In May 2019, Dr Mark and Dr Rhiarne officially opened "The Family Wellbeing Hub" in Ashmore. This is a space for Gold Coast families to feel supported and cared for by a variety of collaborating health professionals.
Meet Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes
Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes
Clinical and Family Psychologist
B.Psych (Hons), PhD (Clinical)
Hi, My name is Rhiarne and I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist and have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families regarding a range of issues including parenting difficulties, grief and loss, behavioural problems, depression, anxiety, and social difficulties. I am passionate about assisting children and adolescents with internalising difficulties, via creative Cognitive-Behavioural, Narrative, Solution-Focused and Experiential Therapy frameworks. I am a trained family psychologist, being able to assist families with complex and systemic issues. At times it is evident that a child or adolescent’s psychological difficulties are embedded in more family interaction patterns. I values being able to work with the larger family context via systemic approaches to ensure the most optimal treatment possible.
My PhD thesis was focused on early adolescent's peer relationships, relational aggression and emotional wellbeing. Research findings have been published internationally and also presented at international academic conferences. I provide clinical support and strategies for children and adolescents who struggle with peer group dynamics and emotional difficulties that can occur.
I also have a strong background in providing treatment to adults for difficulties such as postnatal support, anxiety, depression, stress-management, relationship struggles, parenting adjustment, parenting skills support, lifestyle management and self-esteem. I really have a particular passion for mother-care support and empowerment, but my passion extends from the clinic room, also recently having commenced providing Mother support retreats in the Byron Bay region.
I have been working as a Psychologist since 2004 in a variety of settings including Child Community Health, Lifeline Children’s Counselling Service, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy at Griffith University, Brisbane Catholic Education Guidance Counselling, and has worked in her own private practice since 2009. I have also conducted numerous children’s emotional support groups, provided training and education to the community as well as sessionally lectured at Griffith University. I also provide regular clinical supervision to fellow psychologists and other mental health professionals for their professional development/registration. I consult with external health agencies and providers including RSL Qld, AbbVie and Bellamy's Organic, providing training and education. You may find some of my Podcasts and Videos available on Spotify and YouTube (see below links).
Clinical Psychology Medicare rebates are available for my clinical and counselling psychology services, and some limited after school hours appointments and onsite consultations are also available (e.g. school observations, teacher meetings). NDIS support can also provided for those on self-managed plans.
I am passionate also about leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, I practice what I preach! I enjoy my regular exercise by walking our beloved dog (our Groodle called Waffle) and my Reformer Pilates workouts. I also love food for my wellness, where I eat with purpose and enjoy preparing nourishing food for the family. I also appreciate tending to our acreage property including gardening, looking after our gaggle of hens who reward us with nourishing eggs and grounding myself in the greenery.
Clinical psychology is something I have been practicing for 2 decades now, and I keep learning each year from the wonderful clients I am privileged to work with. My psychology work aims to assist clients in creative ways. I value being able to collaborate with clients to enhance their personal strengths, set goals to achieve their desired potential and equipping them with creative solutions for life's challenges. I enjoy working holistically with individuals and their families to create change in a trusting environment. I tailor clinical support for the individual, rather than a "one-sized fits all manual approach". As a mother of 3 young children, I draw from much of this experience in my clinical work.
Featured Podcasts with Dr Rhiarne
Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes is well respected in her field and her friendly nature has seen her on many podcasts with her extensive knowledge as well as hints and tips. See the below podcasts for featured interviews.
Living life with a chronic medical condition is not always easy and some people find they may need to change the way they eat or exercise because of their condition. Listen as Justan discusses his own experiences with clinical psychologist Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes and Health Coach Lauren Still.
It can be difficult knowing how and when to tell people about a chronic medical condition and it can feel isolating if those around you don’t understand what you’re living with. Listen as Justan and Rose discuss their own experiences about talking to family, friends and work colleagues about their medical conditions.
Living life with a chronic medical condition can be more than just tiring, and for some people, can be one of the most challenging aspects of their medical condition because of the day-to-day impact it has on life. Listen as Lana and clinical psychologist Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes discuss the challenges that fatigue can pose and some strategies of how to live with it.
In this week's chat I am joined by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Rhiarne Pronk- Scholes to discuss mental health issues in motherhood and the many ways that mothers can get the support they need when times get tough. We discuss the signs to recognise when you feel your mental health may be deteriorating, what mothers truly need to be supported and where we are lacking in mother care support. We also touch on the difference between Postnatal Depression and Postnatal Depletion.
Hints and Tips for Parents
Dr Rhiarne Pronk-Scholes offers some explanations as well as hints and tips for issues all parents face from time to time
Dr Rhiarne has regular input into different Womens Wellness Retreats throughout Northern New South Wales. Dr Rhiarne has worked with many like-minded collaborating professionals. Feel free to reach out to her should you be interested in having Dr Rhiarne at your upcoming retreat.