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Lisa Joye Choose Thrive Catholic Christian Youth Mental Health Charity DGR Endorsed PBI North Gosford Central Coast NSW Australia
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I'm the founder and CEO of Hope Family Cottage - a not-for-profit community organisation which supports vulnerable children and families, by providing Supervised Child Contact and Family Support Services on the Central Coast of NSW.

I'm a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner in my own private practice, and I work at the University of Newcastle as a casual academic, teaching undergraduate psychology students.

I enjoy volunteering with the Iris Foundation conducting research, evaluating the effectiveness of their “Cool Kids” program in schools.

On top of this, I am currently studying towards my PhD in Psychology at the University of Newcastle.

Engaging communities and helping families are the two things that I care about most.

With two teenage children (and two very cute fur babies), I know all too well the struggles which accompany life as a single parent.

In my spare time, I enjoy renovating, reading and prettying up furniture with paint.


  • CEO, Hope Family Cottage
  • Principal Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Talk it Thru Mediation
  • Youth and Domestic Violence Support Worker, Coast Shelter
  • Child Protection Case Worker, FACS/DJC
  • Research Assistant, Black Dog Institute
  • Researcher, Iris Foundation Australia


  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours Class 1A)
  • Graduate Certificate in Family Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution (Law)
  • PhD in Psychology (in progress)
  • Accredited Family Group Conferencing Facilitator
  • Accredited National Mediator (NMAS)
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Attorney General Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner


  • Mediation Institute


"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord.

"Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future"
Jeremiah 29:11

Choose Thrive is a Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing charity, located on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. 

We develop creative solutions to support vulnerable and at-risk youth within our local community. Our solutions are delivered by mental health professionals trained in supporting young people.

Our people are guided by the Catholic values of compassion, courage, and charity. We hold the core belief that given the right support, everyone has the capacity to thrive.

Choose Thrive Inc (INC1901073) is an Australian registered
Public Benevolent Charity, & has been endorsed
by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductable.

Choose Thrive Youth Young Adult Family Mental Health Wellbeing Charity DGR Endorsed Public Benevolent Institution PBI Gosford Central Coast NSW Australia Cafe Michele Gower

54 Hills Street, North Gosford NSW 2250, Australia
0414 210 810 (Michele Gower)
Choose Thrive offers mental health and wellbeing support to Central Coast Youth & Young Adults, and their Families.

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