DR. TASLIM ALANI-VERJEE
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 is a keynote speaker and is often featured in the media. She consults, teaches and does research related to mental health, well-being, intimate partner violence, stigma, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, culturally-adapted psychotherapies, and cultural humility in clinical practice.
Alessia Caputo is a Clinical Associate and Registered Psychotherapist who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee at Silm Centre for Mental Health. She previously worked in case management before pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, and believes this has deepened her understanding of systemic issues in navigating the mental health system and incorporates this knowledge into her work with her clients. She is also a Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) provider.
Alessia works with individuals affected by mental health disorders, with a particular interest in supporting those dealing with anxiety, addiction, trauma/PTSD, and ADHD. She practices from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach and integrates the modalities of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Alessia believes that providing safety and having a strong therapeutic alliance is crucial when working with her clients, and she works to provide them with unconditional positive regard.
Andrea Hall is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist who has been in practice for 14 years. She addresses a variety of issues including complex trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, pregnancy and parenting, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and isolation. She also offers therapy for couples and diverse intimate relationships. Andrea draws from a variety of modalities to meet clients’ goals, and is committed to providing trauma-informed care. Her clinical approach is inherently relational, as she aims to foster connection, and ensure clients feel heard and acknowledged. Andrea is committed to living and practicing from anti-racist, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive approaches, and she makes advocacy a part of her work wherever possible.
Dana is a Masters-level practicum student, working under the supervision of Dr. Taslim. Dana is currently completing her Masters at Adler Graduate Professional School. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
At Silm Centre for Mental Health, Dana offers psychotherapy and supports the assessment process. Her approach to therapy is person-centred and trauma-informed. She utilizes strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
DANIELLE CHANG GARDNER
Danielle Chang Gardner is a Registered Social Worker and has acquired over 10 years of experience within the non-profit, education, and government sectors. During that time she has gained experience in case management, mental health, research, counselling, child welfare, mediation, and consultation. Danielle currently provides individual and couples therapy. 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.
Fiana Andrews, Ed.S., C. Psych., is a licensed Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Fiana’s role includes providing psychological assessments and CBT-focused counselling services across all age groups, including children, adolescents, and adults.
Fiana is committed to providing a safe and empathetic space for her clients to explore their experiences. Her non-judgmental approach ensures that clients feel heard and valued, allowing for a collaborative partnership in their journey toward empowerment and growth. With a deep respect for cultural diversity, she strives to create a culturally-sensitive and inclusive environment where clients can freely express themselves and work towards their goals.
In 2009, Fiana earned her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from Andrews University. Since 2008, she has been an integral member of the psychology department at the Peel District School Board. Additionally, Fiana brings valuable experience from her work in private practice.
Fiana is a proud member in good standing with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), demonstrating her commitment to professional excellence and ethical practice.
Jawhar Iman is a Clinical Associate and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee at Silm Centre for Mental Health. He has his Master’s degree from Adler Graduate Professional School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from York University with a minor in Cinema Studies. He also holds a Multimodality certificate. Jawhar’s therapeutic method is to provide a safe and collaborative environment; working on strategies that allow the client to address the root causes of their difficulties, to enhance their self-awareness, and help them build meaningful social connections. He likes to incorporate a trauma-informed approach, in addition to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion-Focused, and Person-Centered Therapy. Jawhar enjoys working with both adolescents and adults and speaks English, Farsi and Dari.
Jesse Roberts, M.A., C.Psych., is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. He completed his Master’s in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Jesse accepts adult clients for individual therapy and assessment. He uses a cognitive behavioural approach in his clinical work (e.g., CBT, DBT, CPT) and works collaboratively with clients to develop meaningful and individualized treatment plans. Jesse sees clients for a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, substance use issues, bipolar and psychotic disorders, gender dysphoria, and issues of emotion regulation (e.g. anger, self-harming).
Jesse also welcomes clients who are at-risk for initial or further involvement with the criminal justice system. He is experienced in working to address risk factors for offending in individuals with a history of violent and/or sexual offending (including internet-related sexual offences).
Karen Smith is a Registered Social Worker and has a background in mental health, addictions and delivering social service supports to improve the quality of life for communities. She has held leadership roles in government and not-for-profit organizations and has a passion for helping people in their journey of grief and loss, anxiety and stress related to work and life. She has an interest in working with people experiencing work-place trauma and overcoming the impacts of bullying and harassment in the workplace. She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, trauma informed, strength-based and anti-oppression approaches in her practice. She is engaging, collaborative and creates a safe, inclusive space to build therapeutic partnerships with clients. Karen is committed to helping people achieve wellbeing by exploring their strengths, building resilience and recognizing their ability to make positive change.
Karima Hassam, M.Sc. OT. (Reg.) Ont, is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She has her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. In her work as an OT for over 13 years, she gained an appreciation for the profound impact mental health has on physical and functional recovery after an injury. Karima uses various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She believes in client-centred, goal-directed practice and views the client from a holistic lens. She offers trauma-informed care and has a keen understanding of the impact of generational trauma on one’s mental health.
Karima offers individual, couples, and family therapy.
Karthiga Mahendran is a Clinical Associate and Registered Psychotherapist who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee and Jesse Roberts at Silm Centre for Mental Health. She is a graduate of Adler Graduate Professional School, where she completed her Masters in Psychology. She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree and earned her York-Seneca Rehabilitation certificate at York University. She provides both individual therapy and supports assessments at Silm Centre for Mental Health. Karthiga believes that seeking therapy is a journey that is unique to each individual, whether they are experiencing difficulties with adjustment and/or their mental health. She ensures that her clients feel heard and understood in a way that is non-judgemental and compassionate. Karthiga provides evidence-based treatments including CBT, DBT, and ACT using a trauma-informed and Adlerian approach. In addition, she utilizes her skills as an ADHD coach providing individual and group therapy. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. Karthiga is fluent in Tamil and English.
Mona Atrzadeh is a Clinical Associate who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee at Silm Centre for Mental Health. She holds a Master’s degree from Adler Graduate Professional School, and is currently completing her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Mona offers individual psychotherapy, and practices from a trauma-informed, and integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) into her practice. She supports assessments at Silm Centre for Mental Health.
Monica Aguilar is a Clinical Associate and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee at Silm Centre for Mental Health. She is a graduate of York University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree. She is a current student at Adler Graduate Professional School pursuing a Master of Psychology degree.
Monica is passionate about creating a safe space that is non-judgmental, accepting, compassionate, and respectful where clients can feel genuinely comfortable discussing whatever is on their mind. She is dedicated to collaboratively working with her clients, and primarily uses a trauma-informed and person-centred perspective in therapy. She also believes in an integrative approach to therapy, and includes CBT, ACT, and mindfulness. For Monica, being able to help in any impactful capacity is the most rewarding gift.
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.
Nabiha offers individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents and young adults. She also offers family therapy, and supports parents in their parenting.
Natalie Blake is a Registered Social Worker who completed a Master of Social Work with a focus in mental health. She has extensive experience supporting people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life who have encountered significant personal and professional challenges. Also, as a professor of human services she has in-depth knowledge and expertise of the varying dynamics of the student experience. Natalie provides a welcoming and safe space for clients and truly believes that healing and hope start with one conversation. She practices from a strengths-based, client-centered and anti-oppressive framework where she acknowledges and values the potential and uniqueness of every client.
Niloufar Eshghi completed her PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology at York University.
Niloufar’s approach to therapy is client-centered, empathic, and collaborative. She strives to build a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. In her clinical practice, she draws from multiple approaches to therapy including humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
At Silm Centre for Mental Health, Niloufar provides services to adults under the supervision of Dr. Alani-Verjee.
DR. RAHIMA ALANI
Dr. Rahima Alani is a family physician with special interests in mental health and counseling, specifically as it relates to sexual and reproductive health and transgender care. At Silm Centre for Mental Health, she offers OHIP-covered one-time or short term sessions to our clients who are looking for support with decision making as it relates to their sexual and reproductive health and to our trans-clients with their assessments for gender-affirming surgery. Dr. Rahima uses a patient-centred, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach and is pro-choice.
Yalda Omari is a Clinical Associate and Registered Psychotherapist who provides psychotherapy and psychological services to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Dr. Taslim Alani-Verjee and Jesse Roberts at Silm Centre for Mental Health. She has her Master’s degree from Adler Graduate Professional School. She provides therapy, taking an integrative approach to address a wide range of mental health challenges. She uses evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), using a trauma-informed approach. She also supports psycho-diagnostic and psycho-educational assessments. She enjoys working with both adolescents and adults. Yalda is fluent in Dari and also speaks conversational Turkish and Dutch.
YASENE MAWJI (on leave until September 2024)
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 healthy and happy lives spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Read more about Yasene here.
Kelsey Franklin graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Science in Global Health Management. She is the Research and Advocacy Consultant at Silm Centre for Mental Health. Having worked in various roles in the health sector, she has gained experience working with diverse populations in high-pressure environments. This experience, coupled with her educational background and training, has given her the tools to become a proficient facilitator for workshops and training focused on anti-oppression and anti-racism. She has an interest in using her acquired knowledge to help foster more inclusive workplaces, to increase public awareness about racial and social inequities and to promote solutions in education.
Jennifer Bautista, our newest Medical Administrative Assistant on our team. Jen brings with her not only years of experience in healthcare services but also a deep passion for supporting individuals on their mental health journeys. Her genuine care and empathetic nature align perfectly with our practice’s mission of providing compassionate care.
Jen’s journey to excellence includes a Bachelor’s degree from Centro Escolar University, a testament to her dedication to the field. Utilizing her rich experience in healthcare administration, Jen adeptly fosters communication and upholds an orderly workflow within the clinic. She recognizes the significance of streamlined coordination, guaranteeing smooth collaboration among all team members. This ultimately leads to an improved level of patient care and heightened satisfaction. Jen harbors a profound commitment to raising awareness about mental health. She actively plays a role in advancing the clinic’s mission of destigmatizing mental health concerns and fostering a deeper comprehension of the subject.