Jordi Nicolle Wieler, CCC, BA, MA, MAMFT
I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor – a professional designation granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Formerly, I was a member of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
I received an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Briercrest Seminary (Caronport, SK) in 2017. As part of my training, I did a 300-hour internship at Briercrest Counselling Services and have since worked as a contracted mental health counsellor for their team; I’ve also worked as a counsellor overseas. My dissertation was on the subject of treatment for long-term disordered eating among adult women, and this continues to be an area of professional interest for me. Another of my strengths lies in working with people of the millennial generation and the particular challenges they face, both socially and psychologically. I continue to be an avid researcher and student of developments in the field of counselling and psychotherapy generally, but especially around issues of gender identity and the changing ways we embody and talk about our sexuality. My passion is to integrate spirituality into this journey of self-discovery, as I believe humanity is created in the image of God – which makes every person special indeed.
My ongoing education happens not primarily through books and research, however. I am an active volunteer in the community, working with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Swift Current Ministerial Association’s chaplaincy program; people who are different than me teach me the most. As a counselor, my aim is to accompany people on a journey of deepening self-understanding that leads to personal transformation and the inner freedom that God destined us for.
In addition to individual counselling, I have experience facilitating therapeutic groups and will continue to do so; I find it an empowering tool for growth and development as it creates a safe space for people to be vulnerable about a common struggle. In general, my approach to therapy is creative and integrative – I draw on many different helping methodologies, while allowing my client to be the expert on his or her own life.
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, first-class honours (Briercrest Seminary)
- Master of Arts in Creative Writing (University of Exeter, UK)
- Bachelor of Arts in English, with great distinction (University of Saskatchewan)
Professional Leadership Experience
- Guest speaker at the Leader & District Ministerial Mission Connection 2019: Mental Wellness and Faith
- Co-facilitator of a seminary course, CO613: An Emotionally Focused Approach to Couples Therapy (EFCT), with Professor Tony Schnare
- Co-facilitator of two therapeutic groups at Briercrest College and Seminary, Healthy Coping and Understanding Anxiety
- Guest speaker for a Briercrest College chapel service on mental health
- Facilitator of a discussion group on mental health and faith at Bridgeway Community Church
- Educational presenter on the subject of eating disorders to Briercrest staff
Additional Training and Awards
- 2 x Motivational Interviewing workshop training (once as a participant, once as a co-facilitator)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Safe Places Certified
- Former CCPA student representative
- Recipient of the Marsh/CCPA Student Bursary for excellence in research
I am a single parent of two small children, a Christian, a lover of literature, and a student of humanity. I believe strongly in the power of story to communicate and to shape; not just the reader, but the writer too. We are all the writers of our stories and it is my joy as a counselor to help people recognize their own authorship. My faith is the predominant influence on my life, personhood, and approach to others—it teaches me to value people where they are at, to never judge where they come from, and to accept whatever they bring to the room. Life is weird and hard and wonderful, and, as far as I’m concerned, we’re in it together.