Dr. Natasha Kutlesa
Dr. Natasha Kutlesa is a Registered Psychologist and a former basketball player with the passion in Sport Psychology. She is a part of the team of professionals at the Group23 Sports Medicine Clinic, where she works collaboratively with athletes, teams, and coaches, including the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Her expertise is in post-concussion management, recovery from sports injuries, eating disorders, and other personal or mental health concerns that can interfere with athletic performance. Although she has expertise in working with athletes who are experiencing health or injury related challenges, she also helps athletes with other areas of sport psychology such as performance enhancement (e.g., visualization, self-talk, relaxation techniques, team dynamics, healthy body image, etc.), coping with the pressure of competitions (e.g., from parents, coaches, or athlete’s own expectations), or planning ahead for career after sport.
Dr. Kutlesa completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at University of Toronto, her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at University of Calgary. Her dissertation research was focused on overcoming perfectionism and facilitating a healthy pursuit of excellence. Her Master’s research explored different facets of procrastination and how procrastination can negatively impact sport, school, or career performance. Throughout her career, Dr. Kutlesa has presented her research at conferences, designed and facilitated group therapy programs, including a Support Group for Injured Athletes, Healthy Body Healthy Mind, Overcoming Perfectionism groups, and offered workshops and talks for athletes and coaches on How to Talk to Athletes about Weight, Dealing with “Difficult” Team Members, Role of Parents in Sports, and Management of Sport Concussions.
Dr. Kutlesa is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologist (CAP), Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA), and the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP). She fuels her passion for life-long learning through supervising and mentoring psychology students and teaching graduate-level psychology courses at the University of Calgary and Athabasca University. In her spare time, she still enjoys basketball, spends her weekends in the mountains hiking, cycling, loves traveling, is an avid reader, and writes poetry.