Dr. Matt Brown is a Mental Trainer and Counsellor at Edge School. When he’s not at Edge, he’s working with the Calgary Flames, their AHL Affiliate (Stockton Heat), the Calgary Hitmen, and numerous other elite and professional performers. Matt, or ‘Brownie’ as most of the kids know him, has worked in the psychology of performance and mental health since the mid-90s. With a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology that specialized in athletes, he has a deep understanding of the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of the athlete.
Over the years, his client roster has included Olympians, professional hockey and football players, coaches, surgeons, musicians, business executives, and dancers. In all cases, they are guided in the process of optimizing health and potential both as performers and as people. Matt spent three years at the University of Pittsburgh, applying performance principles to the field of surgery, reshaping their surgical training program. In addition, Matt has published two hockey novels and a football novel that share his ideas and philosophy through story.
“The student-athletes at Edge are passionate performers; they care deeply about their trajectory as students, athletes, and people. And with passion comes heightened emotion. The highs and lows can be dramatic, especially through the adolescent years. So I have the honour, privilege, and responsibility of helping them to navigate these often tumultuous waters. I believe that the better they understand themselves, their thoughts, and their beliefs, the better grasp they’ll have on their emotional worlds. And once they understand their emotions, they can learn to manage them in a manner that optimizes both health and performance.”
“My work is its own reward. Seeing the hope restored in a child’s eyes; helping them to work through and recover from painful or uncomfortable experiences; the palpable optimism in young people when they start to feel like they can master and manage their thoughts and feelings; watching the astounding evolution from ‘life is happening to me’ to ‘I’m making my life happen’. That’s what fills me up.”