Our Team

Lynne 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.

Jennifer Donnan, RSW BA

Masters Student Therapist

jenniferdonnan@asafeplacetogrow.ca

JEN IS NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020.

Jen is currently completing her Masters of Counselling degree at Athabasca University. Additionally she holds a Bachelor of Arts and Social Work Degrees, which she has applied in serving clients as a Registered Social Worker since 2013.

Jen values genuine relationships built on mutual respect, trust, and understanding. These are the relationships that she strives to build through the therapeutic process with her clients. This relationship foundation creates the safe space required for her clients to navigate the therapeutic journey. Jen values individuality, recognizing that each of us view the world in different ways based on social and cultural factors. Her approach is client-centred and non-judgmental, taking time to understand and explore each client’s narrative from their point of view.

Jen approaches counselling from a solution-focused, strengths-based and integrative framework. She believes that every person who enters counselling brings with them a unique set of strengths, resources, experiences and knowledge that should be honoured and validated. Jen believes that by bringing awareness to these areas she can help her clients to pave the way to achieving their goals. Additionally, she believes that knowing one’s strengths can help empower her clients, which leads to greater personal growth and well-being.

Jen draws upon techniques from Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness-based therapies in her counselling. She continues to strive towards growing and developing her skill and knowledge set to best suit her client’s needs.

Shahinoor Meghji, MC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

shahinoormeghji@asafeplacetogrow.ca

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

Hoda Samadi, MSc

Registered Provisional Psychologist

hodasamadi@asafeplacetogrow.ca

ACCEPTING CLIENTS AS OF AUGUST 24TH, 2020

Hoda Samadi is currently pending approval from the College of Alberta Psychologists to receive his License as 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.

Natalya Vann, MA

Registered Provisional Psychologist

natalyavann@asafeplacetogrow.ca

Natalya is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and has experience working in the human services field for the past eight years in various capacities which has helped prepare her to work with a diverse population. She has worked with women, children, adolescents and families, with varying mental health diagnosis including autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), addictions, and trauma.

Her approach to counselling stems from a systemic approach of both strength-based and client-centered. Her preferred therapeutic modalities include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Psychodynamic approaches, and Client-Centered and Solution-Focused Therapy. Natalya gains perspective and insight on the client’s lived experiences by hearing their stories and recognizing their capacity to be the expert of their own lives. She also believes in a holistic approach to counselling that could be achieved through collaboration and relationship-building. She considers an effective and competent counsellor as one who is accepting and confident in dealing with complex issues encompassing a wide range of concerns. Natalya’s practice is guided by the belief that she can make a positive difference in people’s lives.