Nicole is a Yoga Instructor, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Child and Youth Counsellor as well as a member of both the Colleges of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy with over 18 years of professional experience working with marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed communities, individuals, families and children. She has worked extensively with individuals and communities suffering from mental health, addictions, systemic poverty and profiling in order to therapeutically improve relationships with government programs and services. In 1998, she graduated from Mohawk College with a Diploma in Child and Youth Counselling, received her Bachelor degree from the University of Waterloo in 2001 in Social Development Studies with two certificates, General Social Work and General Social Work (Child Abuse) and a 5 year Master's equivalency diploma from the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program in 2018 where she is currently at part-time instructor. Using a psychodynamic approach that is rooted in the therapeutic relationship built between client and therapist with individuals, adolescents and group, this model of psychodynamic psychotherapy, seeks to reveal the unconscious, dynamic content of the mind, in an effort to alleviate mental tension which can manifest in a variety of symptoms that distort and disrupt our sense of self and well-being. By uncovering the hidden roots of our unwanted thoughts, emotions and behaviours, we can consciously change how they experience the world and ourselves. In addition, Nicole uses a body-centred approach, which may be known as somatization. With this approach, it may be possible to recognize the intimate relationship between the physical body and the psychological well-being of a person. This practice maintains the view that the body is a resource for self-discovery and psychological healing. Bodily awareness and movements are used to explore and treat psychological symptoms and issues. This work can be both very subtle, involving only awareness of bodily sensation, or utilize physical movement and manipulation.