Psychologists at Jigsaw Psychology have a special interest in working with children and adolescents. We are committed to helping individuals reach their full potential and recognise the importance of early intervention in assisting development and preventing further possible issues. Jigsaw Psychologists provide your child/adolescent with professional counselling, therapy, assessment and education services and will support parents by providing evidence based psychoeducation.

Jenelle McDonald

Educational and Developmental Psychologist, MPsych (Educational and Developmental); BA; Grad Dip Education; Grad Dip Counselling; Grad Dip Psych Studies; Post Grad dip Psychology; MAPS; CEDP.

Jenelle is the founder and principal psychologist of Jigsaw Psychology. She is an experienced psychologist who works with children, adolescents and families. Jenelle has a special interest in supporting children and families experiencing a range of childhood and emotional and developmental disorders. Jenelle is experienced in assisting families experiencing a diverse range of challenges including depression, anxiety, social and emotional adjustments and behavioural difficulties. Psycho educational, cognitive and Diagnostic assessments also offered. Jenelle is an endorsed member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Dr Jennifer Otto

Psychologist, MPsych ( Educational and Developmental), PhD.

Jennifer is an experienced psychologist who has worked in community, educational and clinical settings and has a strong background in neuropsychotherapy. Jennifer enjoys working with people of all ages and is particularly interested in learning difficulties and dyslexia, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Jennifer has a special interest in the needs of those who care for others. She is currently extending her knowledge in the area of forced adoption. Jennifer provides therapy tailored to the unique needs of each person and uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, art therapy and skills training as well as doing psycho-educational assessments.

Aimee Maxwell

Psychologist, MPsych (Educational and Developmental)/PhD candidate, Bach. Behavioural Neuroscience (Hons - Psych), Assoc MAPS.

Aimee sees people of all ages. She is experienced in the cognitive, educational, behavioural and developmental assessment of children; behaviour management and skills training for children with developmental disabilities; parenting assistance; and helping cope with psychological issues experienced by the elderly. Aimee is currently completing her PhD which focuses on workplace wellbeing, and she is interested in adult workplace issues including bullying, stress and coping with emotional demands.

Nerida Robertson

Psychologist. MPsych (Educational and Developmental); BBehavSc (Psychology); BA (Hons) (Psychology), MAPS.

Nerida sees clients of all ages. Her particular interest is working with children and adolescents experiencing social and emotional difficulties, such as, generalised anxiety, depression, coping with separation or conflict, bullying and friendship issues, school anxiety and refusal, and coping with adjustment to change. Nerida employs Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and Skills-Based approaches to assist her clients. Cognitive, functional and psycho-educational assessment is also offered.

Ashlee Smith

Psychologist. MPsych (Educational and Developmental); PostGradDipPsych; BAppSc (Psychology).

Ashlee Smith is a fully registered Psychologist and has worked with children, adolescents and their families for a number of years. Ashlee has a natural ability to engage with her clients to offer a safe and supportive environment.

She has worked privately and in schools, and has a special interest in working with children and adolescents with various emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. She also enjoys working collaboratively with families to provide support and to enhance the parent-child relationship. She works in creative ways to help clients understand what they’re experiencing and to learn more adaptive ways of coping and expressing themselves. She draws on her training and experience in supportive counselling, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Play Therapy in order to meet her clients’ needs. Ashlee recognises the importance of adapting the therapeutic approach to the child and their context. She also conducts comprehensive psycho-educational assessments to better support children and adolescents with their unique set of skills and capabilities.