Our Team

Lynne M. Kostiuk, PhD

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.

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.

Jessica Silva, BA RSW

Masters Student Therapist

jessicasilva@asafeplacetogrow.ca

Jessica is currently a student completing her Master of Counselling degree through City University of Seattle. She is presently registered with the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) and the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).    

She has over 5-years of experience in in-patient mental health settings. Additionally, she has experience with various forensics risk assessments and administering, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological, intelligence, and personality assessments. Jessica also has experience working with teenagers, adults, and families with different neurological and developmental disabilities and high-risk children and youth.

She has a special interest in working with couples, families, and individuals of all ages with mental health concerns and disorders (E.g., anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and the like), attachment issues, relational issues, trauma, abuse, anger, addictions, self-esteem related issues, supporting individuals with disabilities, immigration, work & life stress, and career counselling.  Her interest in work & life stress and career counselling stems from her experience working as a recruiter and an employment readiness specialist.

She uses a trauma-informed and strength-based approach. Additionally, she uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques.    

She is also an EMDRIA approved Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist in training.   

Her certifications include but are not limited to: A somatic approach to working with trauma, brain story certificate, mental health first aid, nonviolent crisis intervention, ASSIST: Suicide intervention, safe talk: suicide alertness, trauma-informed care, psychological injuries in the workplace, workplace violence & harassment awareness.   

She offers sessions in-person, virtually, or over the phone and can support clients living in Edmonton or anywhere else across Alberta.   

Her availability is as follows:  Virtual: Tuesdays andThursdays: 500 - 900pm  In-person: Wednesday: 430-630  Sunday afternoon by request