There are myriad reasons for seeking psychotherapy, and while they often fall along the lines of yearning to heal or a wish for change, much can be cultivated in the process. Psychotherapy is indeed a process, through which one develops greater self-awareness about their needs, hardships, inner conflicts and longings, apparent contradictions and desires. My role is to guide and assist you on your journey and to hold space for all of you, including the parts that are difficult for you to contemplate.
I seek to offer patients, whether through couple or individual therapy, a creative space for self-exploration, to unravel deep-seated issues, to explore and possibly shift the narratives they tell themselves about who they are and their life stories; a space to simply "be", away from the exigencies of modern life.
While we are social beings with a deep-seated need for connectedness, relationships can be difficult to navigate. Psychotherapy enables the exploration of one's relational landscape and can help patients develop a healthy affirmation of needs, a reassessment of expectations and eventually, more satisfying relationships on the whole.
There are so many facets to the human experience, from the body and breath, to early attachement and family dynamics, to the impact of social issues on personal lived-experience, trauma and exile (from one's land and from one's self), as well as psychic and spiritual growth. My practice tends to encompass these dimensions among others, depending on the patient's needs, wishes and inclinations.
If you believe you might benefit from psychotherapy, I will be glad to see if I can assist in walking you home, to your Self.
Dr. Sophia Koukoui,OPQ & CPO- licensed (Quebec and Ontario) Biography After completing a Master's degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University (I used Quantum Dots nanotechnology to perform a 3D brain mapping of the expression of a gene linked to autism), I pursued a Master's degree and doctorate (research and intervention) in Cultural Clinical Psychology, at UQAM. In a way, my focus shifted from the brain to the psyche and social issues. I conducted my doctoral research in West Africa and Canada on gender, cultural practices and mental health. I completed two internships as part of my doctoral clinical training: in adult psychiatry (crisis unit at Louis Hyppolite Lafontaine Psychiatric Hospital) and in child mental health (at CIUSSS Centre-Ouest-de-l'île-de-Montréal). I continued on with a postdoc in Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, where I trained with world renowned Dr Jaswant Guzder and Dr Cécile Rousseau. In addition, I became certified (five year graduate certification program) in personality assessment using projective methods (Institut de Psychologie Projective) and did a fellowship on psychosis at the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society-QE. I have also trained in couple therapy with Esther Perel and Ellyn Bader.
I am Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Université de Montréal, with 15 years of experience as a mental health researcher. I am in charge of mental health services at Clinique Mauve, a subspecialized clinic for LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers. Furthermore, I am full researcher at CIUSSS CODIM-Sherpa. I publish regularly in peer-reviewed scientific journals and am also a scientific reviewer for a number of international scientific journals. The overarching theme of my research is the ethics of care in the context of vulnerability and best practices in healthcare delivery to marginalized populations.
In light of my deep appreciation for the arts and my respect for the work of artists, I am involved as an Advisor on the Board of Directors for the International Art Film Festival (FIFA). Description of clinical practice My clinical practice is rather eclectic in that I work with couples, adults and families facing a wide variety of challenges. My approach is systemic, transcultural, psychodynamic, but I appreciate drawing from the richness of various disciplines to carry out my work. The therapeutic space is a creative space and I welcome the different dimensions of experience and the inner world that patients bring to therapy. There is ample space for the integration of arts, spirituality and the body in your psychotherapy journey (other dimensions and different therapeutic modalities can also be explored in the process). Part of my practice also involves consultation for fellow mental health practitioners, both to work on more challenging cases or long-term work for professional training and development. Protection of personal information
In September 2022, the privacy of personal information law, Bill 25, started to come into effect. Bill 25 notably impacts health care professionals, such as psychologists. Additional measures should come into effect in the next three years.
For now, as the owner of Sophia Koukoui, psychologue, INC, I have the following responsibilities:• Administer the law pertaining to personal information• Answer requests related to personal information (eg. access, rectification, right of erasure, etc.)• Establish governance rules for personal information • Notify the Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) and the affected individuals of any privacy breaches • Record all security incidents implicating personal information.
Dr Sophia KoukouiPrivacy officer for Sophia Koukoui, psychologue INC Please note that Mr. Christian Spatzierer, Practice Coordinator, is also aware of the parameters of Bill 25 and acts accordingly in the context of his work at the clinic.