About Dr. Tania Bielak
Dr. Tania Bielak is the Director of Wise Mind Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and has more than 10 years of experience providing evidence-based assessment and treatment services. Dr. Bielak obtained her Ph.D at the University of Waterloo, and has provided psychological services in a variety of mental health treatment settings, including the Parkwood Institute OSI Clinic, York University, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In addition to Wise Mind Psychology, she currently holds a part-time position as a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Psychological Trauma Program/ Work, Stress, and Health Program.
At Wise Mind Psychology, Dr. Bielak offers evidence-based psychological services to clients 15 years and older (please see Services for more information). In addition to general mental health services, Dr. Bielak is passionate and feels privileged to continue and support those whose mental health has been affected in the course of service, including members and veterans of the military, medical personnel, and first responders.
Dr. Bielak’s therapeutic approach is compassionate, flexible, and supportive, while also being firmly grounded in evidence-supported approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) interventions, mindfulness, and compassion-based strategies. Dr. Bielak is also passionate about supervision and mentorship, and has served as a clinical supervisor at both the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT) at the University of Waterloo, as well as the York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC). Dr. Bielak continues to supervise individuals working towards registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
In her free time, Dr. Bielak enjoys spending time in nature, travelling to warm places, spending time with her husband and children, and listening to live music.
About Kira Vimalakanthan
Kira (Kiruthiha) Vimalakanthan is a doctoral resident providing assessment and treatment services at Wise Mind Psychology. She is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place. To date, Kira has provided services in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment at the University of Waterloo, the Eating Disorder Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre.
At Wise Mind Psychology, Kira offers evidence-based psychological services to clients 15 years and older. Her primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and she has considerable experience treating clients experiencing mood, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and/or eating disorders. Kira also uses compassion-focused therapy (CFT) to support clients with a variety of concerns who may be experiencing difficulties with engaging in high levels of self-criticism. She is a flexible, collaborative, empathic clinician, incorporating elements of empirically-supported treatments in a uniquely-tailored way with each client she serves.
When not involved in client care, Kira is driven by her passion to improve access to mental health supports in diverse communities. For example, she is currently overseeing a program aimed at improving the access to mental health support for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder.
In her free time, Kira enjoys volunteering, reading, playing board games and trivia, travelling, and spending time with her two cats.
About Dr. Brenda Chiang
Dr. Brenda Chiang is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has nearly a decade of experience in evidence-based assessment and treatment, having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo and her pre-doctoral residency at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium. Dr. Chiang has provided psychological services in a variety of settings, including: the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic and Concurrent Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London; the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care; the Eating Disorder Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton; and the University of Waterloo. In addition to Wise Mind Psychology, she currently works as a clinical psychologist at the Parkwood OSI Clinic’s GTA Office.
At Wise Mind Psychology, Dr. Chiang offers evidence-based psychological services to adults 18 years and older. She has considerable experience treating clients who are experiencing anxiety, depressed mood, posttraumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, eating or body image difficulties, among other challenges. In addition to general mental health services, she has considerable familiarity and special interest in providing psychological services to medical personnel and first responders.
When she works with clients, Dr. Chiang is authentic, warm, empathic, flexible, and collaborative. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapies such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills, and mindfulness and compassion-based strategies. Integrating client goals and preferences and evidence-supported approaches, she creates an individualized treatment to meet each client’s needs.
In her free time, Dr. Chiang enjoys spending time in nature, travelling, basking in live music, and watching sports with friends.