A mental health clinic for children, teens and young adults.
We help and heal using a combination of traditional therapies and natural wellness techniques.
Whole Heart Mental Health and Wellness was established in 2017 by Daisy Galeano, Nicole Filipe, and Dr. Stephanie Wiesenthal. Collectively, we have over 30 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Our mission is to help kids and their families live better lives.
Whole Heart is a collaborative team of experts from a wide field of specialities. Check out our amazing collective below!
Meet the team
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Stephanie Wiesenthal
Dr. Stephanie Wiesenthal is a psychiatrist who specializes in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked at Michael Garron Hospital since 2010, and co-founded Whole Heart Mental Health and Wellness in 2017.
Dr. Wiesenthal has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of anxiety disorders throughout their life span. She completed her medical and psychiatry training at the University of Toronto.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Founder and Social Worker
Nicole has specialized in child and adolescent mental health for over thirteen years. She has worked hospital settings, and various schools and group homes across the Greater Toronto Area. Nicole has experience in facilitating mental health assessments, offering individual and family counselling, developing and carrying out care plans, and working alongside families, individual clients, and community partners.
Nicole works with a client- and family-centred point of view; building on the innate strengths and resilience that people bring to therapy. She believes wholeheartedly in fostering the overall wellness of an individual and embodies this in her practice; focusing on elements of the mind, body, and spirit. Some of Nicole’s most favourite times are hiking with her dog, on her yoga mat, cooking in the kitchen, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole holds a Masters in Social Work from the accredited University of Windsor, a degree in Child and Youth Counselling, and a diploma in Child and Youth Care. She is registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She holds a certification in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) from the Linehan Institute, and as a mind and body specialist. She has trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
Founder and Psychotherapist
Daisy is a warmhearted registered psychotherapist committed to helping children, youth, and their families. She has over fifteen years’ experience counselling, formulating behavioural modification plans, and facilitating skills workshops. Her diverse work background includes various settings: schools, residential, emergency departments, and acute in-patient psychiatric programs.
Daisy’s prime focus is children and youth with mental health disorders like anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and suicidality. She draws from numerous treatment modalities and best practices, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and crisis intervention, which afford her the flexibility to meet a client’s unique needs.
Enthusiastic and creative in her therapeutic process, Daisy uses mindfulness, play, art, media, and physical activity to strengthen her therapeutic rapport. These activities establish trust and allow clients to freely, safely, and comfortably share their thoughts, feelings and struggles. She also uses these means to help them build the insights and skills they need to address challenges and overcome them.
Daisy cultivates a therapeutic relationship grounded in the belief that all people have innate virtues who are worthy and deserving of empathy and acceptance. She encompasses a strength-based and holistic framework to help facilitate pathways to self-fulfillment and wellness.
Daisy has a diploma with honours in Child and Youth Work with a certification in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy from the Linehan Institute. She is registered with the Ontario College of Psychotherapy and in good standing.
Daisy is happiest in the presence of her family and friends. She enjoys a a good book, travel, music, and mediative practices.
Anna has over a decade of counselling and psychotherapy experience. She started as a clinician at the Child Development Institute, primarily working with children who displayed aggression and supporting their families. She established her own individual private practice (Anna Ekins Counselling) in 2016 and joined the Whole Heart team in 2018.
Anna has worked with children, adults, and families with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment concerns, parental mental health concerns, pre- and postpartum support, grief and loss, and family dynamics.
Her training and experience includes various therapeutic modalities: Stop Now and Plan (SNAP), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapy, attachment-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused therapy.
Anna enjoys working with a diverse clientele. She welcomes individuals and families from all walks of life and is committed to incorporating an understanding and appreciation of clients’ realities (including race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion) into treatment. Anna has experience working with adoptive and foster families. She is also a registered clinician through the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Mental Health Counselling Services and the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) through Health Canada.
Anna holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Sarah has spent the last ten years working with children, adolescents, and families in teaching and therapeutic roles, treating anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, life transitions, and trauma.
When she listens to clients’ stories, and begins to connect with who they are, Sarah is inspired by their resilience. She supports the change process and assists her clients as they meet their goals. As a clinical social worker and therapist, Sarah endeavours to create a safe space for healing, which includes incorporating an understanding and appreciation of clients’ realities (including race, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion) into treatment.
Sarah’s primary approach is through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), trauma-focused therapy, and mindfulness. Through her strengths-based approach, she helps clients overcome obstacles, learn new coping skills, improve communication, and learn how to enjoy life more fully.
Sarah received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She is also a registered clinician through the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Mental Health Counselling Services through Health Canada.
Erin is a psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health for more than 14 years. For the past 12 years she has worked in child and youth mental health at the Child Development Institute in Toronto where she has worked as a psychotherapist focusing on the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, trauma, family dynamics and parenting. She has extensive experience with individual, family and group therapy.
Erin has been studying mindfulness and meditation for over 15 years. For the last 10 years she has been studying Tibetan Buddhist meditation. As a result of this study she has a strong meditation and mindfulness practice that is integrated into her life and her therapy approach, she is also a trained Meditation Instructor.
Erin uses a variety of therapy modalities to help children and caregivers to experience increased confidence, have better relationships and improved wellbeing. She works collaboratively with clients using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (somatic/body based therapy), Emotion Focused Family Therapy as well as trauma informed approaches.
Erin received her Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, she is in good standing with the college O.C.S.W.S.S.W. Erin has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Sensorimotor and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. She has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto and co-facilitated workshops at the Mindful Society Conference.
Richard is a social worker with over thirty years of experience. He has worked in a number of community- and hospital-based mental health settings. He is currently on staff in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Michael Garron Hospital.
Richard specializes in multiple areas of treatment consist of parent support and coaching; strategies and support to manage anxiety and depression; and enhancing relationship skills to improve communication and problem-solving abilities for individuals, couples, and families. His skills and approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Richard employs a calm, compassionate approach in the provision of care and treatment.
Dr. Gillian Kirsh
Dr. Kirsh is a licensed clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and eating disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
Along with a private practice in North York, Dr. Kirsh oversees psychological treatment and psychoeducational assessments at Whole Heart Mental Health and Wellness. Since 2004, she’s held a position at North York General Hospital’s (NYGH) Eating Disorders Program. She was previously on staff at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic at NYGH.
Dr. Kirsh completed her Specialized Honours degree in Psychology at York University in 1998. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Western University in 2000, and her Ph.D. in 2005. Dr. Kirsh completed her pre-doctoral internship training at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She focused on the assessment and treatment of anxiety; psychoeducational assessments for children with learning disabilities, ADHD, and head injuries; and research on adolescents with eating disorders. Dr. Kirsh completed a post-doctoral internship at The Hospital for Sick Children, where she conducted research and community outreach in the area of eating disorders prevention. Dr. Kirsh also worked in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre and the Eating Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton.
Jack is a psychotherapist who has practiced in the public sector since 2013. His main areas of focus have been youth and families.
Jack helps individuals and families strive for the most hopeful outcomes of their therapeutic work. Through eight years of practice with adults, children, teenagers, and families of all walks of life, Jack has come to understand that we are always capable of learning and growing — no matter how stuck we might feel. Change is not only possible, but inevitable, and under the right circumstances, we can learn to channel our evolution in the direction we choose.
Jack practices mixed-martial arts and mindfulness meditation. He has six years’ experience as an instructor and has journeyed far and wide to train under specialized teachers in military and monastic contexts. He is an avid traveller, a clumsy (but enthusiastic) linguist, and a recklessly creative chef. He is proud to be a man who models emotional vulnerability and openness.
He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Jack’s primary expertise involves tailoring experience-based therapies for youth who have complex or comorbid mental health diagnoses (learning disabilities, Autism (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)). His preferred therapeutic modalities include Brief Solutions-Focused Therapy (BSFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT).
Dr. Mandisa Nkungu
Mandisa Nkungu is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Formerly on staff at Michael Garron Hospital, she is now in private practice.
Dr. Lele Wang
Dr. Lee Wang is a Toronto-based psychiatrist currently completing her two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She has experience working with children and families in a variety of clinical settings and has trained in various hospitals in Toronto, including The Hospital for Sick Children, CAMH, and Michael Garron Hospital. Her clinical interests include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychotherapy.
Dr. Wang obtained her medical degree at the University of Calgary and completed her general adult psychiatry training at the University of Toronto.
Bridget is Paediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in child and adolescent mental health. As a Nurse Practitioner, Bridget is able to provide diagnoses, order and manage medication, and provide psychotherapy. She feels all health care should be holistic and takes a client- and family-centred approach in her assessments and therapy sessions.
Bridget has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families, including those struggling with anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, gender diversity, attention deficit/hyperactivity, personality challenges, depression, autism, and eating disorders. She has a strong interest in the impact of sleep challenges on mental health. She understands the importance of identifying individual and family strengths and using these to foster overall wellness. Bridget believe nutrition, physical activity, and time in nature are essential components of health. She is passionate about the role of yoga in treatment of wellness and spends her free time on her mat, with her bunnies, or with family and friends.
Bridget has a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Toronto. She started her nursing career as a Registered Nurse with adolescent medicine and psychiatry inpatient programs. She has worked in an eating disorders DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) program, paediatric sleep medicine program, and medical psychiatry program at top paediatric hospitals. Bridget has certification in both Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including the use of CBT for insomnia) and has extensive experience providing child and adolescent psychotherapy. She provides parent coaching and family therapy, and holds certification in trauma informed and restorative yoga practices.
Claudine is a life coach who has worked in children’s mental health for over 15 years in school settings, agencies, and hospitals. She has always dreamed of being part of a wellness team that delivers holistic services and adds value to a community, and she is delighted to be part of Whole Heart.
Ruby is a Toronto-based expressive arts facilitator and practicing visual artist. She recently completed the CREATE Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy training program and is completing her final requirements to graduate.
Alex is a Masters-level therapist working under the supervision of Dr. Kirsh. Alex completed his Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2014. In 2017 he received his M.A., and he is currently completing his Ph.D. at York University in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology Program.
Alex has worked with a broad range of ages from children to adults with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning difficulties, and autism. He has received clinical training in a variety of settings including the York University Psychology Clinic, the Toronto District School Board, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.
Alex works from an integrative approach bringing together what he has learned from various sites and modalities in order to find what works best for each individual. Alex and Gillian Kirsh also conduct psychological assessments and bring the same curiosity and client-centered focus on the work they do in that domain.
Aliya is a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst and Ph.D. candidate (Behavior Science). Aliya specializes in mental health, psychiatric disorders, and developmental disabilities. Aliya has worked in pediatric tertiary care hospitals and Centers of Excellence, treating complex behavioral challenges with co-existing medical diagnoses.
Dr. Alvin Keng
Dr. Alvin Keng completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Keng obtained his medical degree from the University of British Columbia. He has experience working with diverse populations in mental health (working with children, youth, families, adults, and older adults) in various hospitals in the city including the University Health Network, CAMH, Michael Garron Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids). He has a special interest in couples and family psychotherapy.