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
Maya is a clinical social worker with experience working in various settings and with a broad age range of individuals. She currently works with older adults experiencing depression and anxiety at Baycrest Health Sciences, providing case management and counselling within the Psychiatric Day Hospital. She has previously provided individual counselling to students at York University and in high school settings. Maya has also worked with children and adolescents and their families as an academic tutor and as Camper Care Director at a summer camp in Nova Scotia.
Maya employs an eclectic, client-centred, and strengths-based therapeutic approach. She believes that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ way to provide support, as individuals express themselves and cope in different ways. As such, she is guided by the idea of meeting each client ‘where they are.’ Maya works collaboratively with clients to develop and work towards their goals, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness and grounding techniques.
Maya holds a Masters of Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York. She is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder, 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).
Therapeutic Martial Artist
Chris is a therapeutic martial artist who began his therapeutic career at Youthdale Treatment Centres. While working there, he came across the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts Program and his dream of blending martial arts and therapy came true. Chris became a Sensei in the Young Warriors Program and the Mindfulness Martial Arts Program using the skills and techniques built in the Dojo to help improve the lives of children with emotion regulation issues and learning disabilities. Concurrently, Chris worked at the SNAP program as a Family and Child Worker helping teach emotion regulation as well as Parent Management Techniques to children and caregivers alike. He has since moved on to become a Senior Trainer/Community Facilitator helping build the SNAP program from the ground up across Canada. Chris is excited to begin taking on his own clients and use the skills built in his career to help children reach goals and regulate emotions.
Liz B. Gabison is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluator Fellow since 2007 and Return to Work Disability Manager with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. Liz Gabison is also a Registered Rehabilitation Professional since 2005 with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Biology, a Bachelor of Education degree, a Doctor of Chiropractic diploma, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership. She is a certified functional and job site evaluator and served as a vocational expert for the Supreme Court of British Colombia, and as a member of the disciplinary board and a peer assessor for over 14 years for the College of Chiropractors of Ontario. She conducts Vocational Assessments with a focus on return to work and career enhancements.
Co-Founder, Director of Therapy and Registered Psychotherapist
Daisy is a warmhearted registered psychotherapist committed to helping children, youth, and their families. She has over fifteen years’ experience with 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.
Laura is a psychotherapist who has been working in children’s mental health for the past 12 years. She has been a child and family therapist at children’s mental health agencies since 2012. She has extensive experience in individual, family, and group treatment. She supports families with children and youth who are struggling with issues like anxiety, sadness, feelings of anger, social struggles, attention and learning difficulties, family conflict, and behaviour challenges at home and school. Laura currently works at the Child Development Institute – Integra program where she focuses on therapy for mental health issues related to learning disabilities.
Laura explores how “big feelings” contribute to problems and challenging behaviours for children and youth. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to support children and youth in understanding and tolerating their emotions and in learning ways to regulate their feelings and behaviours. Laura recognizes that parent involvement is a key factor in promoting children’s mental health. She works with parents to navigate and respond to their children’s emotions and to promote parent-child relationships. She is passionate about including parents in therapy as much as possible.
Laura received her Masters of Science in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from OISE, University of Toronto. She has specialized training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She has also completed extensive training and supervision in Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents. Laura is a certified facilitator of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and COPEing with Challenging Behaviours Parenting Program. She is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
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.
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.
Kelly is a Registered Clinical Social Worker (MSW) practicing psychotherapy. She received a Master of Social Work through the University of Toronto and has been employed in various community and hospital-based settings since 2013. Kelly works collaboratively with adult clients presenting with a range of concerns, working together to understand the current problem and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. Kelly believes in a flexible approach to therapy and strives to create an environment that is anti-oppressive and accessible to a broad range of clients. Because therapy is not one-size fits all, Kelly integrates a variety of therapeutic styles and modalities to best address the presenting concern including Dialectical Behavioural, Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness-Based, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused, and Emotion-Focused.
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.
Dr. Mahgul Malik
Dr. Mahgul Malik is a psychiatrist who specializes in child and adolescent mental health. She worked with the department of child and adolescent mental health at the Credit Valley Hospital from 2017 to 2020 and is now in full time private practice. Her clinical interests include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and OCD. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and transitional ages youth. She is passionate about improving access to mental health particularly among the immigrant and marginalized populations. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family.
Languages spoken: English, Urdu,
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).
Ruth has over 13 years of experience working in mental health. She works within a client and family-centered approach viewing every individual and family as unique.
Ruth has worked in community, school and hospital settings, specializing in individual and family therapy, parent coaching, crisis support, and co-leading high conflict family mental health assessments and has over a decade of experience working at The Hospital for Sick Children within the Eating Disorders Program, Psychiatry Department and Transgender Clinic.
Ruth deeply enjoys and appreciates working with a diverse clientele and welcomes different family structures, ethnicities, religions and gender expressions. Ruth has vast clinical experience including working with anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, self-harming behaviour, complex mental health concerns, somatization, racial trauma, parent-child & family conflict and issues related to transgender youth and stigma related to obesity.
Ruth holds a Masters in Social Work from McGill University and was awarded a fellowship for her affirmed interest in working with children. She is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association for Social Workers. Ruth holds a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the McGill University Centre of Continuing Medical Education. She has training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Systems Therapy and Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders in Adolescents.
Trish has worked in child and youth mental health for nearly 20 years, the last 13 of those as a psychotherapist and more recently a manager. She currently works at the Child Development Institute where she has supported families with children and youth who are struggling with issues like anxiety, sadness, feelings of anger, loneliness and social struggles, attention and learning difficulties, struggles around gender and sexuality, family conflict, and behaviour challenges.
Trish values diverse ways of thinking and being in the world and welcomes the opportunity to work with folks from all backgrounds and family structures. She is committed to equity and inclusion work within herself and in her workplace and community. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is particularly skilled and experienced at working with LGBTQ+ parents, as well as parents looking to support their children’s journeys.
Trish’s style is warm, practical and collaborative. She believes that all of us are stronger and wiser than we realize, but that life’s challenges can make that hard to see. In her work as a therapist she creates a supportive space where clients can explore their own knowledge what works and what doesn’t, while also offering concrete tools and strategies. Trish is passionate about and committed to involving parents and caregivers in their child’s work as much as possible.
Trish has received training in a wide range of therapy models which include Emotion Focused Therapies, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation. She draws from each of these modalities to tailor her approach. In her free time Trish loves to play in nature with her family, ride her bike, and try out new recipes.
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.
Psychometrist (Ph.D Candidate)
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.
MSW, RSW, RHN
Gillian is a clinical social worker, registered holistic nutritionist and mindfulness practitioner who has worked with children and families for almost twenty years.
She has experience working in child welfare, and at SickKids Hospital in Toronto working with children and their families struggling with anxiety, depression, somatization, adjustment to illness, school refusal and co-occurring mental and physical illness. At the same time, Gillian always had an interest in complementary health and the healing power of food, plants and nature as medicine, so she practiced holistic nutrition for many years before combining that with psychotherapy for a whole approach to wellbeing.
Gillian is formally trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Brief-Solution Focused therapy, and Internal Family Systems, which she applies in a combination of ways with the clients she works with to meet them where they are at, while looking at every situation through the lens of attachment and trauma. Gillian believes in a non-pathologizing approach to treatment, whereby the best approach is to help all of the parts of ourselves – even the ones that are challenging – work more harmoniously together.
Now, Gillian uses her holistic approach to mental health to support mothers through postpartum anxiety and depression, and to empower parents to emotionally connect with their children and be the changemakers in their own family.
Gillian holds a 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 Holistic Nutritionist from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
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.
Elysia is an experienced clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Elysia has worked in community and hospital settings as well as provided consultations with school boards and Children’s Aid. Elysia is experienced in supporting individuals and families presenting with mental health challenges, mood disorders, trauma, family conflict, parenting issues, peer relationships, anxiety, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and grief and loss. Elysia employs a client-centred, strength-based approach to counselling while utilizing a trauma-informed therapy model. Her non-judgmental approach creates a safe space for clients to explore their experiences while learning new skills to facilitate positive, lasting change in their lives. At the heart of her practice is a belief that the client is the expert in the room and tailor’s her therapeutic approach to the client’s needs.
Elysia holds a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, the Ontario Association for Social Workers, and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. Elysia’s practice integrates her trainings in Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Based Treatment (FBT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
Thiviyan is a clinical social worker with experience working alongside children, adolescents, and adults from a wide range of populations. He is an open-minded and empathetic practitioner who has tremendous patience with his clients. Using a collaborative approach, Thiviyan works alongside his clients to shape their own journey through therapy.
Thiviyan prides himself on explaining abstract therapeutic concepts in a relatable way to his clients. He employs techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in his practice. He is passionate about sharing his wealth of counselling knowledge with clients to equip them with the strategies and techniques needed to manage challenging situations.
Thiviyan has written a book titled “When I’m at a 10 Anger.” The book teaches children about mindfulness through story telling.
He has just published another book, entitled “When I’m at a 10:Sadness” which can also be found on Amazon at You can use this link for the book: https://amzn.to/3DIvzGq
Thiviyan obtained his Master of Social Work from Western University. He is registered, and in good standing, with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Thiviyan’s hobbies include playing basketball and board games with friends.
Cathy has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, supporting individuals and families as they navigate inevitable challenges and changes throughout life. She has worked in schools as well as community-based and hospital settings.
Cathy completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
She provides trauma-informed, talk therapy to teens and adults using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Mindfulness-Based CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
As an experienced therapist, Cathy offers a safe space and experienced guidance to explore challenges and help individuals discover their resilience and innate ability to cope and thrive.
Katie has over 15 years of experience working in children and adolescent mental health. She has worked in a variety of settings including, hospitals, schools and community mental health providing individual and family therapy. She prioritizes adolescent and family engagement in the therapeutic process and her approach to therapy ensures that young people feel supported and comfortable.
For the past 9 years, Katie has worked at Sick Kids Hospital within the Psychiatry Department and the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Much of her experience is focused on assessing and treating adolescents experiencing anxiety disorders, depression and OCD using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Katie is able to develop treatment plans targeting specific anxiety, depressive and obsessive and compulsive symptoms. She works with young people and their families to ensure they feel supported and validated while they are building skills to challenge their symptoms. She works with all aspects of the adolescent’s life and ensures her practice is youth-focused.
Katie has extensive experience working with LGBTQ2S+ youth and has an in-depth experience of working with gender diverse children and adolescents. Working within the transgender youth clinic at Sick Kids she has 7 years of experience in supporting youth and families experiencing gender dysphoria. She has a passion for working with providing affirming anti-oppressive care.
Katie earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2012 and was awarded the Sick Kids student Humanitarian award for her empathetic and passionate care. She is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Canadian Association for Social Workers. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto and continues to contribute to medical education and academic literature. Katie has trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Gender Dysphoria, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Applied Behaviour Analysis.
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.
Cathy is a Registered Psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health field for the past 12 years. She has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in community mental health and private practice settings. Most recently, she worked at the Child Development Institute in Toronto. Cathy has extensive experience providing therapy for concerns such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, emotion regulation challenges, behaviour challenges in home and school environments, learning and attention difficulties, and interpersonal difficulties. She is also passionate about working with parents/caregivers to empower them to become a primary source of support to their children/adolescents.
Cathy strives to create a warm, accepting and collaborative therapy environment where people of diverse backgrounds and identities can feel supported. At the outset of therapy, Cathy devotes time to getting a ‘full picture,’ which includes discussing strengths and areas of difficulty and then working together to make a plan for therapy.
Cathy holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Cathy draws from many different therapeutic approaches, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS). She is also a certified provider of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program.
Counselling student, under the supervision of Katie Stadelman, MSW RSW
Dianne is a psychotherapist working under the supervision of Katie Stadelman (MSW, RSW) as she completes her final year of a Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has experience working with children, youth, and adults in community settings and has focused her research on emotional development, coping strategies, habit formation, behavioural change processes, work-family conflict, and filial play therapy.
Dianne is gentle by nature, respectful, and compassionate. She is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles in their lives and work towards a more balanced sense of being. She promotes self-compassion as a significant element of the change process. Dianne avidly collaborates with parents/caregivers to empower them to become a primary source of support to their children. She takes a client-centered, trauma-informed, systematic approach drawing on various therapeutic applications to tailor each session to suit her clients’ individual needs. Dianne may include elements from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), attachment theory, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and narrative therapy.
Through your work together, Dianne will strive to understand you and your perspective so collaboratively you can overcome difficult situations, develop new skills, and plan where you want to go next.
Janet is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in child and adolescent mental health. As a Nurse Practitioner, Janet is able to make diagnoses, order and manage medications, and provide psychotherapy. She has over twelve years of nursing experience working with children, adolescents and their families, in both community and hospital settings globally. In the last few years, she has also been working with children and adolescents living with chronic pain and comorbid mental health concerns.
Janet is a passionate Nurse Practitioner committed to providing quality mental health services. She uses a strengths-based approach and values establishing therapeutic relationships where clients feel empowered to take steps forward into their own growth and recovery journey.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling around the world and learning a new language. She would also like to continue to work on her cooking skills.
Janet received her Master of Nursing at the University of Toronto and completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Ryerson University.
CYC, MSW (pending May 2022)
Crystal Smith has been a clinical child and youth counsellor for over 6 years and is currently completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Crystal specializes in supporting children and youth who struggle with mental health challenges and disorders at varying levels of acuity. Crystal operates from a strengths-based perspective that guides therapeutic treatment.
Crystal has a natural calm and compassionate demeanour and understands the impact of words, tones, and attitudes when providing support to children and families. Crystal is proficient in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Adolescent Behavioral Activation (ABA). Along with empathic intuition, Crystal utilizes her knowledge of various psychotherapies to employ an open and flexible approach to respond to the unique needs and circumstances of each client. She helps young people build confidence and skills, learn strategies, and attain goals.
Crystal is highly skilled at working with individuals experiencing or diagnosed with anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, behavioural difficulties, parent-child conflict, peer conflicts, school avoidance, and challenges associated with autism.
Sarah Rashid, RSW, MSW
Sarah is a Registered Social Worker who completed her Bachelor and Masters of Social Work degrees from Ryerson University. Her approach to therapy is founded in anti-oppression, trust, and helping clients to find their inner strengths and renewed happiness.
Sarah has spent the past four years working with youth, young adults and families in diverse social work settings. She is skilled in supporting families struggling with conflict as well as families supporting a loved one with exceptionalities including ASD and developmental disabilities. Sarah is happy to support youth and adults looking for support with anxiety, depression, suicide/self harm, family conflict, and other day to day barriers you may be struggling with.
Sarah has training and experience including the following modalities in her therapeutic approach:
Trauma Informed therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
High Five Certified for child development
Nicole specializes in counselling to children, adolescents and families with social emotional challenges and behavioural needs including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and gender dysphoria, among others. Utilizing a client-centered and strengths-based approach, she integrates core concepts such as child development, attachment, diversity, and trauma perspectives when working with clients in both individual and group settings.
Nicole believes that every individual comes with a unique experience, and thus includes a variety of therapeutic styles and modalities to best address the presenting concern, including Dialectical Behavioural, Cognitive Behavioural, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Nicole holds a Masters of Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. She is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Worker.
Amanda Smith, MSW., RSW
Amanda is a registered Social Worker with 16 years of experience in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She has worked in a wide array of Inpatient and Outpatient hospital and community-based settings and has spent the past 9 years providing Individual, Family and Group Counselling to children, youth and families impacted by mental illness (Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as well as additional life stressors including current and past trauma, complex family dynamics, interpersonal relationships and negative self-image. She has a keen interest in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and utilizes the behavioral approach of Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to assist in challenging both obsessive thoughts and compulsions associated with this disorder. Amanda has extensive experience completing mental health assessments, creating and implementing treatment plans and connecting with community partners when needed.
Amanda’s main priority within the therapeutic process is fostering a non-judgmental space for individuals to openly express their challenges and concerns. She acknowledges that each individual and family presents to therapy with a unique set of strengths, needs and life experiences and therefore works to cater the therapeutic process by drawing from her training in the therapeutic modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Attachment Focused Therapy (AFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT).
Amanda completed her Masters of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and is in good standing with both the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Amanda is happiest spending time with her family, traveling and enjoying the outdoors.
Laura is a registered social worker since 2014, and has over 10 years of experience working with children, youth, and families. She supports individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, parenting, emotional and behavioral challenges, trauma, relationship difficulties, attention and learning difficulties, autism, and life transitions.
Using a collaborative, non-judgmental and warm approach, she helps clients identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that keep them stuck in a problem. She is passionate about supporting her clients reconnect to their wisdom and strengths, build new skills and take steps towards meeting their goals.
Laura uses elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
She completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Laura provides services in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Robyn is a social worker with experience supporting individuals in various settings, including hospitals and community agencies. She has a particular passion for supporting children, adolescents and young adults through an array of mental health and interpersonal issues, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and self-esteem.
By attuning to your needs throughout every step of the work together, Robyn seeks to create a nonjudgmental space that welcomes open dialogue and promotes safety. Cultivating such a space helps clients to feel valued, accepted and understood, and allows for Robyn and her clients to establish a meaningful connection, from which healing, growth and change can take place. Robyn will work collaboratively with you, at your pace, to ensure that your needs and goals are addressed. In doing so, Robyn supports her clients in harnessing their strengths, to navigate life’s challenges and lead fulfilled lives.
Robyn believes in a client-centred, eclectic approach to therapy, meaning that she meets the client where they are and develops a treatment plan based on their individualized needs. She draws on various evidence-based practices including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness, while embracing an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens.
Robyn holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Varenya is a social worker, who is registered with the The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She graduated from the University of Windsor, Masters of Social Work program.
Varenya’s experience is vast. She has expertise working in the non profit sector. She is trained and accredited in the Canadian Association for Play Therapy, and the Triple P Primary Care and Fear-less program, a program utilizing evidence-based techniques to support positive parenting. She has worked in collaboration with school boards, sits on various committees in York Region, has worked in a treatment center for children and youth with mental health issues, and has a multitude of experience managing programs for the school board aimed at promoting attachment between parent and child. Varenya also has expertise treating individuals and families who struggle with grief and loss, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, and attachment-based issues.
Varenya’s therapy embodies a mix of art and mindfulness-based therapy techniques, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, and emotion focused family therapy. She is a compassionate, caring, and warm social worker whose approach is always client centered.