Thanks for stopping by! I started The Help Hub in service of my belief that everyone should have access to high-quality, evidence-informed, coordinated care that meets their unique needs.
As a therapist and parent, I know that parenting can be tough - and when things feel out of balance, chaotic or overwhelming, it can feel unmanageable.
I also know how hard it is to watch your child struggle and not know who to turn to, or what to do. You may feel like they aren't getting good care.
When my own child needed support I realized just how hard it was to find help. And, when I found it, it was often fragmented, short-term, didn't meet our needs, and didn't seem to be clearly grounded in evidence-informed approaches. Even though I had the privilege of specialized knowledge, it was an uphill battle that often felt impossible.
It doesn't have to be that hard. You deserve high-quality services that meet your needs, don't require a full-time job to coordinate, and communicate with one another. This is my vision for The Help Hub.
I invite you to discover how we can work together towards achieving your goals. If you have questions or think our approach might be a fit for you, reach out and let's talk.
The Help Hub is made up of a team of dedicated, experienced professionals that believe in collaborative, supportive and practical approaches. Plus, they're all parents - so they get it.
Jessica Diamond, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Child and Family Specialist
Jessica (she/her) is a mother of three, a Registered Social Worker, and a fierce advocate for children and youth.
Jessica has worked with individuals, families and communities, as well as at the system level, always with the goal of helping to make things better for kids.
Jessica believes strongly in the power of collaboration, healthy relationships and community. She supports children, youth and families by working together with them to strengthen their relationships with themselves and with others, because she believes that connection is fundamental to our wellbeing. Jessica believes that you deserve to be heard and supported, and that as the expert in "you", your values and goals should define your work together. Jessica works hard to create a safe space that is free of judgement, where families can explore and learn together.
Jacquie Benish, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Jacquie (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker who grew up in the east end of Toronto, where she is currently raising her three children.
She spent over 15 years working in child welfare working with young people and their families, from an Attachment Theory, Trauma-informed framework.
She believes in a holistic, integrated, strengths-based approach to helping clients overcome whatever challenges they may face, to flourish to the maximum of their abilities.
Jacquie believes strongly in an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, LGBTQ-affirmative perspective, and has made a lifelong commitment to learning and practising in this manner.
Jacquie has a Bachelor of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University, a Master of Social Work degree from University of Toronto and a diploma in Social Service Work and a B.A. in Criminology.
Dr. Joseph Mirabella, C. Psych
School and Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Mirabella (he/him) is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in Clinical and School psychology.
Dr. Mirabella works with children, teens and their families providing treatment, consultation and assessment. These services include evidence-based interventions for depression, anxiety, trauma, behaviour, and other life stressors and challenges.
Dr. Mirabella also provides psycho-educational assessments to identify intellectual, emotional and behavioural functioning and how these relate to learning. In addition, he provides psycho-diagnostic assessments to determine mental health and social emotional functioning.
Dr. Mirabella's practice focuses on helping young people nurture their strengths, develop their skills to build more positive relationships, and to move towards things that are most meaningful to them. He has a wealth of experience and has held leadership roles working in schools and in the community.
Margaret Megitt, MSW, RSW, RECE
Early Childhood and Family Support Specialist
Registered Social Worker
Margaret (she/her) is a mother of four-year old twins. Margaret works with children (0-12 years old) in a community-based mental healthy agency. She uses evidence-based interventions that strengthen the attachment in the parent/caregiver-child relationship and offers practical strategies that help them support their children’s mental well-being and development. Margaret is a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive practitioner, as well as a passionate advocate about improving access to service and raising awareness on the importance of mental health in the early years.
For fifteen years, Margaret worked supporting children, families and communities in her role as an RECE in the school board. She has extensive experience and training in child development, early intervention and infant mental health. Margaret also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto and completed her Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Windsor.
Mary Cross, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Mary (she/her) is a caring and supportive Registered Social Worker anchored by her desire to improve her clients well-being. She knows that every child is unique and deserves a unique approach to therapy that helps them feel special and supported.
She has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
Mary provides evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), mindfulness, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) skills. With young children, she incorporates play and creativity-based therapies.
Some of her areas of focus are: anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), self-esteem, emotional management, and the overuse of technology – phones, video games, or social media. She also supports children and teens who are neurodiverse to adapt and cope with challenges.
Mary also supports parents to help their child at home by offering emotional support and new approaches to enhance family relationships as well as practical skills training that parents can incorporate at home.
She has lived experience growing up with neurodiverse family members, adapting to her own neurodiverse traits, and experience as the parent of a (now grown) child with giftedness, NVLD, ADHD and a behavioural diagnosis.
Katie Helfand, MA, RP
Katie (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She has experience working with both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and youth, supporting them with a variety of issues including anxiety, mood and adjustment challenges as well as high risk behaviours.
She has been the therapist in a live-in treatment setting for dual-diagnosed youth identified as “complex care” and a therapist in both day treatment classrooms and community-based settings. Most recently, Katie has co-developed an autism mental health counselling program at a community mental health organization in Toronto, providing neurodiversity-affirming treatment to children and youth with mental health challenges and an autism diagnosis.
Katie operates from a strengths and attachment-based approach drawing from a variety of evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused and mindfulness-based modalities.