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Tina L Mansfield-Nirk, PhD

Tina L. Nirk, PhD, is an experienced, affirming, compassionate, and involved clinician. With an extensive background in narrative therapy, counselor education, and supervision, Dr. Nirk understands the pain her clients are experiencing and guides the journey to healing with a holistic and personally customized approach.

Dr. Nirk provides expert guidance and compassionate care with persons struggling with intractable depression, chronic illness, imposter syndrome, substance dependence, sexual difficulties related to health conditions, and anxiety. She has an area of focus in terminal illness, customized faith-based care, and generational grief and loss. Dr. Nirk believes with the right support "grief and loss" related to personal tragedy can become "grief and growth."

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Licensed Professional Counselor
Research Director

As a Woman of Color, Dr. Nirk is a social justice advocate committed to allyship with individuals whose voices have been silenced. She believes therapy can be the beginning of each individual knowing their voice, speaking it out loud, and having the experience of being heard.

Dr. Nirk welcomes individuals 17+, partners/couples and families on a journey of insight, support, learning, and growth. Join her in reaching your therapeutic goals.

Credentials & Training

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC.0018264 Colorado, #LPC-744 Wyoming

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) #1235262

Professional Education & Clinical Training

  • University of Wyoming

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Counselor Education and Supervision, 2021 (CACREP-Accredited)

  • Master of Science, Counselor Education and Supervision, 2000 (CACREP-Accredited)

  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, 1997

  • Completed all three levels of Gottman Method training


  • Nirk, T. (2021). Exploring Productions of Growth in Individuals with Complicated Bereavement. ProQuest Doctoral dissertation, University of Wyoming.

  • Warren, J., Morgan, M., Mansfield, T., & Williams, S., & (2008). The poisoned tree: Infidelity as an opportunity for transformation. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families,16, 351-358.

  • Becker, K., Carson, D., & Mansfield, T. (2002). Creative moments in supervision: A case study in silence, pace, and patience. Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice, 2(2), 95-103.

Professional Presentations

  • Promoting Rural Mental Health Access in the Western Mountain States, Virtual Workshop Friday, April 2, 2021, Panel Moderator and Co-Workshop Developer

  • Nirk, T. (October 2020). Approaching Risk Assessment for Suicide with Existential Understanding and Cultural Humility. WCA Virtual Conference

  • Ratliff, R., & Nirk, T. (October 2020) Addressing Multiculturalism using the Keepin' It Real Game, Rocky Mountain Aces Conference, Virtual Conference.

  • Michael M., Mangin, J., & Nirk, T. (October, 2018) The Case for a Humanistic Foundation in Counselor Formation. RMACES 2018 Conference Park City, UT.

  • Edelman, R. Flynn, T., Nirk, T., Ratliff, R. (April, 2019) Core counseling skills: How applying these skills can help you listen in a radical way. Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, Laramie, Wyoming.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association

  • Association for Humanistic Counseling

  • Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness

  • Wyoming Counseling Association

  • Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society

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