About Thrive Positive Psychology & Wellbeing

Thrive! Positive Psychology and Wellbeing was created in response to the rising epidemic of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety that are currently appearing in the workplace.

At Thrive we understand the legislative, economic, social and cultural factors that are impacting your business and employees. Which is why we provide and deliver a range of Workplace Training Programs to help support your organisation navigate and thrive when dealing with these complex and challenging issues.




Who We Work With

Corporate and Organisational Boards

Who are responsible for governance and ensuring work place health and safety standards are implemented.

HR Managers, Line Managers, Supervisors

Who want to know how to keep their workplaces mentally healthy and how to assist their employees to achieve their potential.


Individuals who are stuck in their lives – not necessarily mentally ill, but not living life as fully as they would like to.

Some of the Areas We Cover


  • Mental Health and Mental Illness in the Workplace
  • Building Resilience and Positivity
  • Identifying Employee and Management Strengths & Values
  • Developing Communication and Positive Relationships
  • Nutrition and Exercise for Positive Workplace Engagement
  • Helping Employees and Managers find Greater Meaning and Purpose

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About Tess Howells

I am a positive psychologist.  I am interested in helping people to live the best, happiest, most meaningful lives that are possible for them.  I wasn’t always a positive psychologist.  I have worked in clinics in rural Australia, for aboriginal health services and for organisations dealing with “problems” and I was regarded as an expert in mood and other mental health disorders. I was very successful at assisting people to recover from illness – but often they would tell me their lives lacked joy and meaning.

In 2005 after my marriage ended and I faced financial challenges and concerns about how to raise my three children, I had an episode of Major Depression which very nearly ended my life.  I was assisted in my recovery by a wonderful general practitioner and I experienced how helpful anti-depressant medication can be, but like so many of my clients, once I had recovered from clinical depression, I still didn’t feel particularly happy or fulfilled.

In recent years I had been reading about Dr Seligman’s new approach for psychology, focussing on the factors that contribute to living our lives well, rather than focussing on problems.

As my clinical practice continued to overflow with depressed and anxious patients referred to me by their doctors, I started asking the “Why?” questions and began my research, testing out my findings with my own patients over the next few years.  The results have been published in my book “Change Your Thinking, Change Your World” and are the research base for my individual and corporate training programs.

Tess Howells

I am passionate about the need to work holistically in preventing depression and anxiety and offering treatment options that go beyond medication.  I am equally passionate about helping people not just recover from mental illnesses, but to live healthy, fulfilled, meaningful lives that make a positive contribution to all society.

Solutions for Employees

Creating a safe and mentally healthy workplace is everyone’s responsibility. Thrive! can assist you in managing your own mental wellbeing, being aware of warning signs and knowing how you can support your colleagues.

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Solutions for Managers & Supervisors

Managing mental health and well-being issues in the workplace can often be a complex and daunting task.

Thrive provides a range of training and programs to help managers and supervisors identify and address key mental health issues in the workplace.

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Comprehensive Workplace Solutions

Thrive is the developer of Australia’s first Evidenced Based, Holistic Mental Health and Wellbeing training program.

We work with both large and small organisations to equip management, leadership, supervisors and teams with the skills, resources, knowledge and awareness required to create and maintain happy, healthy and productive workplaces.

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“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

World Health Organisation – Definition of Health


“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organisation – Definition of Mental Health