockey Parent
We realized when our kids were young that they would need another voice, another person to talk to that they could trust other than their parents. Both our kids played high level hockey in the GTHL. We noticed that they were under an extreme amount of pressure. Between school, hockey friends and home life, it was a lot to handle and process. We saw Brenley’s facility at Scotiapond and figured we would give her a call. After one conversation we knew it was the right place for our family. Over the years Brenley helped our kids with a number of different challenges. She doesn’t tell them what to do, she listens and asks them the right questions so they can figure out the right answers for themselves. She has provided them with the tools to think and problem solve on their own. She taught them how to set goals for themselves and shared in their joy as they achieved them. We believe it has made them happier throughout their journey and helped them deal with the adversity, challenges and successes in life.
Julia and Giuliano Fantilli
Hockey Parents
Working with Brenley the last two years has taken our son's game to the next level. He steps on the ice now with a new sense of confidence and mental toughness. He has learnt so much from Brenley, about life in general , both on and off the ice and now has the right mental approach to succeed in all he sets out to do. We have made a FRIEND FOREVER in Brenley!!!
Pam Greenspoon
Hockey Parent
I have had the pleasure of knowing Brenley for 4 years. My son Tyler Weiss played for Don Mill Flyers and she was a very important part of their team. Brenley helped them with team building, mental prep, dealing with stress and anxiety during games. All of this helped my son, Tyler Weiss, use those skills in everyday life and prepare him to play hockey in the US-NTDP. Brenley always has a smile on her face and is ready to help at all times. I strongly recommend her to help your high level athlete deal with so many issues that go along with sports and life. We were very fortunate to have her be part of our team! Thanks Brenley for all you have done!!
Kelly Weiss
HOCKEY PARENT

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