Our Team

Lynne M. Kostiuk, PsyD

Founder, Co-Owner & Director of Aspirations Counselling & Training

lynnek@asafeplacetogrow.ca

As an owner and founder of Aspirations Inc., Lynne is committed to business practices that consider clients’ therapeutic needs from the point of contact. She has created an accessible on-line web-site resource for clients and potential clients. Information about our professional team, our specialty services for individuals and couples, recommended reading resources, as well as additional wellness companies we have connected to that provide complimentary services are all provided and geared towards supporting the growth, wholeness and wellness of our clients. Lynne believes that information is a powerful tool that can empower clients to make informed decisions about how to build a satisfactory life by choosing services or service providers that best fit their needs.

Lynne believes in creating accessible point of contact for those reaching out for psychological care. To increase access to services she creates contracts to support employees and their families with local, provincial, and federal businesses, she supports her team in organizing events and creating opportunities to build awareness for mental health and wellness in the community, offers presentations about various psychological issues, accepts public broadcasting opportunities to address common mental health topics. She is especially proud of creating a new community initiative, “Aspiring Healthy & Whole Communities” launching Sept 14, 2019.

Her passion for supporting growth is seen in her lead Supervisory Role with her Psychologists in Business Training Program that she has developed and ran since 2009. This program supports the clinical growth of 2-4 Psychologists per year. Lynne is honoured to journey with these professionals in her field and believes this training program brings great value to her continuing practice as well as to the clients of Aspirations.

In her clinical practice, Lynne considers individual, couple and family issues from a holistic viewpoint. Her non-judgmental approach creates safety within the therapeutic relationship, which enables clients to embark upon a personal journey towards wellness. Lynne is especially interested in facilitating personal growth for children/adolescents, couples and individuals. Her special interests include development of self, emotional distress, trauma, bereavement/loss, pre & post-pregnancy adjustment and relationship dynamics. She has had specialized training in hypnotherapy & hypno-birthing, mindfulness and body oriented therapies, play and sandplay therapy as well as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) for the Treatment of Trauma.

Ian S. Cowie

Creative Designer & Maintenance Technician

Co-Owner & Director

ianc@asafeplacetogrow.ca

As an owner, Ian’s creative talents have led to the creation of our print marketing materials as well as various murals within our on-site child care service. He has also supported the company by maintaining the care of our building.

Shahinoor Meghji, MC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

shahinoormeghji@asafeplacetogrow.ca

Accepting New Clients for January 2022

Hi. My name is Shahinoor. I’m a Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists, with over 5 years experience working with adults, couples, and parents. More specifically I am someone who sparks change, healing and growth among individuals and couples in their daily living and in relationships. It has been my life’s passion from as young as I can remember to make a positive difference in the lives of women, their partners and families. I have a special interest and training in supporting women and their partners through pregnancy, postpartum, and adjustment to parenthood.

I believe in and practice inclusivity, compassion and non-judgment in my care with my clients. I am curious to understand you and how your worldview and cultural orientation influence your experiences. I believe each one of us is unique in our own way. Within our uniqueness, I firmly believe we each have strengths and inner wisdom. There may be times in our lives that we may feel very far or disconnected from that part of our selves, that knowing. So much so that we no longer can see it. Sometimes we need a little help to come back to and reconnect to that part of ourselves. To bring balance into our lives. To support us in our healing and growth through life’s challenges. To offer us practices that bring about moments of peace and calm.

I am here to help you rediscover and reconnect with your inner strengths and wisdom; and to support you in building upon them while developing additional value-added tools and resources for overcoming your difficulties and living your best lives. My approach to therapy is holistic and client-centred. Together we will come up with a plan to support you in facing and overcoming the challenges that bring you in to therapy. I am honoured to do this work with you, and I am committed to do my best to offer a safe place without judgment where you are able to share your stories and work on your personal healing and growth at your pace - moving from striving to thriving in your everyday living.

Areas of Specialization:

stress, anxiety, depression | prenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression | bonding with baby/child | adjusting to parenthood | developing healthy parenting skills | relationship and couples counselling | relationship breakdown | infidelity and betrayal trauma | grief and loss | job loss, career transitions, career development, work-life balance | self love, boundaries, personal growth, transformation | women’s issues and life transitions

I am trained in trauma-informed practices and evidence-based treatments for managing and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as building healthy relationships to self, and in relationship with others. Therapeutic modalities I have received training in include: Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy for stress management, anxiety, depression, perinatal anxiety and depression, and trauma healing. I apply the Gottman Method to support couples and individual adults struggling with relationship issues. My training in Circle of Security, Theraplay and mindfulness allows me to support parents in building healthy bonds/connections to baby and children. I also have specialized perinatal mental health training through Postpartum Support International (PSI) in Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy, along with a certificate as a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP).

If you are interested in getting started, book now at: https://www.asafeplacetogrow.ca/book-now/ I look forward to connecting with you.

Hoda Samadi, MSc

Registered Provisional Psychologist

hodasamadi@asafeplacetogrow.ca

Hoda Samadi is a Registered Provisional Psychologist. He has devoted much of his life to examining psychological and human phenomena that help guide others towards their journey to achieving their fullest potential and self-development. He is concerned for the mental well-being and welfare of others by promoting psychoeducation and exploring a full range of factors that contribute to an individual’s success in overcoming their life’s limitations and challenges. Unlike in other medical professions where there may be certain surgical procedures to help alleviate specific illnesses, Hoda ensures that each case is individually tailored so that it meets the unique needs of his clients through evidence-based practices and by ascribing to the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model.  

Hoda has worked with a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from children and adolescents to adults and the geriatric population. As there are great overlaps and susceptibility to a full range of emotional and psychological symptoms, he considers a unified transdiagnostic approach in order to prevent and help those tackle both depression and anxiety. Other modalities include (and not limited to) are: Play Therapy (for children), Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Behavioural Activation for depression depending on what may work best for his client. Hoda also treats sleep disturbances and couple distress while extending the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related issues through Cognitive Retraining. Overall, Hoda takes great joy in witnessing his clients transform into fully functioning and conscious beings that are able to obtain a greater sense of optimal well-being and satisfaction with life.