Bernadette Smith MAPS



Qualifications: BA;Grad.Dip.Psych.Ed; Dip.Med.Hyp; Grad.Cert.Teach&Learn.Health Prof; M.Sc.Med (pain management)


Treatments: Trauma-focussed CBT; Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness based CBT, Schema Focused Therapies, Hypnotherapy


Graduating from UTAS in 1992 Bernadette spent the next 10 years working as a psychologist for Community Mental Health (Child & Adolescent/ Adult).  Bernadette has also worked for UTAS, cradle coast campus as honorary clinical lecturer and tutor with the School of Psychology.


Bernadette moved into private practice in 2003 and has a special interest in treatment of chronic pain and trauma.  In 2016 Bernadette completed her Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) through University of Sydney. Aside from consulting in private practice Bernadette co-facilitates the federally funded Overcoming Pain and Living Well Program (OPAL) group program run on the north west coast and is co-director of Pain Solutions, a  multidisciplinary team working with patients suffering with chronic non-cancer pain.


Patricia Aitken



Treatments: Trauma-focussed CBT; Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness based CBT, Schema Focused Therapies, Hypnotherapy



Patricia is a Registered Psychologist who graduated from Deakin University and University of Tasmania in 2012.  Previous to joining PsychologyPlus Patricia worked with the North West Disability Assessment and Advisory Team.


Therapies used include Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mindfulness.  Patricia is also an experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist.


Special areas of interest are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and fear-based states of trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, stress and phobias.  Also sleep disorders, low self-esteem, smoking cessation, grief, weight management and body image issues.


Patricia works with adults, teens and children, and treats issues with children including anxiety, sleep disturbance, behavioural problems, learning difficulties and enuresis.

Nicole Mainwaring Assoc. MAPS



Treatments: Trauma-focussed CBT; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy; Positive Behaviour Support


Nicole became a Registered Psychologist after graduating from Charles Sturt University with First Class Honours in 2003. Since graduating, Nicole has received additional qualifications in Developmental Psychiatry, she is also currently completing her Masters degree. Nicole has many years' experience working with Children, adolescents and adults. She has worked with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Family violence and Disability services.


Nicole utilises therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), positive behaviour support, mindfulness and solution focused therapy. Nicole has a particular interest these mindfulness approaches and has attended overseas training sessions in order to help people she is working with develop these principles in their own lives.


Other areas of interest include: Child and Adolescent Psychology; relaxation and stress management; managing life transitions; grief and loss; emotion regulation (anger management); trauma; anxiety and depression


Claire Jenson



Treatments: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Claire is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Dpsych)(Clin) and Bachelor of Psychological Science (BA) (PsychSc) at the University of Queensland. Claire holds full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is recognised by Medicare as a provider of specialist clinical psychology services. These memberships allow Claire to stay abreast of the most current psychological research and ensure she is up to date with the latest evidence based clinical practice by completing her continuing professional development (CPD).


Claire has a wide range of experience and is able to work with adults and late adolescence who present with concerns including: depression, anxiety, stress, chronic pain, adjustment difficulties, grief and loss, anger, substance use, trauma, gender issues, sexual health or sexual orientation concerns and other behavioural or emotional problems.


Heather Rutherford MAPS



Treatments: Intellectual, Developmental and learning Assessments for children adolescents and adults.


Heather is a Registered Psychologist who graduated from University of Tasmania in 1997.  She has two decades of experience as a School Psychologist where she has gained expertise in assessing and diagnosing various learning and behavioral conditions that present in childhood including: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia.  Her assessment reports are helpful to parents and teachers as she provides specific and detailed recommendations for interventions in the home and school settings.


Heathers experience allows her to guide children and young people through the assessment process so this is an engaging and often enjoyable experience and she shares her feedback and findings with parrent sin a direct yet sensitive manner. Heather has worked with children who are not yet of school age through to young adults.


Gaylie Harman

Practice Manager


Gaylie has worked with Psychology Plus since on a part time basis since 2013. Most recently, she has taken up the position as Practice Manager with Psychology Plus. Gaylie also manages the OPAL chronic pain program and Pain Solutions private chronic pain program.


Kelly Baxter

Administration Assistant



Kelly is our most recent member, taking up a part-time role as administration assistant.



Offering confidential and professional psychological treatment for a range of mental health conditions. During COVID 19 these treatments can be accessed via video or phone consultation, refer to the services section for more information.

Psychological Services During COVID 19

Specialist psychological treatment for a range of mental health conditions and life issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sleep, work related stress, chronic pain as well as assessments for developmental, intellectual and learning disorders. Our Psychologists offer services to children, adolescents and adults.

In order to keep our clinic safe Psychology Plus has updated policies and procedures during COVID 19. At present we have the capacity to accept some new new referrals and are offering face to face consultations, however, for your convenience we now offer your consultation via video or phone. Contact us below for more information.

Specialist Chronic Pain Services

OPAL - Coastal Physiotherapy in conjunction with Psychology Plus run free Chronic Pain Group Self Management Programs in Burnie and Devonport (TAZREACH funded ).Pain Solutions Tasmania in conjunction with our staff offer specialist Chronic Pain services for clients referred by third parties (MAIB,Workers Compensation, Veterans Affairs). Please speak to our administration staff for more information about these programs.


Self Referral: Clients can be self referred and may be able to obtain a rebate from their private health fund.


GP Referral: A GP referral with a mental health care plan allows a Medicare rebate to be paid at the time of the consultation. This rebate reduces the out of pocket expense for consultations. The practice does not bulk bill .


Third Party: Our Psychologists see clients referred by third parties including MAIB, Workers Compensation, Veterans Affairs and Comcare.


Speak to one of our administration staff for further information about your referral.


Appointments are 50 minutes. Prior to your initial appointment you will be sent a client registration form and you will be given information about fees, your rights, and an explanation about confidentiality. You are welcome to bring a support person along.


Appointments for Children: It is our practice to see a parent, guardian or carer prior to the appointment with a child. This allows the psychologist to gather as much background history as possible, along with relevant  reports or assessment relating to the child.


We ask that you give us 24 hours notice of cancellation and rescheduling of appointments. This helps us make appointments available for other clients. A cancellation fee may be applied if less than 24 hours notice is given.


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Contact us

For urgent mental health support, please contact your local GP,  Lifeline, Mental Health Helpline or present to Emergency Department



Phone: (03) 6431 9959


Fax: (03) 6431 9950


12 Hale Street, South Burnie,

TAS 7320


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Patricia Aitken Psychologist,

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Bernadette Smith Psychologist, MAPS

Claire Jenson

Nicole Mainwaring Psychologist, Assoc. MAPS

Gaylie Harman Practice Manager

Heather Rutherford

Psychologist, MAPS

Kelly Baxter

Administration Assistant


Offering confidential and professional psychological treatment for a range of mental health conditions and life issues across the lifespan.


Offering confidential and professional psychological treatment for a range of mental health conditions and life issues across the lifespan.