Lynne Kostiuk, PhD
Founder, Co-Owner & Director of Aspirations Counselling & Training
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
Shahinoor Meghji, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Shahinoor has been with Aspirations Inc for over three years and is passionate about working with individuals, couples, children and families.
Shahinoor’s approach is one that is client-centered, integrative and holistic. She believes in inclusivity, understanding and appreciating cultural diversity, empowering her clients with building their strength, inner wisdom and resiliency. She works with her clients from a place of compassion and non-judgment offering a safe space for personal healing, growth and transformation in relationship with one’s self and in relationships with others.
She draws upon several theoretical approaches including: Mindfulness-Based Interventions such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, The Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Conscious Parenting and Co-Parenting, Play Therapy, Sandplay and Theraplay.
Areas of focus: stress, anxiety, depression, prenatal and postpartum depression, parenting and co-parenting, relationship and couples counselling, relationship breakdown, separation/divorce, infidelity/betrayal trauma, grief and loss, career counselling/development, and work-life balance.
She is a Facilitator for our Creating Healthy Boundaries for Women 10 week program, and our Self-Love Retreat.
Shahinoor's passion and purpose is grounded in supporting people in building connection, healing, growth and transformation. A quote that speaks to her deeply, is: "I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being" ~ by Hafiz