Feeling something was missing, I uprooted my life to follow my inspiration to train in Gestalt Psychotherapy and relocate to Toronto. During my training, I merged into the world of startups, entrepreneurship and coaching.
I have completed over 1,000+ coaching sessions and 150+ workshops. I am committed to my personal development journey and my passion is in the unfolding creative process.
My clients are a mix of emerging and accomplished creatives, professionals and entrepreneurs who want to improve the quality of their lives through re-connection and self-discovery of their creative nature.
I have lived in the cultures of China, Canada, USA, Costa Rica and currently live in the mountains of Medellin, Colombia.
My Creative Journey
I've always felt in my heart I had creative gifts to share with the world . From a young age, I loved creating art, reading sci-fi, horror and fantasy, writing and music.
Unfortunately my surroundings were not so nurturing, and I was led to believe that the arts interfere with the 'real' world of work. Over the years, I began to suppress my creative outlets and essence.
When I was 19 I began to DJ professionally. This opened up a something in me and I experienced moments of true creative flow; my ego would dissolve and I would merge with the crowd and music.
This gave me a taste of my true creativity, yet deep down, I knew it was a mask for creating my own work. For years I buried a part of me which longed for expression yet was stuck, without support.
In 2015, I began psychotherapy training and through play and experimentation I discovered my creative wounds. I had a profound experience when a classmate became my 'creative spirit' and helped me to open a creative block through art. A seed was planted and I understood my creative force is part of my spirit and the cosmos.
This lay inside for me many years while I was in service of others through workshops, psychotherapy and coaching. In 2017, I hit my deepest depression. In my hopelessness, I made a decision that I wanted to live more than I wanted to die. And to truly live, I had to do what I feared the most - I needed to create.
I left with a backpack in Jan 2019 for South America with no plan, no final destination, other than to rediscover myself. Through a series of synchronicities, I met a travelling artist in Peru who invited me to an art residential and later connected me to a renowned visionary artist, who agreed to mentor me.
I decided to set base and with the support of an artistic community, I painted everyday and immersed myself in the process to master art. I found what I was searching for; my creative essence and the confidence to call myself an artist.
I came back to life with each stroke and found my missing piece was hiding in creativity. I believe the unconditional support of a community through the creative process is one of the most powerful healers and ways to rediscover our true selves.
My purpose in life is helping others
to unblock the love, mystery and magic of the creative process.
✓ Gestalt Group Facilitation Certification – Gestalt Centre London – 110 hours
- Conflict, Challenge & Confrontation in Groups
- Group Facilitation Training Intensive
- Understanding Group Dynamics
- Developing Effective Group Facilitation
✓ Gestalt Personal Development Certification – Gestalt Institute Toronto – 550 hours
- Body Awareness
- Interpersonal Skills
- Emotional Expressiveness
- Understanding Group Function
- Working with Resistance
- Collaboration of Diversity
- Inclusion in Groups
✓ Transformational Coaching at Animas Centre for Coaching
✓ 100+ hours supervised Gestalt Coaching training at the Breakthrough Centre
✓ Essentials of Psychosynthesis at the Psychosynthesis Trust
✓ The Shaman’s Pathway at the Sacred Trust
✓ Regularly attend retreats including Vipassana
✓ Reiki Level 1 Certification from Circle of One
“Shayan helped me to connect my logic and emotion through somatic experiences to shift me out of autopilot behaviours. His clever use of metaphors, images and archetypes connected me to my body and creative faculties which had a domino effect in every area of my life.”Jack Rutter, Product Manager & Entrepreneur
I thought I had let go of emotions and experiences until I had a session with Shayan. His creative techniques allowed me to experience compassion and emotional release like I have never felt before. I am thankful for the experience, it taught me to reflect at every obstacle and see it as a potential growth.Lillian Motta, Co-founder at Evolve Holistic & Fascial Stretch Therapist