Wounds 2 Wings Approach
Nicole's approach recognizes the intimate relationship between the physical body and the psychological well-being of a person as she holds the view that the body is a resource for self-discovery and psychological healing. She has been been trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma, addiction, and body-based psychotherapy practices including Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) as an adjunctive treatment to treatment-resistant PTSD and complex trauma. She spent one year researching the 'deconstruction' around the "inner wounded child' concept of adult survivors of chronic childhood trauma, complex and developmental trauma and delivered her research May 2018 at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Educational and Training Program, Toronto, Ontario, where she is currently instructing as Teacher Assistant.
Here to Hear You
Nicole is an activist in ending mental health stigmas that continue to oppress and re-traumatized marginalized and vulnerable communities. Her hearts’ passion is to lovingly educate and advocate towards ending trauma that may be mirrored back into society through systems, society, individuals, friends and families both intentionally and unintentionally, building awareness. It means for Nicole, that she can start in the cracks and spaces of our society where we tend to not go, where people may have fallen, going invisible and unnoticed. Her efforts is to deal with one person at a time, as she works towards change.
‘HERE to HEAR You’ Support Groups are non-traditional support groups to meet people where they are in their struggles, in their shame and in their pain.
For families of suicide victims/attempts, grief and loss, trauma, addictions, symptoms of isolation, feelings of shame, loneliness, suicidal ideations, or anyone that feels they would benefit from a support group.
Nicole Brown Faulknor
Founder of Wounds 2 Wings
Registered Psychotherapist CRPO (#007596), CAPT
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F)
Nicole is a Yoga Instructor, Registered Psychotherapist 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-centered 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.
SOJLAH THE THERAPY DOG
Soljah is the Wounds 2 Wings service dog. He finished his training stages as a Therapy Dog in 2019. Soljah will be a part of the trauma yoga groups, and his role is to provide tactile stimulation and reality checks for grounding and relaxing a 'trauma brain' when working with clients with PTSD and anxiety. He is used for calming effects, such as lying over the chest or on the feet, as well as laying beside a person for grounding effects as trauma work in clinical settings. He has specific commands for this work (very basic yet effective!)