The Flourishing Child is a private psychology practice established in 2016 in Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, by Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Michelle Andrews Luke, BA(HonsPsych), DEdPsych Melb, MAPS, FCEDP.

Michelle has over 17 years of experience working as a researcher, lecturer, and clinician in private practice, independent schools, government schools, and universities, including the University of Melbourne, Monash University, ACU, Kambala, and Korowa.

Drawing on key research findings about child development and her own experiences as a mother, Michelle’s aim is to help parents to raise emotionally healthy and resilient children.

Michelle lives in the Dandenong Ranges with her husband and their three children.


Parent Coaching
Maybe you are finding parenting stressful. Maybe you want to learn how to more effectively cope with the day-to-day challenges of parenting. Maybe you want to feel calmer and more patient as a parent. Compassionate, warm, respectful, and kind, Michelle is dedicated to helping you to create a peaceful home, to develop a closer bond with your child, and to strengthen your child’s emotional wellbeing. Michelle’s aim is to help you feel energised, inspired, and eager to try out new ideas.
Parent Retreats
Many parents say that they feel overwhelmed by the demands of parenting, not to mention the social pressure to get it ‘right’. Michelle is a passionate facilitator of research-informed parent retreats and programs that help parents to parent with more confidence and joy and to raise emotionally intelligent children who thrive, including her own program, A Calming Influence: 5 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Home and to Nurture Your Child’s Development, and two programs developed by University of Melbourne researchers, Tuning in to Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and Families Coping: Effective Strategies for You and Your Child.
Wellbeing Coaching for Adolescents
Adolescence involves many physical, social, and emotional challenges. These include changes in self-concept, the establishment of new peer networks, and the development of relative independence from family relationships. Compared with other periods of human development, the number of changes and new experiences are extensive, and can cause stress. To help young people to cope with stress and to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, Michelle provides online wellbeing coaching sessions using coaching questions derived from Dr Martin Seligman’s PERMA model, which describes five factors that are particularly important to wellbeing: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Her aim is to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to best handle stress and to succeed.


Parent Seminars Hosted by Gembrook Primary School


When he was elected President of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1998, Dr Martin Seligman urged psychologists to look beyond human pathology and mental illness, and to instead focus on positive human traits. His speech had a profound influence on Michelle and inspired her to complete a doctorate on child wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.

Michelle wanted to identify and understand the key components of child wellbeing. What constitutes child wellbeing and resilience? What is it that allows children to thrive?

Michelle tracked the coping responses of 166 children in real-time and found that the children with the most effective coping skills had supportive relationships, were optimistic about their abilities, felt interested and engaged, and were effective problem-solvers.

The insights she gained from her doctoral research have shaped Michelle’s professional and personal life, and continue to guide her as she helps children, parents, families, and communities to manage challenges with confidence, to build resilience, and to flourish.



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Which services are you interested in?
 Parent Coaching    Parent Retreats    Wellbeing Coaching for Adolescents    Other   

How did you hear about us?

To all of the parents in The Flourishing Child community. To those who come to see me at my practice, to those who attend my courses, and to those who read my newsletter and blog posts: it is my honour and privilege to support you on your parenting journey. Your honesty and courage is inspiring. You teach me so much. My warmest thanks.Dr Michelle Andrews Luke