Nicole Marcia, Practicum Student

Master of Counselling Candidate
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F)

Nicole HeadshotNicole is currently completing her Master of Counselling degree at City University. Her theoretical orientations are psychodynamic and existential-humanistic, which she combines with somatic practices rooted in yoga, to empower her clients in living more connected and embodied lives. Nicole brings a trauma and violence-informed, anti-oppressive approach to her work which includes supporting those recovering from sexual assault, providing culturally competent services for first responders and public safety personnel, and walking alongside trauma survivors, and those impacted by systemic violence, and oppression.

Since 2004, Nicole has taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors in addition to training yoga and healthcare professionals in trauma-informed yoga theory and techniques. From 2008 – 2017 Nicole served as Director of Therapeutic Yoga Programming for the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and at Riverview Hospital and Onsite, the rehab arm of North America’s first safe injection site. She has been invited to work with First Nations clients and students, including the Musquem (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsawwassen (/təˈwɑːsən/) and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw (ˈkʷakʷəkʲəʔwakʷ) people since 2019.

We are currently taking referrals for Nicole’s services, please contact connect@briandeanwilliams.com for details.

 

Soraya Romao-Inglis, Practicum Student

Master of Counselling Candidate

Soraya has been teaching yoga since 2011, hosts workshops and SorayaRInglis_FatehBIr-1-776x1024retreats in Vancouver, and coordinates wellness programs in the community. She is a certified coach, reiki master and sound healer practitioner. Soraya has studied different styles of yoga in Brazil, the US, England, and Canada, and has been guiding many to reach their potential.

Since 2018, Soraya has been studying with Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Sat Dharam, who developed the psychotherapeutic approach Compassionate Inquiry (CI). Soraya became a CI practitioner in 2019 and has been involved with the CI program as an intern and translator.

Soraya is now pursuing her master’s degree in counselling through CityU, we welcome her as a practicum student and are currently taking referrals for her services at connect@briandeanwilliams.com

 

Renu Parmar, Associate

Master of Counselling, Registered Clinical Counsellor

We are happy to welcome Renu to our team as an associate! Renu was already an experienced and skilled counsellor with 7 years of experience when she did her practicum with us, and has demonstrated a high level of skill, ethics, and care in this work.

Renu combines various modalities in her practice that she has counsellor picworked on for many years, but has recently specialized in mindfulness-based somatic training to work with trauma. She also draws from CBT, existential therapy, and narrative therapy. More importantly, she draws from years of both professional and personal experience in working with adults who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction, identity issues, or relationship issues. One of her core values is that therapy should always be compassion-focused.

 

Mindfulness-based somatic therapy is an integrative approach to healing trauma using body-oriented processes that help regulate the nervous system. Our traumas and wounds inform how we interact with the world and the issues that come up for us as we cope with daily life. Together in therapy, you can safely engage with feeling those wounds in the body so that they can be expressed and released. Exploring childhood wounds may be part of the process. The result is to feel more resilient, whole, and embodied.

Feelings of safety and trust are key in building a therapeutic relationship. This safety will be cultivated through deep empathetic listening, compassion, and openness to various worldviews.

Renu is also a meditation teacher/spiritual counsellor and is able to address spiritual health as an integral part of well-being if the client wishes to explore this in sessions. She is also a writer and has a background in theatre and teaching, so she also has a passion for working with the body to address creative blocks and issues with presence.

To book with Renu, please contact connect@briandeanwilliams.com 

 

Jordan Levine, Associate

PhD, Master of Counselling, Registered Clinical Counsellor

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Jordan is both a counsellor, and an interdisciplinary social scientist.

In his counselling role, Jordan has a passion for active, empathic listening, and a deep curiosity about his clients’ unique lived experiences. Informed by Jordan’s immersion in the latest research, this means clients can expect a thoughtful and collaborative approach to adapting the most appropriate method of therapy for their needs.

Jordan’s combined background in anthropology, cognitive science, and counselling psychology means he provides clients a unique form of non-judgmental support to explore any or all aspects of their diverse human experience. This applies no matter how dark or troubling a client’s worries may be.

In addition to depression and anxiety, Jordan has particular clinical interests in trauma, somatization (e.g., chronic pain), tech addiction, loneliness, and relationship problems, as well as crises of faith and worldview.

Jordan has an equal interest in evidence-based body-mind approaches to therapy (e.g., meditative and somatic techniques) as well as talk-based approaches.