Dr Jacqui Kemmis-Riggs

Jacqui is a compassionate, non-judgemental and caring psychologist committed to providing client-centred care within a safe environment. Jacqui’s work with adults, adolescents, children, and families has given her insight into the range of difficulties that can affect people in their daily lives, at home, work, and school. Using therapeutic approaches supported by high quality evidence, she works collaboratively with clients to enhance their strengths and help support them to achieve their goals. She is passionate about early intervention and improving the quality of family relationships to create positive change in behaviour, mood, and overall wellbeing. 

Qualifications

Jacqui is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Technology Sydney. She also has a Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of Technology Sydney. 

Her PhD research focused on developing and evaluating a family-based intervention to improve parent-child relationships and associated outcomes for young parents and their toddlers who have experienced complex trauma. Jacqui is a member of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA), and the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and her registration number with the national governing body (AHPRA) is PSY0001965880. 

Experience

Jacqui has worked with a diverse range of people from different cultures and backgrounds, who are experiencing or have been impacted by various mental health problems. She has experience  in outpatient hospital, community and clinical research settings. In these roles, she has treated adults, adolescents and children with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, interpersonal problems, body image concerns, emotion regulation problems, adjustment difficulties, child behavioural problems, and attachment and parenting concerns. 

Jacqui is particularly passionate about perinatal mental health and parenting. As a parent, she appreciates both the joys and challenges of raising healthy and secure children. She is dedicated to collaborating with parents to build their confidence and manage their own emotions as well as equipping them with the skills they need to manage challenging behaviour, meet their children’s needs, and develop strong and enduring bonds with their children. 

Jacqui is trained and experienced in a range of treatment approaches including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy, and family/attachment based therapies.