I am Sam. I am the founder of The Collective which was born out of my desire to help get people connected back to their hearts. I am intentional in my work and focus on creating a reflective and safe space to explore your inner workings and integrate and accept all parts of you.
I am half Macedonian and half Iranian and am now married to a Middle Eastern partner! A lot of my reason for becoming a psychotherapist is centred around my identities as a mixed race and mixed culture person and the intergenerational pieces that come alongside those identities.
My own experiences fuelled my curiosity about people, and our innate desire to achieve healing and wellness. From there, I began to study psychology and knew this was the place for me. I completed my undergraduate degree at York University and received an Honours in Psychology. I did my thesis on stigma around seeking help for mental health. From there, I pursued a Master's Degree, which I received from Yorkville University while working a few jobs assisting with psychological assessments, making coffee at Starbucks and answering the crisis line for Health Canada. Upon completion, I did my practicum at the Ottawa Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre where I learned to develop my counselling and therapeutic skills and grow as a therapist. I completed several trainings which you can find listed below that helped me to focus the kinds of issues I work with. In that time, I also developed an interest in workplace wellness, business... and here I am now.
The Collective is a space I can continue to grow and develop my passion for business, workplace wellness initiatives, education and my practice as a psychotherapist.
I am a trauma and couples therapist. I work with individuals who have suffered from single or complex trauma using NARM, principles of IFS, and EMDR. I also work in depth with couples who have suffered from breaches in trust, infidelity, sexual issues and with couples who want to connect deeper to one another. I use PACT and Gottman for my work with couples.
My Trainings and Credentials:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist in good standing with the CRPO #10028
I am a certified NARM Therapist
I am EMDR trained and certified
I am PACT Level 1 Certified (Receiving Level 2 in 2023)
I am CPT Certified
Gottman Level 1 (in progress)
I am CBT trained
Ask me about any of my trainings, certifications and for my certificates and license.
Connect with me
If you feel I might be a good fit for you and wanted to explore a therapeutic relationship, let's connect for a free 10-15 minute consultation.
If you are a business wanting to set up some services, reach me by email or phone to set up a meeting.