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M.A. Counselling Psychology

M.A. Religion & Modernity

Ph.D. Candidate Religious Studies

Canadian Certified Counsellor

About Salima

Salima Versi (she/her) holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Religion and a Master's degree in Religion & Modernity from Queen's University, and is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Alberta's Religious Studies Program. Her general focus is Islamic studies, but her research more specifically examines Nizari Isma'ilism, particularly in Canada. Salima has been teaching in these and in many other capacities for a number of years, and also holds a certificate in Adult Education from the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development.


In addition, Salima is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, where she specialized in spiritual care, cross-cultural counselling, and women’s issues. She also has a strong background in parenting, and she is a certified Parent Educator in the STEP (Systematic Training in Effective Parenting) Method, which focuses on respectful, positive parenting techniques. In addition to her private practice, she is actively engaged in community mental health work and activism as a Live Your Life to the Full facilitator and volunteer career-counsellor.


Added to these professional qualification is a commitment social justice and community service. She is actively involved the community at the University of Alberta, her own Ismaili community, the Muslim ummah, and the broader Edmonton community. Within her own Ismaili Muslim community, she is an Alwaeza, which is a scholar, preacher, and spiritual caregiver. Salima is a regular guest speaker on Islam and Ismailism at both community and academic institutions. She is also a board member for various interfaith, Muslim, and feminist organizations and speaks on and participates in a variety of projects and discussions related to Islam, religion, feminism, social justice, and mental health.