Level Up Psychology


Level Up Psychology

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Dr Ally Marinucci(She/her)

Psychologist

Ally works with children, teenagers and families experiencing mental health, social, emotional or learning difficulties. Ally is passionate about education and support for students, families and schools to help young people thrive. She believes in providing a collaborative space to support clients and identify strengths to promote mental health and wellbeing. Ally is experienced in conducting psychoeducational assessments and providing psychological intervention. She utilises ACT, DBT, CBT and mindfulness approaches within her practice and fosters a warm and empowering environment to help clients learn and grow. Ally has completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) combined with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Monash University. Her PhD focused on mental health literacy within school settings, and how to incorporate preventative approaches for mental health into the education curriculum to meet the needs of young people. Ally is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and a Member of the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychology Association.
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Dr Chloe De Rosbo-Davies(She/her)

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Chloe has experience working in both schools and private practice settings. She has a keen interest in working with people across the lifespan and takes a neurodiverse affirming and trauma informed approach. Chloe works collaboratively with her clients and their families to understand their experiences and support them in moving towards their preferred picture.
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Dr Grace Mackie

Psychologist

Grace is a registered educational and developmental psychologist and Member of the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychology Association who has experience working across both school and clinical settings. Grace is experienced in, and passionate about, providing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessments, particularly with gender diverse young people and girls/females assigned at birth, as well we providing WPATH assessments for trans people over the age of 16. Grace is also experienced in providing psychological assessments across a range of other concerns including attention regulation difficulties, learning difficulties, behavioural regulation challenges, and adaptive functioning difficulties. Grace is familiar with using a range of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy, gender-affirming therapy techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. She is particularly interested in working with gender diverse young people and LGBTQI+ communities. Grace completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) combined with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Monash University. Grace’s PhD focused on exploring the mental health and school counselling experiences of transgender young people and psychologists within Australian secondary schools.
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Dr Jake Kraska(He/him)

Psychologist

Jake is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience in a range of private and public settings. Jake predominately works with children, adolescents and young adults, completing psychological assessments and counselling. Jake primarily applies evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness strategies in his counselling and is familiar with a wide range of educational, cognitive, and social-emotional-behavioural assessment tools for testing and diagnosis.Jake has completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is currently a Doctor of Philosophy of candidate, investigating the use of computer adaptive testing and machine learning to measure intelligence.Jake is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Jake has interests in the intersection of psychological research and practice with modern technologies, and is a member of the APS Military and Emergency Services and Psychology Interest Group and the APS ePsychology Interest Group.
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Dr Sally Richardson

Psychologist

Sally’s fascinated by people and is passionate about helping her clients uncover their true preferred picture. She applies counselling, coaching, and psychological assessment techniques to help clients navigate social, emotional, and learning difficulties. She is person-centred and uses practical skill-building approaches to help people uncover rich insights about who they are, and what they want. Sally’s empathetic approach creates a safe environment for her clients to explore, discover, change, and grow. Sally conducts assessments to determine a person’s strengths and weaknesses and inform practical intervention planning across family and education settings. She also provides counselling services that selectively draw upon relevant therapeutic approaches including schema therapy, strengths-based therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy, to guide clients toward their desired outcomes. Sally is passionate about advocating for the needs of her clients to help ensure they are well supported. Sally completed a Doctor of Psychology program at Monash University and is currently undertaking further specialist training in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. Sally’s doctoral thesis explored how to create harmonious relationships between different cultural groups by uncovering mechanisms and interventions that meaningfully reduce covert prejudice, dehumanisation, and discrimination.
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Miss Hannah Schena

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Hannah is a registered Psychologist who has worked across school and clinic settings. She is passionate about supporting children and their families through psychological assessment and intervention. Hannah enjoys working collaboratively with young people, their parents and schools, to support wellbeing, cohesion and learning. She embodies a strengths-based approach in her work, and endeavours to support young people with their adversity through a holistic manner. Hannah has specific interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, social skills and emotion regulation. She utilises techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and mindfulness within her practice. Hannah enjoys building relationships with her clients, and is invested in seeing them utilise their own unique strengths to navigate challenges. Hannah completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University. In her research, Hannah explored the relationship between childhood wellbeing and therapy dogs, in the school setting. She is a huge animal lover, and can't wait to have her own therapy dog one day! Hannah has also completed research relating to Internet Gaming Disorder, which is particularly interesting to her.
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Miss Louisa Trainer(She/her)

Psychologist

Educational and Developmental Psychologist
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Miss Melissa Lay

Psychologist

Melissa is a registered psychologist who has worked across educational and clinic based settings. She is passionate about supporting the needs of young people and adults through psychological assessment and intervention. Melissa provides tailored psycho-educational assessments that provide a holistic understanding of an individual’s cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning. She adopts a respectful, empathetic, and warm approach when working with clients. Melissa draws upon a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and mindfulness. Melissa holds specific interests in anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Melissa completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Melissa is passionate about collaboratively working with clients and supporting them to meet their therapeutic goals.
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Miss Sophie Erczmann

Psychologist

Sophie is dedicated to empowering individuals to engage meaningfully within themselves, others, and in the world around them. With a collaborative approach, she supports children, adolescents, and adults facing various challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, low self-esteem, and eating disorders. Sophie also works with exploring the impact of video gaming on individuals' lives, both positively and negatively. With experience in facilitating groups, Sophie fosters open communication and a sense of connection within group dynamics. She utilises evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness practices. Sophie completed a Masters of Psychology (Clinical), and has researched on how clinicians increase motivation towards change, and on the influence of nature on psychological well-being.
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Mr Henrique Salles

Psychologist

Henrique has particular interests in insomnia, phobias (including using virtual reality), social anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and helping people re-engage in fulfilling activities. Henrique offers optional ‘walk and talk’ sessions in a nearby nature trail for clients who feel more comfortable in this setting or wish to practice mindfulness skills in nature. Henrique uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and mindfulness. Henrique speaks English and Portuguese. Henrique is interested in the psychological benefits of nature, such as attention restoration, reduced stress, and increased present-moment awareness. Henrique conducted his Master of Psychology research on this topic. Henrique is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and a Fellow of the Australian Educational & Developmental Psychology Association.
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Mr Steve Lanham(He/him)

Psychologist

Steve is a registered psychologist with experience in both school and clinic settings. He is passionate about working collaboratively with young people, parents, and schools to identify and support learning difficulties, mental health, and wellbeing. He has specific interests in learning disorders (reading, writing, mathematics), neurodevelopmental disorders (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder), social skills and emotional regulation.Steve provides comprehensive cognitive, educational, and social-emotional-behavioural assessments to determine a young person’s strengths and weaknesses and guide intervention planning and strategies that are accessible for parents, schools, and the young person. Steve also provides counselling services that utilise evidence-based practices (such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing) to achieve therapeutic goals, promote personal strengths, and support wellbeing and positive development across the lifespan.Steve completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.
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Mrs Aoife Bearsley(She/her)

Psychologist

Aoife is an Educational and Developmental Registrar with a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Monash University, as well as a Master’s degree in Publishing and Editing.Aoife is passionate about education and supporting students, families and schools to enable all young people to thrive. She has therapeutic intervention experience working with children and their families to develop executive functioning and organisational skills, social skills, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and anxiety management skills. Aoife has also conducted a wide range of psychoeducational assessments in private practice, schools and clinic settings for Specific Learning Disorders, Giftedness, Autism, Intellectual Disability and ADHD.Aoife’s Psychology Masters research focused on the impacts of childhood trauma on learning and executive function and she presented at the PACFA Trauma Conference in Sydney in February 2019 on the experiences of teachers working with children exposed to trauma.
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Ms Sarah Sturton-Gill

Psychologist

Sarah has many years experience working with children, adolescents and young adults across a variety of local and international settings. Sarah's strength is collaboratively working with young people and their families while advocating for them in educational settings. Sarah has worked with a range of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, learning difficulties and psychoeducation for parents and schools. Read less As a parent of teenagers, Sarah’s specific interests also include adolescents and their educational needs and assisting families in nativigating these challenges. Sarah’s career objective is to provide clients with an accepting, respectful perspective on their needs, preferences and life circumstances, and she feels privileged to participate in clients’ journeys. Sarah feels strongly in offering a seamless service of assessment through to intervention and advocacy.
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Rachelle Fries(She/her)

Psychologist

Rachelle enjoys working with people across the lifespan to reach a greater sense of wellbeing. Wellbeing includes many areas of life, from cognition to social and emotional learning, social connection, and adaptive behaviour. She adopts a collaborative approach that is warm, person-centred, and goal oriented in counselling and assessment. She has experience in multiple practice settings including schools and private practice. Rachelle has a special interest in work with women, girls, and international students. Her passion for research and teaching led her to undertake a PhD in applied ethics at Monash University. This research focuses on ethical decision-making in therapeutic work with young people particularly those who may be considered mature minors. She expects to complete the PhD in 2024. Rachelle accepts a variety of referrals including developmental assessment (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), psychoeducational assessment (e.g., cognitive assessment, Specific Learning Disorders), and counselling (e.g., anxiety, depression, self-esteem, executive functioning, career, relationships).
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