Our Psychologists and Counsellors

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 (#4711). She has a Master’s Degree in Education, majoring in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (with distinction) 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, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy), play therapy and Gottman method couples therapy. 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 has training to offer educational groups to couples related to relationships as well as couples that are expecting their first child (Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Bringing Baby Home).

Kirsten’s works mostly with individuals who have experienced adversity (e.g. domestic violence, trauma, various types of abuse) or who are exposed to chronic stress but also works with individuals experiencing a variety of other mental health concerns. Kirsten provides various mental health and cognitive 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. Aimee has provided both individual and group counselling to adults and youth in the areas of life stress, depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, 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), Prolonged Exposure therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Perinatal Loss and Grief. 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 also experienced in conducting psychological assessments. Aimee is currently completing training in the Polyvagal theory in Trauma Treatment.

Hannah Zimmering, MC, Registered Psychologist (AB

Hannah Zimmering is a Registered 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, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),  Brainspotting, Prolonged Exposure, and Narrative Therapy. She is currently completing training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) from the Child Trauma Academy and a Complex Trauma Certification. She utilizes a client-centered, Mindfulness Based approach.

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.

Robyn Lalani, M.S.W., R.S.W. BCCSW

Robyn holds a master’s degree of social work (MSW) from Dalhousie University and a bachelor degree of social work (BSW) from the University of Victoria. She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the Province of British Columbia and is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). Robyn approaches her work from a trauma-informed, systems and intersectional lens, recognizing the intricacy and uniqueness of each of her client’s lived experience.

Over the past 15 years, Robyn has worked in various capacities within the mental health field. She has supported children, youth and adults across the lifespan, working through issues related to anxiety and depression, adoption transitions, adjustment to medical diagnoses, interpersonal violence, trauma, LGBTQ2S+ identity, infertility, perinatal and neonatal loss, separation and divorce, and complex familial relationships. More recently, Robyn has specialized in gender affirming and transgender care, supporting gender diverse children and youth, and their family members. In addition to her work as a therapist, Robyn works as a social worker at a paediatric hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Robyn’s therapeutic approach is anti-oppressive, strengths-based and client centred. She is flexible and integrative in that she incorporates various therapies to best serve her clients unique needs. She has been trained in Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. When she’s not in session, you’ll find Robyn spending time with her three kids, playing tennis, skiing or curling up with a good book.

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.