Thrive Psychology

Staff Profiles


Alexandra Creugnet

BPsych (Hons), MClinPsych, MAPS

Alex is a Provisional Psychologist, working as a member of the Thrive Psychology team in Griffith. She graduated from Monash University with a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and relocated to the UK to complete a Master in Career Coaching at the University of East London. Alex has worked in different schools providing support to adolescents around personal issues and career decisions.

Alex relocated to Australia in 2018 to further her career in psychology. Alex combines elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Existential Positive Psychology into her treatment. Alex also has experience administering a number of psychological tests and has completed training in Motivational Interviewing. Alex has a strong interest in continuing her work with adolescents and young adults, but is also interested in assisting adults with a wide range of complex presentations. Alex is also fluent in French.

Caitlin Lewthwaite

Caitlin Lewthwaite

B Science (Psychology) (Hons)

Caitlin is a Registered Psychologist who completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) (Honours) at the Australian National University. Caitlin has experience helping people work through personal issues, family issues, and supporting people through career transitions and workplace conflict. Caitlin also has experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, and those who have suffered from bullying and harassment.

Caitlin has training in conflict resolution and advanced training in suicide prevention. Caitlin uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness with clients. She has a keen interest in assisting people suffering from anxiety and depression, and is client-centred in her approach. Caitlin’s aim is to support her clients to manage their issues independently and achieve their goals.

Emilia Janiszewska

Emilia Janiszewska

B Psych

Emilia is a provisional psychologist who completed her studies at Charles Sturt University. Emilia has experience assisting and supporting individuals with personal and employment related issues including bullying and harassment and changes in career pathways. Emilia has experience assisting individuals with anxiety, depression and behavioural disorders. This experience has led to interest in depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Emilia has completed training in conflict resolution and advanced training in suicide prevention. Emilia is solution focused and passionate about supporting her clients.

Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson

B Psych, Grad Dip Edu

Henry is a Provisional Psychologist at the Canberra office, who holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Graduate Diploma of Education from James Cook University, Townsville. After a brief career as a teacher, Henry now splits his time between delivering psychological services in a clinical setting, and helping clients who have suffered a psychological workplace injury return to the workforce. In that capacity, Henry has extensive experience in helping clients who have suffered work-related trauma (adjustment disorder or PTSD) return to the workforce. Henry also has experience in conflict resolution, career transition, and in counselling people with a wide range of psychological disabilities.

Henry incorporates elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy into his treatment. Despite moving on from his work as a primary school teacher, Henry has a strong interest in continuing his work with children; but he is also strongly interested in assisting adults in treating anxiety, depression, and managing chronic pain. Henry has a strong client focus and works compassionately, logically, and with a strong ethical foundation to help clients solve problems and improve their lives.

John Ahern

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (BA)
Masters (MSc.) in Psychological Science (Clinical)

John is a Registered Psychologist with AHPRA who holds a Bachelor of Arts Psychology (Honours) degree and Masters (MSc.) in Psychological Science (Clinical) from the University of Limerick. John is a member of our Sydney Thrive Psychology team. Originally from Ireland, John completed a one-year internship in the Irish health service working across multiple settings from adult, child and adolescent, disability and older adult clients with mental health conditions. It was in this time John gained experience of using Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in both individual and group intervention programs for adults. Further to that, John is big on finding what is unique to every individual using a warm person-centred therapeutic approach.

Josh Forbes

Bachelor of Psychology, Assoc MAPS

Josh is a Provisional Psychologist starting with Thrive Psychology Griffith in 2018. Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Psychology from Charles Sturt University in 2016, working initially with people experiencing depression, anxiety and life stresses.

Josh believes in the importance of providing evidence-based treatments for clients and assisting them in achieving their goals. Since beginning at Thrive Psychology, Josh has provided therapeutic interventions to clients across the lifespan. He uses a variety of treatment interventions which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Josh is currently interested in psychological issues associated with anxiety, depression, anger management, and grief and loss.

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.

Lucy Cowen

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Lucy is a Registered Psychologist currently working at Thrive Psychology in Wollongong. Lucy holds a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wollongong. Lucy was trained to work with a wide variety of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She utilises a range of evidence-based therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).

Lucy supports clients to achieve their goals and live more meaningful lives using strategies individualised for each person. She has particular experience and interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma, and clients with mood and adjustment disorders.

Lucy is a recognised provider of NDIS, Medicare, and WorkCover services.

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.

Rebecca Jones

B Psych

Rebecca is a Registered Psychologist and obtained her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from the University of New England. Rebecca was born and educated in regional Australia and has experience working across the life-span with a variety of client presentations and disorders. Rebecca has a special interest in working with adults in the management of anxiety and stress, mood disorders, trauma and relationship difficulties. Rebecca’s empathic approach primarily incorporates Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy modalities and she places high importance on the therapeutic alliance, striving to create a calm and confidential space for clients to learn and grow.

Samantha Parsons

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

Samantha Parsons is a Registered Psychologist, commencing with Thrive Psychology in 2016.

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 (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), CBT for Eating Disorders, Motivational Interviewing and change management. Samantha is interested in psychological issues of depression, anxiety, child and adolescent concerns and relationship issues.

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).

Skye Anderson

B.PsychSc, Grad Dip Psych

Skye is a registered general psychologist who is initially from Queensland and has been working with Thrive Psychology Wagga Wagga since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Griffith University, and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the Australian Catholic University. Skye has a particular interest in health psychology and assisting people live more meaningful lives.

As part of the team at Thrive Psychology Wagga Wagga she is able to provide assessment and treatment of NDIS participants. Skye also provides psychological assessment and intervention to adults and children experiencing a broad range of mental health presentations including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, occupational stress, and low self-esteem.

Stephanie Smith-O’Brien

BPsychSc, DipComSer(AOD), GradDipPsychSc, MProfPsych

Stephanie is a Provisional Psychologist, based at Thrive Psychology in Albury. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science (La Trobe University), a Diploma in Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health; Federation Training), a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science (Bond University), Masters in Professional Psychology (The University of New England), and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Stephanie employs a variety of evidence-based treatments to help others achieve their therapy goals including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness. Stephanie is also interested in psychometric testing and loves animals.

Stephanie provides psychological assessment and intervention to adults and children experiencing a diverse range of mental health presentations including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, grief and loss, stress management, relaxation, and other areas of people’s lives. Stephanie believes in a holistic approach to treating psychological problems and is interested in helping others improve their wellbeing, resilience and create a life worth living.

Sophie Moss


Sophie Moss is a Registered Psychologist, commencing with Thrive Psychology, at our Newcastle Branch in 2018. She completed her studies at the University of Newcastle in 2012. Sophie divides her time between delivering clinical psychological support to clients, and helping workers who have experienced a psychological workplace injury to return to the workplace. Sophie is experienced in helping clients who have suffered work related trauma (adjustment disorder, anxiety or PTSD) returning to work.

Sophie has a kind, professional manner and is solution focused. She is passionate about the support she provides.

Sophie’s area of specialty is working with clients who are experiencing the impacts of a work-related injuries or incidents (physical or psychological). Sophie also focuses on working with clients to effectively manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Sophie utilises evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), schema therapy and solution focused brief therapy to assist her clients to achieve their goals. Sophie has a strong client focus and works compassionately, logically, and with a strong ethical foundation to help clients solve problems and improve their lives.

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