Our Psychologists

Nicole Smith Bringsli, M.Sc.

Nicole Smith Bringsli is a Registered Psychologist in both the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. She is a Master’s level Psychologist who has worked in the area of forensics, education, mental health, clinical and counselling psychology. In particular, she has done a significant amount of work in the area of trauma, abuse and maltreatment. She has worked across various age spans, including children, adolescents and adults.

Nicole is trained in play therapy techniques, the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT model), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychological assessments, experiential therapies and various other counselling modalities. She also has experience consulting to various services in regards to individual cases and programming. She is licensed by the the College of Alberta Psychologists (Reg #2913), the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (Reg #535) and the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA).

Lisa Evans, M.Ed.

Lisa Evans is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a Registered Play Therapist with the American Play Therapy Association. She has a Masters of Education with a specialization in Counselling Psychology. She also has a strong background in Education with over 20 years of experience working with school aged children and families.  Lisa has worked with clients of various ages including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive training in play therapy, including Filial and Theraplay approaches. Lisa has also worked with and studied child trauma, adult post-traumatic stress syndrome and chronic pain.

Aimee Griffiths-Petersen, MC

Aimee Griffiths-Petersen is registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University and a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPAAimee has provided both individual and group counselling to adults and youth in the areas of life stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, exposure to trauma and/or neglect, and substance abuse. Aimee has also worked in complex case management for individuals with concurrent intellectual disabilities, mental health diagnosis, and addictions. Aimee has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Skills Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Skills Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Prolonged Exposure therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, Aimee is currently completing training in the Neuro-Sequential Model of therapy from the Child Trauma Academy as well as a training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for teens. Aimee is also experienced in conducting psychological assessments.

Kirsten Timpany, M.Ed

Kirsten Timpany is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a major in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Athabasca University and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Kirsten possesses clinical training in cognitive therapies, trauma therapies, therapeutic play and Gottman method couples therapy. Kirsten has specific interest with working with couples where one or both partners have experienced trauma, there has been an extra-marital affair or when one or both partners struggle with addiction. She has worked with individuals who have experienced a number of life challenges including domestic violence, trauma and abuse, and a variety of mental health concerns.

Hannah Zimmering, B.SC.

Hannah Zimmering is a Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Masters in Counselling from the University of Calgary and has completed a one year training in Addiction Counselling through Vancouver Community College. She holds a B.SC. from Dalhousie University.

Hannah works with individuals who are facing challenges related to life-transitions, relationship difficulties, self esteem, trauma, grief, and loss. She has experience working with youth and adults who struggle with addictions, anxiety, depression, and the impact of trauma. Hannah believes counselling can help provide individuals with insight into patterns which are no longer working, and with that knowledge, help facilitate the process of change. Her approach emphasizes building on skills and resources that a person already possesses in order to help them recapture their lives from their struggles. She works collaboratively with clients on self-directed goals, and is attentive to individual needs. Her therapeutic process welcomes the opportunity to think out loud; to explore challenges, thoughts and feelings within a safe, and non-judging environment. Hannah has trained in Narrative Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of trauma. She utilizes a client-centered, Mindfulness Based approach.

Chantel Blysak, MSW, CCC

Chantel Blysak is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds a Master Degree in Social Work, specializing in Clinical Practice from the University of Calgary as well as a Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria.

Chantel has worked extensively with families facing crises and with children, youth, and adults struggling with the effects of trauma, abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, negative self-esteem, grief and loss. She has training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, various trauma therapies and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. Chantel is passionate about empowering clients to locate their own strength and resilience to overcome the negative impacts of intergenerational trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, and unresolved grief. She is committed to providing client-centred, culturally sensitive, collaborative, and non-judgmental counselling and strives to build a trusting and compassionate environment for the people she supports.

The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Creative Works Psychological Services, INC.  has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase I level.  For more information on NMT Training Certification and the NMT Assessment Process click here.  


The staff at Creative Works Psychological Services, INC provides trainings in the following areas:

  • Trainings or consultations involved with concepts pertaining to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT model-see link provided above)
  • Health Brain Development
  • Bringing Baby Home (program for new parents who have had or are expecting their first child)
  • Media Literacy
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and Relationships
  • Most areas of Trauma, Abuse and Neglect across the age span
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Intergenerational Parenting Impacts and impacts of parenting the next generation
  • Violence (impacts, origins, etc)
  • Boundaries

**training created based on need and in consultation with the requesting service provider.