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THRIVE's Psychologists

All of THRIVE’s psychologists have post-graduate degrees of either a Masters or Doctorate level, and are therefore highly capable clinicians. THRIVE’s psychologists also have a variety of professional specialisations, which means THRIVE has the ability to address a range of client issues and concerns. In this way, THRIVE is able to match clients with a psychologist that will best meet their needs. Below is a list of THRIVE's psychologist, and a brief biography.


Qualifications: BEd (psychology major), GDipPsych, BSc(Hons), Doctorate of Clinical Psychology

Professional Membership: Member of the Psychologists Registration Board of AustraliaMember of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (representative association for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

About Luke:

I have a passionate interest in Positive Psychology, which is the scientific study of wellbeing and happiness. Through the clinical work I have done, which has included seeing a range of clients (e.g. children/adolescents, adults with a variety of psychological disorders, elite athletes), I have had the opportunity to integrate positive psychology principles with other established treatment methods to obtain positive client outcomes. Other established treatment methods I frequently use when working with clients include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavioural Activation, and Motivational Interviewing. I also have a keen interest in mindfulness, and have offered mindfulness based coaching and counselling to numerous clients. I am a client centred therapist who always checks in to ensure we are working on the pertinent issues in the clients life. I practice what I preach, and have a regular mindfulness practice, and regularly use ACT principles throughout my day-to-day life and especially within the therapeutic relationship.

Dr Josephine Fraser: Clinical pSYCHOLOGIST

Qualifications: BA(Psychology), Hons(Psychology), Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical)

Professional Memberships: Membership of the Psychologists Registration Board of Australia

About Joey:

I am a client-centred therapist who is dedicated and passionate about helping clients work through their issues, and to improve and enrich their lives.  

I have experience working with clients of all ages in a private practice setting, as well as in public and community health settings. I work with clients with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem and identity issues, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, trauma, and childhood abuse. I have completed extensive clinical training, and draw on a number of different treatment modalities when working with clients. These include, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Trauma Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focussed Therapy. I am also committed to continuing to develop my professional skills through attending seminars and training workshops, and my own personal reading.

I have a special interest in Positive Psychology and Mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches and have experience in one-on-one mindfulness coaching, with adults and with parents and children. As well as seeing clients for individual therapy I also facilitate ACT and Mindfulness based group programs here at THRIVE.


Qualifications: BSc(Hons), MPsych (Clinical Psychology), MAPS

Professional Membership: Member of the Psychologists Registration Board of Australiamember of the Australian Psychological Society, Medicare Provider (Clinical Psychologist) 

About Annabel:

I have a strong interest in positive psychology and also existential psychology, focusing on developing a meaningful life. I aim to work collaboratively with each individual client to achieve the best outcome in therapy, by using the existing strengths that each person brings to the therapeutic process. I use treatment modalities such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy/schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioural activation and motivational interviewing. I endeavour to use the latest psychological and well-being science when developing a treatment plan that can be meaningfully and practically integrated into clients lives.

I have experience in working with a variety of issues, including anxiety (panic, worry, & phobias), depression and mood disorders, grief, relationship problems and workplace bullying/stress. I have worked with clients of all ages in a private practice setting, and I work part time as a Clinical Psychologist in public mental health. I have a special interest in positive ageing and working with psychological issues in adults aged over 65 years. 

Ruth Henderson: Counselling Psychologist

Qualifications: BA(Psychology); Grad Dip Applied Psych; M.Ed., MAPS

Professional Memberships: Member of Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, Member of APS College of Counselling PsychologistsRegistered Supervisor with the APS, Registered provider with Medicare, WorksafeTACVictims of Crime

About Ruth:

Being a psychologist for over 20 years has allowed me the privilege of pursuing my passion of working closely with people as they seek to understand themselves at a deep level, address difficult personal issues, and where necessary, to promote healing and achieve optimal potential and well-being in their lives.

I work with a range of client issues – anxiety, depression, trauma, childhood abuse, relationship issues, self esteem and identity issues, weight related issues, suicidality, insomnia, work related issues, life transition issues, grief and loss, substance abuse and addictions.

My work is based on a profound respect for each individual, couple or family that I meet, and a desire to assist them in achieving their desired treatment outcomes in a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship. Listening with empathy to client’s concerns, desires and feelings, promotes within them a deep feeling of being understood that leads to insight, healing and opportunities for change.

In order to respond to the vast array of individual needs encountered in the work (and because I love learning!), over the years of my practice I have continued to study, undergo training and utilise a broad range of therapeutic modalities. These include humanistic therapies, CBT, psychodynamic approaches, attachment therapy, solution-focused therapy, couple and family therapy, trauma therapy, EMDR, somatic psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal neuropsychology, and mindfulness practices. I have taught in a variety of psychotherapy and counsellor training programs, and supervised students, therapists and psychologists in their work with clients, run group therapy and training programs, plus worked in community and organizational settings.

I find my work with people challenging and rewarding, and it brings a great sense of meaning and satisfaction to my life.

Amy Vanlangenberg: Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications: BA(Psychology), PGDip(Psychology), MPsych (Clinical), MAPS 

Professional Memberships: Member of Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, member of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, Medicare Provider (Clinical Psychologist) 

About Amy: 

I am a fully registered Clinical Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. I have experience working with clients of all ages in a private practice setting, both individually and in couples.

During this time I have treated people for issues anxiety, depression, relationship distress, post-traumatic stress, disordered eating, substance abuse and dependence, obsessive-compulsive disorder, work stress and grief among others. I use treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnosis, solution focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and motivational interviewing.

I am passionate about helping my clients improve their lives and accept themselves, and I genuinely enjoy the privilege of working them. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with friends, and dancing.


Dr Jennifer McGrail:
Clinical Psychologist

Qualifications: BA(Psychology, Criminology), Doctorate of Psychology, MAPS

Professional Memberships: Member of Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, Member APS College of Forensic Psychologists, Medicare Provider

About Jennifer:

I am a registered psychologist with a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. I am a friendly, empathic and dedicated practitioner who is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals. I have a number of years of clinical experience assisting individuals with mental health problems and I work part-time as a Senior Psychologist within the public mental health system. Through regular attendance to conferences, workshops and seminars I maintain knowledge of scientific literature that enables a client-centered and evidence-based approach to ensure the best possible treatment outcome. I am trained in a range of psychological approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have experience treating a range of complaints including depression, anxiety, personality difficulties, interpersonal and behavioural problems, as well as other more complex psychiatric presentations.

Emily Toner:
CLINICAL Psychologist 

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MAPS

Professional Membership: Member of Psychologists Registration Board of Australia, Registered provider with Medicare

About Emily:

I am a registered Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Melbourne. I am passionate about Mindfulness and Positive Psychology and how these principles can be applied in everyday settings to assist people to lead their best possible lives. I have a research background in character strengths and wellbeing in adolescence, and experience teaching Positive Psychology to coaching and counselling students.

I have worked in individual and group therapy settings, using a variety of treatment methods. These include Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I gain meaning and satisfaction from sharing my enthusiasm for mindfulness and wellbeing with others, and am excited to bring the “Mindfulness for Life” group program to THRIVE.

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