Tina R. Parsons

M.Sc., M.Ed., R.Psych.

Therapy Style & Philosophy

I nurture children, young adults and parents to learn mindfulness methods to move through challenges with me and on their own after our work together is complete. I believe therapy should have a clear beginning and end, so, whatever you are facing, we will work to reach the change you are seeking within a set timeline.

Nurtured Learning is the philosophical approach reflected in all my work. I believe, regardless of the kind of help you are seeking or the challenges you are facing, a nurturing and caring approach is always the best one to take.

Mindfulness practice allows for self-exploration critical to short-term and long-lasting change you seek. Using a deeper awareness of our mind/body connection, mindfulness leads to easier emotional and mental growth. I teach my clients mindfulness practices in therapy. I also offer free Mindful Minutes (30-days of practice) and Mindfulness audios.

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Background & Credentials

I have been a practicing Psychologist in the province of Alberta since 1999. Over that time, I have worked in a variety of settings including: the non-profit sector; Calgary Board of Education; Specialized School settings; Alberta Health Services; and the University of Calgary.

I am currently a sessional instructor with the University of Calgary and, since 2009, I have helped to teach graduate level courses to students completing their Masters degrees in Educational Psychology. Since 2004, I have also worked part-time with Alberta Health Services in a program that helps train Family Physicians in how to identify, assess, and treat mental health concerns in children and adolescents.

Over the years, I have been an invited speaker at professional conferences and have been interviewed as an expert in Psychology for both print and broadcast media. I am a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) and I am registered as a Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).

Tina’s Story

I moved to Calgary in 1997 from my home province of Newfoundland to pursue an internship as part of my graduate studies in Psychology and have lived here ever since. I consider Calgary to be my “official” home now and I am married with two children.

As a hobby, I enjoy challenging myself physically and have run many 5km, 10km and half-marathon races to raise money for various local charities. I recently became fully certified as a group fitness and a yoga instructor and have been asked to present a course on the effects of exercise on mental illness to group fitness instructors and personal trainers in Calgary. I believe strongly in the importance of a healthy mind/body connection and this is reflected in how I approach therapy with clients.

Michelle Liam

B.Sc., M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Therapy Style & Philosophy

As a therapist, it is both an honour and a privilege to be a part of a fellow person’s journey as they move through life and its complexities. I believe that therapeutic success begins with trust, connection and understanding. My practice draws from Mindfulness and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), emphasizing a holistic and collaborative approach.

I enjoy working with goals in mind, understanding that our journey together will come to an end, and celebrating the successes you have made along the way. I am always grateful to be invited back to journey with you again. I work with individuals to nurture self-awareness, setting the foundation for skills, and building resilience to create sustainable change. It is possible to live life with ease and meaning.

Background & Credentials

I have been working in the field of mental health and counselling since 2016. I began working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities, both individually and in groups, focusing on the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, sexuality, sexual assault, relationship difficulties, aging, grief, and anger. Many of the individuals I’ve worked with also had a diagnosis of ADHD, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy.

In 2017, I transitioned to facilitating group therapy with adults and children who have experienced domestic violence and in 2018, I began working as a psychometrist with a Neuropsychologist conducting and scoring comprehensive neurological assessments.

I took a leap of faith and left a secure corporate job in 2020, which led me to being a part of Nurtured Learning. Tina’s training and supervision has not only shaped my practice, but has led me to becoming the best version of myself, as I hope to do with each client that walks into our space. The better we become at being ourselves, the better we are for the world around us.

Michelle’s Story

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Michelle completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2012. She went on to become an esthetician and worked in the spa industry while earning her graduate degree in Counselling in 2016 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

She enjoys group fitness, hiking, meditation, reading, and food. Working from a holistic perspective to health and wellness, she believes that healing involves nurturing mind, body and soul. To borrow the words of Vincent van Gogh, “what is done in love, is done well”.

Andrea Hunt

M.C., CCC, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Therapy Style & Philosophy

Utilizing a constructive approach to therapy, I focus on understanding your world and helping you create meaningful change from within it. You are the expert of your life. My role is to witness, guide, and expand; I do this by weaving a combination of techniques and interventions that best work for you. These include mindfulness, grounding, narrative, expressive arts, cognitive, and solution-focused techniques applied consciously and collaboratively. I believe therapy is an act of curiosity and creativity; I bring these values to our conversations uncovering your intersected systems of inheritance, history, beliefs, spirituality, hope, purpose, and moments.

Background & Credentials

I began my journey into the mental health field over 20 years ago after I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology.  I have worked in community mental health agencies and with Child and Family Services. Over the last 15+ years, I have held many leadership roles with experience facilitating therapeutic, support, and community groups, contributing to city advisory group, and directing a non-profit organization.

In 2021 I completed my Masters of Counselling through the University of Calgary and am currently a registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I have specialized training in expressive arts and narrative modalities of therapy and bring diverse skills from years of contributing to artistic, educational, and community spaces.

I thrive in dynamic, collaborative environments and am excited to grow my therapeutic work within the mindful framework of Nurtured Learning.

Andrea’s Story

My pathway to counselling has been non-linear with stops between my undergraduate degree and my master’s degree as a leader of a spiritual group, as a professional singer-writer, as an executive director of a wildlife rehabilitation centre, and raising my four amazing children. At every step of the way, there have been elements of story-telling, meaning-making, and interpersonal connectivity. I bring all these experiences to my work as a counsellor integrating art, science, philosophy and spirituality in a holistic blend that encompasses all the messy spaces we live in. This is our shared humanity. This is the work.

Andrea Hunt
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