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.

Shahinoor Meghji, MC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

shahinoormeghji@asafeplacetogrow.ca

Shahinoor has served clients with Aspirations Inc for the past five years. She brings over 15 years experience in serving individuals, couples, parents and communities in various capacities including counselling, facilitating groups and workshops, and promoting and supporting healthy community development.

Shahinoor supports individual adults, couples, and parents in areas including: ~ stress, anxiety, depression ~ prenatal and postpartum depression ~ bonding with baby/child ~ adjusting to parenthood ~ developing healthy parenting skills ~ adjusting to co-parenting ~ relationship and couples counselling ~ relationship breakdown ~ separation, divorce ~ infidelity, betrayal trauma ~ grief and loss ~ job loss, career transitions, career development, work-life balance ~ self love, personal growth, transformation

Shahinoor’s approach is one that is client-centered, collaborative, 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.

Shahinoor draws upon and is trained in: Mindfulness-Based Interventions such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, The Gottman Method for couples therapy, Circle of Security and Theraplay to support parents and children to develop healthy connections. She has a certificate as a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP).

She is a Facilitator for our Creating Healthy Boundaries for Women group program and our Self-Love Retreat.

Shahinoor's work with her clients is grounded in her passion for journeying alongside and supporting people in healing, building healthy connections, personal growth and transformation.

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being" ~ Hafiz

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.