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).

Kirsten Timpany, M.Ed

Kirsten Timpany is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has a Masters Degree in Education, majoring in Counselling Psychology (University of Alberta), as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Athabasca University. Kirsten works with children, adults and couples and possesses clinical training in cognitive and behavioral therapies (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy), trauma therapies (e.g. Prolonged Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy), play therapies and Gottman method couples therapy. With children, Kirsten takes a developmental and systemic approach incorporating various play activities and interventions within the child’s day-to-day life in order to support positive functioning. Related to couples, Kirsten has expertise in providing treatment for couples who have experienced an extra-marital affair or where trauma or addiction is part of one or both partner’s lives. Kirsten works mostly with individuals who have experienced adversity (e.g. domestic violence, trauma, abuse) but also works with individuals experiencing a variety of mental health concerns. Kirsten also provides various assessment services.

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, a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Aimee 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 Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Skills Therapy (DBT), DBT for At-Risk Adolescents, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR), and Prolonged Exposure therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, has she completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens and has completed level one of the Neuro-Sequential Model of therapy from the Child Trauma Academy. Aimee is currently pursuing training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Loss and Grief. Aimee is also experienced in conducting psychological assessments.
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, Prolonged Exposure for trauma/PTSD, and is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. She is also currently completing training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) from the Child Trauma Academy. 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-centered, culturally sensitive, collaborative, and non-judgmental counselling and strives to build a trusting and compassionate environment for the people she supports.

Hannah Zimmering, MC, Provisional Psychologist (AB) 

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 completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of Trauma, Brainspotting, Prolonged Exposure, and Narrative Therapy. She is currently completing training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) from the Child Trauma Academy. She utilizes a client-centered, Mindfulness Based approach.

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Brandon Murdoch DKATI, MACP, C.C.C.

Brandon is passionate about supporting people of all ages with varying life experiences and has over 15 years experience working in numerous human service roles. She is a trained Art Therapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.). Brandon holds a Diploma of Art Therapy from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

Brandon recognizes the therapeutic process is shaped by an individual’s uniqueness and experiences; therefore, she caters her work to meet the needs of her clients. She has an eclectic approach utilizing various modalities including strength-based, person-centered and systemic therapy. She believes every person has the strength to meet their full potential and she aims to support clients in discovering these strengths.

Brandon has had the honour of working with various Northern communities as far north as Old Crow. She has experience supporting clients with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, family and/or relationship issues, as well as behavioural concerns. Brandon has completed training in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma-Informed approaches, as well as Sand Tray and Expressive Therapies

Anwar Tuhl, M.Sc.

Anwar Tuhl is a Registered Clinical/Counselling and Educational Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has a Masters of Science in Psychology and has a range of experience working with addiction, domestic violence, trauma, and identity development. Anwar has worked in education, with children and adolescents who are struggling with family issues, trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety, self-image, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship issues. Within school settings, she also has experience with behavioral interventions. Additionally, she believes in supporting school staff, teachers, parents, and community members in creating environments for holistic healing. In a clinical/counselling capacity, Anwar works with people throughout the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Anwar takes an integrated approach to therapy, employing a multicultural lens. To meet the unique needs of individual clients, she primarily utilizes Client-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural therapies. She has completed training in areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Trauma-Informed practice, and Mindfulness-Based therapeutic modalities. Anwar is bilingual and offers therapy in both English and Arabic.

Anwar believes in the importance of creating a safe place for everyone to access support. This involves placing the utmost importance on respecting and understanding differences in opinions, values, cultures, belief systems, attitudes, and experiences. Anwar is passionate about holding space for clients to find their voice, set healthy boundaries, and create meaningful connections with others.

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

Training

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.