Nicole Oliver Snyder, LPC, CFSpC, MDiv, DMin
Mental Health Counselor, Formative Spiritual Counselor
The primary mode of engagement in the therapeutic process with clients is to incorporate mindfulness practices. Becoming adept at listening is crucial to healing and whole-health maintenance. To this end, I begin most sessions with a mindfulness listening exercise. As I listen to the client's story, I will tailor practices that are relevant and meaningful to the individual. With training in nutrition, body movement (e.g., yoga), alternative medicines, spirituality, sexuality, and across multiple cultures and regions, I am able to tailor therapy according to the whole-person needs of the client.
I am me because of the people and cultures that shape me. To know you is to see the character of the Divine that no one else reflects quite like you. To know you is to know God more. My expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Just so, my focus is in making that connection to elicit more holistic, invested action. My publications include Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone; “Presence and the Hurting Teenager,” The Journal of Student Ministries; and “Ordaining Women Remix: Reassessing Culture, Tradition and the Redemption of Holy Orders,” Free Methodist Church, USA, Annual Conference Papers; among other papers, workbooks and centering prayer journals. I specialize in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, whole-person counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). I have a diverse background in international community-relations work (Turkey, East Asia) combined with volunteer work/language acquisition in multi-ethnic communities (Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver), and with local institutions. I am an ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church, USA; hold a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., PhD candidacy in OT theology and Spiritual Formation, a Doctor of Ministry—Leadership in Community Spiritual Formation; Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Counseling, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (MI, CO). In Illinois, I was a member of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, Anti-Racism Task Force; and completed the Chicago Regional Organizing for Anti-Racism (CROAR)’s Systemic Racism course, 2020. I created and facilitated an advocate group centered around Resmaa Menakem’s, My Grandmother’s Hands, and participated in Menakem’s Racialized Trauma Course, 2020. During my tenure, I was among an ecumenical group of religious leaders in the Chicago-Rockford areas to advance the Coalition to End Money Bond in IL. The Pre-Trial Fairness Act was signed by Governor Pritzker in February, 2021. (https://bit.ly/3aNhSJ7)
Creative Recovery Process, an addiction/trauma recovery process, incorporating mindfulness practices, art, movement, nutrition and relationship skill training to facilitate a holistic recovery for/rediscovery of the whole person. Materials include a year-long daily calendar of centering meditations and prompts to augment and support effective, healthy wholeness. Concurrently, we’re creating a Community/youth center (recording studio, graffiti workshop, coffee bar w/job skills training, etc.), partnering with a local non-profit to address the bourgeoning homeless reality, and with local title 1 elementary schools to provide resources and support programs already in place and working. I also have a podcast focusing on Mindfulness in everyday activities (eating, in traffic, etc).