Meet Julia

Julia Gibran | Somatic Social Work

Julia Gibran, MSW/RSW

My name is Julia and I am a Social Worker and Educator. I have been working in schools, hospitals, and social service roles for over fifteen years. I use ancient tools like yoga and mindfulness to promote agency and healing within individuals and communities. My lived experience as a survivor makes me relatable and empathetic. I truly believe you have to meet people where they are at.

My studies in yoga began at age 4 alongside my grandfather long before I learned a physical posture. My psychotherapy treatment style was shaped through my Masters of Social Work Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Program at UofT. The program emphasized the importance of culturally informed trauma therapy to build individual and collective resilience. Here, western neuroscience and ancient practices are blended to create a treatment plan considering ALL of you: mental, emotional, physical, and cultural.

In my sessions or workshops, I offer an anti-oppressive, resilience building and body-based session involving tangible tools and daily application. Together, we will creatively weave your personality into a unique therapeutic practice for you.

I also speak at events within community agencies, charities, non-profits, schools, hospitals, spiritual centers, and service organizations. You can contact me to speak or to work with you to co-create trauma-informed and resilience workshops or trainings.

Education & Certifications

Institute of Creative Mindfulness Eye Movement & Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy

Master of Social Work: Indigenous Trauma & Resiliency, University of Toronto
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness Based Self Compassion

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behaviourial Therapy

Somato Emotional Release 1, Upledger Institute

Advanced Yin Training with Cathy Keenan
Moksha Flow Training
Cranio Sacral Therapy 2, Upledger Institute

Thai Yoga Bliss Massage Sequence
Cranio Sacral Therapy 1, Upledger Institute

Yoga Energetics Hatha Vinyasa Flow
Cranio Sacral Therapy 1 Bio Dynamic Model
Quantum Touch 1

Yoga for Trauma, JRI, MA, Boston
Yoga for Youth in Vulnerable Sectors, New Leaf Foundation

Master of Arts Drama, University of Toronto
Restorative and Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy Institute

Yoga For Kids, Yoga Sanctuary
Pre Natal Teacher Training, Yoga Sanctuary

Hatha Yoga and Meditation Yog Peeth
Reiki Master
Reiki 1 / 2 in Rhishikesh, India

York University Bachelor of Education: Intermediate/Senior Drama & English

Moksha Yoga Teacher Certification (800 hours)

I offer Somatic Social Work and Alternative Therapy Modalities that consider ALL of you.