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Meet Nicole  

Registered Clinical Counsellor 

(Nicole's pronouns are: she/her). 
 
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

 

Nicole Marcia is trained as both a clinical counsellor and a yoga therapist. Her approach combines EMDR, existentialist, humanistic, narrative, and somatic therapies with a focus on empowering her clients to live more connected and embodied lives. 

 

Nicole has over a decade of experience bringing a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive approach to her work. She has experience supporting those recovering from sexual assault, providing culturally competent services for first responders and public safety personnel, and walking alongside trauma survivors impacted by systemic violence and oppression.

 

Since 2004, Nicole has offered individual therapeutic yoga sessions and facilitated training for 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) peoples since 2019. Nicole is also a member of the Breathe Network, which connects survivors of sexual violence with healing arts practitioners, and has specialized training in supporting first responders with trauma. 

 

Nicole is an Ashkenazi Jew of mixed European descent. She is a cis-gendered woman, a sexual assault survivor, and a loving partner and friend. Throughout her life Nicole has dedicated her work to the principle of interdependence – the notion that we are all connected. She continually seeks to align herself with the struggle against all systems of oppression. This ongoing commitment extends to leveraging her unearned privilege to create equitable and inclusive experiences for all and to confront and deconstruct the existing biases in her practices and beyond. Nicole strives to create care communities for transitional moments in life, develop meaningful partnerships, and address trauma in all its forms. 

Nicole is a registered provider with the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP)

 

Nicole Offers In-Person and Online Appointments 

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Education & Training:

 

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#22386)

  • aster of Counselling, City University of Seattle, Vancouver, BC 

  • Master of Arts Degree, Yoga Therapy Studies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • EMDR Basic Training with Jasmine Alexander  

  • Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists: Understanding First Responder Trauma, Levels 1 & 2, the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association and First Responder Health, Vancouver, BC 

  • Justice Doing in Private/Alternative Practice with Vicki Reynolds 

  • Trauma: Witnessing Resistance & Justice Doing in Response to Violence Suffering and Oppression with Vicki Reynolds

  • Trauma-Informed Approach to Body Size and Emotional Eating: Best Practices to Treat Disordered Eating, Binge Eating Disorder, and Body Shame with Judith Matz

  • Queer Competency Training by Qmunity

  • Teaching Yoga & Meditation in Military Communities Certification, Warriors at Ease  

  • Embodiment: Body-Mind Psychotherapy Intensive, with Susan Aposhyan

  • Emotional First Aid and Movement Work at the Intersections of Neurodiversity, Mad Pride, & Disability Justice, The Icarus Project

  • Liberation Spring Freedom School Summer, Autumn and Winter Series, Anjali Nath

  • Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Professional Certification, the Trauma Centre at the Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, MA, USA 

  • San’yas online Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Provincial Health Services Authority 

  • New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment, the Justice Resource Institute of British Columbia, with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

  • Complex Trauma & Dissociation with Janina Fisher, PhD 

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Professional Training with John Kabat-Zinn, Mount Madonna, CA, USA 

  • Field School in Eastern European Cultural Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, English Literature, Simon Fraser University

  • Arts & Sciences Diploma in Classical Studies, Langara College

  • Basic Counselling Skills Certificate Program, VCC, Vancouver

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