Meet Our Team


Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee is a Clinical Psychologist, and the Director and Founder of Silm Centre for Mental Health. She practices from a Cognitive-Behavioural orientation (e.g., CBT, DBT, and ACT). She works with adolescents and adults who are having difficulties with adjustment and/or with their mental health.

Dr. Taslim graduated with her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University, and has a Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. She currently teaches at Adler Graduate Professional School, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, and Lakehead University. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Lakehead University and at Adler Graduate Professional School.

Dr. Taslim consults, teaches and does research related to mental health, well-being, intimate partner violence, stigma, social justice, and cultural competence.


Nafilia Sachedina is a Registered Social Worker and has experience assisting clients developing resilience while coping with life’s challenges. She uses a client-centered approach given each individual is unique, and deserves to be seen as such. Nafilia prides herself in working from an anti-oppressive/anti-racist framework and uses a compassionate, non-judgmental approach. She has experience working with diverse populations, women, men, and adolescents who have past trauma, are survivors of abuse, and individuals who live with mental health.


Alessia Caputo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). She previously worked in case management before pursuing a graduate degree, and believes this has deepened her understanding of systemic issues in navigating the mental health system. She works with adolescents and adults affected by mental health and addictions, and practices from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach. Alessia engages in CBT, ACT, and DBT therapies and her work aligns with the tenets of the Recovery Model. 


Nabiha Rattansi is a Registered Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with children and adolescents within a strengths-based framework. Nabiha believes preventative strategies are essential when navigating through difficult situations and the stresses in life. She has a particular interest in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, self-esteem and stress.


Yasene Mawji holds a Master of Social Work from Carleton University. Since 2014 she has provided counselling, advocacy and case management services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence, chronic illnesses, anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. Yasene firmly believes in maintaining the dignity of each one of her clients. She treats each individual, regardless of their background or situation, with care and compassion. She draws from multiple therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Trauma-Informed Therapy, to help clients tap into their inner resources and strengths. Ultimately, Yasene would like to see her clients lead heathy and happy lives spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally.


Taslim Jaffer-Murji is an experienced clinician and Registered Psychotherapist who provides Couple Therapy, Relationship Counselling, and Individual Psychotherapy. Taslim maintains a culturally responsive, confidential, and safe space for people to address issues that stand in the way of their personal fulfillment and having deeply, meaningful connections. Taslim believes that working through complex relationship dynamics offers a powerful opportunity and pathway for individual growth.  Taslim combines a variety of effective treatment modalities and approaches including Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness within an Integrative and holistic framework. 


Shelly Carpenter is a Registered Psychotherapist who completed a Master’s at the University of Toronto (OISE) in Counselling Psychology. Shelly works from a relational-cultural approach, incorporating elements of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (body-oriented), Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Therapy. Shelly has particular experience working with 2SLGBTQI* clients and those who have experienced childhood and/or adult trauma. 


Heather Effah is a Registered Social Worker and has experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse while addressing the ways that pain shows up in their life and impacts their mental health. Heather works from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, sexual orientation and gender inclusive lens because each person is worthy of being respected for who they are. Heather approaches her work with authenticity and uses a unique and thoughtful balance of therapeutic approaches and tools to assist clients with making meaningful and sustainable life changes.


Danielle Chang Gardner is a Registered Social Worker and has acquired over 10 years of front line experience. During that time she has worked within the non-profit, education, and government sectors. Through this she has gained experience with case management, mental health, child welfare, research, counseling, mediation, and consultation. By practicing from an anti-oppressive framework committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and implementing a solutions focused approach, her aim is to enable her clients to realize their strengths and empower them to take the necessary steps towards health, happiness and successful relationships.


Mona Atrzadeh is a Master of Psychology student at Adler Graduate Professional School and is concurrently completing a certificate in assessment. She has experience providing individual therapy and administering psychoeducational assessments to both adolescents and adults. Mona has a keen interest in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) modality and uses it in her therapeutic approach.


Teddy Turner is a Registered Social Worker who brings 10 years experience working in community mental health settings as well as specialized experience with adolescents and their families. She believes we all have our own unique path in life, and that things such as low self-esteem, trauma, stress, addiction, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and systemic issues can disconnect us from our path. Teddy is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Trauma Based approaches. Teddy brings warmth, humour, and authenticity to her work.  She personally values using an anti-oppressive, anti-racist and gender inclusive lens in all her work.