Director, Clinical Psychologist BPsych (Hons), MPsychol (Clin), MAPS (Clinical College), AACBT
Nicki founded the Northwest Psychology Practice in 2008 and has had the pleasure of watching it grow year by year. She has a passion for providing high-quality psychological services that guide people through difficulties they face in their lives.
Nicki has a special interest in helping people overcome anxiety. She works with people with a range of anxiety problems including panic attacks, social anxiety, excessive worry and perfectionism. She helps people work towards their own goals for change, moving towards a life no longer limited by their fears and worries. She also loves working with children and adolescents (and their parents) to help them acheive their goals. Nicki knows that kids and young people need therapy that is practical and makes sense to them. This sometimes requires a creative approach, using play, imagination and art to help kids communicate and help them understand tricky concepts. She also believes it is very important to involve parents in the process, so that the work of therapy can continue at home.
As well as seeing people individually, Nicki enjoys working with groups at the Northwest Psychology Practice. She is experienced in facilitating group therapy programs, including parenting programs and group treatment for child anxiety. She has also been involved in developing and evaluating high-quality anxiety treatment programs that are now used widely across Australia.
Before starting the Northwest Psychology Practice, Nicki worked for five years as a child and family psychologist with the Marrickville Community Mental Health Service. She has also worked with Professor Ron Rapee and his team at the Macquarie University Emotional Health Clinic, developing treatment programs and providing treatment to children and adults with anxiety. Nicki is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. She is an experienced clinical supervisor and has been approved by Australian Psychology Board. She provides clinical supervision to other psychologists as part of her clinical work, and believes this is an important way of giving back to the profession.
As a person, one of Nicki’s strengths is her caring approach. She has a genuine interest in helping people to make positive changes in their lives. She is also a mother of two and knows first-hand the rewards and challenges of being a parent.
- Nicola Kemp. ‘When parents can’t agree: Helping parents become a positive and effective parenting team’. 28th National Family Conference, Sydney Adventist Hospital, 16 June 2014.
Recent continuing education
- November 2015. ‘Law for mental health practitioners.’ Presented by LawSense, Legal Seminars and Training.
- October 2015. ‘Adolescent depression and suicide. What works?’ Presented by Dr Mark Reinecke, AACBT
- February 2015. ‘Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children’ Presented by Liana Lowenstein
- February 2015. ‘Creative Interventions for Troubled Children and Families.’ Presented by Liana Lowenstein
- May 2014. ‘Trauma-focussed therapy — working with adults’. Presented by Dr Richard Cash, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.
- May 2014. ‘Creative interventions with children with anxiety workshop’. Presented by Jackie Short, Sydney Centre for Creative Change.
- April 2014. ‘Therapeutic approaches to the grieving process’. Presented by Dr Chien Gooi.
Nicki is available for appointments on Fridays.
- Master of Psychology (Clinical) – University of NSW
- Bachelor of Arts (Psych) (Hons) – Macquarie University
- Fully registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Registered Medicare Provider
- Member of the Australian Psychological Society
- Member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society
- Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT)
- Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)