Thrive Psychology

Staff Profiles


Alan Hely

B.Sc. (University of NSW)
M.A. (Sydney University)

Alan is a Registered Psychologist and full member of the Australian Psychological Society. Alan’s 30 year career included a private practice in sport/performance psychology and stress management in Sydney.

Alan has worked with the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, and in a correctional prison environment. Further knowledge and experience were gained while teaching psychology and rehabilitation at Charles Sturt University, working in the Australian Public Service in Canberra, and providing EAP services and case management in the rehabilitation industry.

Alan has a particular interest in Performance/Sport Psychology and has developed an expertise in this field. Through the practice of CBT and its applied disciplines Alan works within the Thrive Psychology philosophy to assist individuals and groups to develop and work through personal issues, men’s mental health, stress, PTSD, sport issues, workplace bullying, high school and early work years, anxiety and depression, pain management, alcohol, drugs.

Alan is registered with the Veterans and Veterans families Counselling Service (VVCS) as an Outreach Counsellor and also with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) as an accredited provider of psychological treatment in workers compensation.

Ashleigh Knight

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Honours)
Masters of Philosophy (Psychology) Assoc. MAPS.

Ashleigh is a Provisional Psychologist who has been working with Thrive Psychology since 2015. Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Honours) and a Masters of Philosophy (Psychology) both from Macquarie University. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Ashleigh has previously worked with clients with mood and anxiety disorders while working at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University and is focused on using evidence-based treatment for clients. Ashleigh has provided clients with interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Ashleigh has a passion for working with clients and assisting them to develop better lives. She is interested in working with clients with issues including anxiety, depression, chronic pain and PTSD.

Emma Flynn

Registered Psychologist BPsyc(Hons), HDipBus, Assoc MAPS

Emma completed studying at the University of Newcastle in 2010. Emma has a warm, professional manner and is solution focused. She is passionate about the support she provides. Emma has experience as a crisis counsellor and is also experienced in EAP counselling, one off psychological services, and brief intervention counselling. Emma has provided support to a broad range of clients with issues inclusive of chronic pain, bullying and harassment, addictions, anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief and loss, suicide intervention, stress, and depression. Emma has conducted structured interviews, Vocational and Initial Needs Assessments, and Psychological Assessments. She also has experience providing case management in the Occupational Rehabilitation field. Emma is both Comcare and WorkCover accredited.

Jane Mathew

Diploma of Counselling Australian Institute of Professional Counselling

Jane Mathew is a qualified Counsellor, having completed a Diploma in Counselling, majoring in Career Counselling and Grief and Loss Counselling. Jane is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors, and a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association.

Jane has worked in the employment and community services sector since 1997 as a Counsellor, Case Manager, Service Manager and Trainer for non-government and private organisations, focusing on identifying an individual’s strengths and transferrable skills, and empowering them to make a shift in their life towards meaningful employment.

Jane's particular specialisations include coping with sudden unemployment, coping with transitions in life, and grief and loss counselling. All counselling sessions are conducted in a confidential, strengths-based, non-judgemental frame where goals for counselling are clearly defined and pursued in collaboration - working toward the best possible outcome in a time and cost effective process. Jane is particularly interested in working with people affected by health and mental health issues, people seeking help with training and employment through the impact of injury, or social disadvantage, and people with generalist issues.

Julie Hyland

B Arts (University of Newcastle)
MA. (University of Sydney)
Career Education and Training (RMIT)

Julie is a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years experince working with clients with personal, work and eductional problems. Focusing on a client’s health and wellbeing, Julie assists them to make rational decisions and learn to cope with their life circumstances, to improve their quality of life and live a more rich and meaningful life.

Julie is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a recognised provider of Medicare and WorkCover services.

Julie’s specialist areas include young people and adults presenting with depression and anxiety, low self esteem, poor communication skills, and relationship problems. Work related issues and career planning advice is also of particular interest. Julie also has clinical expertise working with grief and loss, trauma and stress management.

Leah Roscoe

BSc Hons Psych

Leah Roscoe is a Registered Psychologist, working with Thrive Psychology since 2014. Following her graduation from Glasgow University with Honours in Psychology, Leah began working in Edinburgh. Leah worked predominately with children with a history of trauma, developmental delay and behavioural issues; however she also provided psychological interventions to adult clients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and depression.

Since beginning at Thrive Psychology Leah has provided therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan using strategies drawn from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ACT, Mindfulness, and Psychoeducation to clients.

Lisa Chinnery

BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Clinical Psychologist

Lisa completed her training as a psychologist at The Australian National University (ANU) as part of a PhD (Clinical Psychology) degree. This included training to a wide range of populations, including children, adolescents and adults in evidenced based treatments including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing (MI).

Lisa has experience in private practice and mental health working with issues including depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, grief and loss, trauma, bullying, self-esteem, obesity, body image disturbances, stress management and relaxation, and eating disorders.

Lisa’s PhD research focused on the efficacy and experience of day program treatment and family based treatment in adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Lisa has a specific interest and experience in the treatment of obesity, body image disturbances and eating disorders in both adolescents and adults.

Louise Scobell

BAppSc (HM/Psych) Grad Dip Psych Assoc MAPS

Louise has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement/Psychology) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She has six years' experience in occupational rehabilitation, which has included the provision of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling, vocational assessments, managing psychological injury in the workplace and redeployment assistance. Louise has experience proving psychological interventions for Depression and Anxiety. She has specific interests in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and psychological assessments including pre-employment psychometric testing.

Matthew Taylor

BSoScPsy BA (Hons) Psy
Registered Psychologist

Matt works with clients of all ages undertaking individual, relationship and family counselling. His experience comes from working in a variety of settings including community based practice, private practice and primary and secondary schools. Matt works with a range of mental health issues including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, personality and identity, interpersonal and behavioural difficulties and childhood developmental disorders including Autism and ADHD. Matt is able to offer a range of cognitive and behavioural assessments for both children and adults.

Matt’s ability to conceptualise core issues and provide this in plain language helps clients put talk therapy into practice. His strength in building a relationship quickly paired with a direct yet humanistic approach puts clients at ease and in a position to self-manage their issues in both a timely and sustainable way.

Melanie Taylor

BSc(Psych) GradDipSc(Psych) MAppSc(Coach Psych) MAPS

Mel has been a fully registered psychologist since 2005 and is a Member of the Australian Psychologist Society. She has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Graduate Diploma Science (Psychology) and a Masters of Applied Science (Coaching Psychology). She has over 16 years of experience helping people improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Mel utilises a range of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology and Coaching. Mel has experience providing psychological interventions for: anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, management of chronic health conditions, pain management, grief and stress management.

Mel has also worked extensively with individuals and organisations to manage workplace issues including: career management, wellbeing, conflict, workplace injury, performance issues, redundancy/redeployment, leadership development and change management.

Melissa Giaouris

Bachelor Rehabilitation Counselling

Melissa completed her Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation Counselling at the University of Sydney and is a full member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC). Melissa has completed training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Critical Incident Training. Melissa is experienced in providing trauma counselling and critical incident debriefing as well as having over five years' experience in providing quality workplace rehabilitation services including; Vocational Counselling and Assessment, managing complex psychological injuries in the workplace and redeployment services. Melissa is passionate about working with people in a manner that is evidence-based yet tailored for the individual to assist them to achieve their goals.

Raechel Fowler

Registered Psychologist (BAppPsych, GradDipPsych)

Raechel is a Registered Psychologist working with Thrive Psychology since 2013. Raechel holds a Bachelor of Applied Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Psychology. In addition, Raechel has attained a Masters of Child and Adolescent Welfare. She is an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Since completing her psychology studies Raechel has gained considerable experience in assisting clients in a range of situations particularly those encountering difficulties associated with work due to physical injuries or symptoms associated with stress, anxiety and depression. This experience has led to a strong interest and knowledge of chronic pain and recovery.

Focussing on a client’s strengths and wellbeing, Raechel’s particular areas of interest include children, young people and adults presenting with depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, poor communication skills, and relationship problems. Raechel also has expertise working with grief and loss and stress management.

Rebecca Little

BA (Communication Studies), Grad Dip Rehabilitation Counselling

Rebecca is an experienced Rehabilitation Counsellor with extensive experience providing tailored vocational counselling, vocational assessments and case management to those with psychological and physical workplace injuries.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling from the University of Sydney. Rebecca is an Associate Member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors

Samantha Parsons

BSocSc(Psych)(Hons), Grad Dip Psych, BA-BCom

Samantha is a Provisional Psychologist, recently commencing with Thrive Psychology. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Charles Sturt University. Samantha previously completed a double degree from University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management).

Samantha began Psychology with the interest in aiding people to find lasting ways of coping and achieving overall wellbeing in their lives. Samantha draws upon the theoretical foundations of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, mindfulness, goal setting and change management. Samantha is interested in psychological issues of depression, anxiety, child and adolescent concerns and resilience.

Skye Anderson

B.PsychSc, Grad Dip Psych

Skye is a provisional psychologist who has recently commenced practising at Thrive Psychology Wagga Wagga. Skye holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from the Australian Catholic University.

Skye was drawn to psychology by an interest in understanding human behaviour and assisting people to lead more meaningful lives. She draws on the evidence based methods of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness to inform her therapeutic style. Skye is currently interested in psychological issues associated with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, chronic pain, and PTSD.

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