Geoff Hackett, M.H.K, Mental Performance Consultant
Geoff is PacificSport VI’s Mental Performance Coordinator and works with athletes and coaches across Vancouver Island as a Mental Performance Consultant. He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Windsor and recently earned professional designation with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Geoff is an active member of the soccer community on Vancouver Island, playing goalkeeper for the Nanaimo United Football Club’s Division 1 men’s team. Geoff also works for Nanaimo United Football Club as their U11-U18 Head Coach, and is a well-established goalkeeper coach, committing countless hours to developing the position at a youth level.
Mental Performance Services
Similar to physical training, mental training requires consistent practice for athletes to see the benefits within their sport. Geoff works with athletes and teams on issues related to performance enhancement, and offers the following services and strategies:
- Reach performance potential in sport
- Regulate arousal, stress, and energy levels
- Mentally plan for competition and games
- Improve communication and leadership skills
- Develop specific mental tools related to performance (goal setting, imagery, self-talk, relaxation)
- Use mental tools to target specific mental skills (energy management, stress management, attention, motivation, self-confidence)
- Recover from injuries and setbacks
- Build team culture and positive team environment
Why would I work with a Mental Performance Consultant?
There are many reasons why an athlete would seek services from a mental performance consultant, with one of the most common being performance enhancement. In addition to the physical skills required to perform within their sport, athletes must have the mental skills to deal with the psychological demands they face in competition, such as building self-confidence, refocusing after mistakes, controlling competitive anxiety, and planning for performance. By addressing mental performance areas within their sport, athletes will be able to:
- Regulate their emotions, thoughts, and actions to play to their optimal level
- Deal with the many stressors in competition and training
- Hold a high level of focus to maximize their training time
- Enjoy their sport while keeping a positive sport-life balance
What is involved in the first session?
The purpose of the first session is to identify what the issues are within your sport. Your past successes, challenges, and current obstacles are important pieces of information that will identify the best way to proceed in accomplishing your desired goals. Geoff will discuss your concerns and thoughts that will create a mental performance plan that fits with you. The first session is where a clear direction and time line is established in order to achieve your intended targets. The number of sessions required will be based on each athlete’s situation and needs.
The Importance of Confidentiality
Mental performance services are confidential, meaning that the information shared between Geoff and an athlete will not be available to individuals outside the athlete-consultant relationship (coach, other athlete, parent etc.) without the athlete's consent. If athletes choose to release information, they will be required to complete a release of information form. It is important to note that there a few limits to confidentiality in British Columbia: a) if an athlete expresses an intention to harm themselves or another person, b) if there is a reasonable cause to believe a minor (< 19 years old) needs to be protected from abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional) or neglect, this must be disclosed the information with the proper authorities, or c) if Geoff is served with a valid subpoena, search warrant, or court order, he must comply. As well, all information is kept confidential after the termination of an athlete-consultant relationship.
How can I schedule a session?
To set up a consultation, email email@example.com or call 250 754 6200. Please contact for hourly rates, workshop rates, package fees for teams and athletes. In addition, please note that as this service does not provide psychotherapy, 3rd party billing is not provided. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact.
Canada Sport for Life outlines the developmental outcomes for mental training for each stage in the Long Term Athlete Development model. This document provides information on the different objectives athletes should focus on in the various stages of aspire to in their sport. This resource is a valuable asset for athletes, parents, and coaches, as it provides a framework for what is most important at each age level to develop mental skills to compete in their sport and realize their potential.
Mental Fitness document here: http://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/mental-fitness-for-ltad/
Mental Training Series 2020
This 3 part series will provide education on mental training in sport. The sessions will focus on topics that can improve sport performance
This series is intended for athletes aged 12 and up, however, coaches and parents are encouraged to register as well. Each participant will receive a copy of the Mental Fitness document from Sport for Life, as well as a workbook that relates to each topic. It is recommended that participants sign up for the complete series. All workshops will have interactive sections to get participants applying the concepts that will be presented.
The series will take place at Vancouver Island University on Wednesday March 18, 25, and April 1 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Building 356, Room 111. Each session costs $15 to register, or $35 to register for all three.
Session 1 – Mindfulness in Sport: Creating Awareness to Develop as an Athlete
Mindfulness is a popular phrase that is used widely in our current society. In Western society, it is a term that is used to market a positive, healthy lifestyle in a variety of area’s in one’s life. Mindfulness, the ability to keep your focus in the present moment, has developed greatly in the sport psychology world. It is seen as a valuable tool in helping an athlete improve their sport performance. This workshop will introduce athlete’s to mindfulness and provide strategies in how an athlete can use mindfulness in their sport.
Session 2 –Focus Plans: Strategies to Keep You in the Game
Many mistakes in competition usually involve what is seen as a “lack of focus”. While it can seem like a straightforward explanation for why things go wrong, there are many factors which contribute to an athlete being focused on their task. This workshop will discuss what it takes for an athlete to be focused on specific cues in their sport, as well as some strategies to stay focused under pressure when their mind can wander to distracting thoughts and feelings that disrupt their performance.
Session 3 – Using Imagery to Perform: Creating a Blueprint for Performance
Imagery, most commonly referred to as visualization, is a powerful tool that can help an athlete improve their sport performance. Imagery has many different use related to sport performance. This skill is used to enhance physical skills, like learning a new technique, executing performance, and correcting mistakes, as well as developing mental skills like developing strategy, problem solving, building confidence, and improving focus. This workshop will provide athletes with strategies to use imagery to prepare for their competition.