Kai Laird

Integrated Health & Performance Center

About Kai

Sport & Performance Psychology Background

Kaimare, known to many as Kai, was born and raised in the southern most isles of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago. Passionate about sports and assisting others reach their full potential, Kai has worked with hundreds of athletes and coaches across the U.S. since 2012 ranging from DI colleges, soccer academies and national sport organizations. Kai is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), which is the gold standard for certification in the field of sport & performance psychology. Besides consulting with athletes & coaches, Kai has presented his work in the field of sport psychology in various national & state conferences such as the Illinois Counseling Association, United Soccer Coaches Convention, the Annual Sport Psychology Conference, and the National Coaching Conference. Currently, Kai is the Director of Performance at The Performance Pursuit, which is a sport and performance psychology consulting company that supports individuals, teams, and organizations pursue excellence within sport, exercise, and career.

Counseling & Therapy Background

Devoted to supporting others grow and overcome any challenges they face, Kai began his career within the field of mental health as a clinical therapist in 2013 for the Threshold’s Young Adult Program based in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, Kai has gained experience in a variety of clinical roles, which includes community based counseling, athletic counseling, school counseling, life skills coaching and crisis stabilization. Kai is currently a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia and supervises a team of therapists that provide the only Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program available on the Virginia Peninsula. Dedicated to helping other professionals grow and pursue a career within the field of counseling, Kai also mentors and supervises graduate students at Northwestern University.

Kaimare Laird Sport Psychology

Professional Certification:

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology

  • Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Virginia

Education:

  • M.A. in Counseling – Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology, Adler University

  • B.S. in Business Management, University of Tampa