Sofian Ayyad

MA, Registered Psychotherapist

I enjoy providing a kind, accepting, and non-judgemental space where you can relax and feel comfortable exploring your thoughts and feelings.

My past experiences help me to appreciate you for who you are, and I would consider it a sincere privilege to have the opportunity to work with you.

My path to becoming a psychotherapist was not a traditional one. I worked for over a decade as a computer engineer for multinational corporations before switching careers to follow my life-long interests in psychology, psychotherapy, and spirituality.

I lived in Europe and the Middle East for various parts of my life before calling Canada home for the last two decades. Having lived in diverse environments helped me develop a great appreciation for various cultures and sensitivity to the specialness of every person I meet. As a result, apart from my formal education and extensive clinical training, I bring a well-rounded set of real-life experiences that I believe will benefit you.

I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender expression. I know that positive change is possible, no matter how difficult and complicated our life situation might be at the moment. If I may paraphrase a famous proverb, each journey begins with a single step, and so it is with healing journeys as well.

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Professional Credentials

I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, authorized for independent Practice. I am also a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.

Continuous Learning

I am always working on improving my clinical experience, knowledge, and training to bring you high-quality mental health care.

Conferences, Training, Workshops, and Webinars:


Malingering in Psychological Assessments: New Developments, 4-hour workshop
May 2024 | Online | Gerald Young, Ph.D., C. Psych. 

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), 1-Day Training (part of PSY-710C: Personality Assessment) 
January 2024 | Santa Barbara, California | Heather MacDonald, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychodynamic Case Formulation, 1-Day Training
January 2024 | Santa Barbara, California | April Fallon, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Existential Issues in Psychotherapy, 1-Day Training
January 2024 | Santa Barbara, California | Amy E. Taylor, Ph.D., C. Psych. & Susan G. Goldberg, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Contemporary Psychoanalytic Seminars, Group Consultations, 2 hours/week.
Sep 2023 - April 2024 | Online | April Fallon, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale: 4th Edition (WAIS-IV) administration, 2-Day Training (part of PSY-710B: Cognitive Assessment)
January 2023 | Santa Barbara, California | Nathan Griffith, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 1-Day Training.
January 2023 | Santa Barbara, California | Carmen Pulido, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Suicide Assessment and Intervention, 1-Day Training.
January 2023 | Santa Barbara, California | Kjell Rudestam, Ph.D., C. Psych.

The Self-Led Helper, 2-Day Workshop.
November 2022 | Online | Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Unified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Pain, Fatigue & Somatic Symptom Disorders, 1-Day Workshop.
November 2021 | Online | Sanjay Rao, MD

Classical Adlerian Depth Psychotherapy, Group consultations, 7 hours/month.
Sep-Nov 2021 | Cardinal, Ontario | Edward Murray, C. Psych.

The Farther Reaches of Internal Family Systems (IFS), 2-Day Workshop.
June 2021 | Online | Derek Scott, RSW

Reconsolidation Therapy™: Foundations and Practice, 2.5-Day Workshop.
May 2021 | Online | Daniel Saumier, Ph.D., C. Psych. & Alain Brunet, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO)-Informed Couples Therapist Workshop, 2-Day Workshop.
March 2021 | Online | Liz Phillips, RP

Stepping Stones Internal Family Systems (IFS) Course, 16 Weeks, 3 hours per week.
January-April 2021 | Online | Derek Scott, RSW

Hack Your Mind for Better Health, 1-Day Workshop.
January 2021 | Online | Judson Brewer, MD

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): Beyond the Basics, 2-Day Workshop.
November 2020 | Online | Sheri Van Dijk, RSW

Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS), 2-Day Workshop. 
October 2020 | Online | Frank G. Anderson, MD

Systematic Behavioural Activation (BA) Treatment for Depression, 1-Day Workshop.
October 2020 | Online | Sanjay Rao, MD

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Understanding & Treating Clinical Perfectionism, 1-Day Workshop.
May 2020 | Online | Martin Antony, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems (IFS), 2-Day Workshop.
April 2020 | Online | Frank G. Anderson, MD

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Group Consultations, 12-hours.
April 2020-Nov 2019 | Phone-Conference | Philippe Gauvreau, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Basic Training - Part 2, 3-Day Training.
March 2020 | Ottawa | Barbara Horne, RP & Philippe Gauvreau, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Resilience in Mental Health Conference.
Nov 2019 | Ottawa | Hosted by OAPA & OPA

Structured Psychotherapies Conference.
November 2019 | Ottawa | STRC, University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Unified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Approach, 2-Day Training.
November 2019 | Ottawa | Sanjay Rao, MD

Trauma & The Struggle to Open Up: Relational Strategies to Effectively Treat Challenging Trauma Clients, 2-Day Workshop.
November 2019 | Ottawa | Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Basic Training - Part 1, 3.5-Day Training.
October 2019 | Ottawa | Barbara Horne, RP & Philippe Gauvreau, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Integrating EMDR into your Clinical Practice, 5-Day Intensive.
May 2019 | Lexington, Kentucky | Carole Lovell, Ph.D., LCSW

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - Clinical Training for Mental Health Professionals, 5-Day Intensive.
February 2019 | Ottawa | Kafui Sawyer, RP & Mark Vegh, RCC

Introducing the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2 (PDM-2), 1-Day Workshop.
May 2018 | Ottawa | Robert Gordon, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 2-Day Workshop.
November 2015 | Ottawa | LivingWorks.

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