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About Northern Elm

Northern Elm Assessment and Treatment offers assessments and individual, couples, and family therapy to folks residing anywhere in Ontario

About the Clinic

Our aim is to provide you with the space to feel accepted and understood in order to lead a life where you can live as your authentic self. During your time with us, you can expect to work with a team who operates from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. You are welcome and valued at Northern Elm Assessment and Treatment.

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Northern Elm Assessment & Treatment

What Do We Do?

Northern Elm Assessment & Treatment

What Do We Do?

Explore Our Proven Approach

To support our vision and best serve you, our approach to care is rooted in a strength-based, evidence-based, and collaborative model.

At Northern Elm Assessment and Treatment, we understand the importance of empowering individuals through their strengths. Our team works with you to uncover those hidden assets that can help reach your goals while supporting optimal well-being - because everyone has something special within them!

At Northern Elm, we strive to employ a comprehensive evidence-based approach to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality care possible. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is an interdisciplinary methodology that relies on the integrative use of research findings, clinical experience, and patient values and preferences in order to develop and evaluate interventions for complex problems. The team at Northern Elm is committed to providing evidence-based care through continual review of the latest research and best practices.

At Northern Elm, we prioritize building strong partnerships with our clients to ensure that they get the best possible care and support. Our approach not only includes listening intently and providing guidance and support, but also understanding your individual needs, goals, and experiences. We recognize that you are the most knowledgeable authority on your own life and strive to create an environment where you can feel safe to discuss these topics without fear of judgement.

Meet The Team

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Lynn Benrubi
Co-Founder, Clinical Director, and
Psychological Associate

Lynn is a clinical and counselling psychological associate who specializes in providing therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults. She is a registered member with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).

Lynn completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Hons.) degree in Psychology with a minor in Children’s Studies at York University before going on to complete her Master of Psychology degree (M.Psy.) at Adler. Her training further led her to work in both assessment and treatment settings supporting families with high-risk youth and individuals with Autism, intellectual and learning disabilities, social, attentional, and behavioural differences, and various levels of social-emotional functioning (such as anxiety, depression, and trauma).

Within her practice, Lynn enjoys working alongside her clients in order to support them in living a life as their authentic self.

In addition to her work with Northern Elm, Lynn is a Clinical Supervisor and Consultant with Kindercare Psychology.

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Jordan Benrubi
Co-Founder and Psychological Associate
Authorized for Supervised Practice

Jordan is a school psychological associate authorized for supervised practice who specializes in providing assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults. He is a registered member with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).

Jordan completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A., Hons.) degree in Psychology at Guelph University before going on to complete his Master of Psychology degree (M.Psy.) at Adler.
His training further led him to work in assessment-based settings in nonprofit and private practices, and school boards. In addition to co-founding Northern Elm Assessment and Treatment, Jordan works full-time at a Toronto-based non-profit organization conducting psychoeducational assessments.
Jordan is passionate about working with his clients to support them in learning about and leaning into the strengths of their unique learning styles.
Jordan firmly believes that we all have what we need to succeed, and the start of success is finding how we each think, learn, and communicate.
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Suweetha Thani
Clinical Associate

Suweetha completed her Master of Psychology degree at Adler Graduate Professional School in addition to a certificate in psychological assessment. Prior, she attended the University of Toronto, where she obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science degree, with a Specialist in Psychology. She has experience providing therapy and assessments to folks of all ages experiencing emotional, behavioural, and learning differences.

Suweetha developed an early interest in working in the mental health field and she hopes that her professional and lived experience can assist others in their self-growth. She practices from a trauma-informed, strength-based, and person-centered framework and believes that all individuals can reach mental wellness when they are met with compassion and acceptance along the way. She currently provides therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults using an integration of cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural, and acceptance and commitment based therapeutic techniques.

Suweetha is a registered psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
 
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Caroline Marson
Social Worker

Caroline is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor, and an Honors Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Childhood Studies from Western University. She also completed a post-graduate program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Mental Health. Her prior work experiences have allowed her to work in both hospital and school settings.

Caroline specializes in working with youth and adults experiencing mood disturbances, anxiety, self-esteem challenges, life transitions, stress, relationship challenges, and those who’ve had experiences of psychosis. Caroline's approach to care is trauma informed, anti-oppressive, and culturally sensitive. She further uses an integrative therapeutic approach, where elements of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness are used to support clients in their emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Caroline works with clients to provide a safe, open, and non-judgemental space to learn and explore more about themselves, while identifying unhelpful thought patterns, deepen self-awareness, and establish healthy coping strategies.

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Atifa Seafi
Clinical Associate

Atifa utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to care and believes in incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion as driving factors in supporting her clients. Her services are further rooted in a trauma-informed and strength-based framework. Atifa hopes that her professional and lived experience can assist others in their journey to holistic self-care and authenticity. She has experience in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing neurodivergent learning styles, behavioural differences, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Atifa completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Windsor. Prior, she attended the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Atifa also has an Advanced Diploma as a Child and Youth Worker and a Diploma as a Medical Office Administrator. Her diverse education and work experiences have allowed her to become a multi-faceted professional who strives to make a difference in the lives of others, as well as break down barriers and assist others in reaching their full potential.

Atifa is registered with the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and she provides psychotherapeutic services in English and Farsi.

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Tanja Thani
Social Worker

Tanja is a registered social worker who completed her Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at University of Toronto with a Specialist in Mental Health and a Major in English. Tanja uses she/her pronouns and identifies as a brown cis woman whose Tamil parents came to Canada as refugees from Sri Lanka. She is passionate about learning and traveling. During her undergraduate degree she explored subjects like biology, chemistry, mathematics, Latin, sociology, psychology, religion, and English. She has worked with clients regarding suicide ideation, self-harm, addiction, traumatic grief such as suicide and homicide loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, divorce, parenting, ADHD, violence against women, oppression/racism/prejudice, relationship, family, and identity issues.

Tanja provides individual, couple, family, and group therapy. She has worked in many areas including counselling, child welfare, health care, not-for-profit, and community crisis services. Regardless of where she works, she practices from a trauma informed, harm reduction, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework using an eclectic approach. She uses a combination of the following: CBT, DBT, solution focused, narrative, emotion focused, Gestalt, somatic, and EMDR modalities in her work to best support her clients. She is registered with the OCSWSSW.

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Brianne Singer
Office and Treatment Coordinator

Brianne is the Office and Treatment Coordinator at Northern Elm. Within her role at the clinic, she oversees the office operations, manages clinical calendars, coordinates all aspects of therapy and coaching services, and supports clients throughout their mental health journey by being one of the first points of contact, as well as assisting clients in connecting with our clinical team.

Brianne comes from a background in social work assisting diverse populations. Throughout her career, she has always strived for a holistic approach to care with a keynote on mental health in the York region. 
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Megan Payne
Assessment Coordinator

Megan is the Assessment Coordinator at Northern Elm. Within her role, she is responsible for providing administrative assistance and assessment coordination with sensitivity and confidentiality. Her background in community work gave her experience within non-profit organizations integrating cultural competence and anti-oppressive practice in front line work with youth and adults.

Her adaptive communication skills ensure that she listens and responds to inquiries that suit your needs.   

Megan firmly believes that mental health supports should be widely accessible, barrier free, and supportive throughout a persons’ mental health journey.