Jacqui Kemmis-Riggs

Psychologist

Jacqui Kemmis-Riggs

Jacqui Kemmis-Riggs

Psychologist

 

BIO

 

“All people struggle to cope at some point in their lives. I’m dedicated to providing warm, empathic and supportive therapy that helps people to draw on their strengths, find solutions to their problems and live meaningful and fulfilling lives. I believe it takes courage to seek support, and I feel honoured to be able to share in a person’s journey as they work towards positive changes.” – Jacqui Kemmis-Riggs

Jacqui has worked with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds, experiencing or impacted by various mental health problems. She has experience in outpatient hospital, community and clinical research settings.  She is passionate about early intervention and improving the quality of family relationships to create positive change in behaviour, mood and overall wellbeing.

Jacqui’s previous experience has given her insight into the range of difficulties that can affect people in their daily lives, at home, work and school. She applies effective treatment strategies within a safe and caring space, to enhance client strengths & help support them to achieve their goals.

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.

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

University of New England

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) with First Class Honours

University of Sydney

Master of Clinical Psychology

University of Technology Sydney

PhD (candidate) in Clinical Psychology

University of Technology Sydney

Jacqui was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholar Award from the University of New England, and both the Luminaries Postgraduate Scholarship and Doctoral Scholarship from the University of Technology Sydney in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement throughout her studies.

Jacqui is a Christian and works with patients who wish to see a psychologist with a shared faith and world view.

THERAPY APPROACHES
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)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • SOS Approach to Feeding Disorders
  • Schema Therapy
  • Family Therapy
Special Interests
Jacqui has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Parenting & Perinatal Mental Health
  • Relationship & Attachment Difficulties
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Child & Family presentations
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Feeding Issues
  • Tic Disorders & Trichotillomania
  • Mood Disorders
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
  • Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0001965880)
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
As a scientist-practitioner, Jacqui is committed to ongoing professional development and research to ensure she provides effective therapy based on sound clinical research. Her current PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating a family-based intervention to improve parent-child relationships and associated outcomes for children in out of home care, who have experienced complex trauma and maltreatment, an area Jacqui is especially passionate about.