Brice Willis, Psy. D (Coaching), M.C., C.C.P., R. Psych


Education
  • Doctor of Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) California Southern University, 2014
  • Masters of Counselling - Counselling Psychology Specialization, Campus Alberta Applied Psychology Program (University of Calgary, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge), 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with distinction), University of Calgary, 2004



Professional Roles and Activities

Registered Psychologist, Certified Coach, and Consultant

  • Providing psychological and counselling services.
  • Providing life, health, and wellness coaching.
  • Providing mental skills and sports performance optimization training.
  • Providing organizational health and wellness training and consulting services.


Bio and Interests

Brice has academic and professional experience in many areas pertaining to psychology, well-being, and performance. In addition to his work as a psychologist at Adaptive Minds, he has previously worked at a community counselling centre, employee assistance program, and domestic violence program. He also currently works in family medicine clinics helping patients to improve their psychological and physical health.

Brice's areas of expertise include general anxiety; panic; performance anxiety; test and school anxiety; enhancing sports, school, and work performance; promoting positive emotion and well-being; and mental toughness. He has a particular interest in understanding the cognitive, emotional, and physical symptoms of anxiety and the interaction between sports participation and mental health. His most recent doctoral research has focused on improving well-being, managing symptoms of anxiety, and enhancing mental toughness. Brice believes that the emotional and physiological experiences that people have are fundamentally adaptive and do not represent mental illness or pathology; even if these experiences are not necessarily comfortable or helpful in a particular situation.

Brice has participated in many different sports and has competition experience at the local, provincial, national, and international levels. His experience has provided him with personal insight into the psychological, emotional, and physical demands that athletes face, as well as what is required for effective high performance. Brice has experience working with athletes at all levels; from recreational to professional.

At Adaptive Minds, we have extensive training and experience in working with anxiety and promoting optimal performance. As such, we specialize in the following areas: General Anxiety and Worry, Panic, Anxiety Surrounding Performance, Tests, and School, Stress, Enhancing Sports, School, and Work Performance, Promoting Positive Emotion and Well-Being, Mental Toughness Training. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach for many psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, and stress. Cognitive-behavioral approaches typically include tools for challenging and replacing unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, strategies for problem-solving and promoting positive activities, and methods for directly managing emotions and body responses. The goal of cognitive therapy is to reduce distress and promote adaptive thinking, belief systems, and behavior. Unlike other forms of therapy, the goal of acceptance and commitment therapy is not primarily to reduce distress. Instead, acceptance and commitment therapy aims to promote psychological flexibility and engagement in a life that is meaningful. Paradoxically, this approach often leads to a reduction in distress, as individuals’ reduce the frequency with which they judge, and fight with, their cognitive and emotional experiences.