Nicole is a Registered social worker and Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F). She has 15 years experience working in the field of social work. From this experience, therapy, for teens and adults, is offered from a whole person point of view, understanding that our bodies and mind both tell a story and it is necessary and important to explore these stories.
Nicole's approach to supporting people encompasses modalities using somatic (noticing the body), embodied (attending to the body sensation), and traditional therapy approaches. Her training in somatic and embodied treatment was completed through the Justice Resource Institute, the Center for Trauma and Embodiment, in Boston MA. This specialty program, Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, encompassed 300- hours of training focusing on the modality and research behind TCTSY- Attachment Theory, Neuroscience research and Trauma Theory. Nicole continues to be a member in good standing allowing her access to new and evolving research.
Understanding the importance of building a relationship and creating a felt sense of safety for any individual, is a significant piece to the healing journey. TCTSY offers the opportunity for people to explore healing in relationship, without the necessity of verbal communication. While noticing body sensation, practicing choice making within the context of relationship, TCTSY is offered to encourage others to explore and renew their body-brain connections, empowering people to experience the present moment. Nicole encourages those that partner with her, to see their areas of strength and to become aware of their current coping skills; With this knowledge people are encouraged to explore their stories, and to consider alternate ways of coping. Individuals are encouraged to take control of the change they would like to see occur in their life.
Nicole believes in empowering people to understand their body and brain work together. Through education intertwined in therapy, information regarding brain-body connection, the nervous system, and how breathing impacts the body is offered to people, so their understanding of themselves is able to grow. Nicole is also trained in Yoga Nidra and meditation and able to explore and offer the benefits of these practices to others.
Nicole offers TCTSY in a group and an individual format. In a group format, participants are encouraged focus their time on their experience, allowing any verbal communication of their processing to occur in the safe context of the 1:1 space with their therapist. In an individual style, TCTSY can be offered within the context of other traditional therapy methods such as CBT, mindfulness, and meditation. Nicole works with adults, children and adolescents.
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