Melanie Prinsloo is a senior clinical psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. She has accumulated more than 12 years of clinical experience in working with families, couples, and individuals (children, teens, and adults) across various settings.
While living in South Africa between 2010 and 2016, Melanie worked in private practice, a trauma centre, and multiple health departments (clinics and hospitals) providing psychological assessment and treatment services to individuals from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In late 2016, Melanie and her family wholeheartedly embraced Aotearoa as their new home. Since this time, Melanie has had the opportunity to work for the Department of Corrections across prison and community probation sites and further developed her knowledge and skills at a well-known private practice in Auckland. She also had the opportunity to briefly collaborate with the Counties Manukau Matariki Service in providing specialist ADHD and ASD assessments for children and teens.
In mid-2021, Melanie embraced a new challenge and founded Thrive Psychology Centre in Takapuna. It is here that Melanie endeavors to create a safe, comfortable, and fit-for-purpose space for clients to start the important journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth.
As a clinician, Melanie converses comfortably in both English and Afrikaans. She has been developing her competency in Te Reo Maori and welcome any opportunity to practice and learn Te Reo Maori and deepen her understanding of Maori Tikanga. Melanie considers it her duty to engage in a culturally respectful and appropriate manner with our Maori and Pasifika whanau.
Melanie is eco-systemically trained with a strong background in family therapy. She follows an integrated approach, utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR therapy (Level 1 & 2 Accreditation). Melanie also taps into her extensive training in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT, Foundational Accreditation) and Schema Therapy. Her growing passion for assisting individuals who have experienced trauma led Melanie to partner with ACC and Active-Plus as an accredited service provider. Through the ACC offering to qualifying clients, Melanie can draw from her extensive training and experience in addressing trauma to facilitate the process of healing. Most importantly, Melanie believes in the importance of tailoring the psychotherapeutic process to suit the client’s needs and to provide the client with an impactful experience to facilitate change and improved mental well-being. Melanie’s growing interest in the field of trauma also led to her further specialist training in the use of EMDR therapy with children and teens.
Melanie has specific interests in working with presentations of ADHD, depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, trauma (including PTSD), bereavement, addiction, as well as relationship and adjustment difficulties. She also has specialist, international training through the Vanderbilt Kennedy University in the USA as well as Clinique Spectrum in Canada in gold standard assessment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Melanie also holds specific expertise to assist individuals and families to effectively manage ADHD.
Melanie continues to attend seminars, workshops, symposiums, trainings, and courses to expand her knowledge and range of expertise to ensure that clients are offered the most up to date, evidenced-based treatment options. She is currently in the process of developing advanced skills in EMDR with reference to the complexities of structural dissociation.
Melanie is eco-systemically trained with a strong background in family therapy. She follows an integrated approach, utilising evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR therapy (Level 1 & 2 Accreditation). Melanie also draws from her extensive training in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT, Foundational Accreditation) and Schema Therapy.
Melanie’s core clinical competencies include diagnostic evaluation (assessment) and psychological therapy. Her areas of interest include:
· Grief and bereavement.
· Adjustment difficulties in response to separation and divorce, illness and health-related matters, injury, natural disaster, and other significant life events and/or changes.
· Trauma (including PTSD) and assisting survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and other forms of abuse, including domestic violence.
· Relationship difficulties.
· Stress, burn-out, and self-care.
· Self-esteem challenges.
· Self-assertiveness training.
· Eating disorders.
· Emotion regulation difficulties, including anger management challenges.
· Self-harm and suicidality challenges.
· Post-natal depression.
· Anxiety including social anxiety, performance anxiety, health anxiety, separation anxiety and phobias.
· OCD including intrusive thoughts.
· Bipolar affective disorder.
Moira Howson is a New Zealand Registered Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist who uses a warm, empathic, and pragmatic style with her clients. Her approach is client-centered, she listens carefully, adapting evidence-based therapies to meet individual needs, guiding the client toward their chosen goals.
Moira has worked with adolescents and adults. Her qualifications are in organizational and counselling psychology, and she has many years of experience working with individuals in the corporate, education and health sector. Her aim is to help clients work their way through their presenting concerns, provide them with skills to boost their overall wellbeing and resilience, and find more meaning and purpose in their day to day lives.
Moira's qualifications and professional registrations include:
Moira’s approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills and Solution Focused – Brief Intervention therapy. In early 2022 Moira completed her EMDR Level 1 training through EMDR NZ. She is comfortable to use this powerful modality with clients to meaningfully resolve past, current, and future challenges.
Her areas of interest include:
· Depression (low mood)
· Grief and loss
· Relationship issues
· Transitions in life (family, work/study, relationships)
· Values and goal setting
· Chronic health concerns
· Stress and burnout
Bianca Durand is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board. She has been working in various educational settings for the past 6 years, including primary-, intermediate-, high schools and universities. She works holistically in every client’s current system and level of functioning to determine the best suited, evidence-based, intervention. This includes cognitive- and emotional assessments, integrative therapeutic interventions, as well as supporting her clients to become more resilient and creating awareness regarding the utilization of their strengths. Her approach is mostly client-centred, and she makes use of an integrative therapeutic model, tailoring it according to the best interest of her clients and their needs. She is passionate about therapy and building a trusting therapeutic relationship, allowing the client to feel safe, heard and seen. She strives to be genuine, open, integrated, and authentic during her interactions with clients and to create a supportive environment to facilitate individual and systemic change. Bianca’s approaches include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused – Brief Intervention therapy. Bianca recently completed her EMDR Level 1 training through EMDR Australia to grow her overall skillset. She usefully incorporates aspects of Schema Therapy and EMDR as powerful modalities that go beyond traditional talk therapy to assist clients to make meaningful life changes. Bianca is currently embarking on international training in gold standard assessment services for individuals with suspected ASD.
Jude Rippon is the Practice Manger at Thrive Psychology Centre. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 10 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
Jude is NZ born and bred. As a family orientated person, she is acutely aware of how one's mental health may impact not only on oneself, but also family members. Jude feels strongly that consulting with the right person can make a huge difference towards improving and maintaining one's mental health.
Jude values quality service, best practice standards and ethics. She strives to help support the process of creating effective clinical pathways for clients.
Thrive Psychology Centre is happy to announce that we will be providing ASD assessment services to adults, teens, and kids from October 2022. For more information please click on the "Contact Us" tab.