Level Up Psychology


Level Up Psychology

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Dr Jake Kraska

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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Miss Grace Mackie

Psychologist

Grace is a registered psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society who has experience working across both school and clinical settings. Grace enjoys collaboratively working with young people and their families, helping to highlight areas of strength and weakness in an effort to work toward reaching therapeutic goals and self-growth. Grace is experienced in providing psychoeducational assessments where she is able to offer an understanding of the cognitive, academic, social, emotional and behavioural functioning of her clients. Grace is also familiar with using a range of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness. She is particularly interested in psychoeducational assessment, working with LGBTQ+ young people and families, and anxiety-related concerns. Grace is currently completing a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) combined with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Monash University. Grace’s PhD focuses on exploring the mental health and school counselling experiences of transgender young people and psychologists within Australian secondary schools. Grace is currently completing the Educational and Developmental registrar program.
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Miss Melissa Lay

Psychologist

Melissa is a registered psychologist who has worked across school and clinic settings. She is passionate about supporting the needs of children, adolescents, and adults through psychological assessment and intervention. Melissa provides individualized psycho-educational assessments which offer 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, integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), relaxation and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic practice. Melissa holds specific interests in anxiety, dependency, and learning disorders. Melissa completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Melissa prefers to work collaboratively with clients and is invested in guiding clients towards their therapeutic goals, promoting their personal strengths, and self-development.
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Miss Nadine Kelenc-Gasior

Psychologist

Nadine is a registered psychologist who has experience working with young people and their families in clinical and educational settings. Nadine has a special interest in assessing neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) as well as supporting young people presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. While she prides herself on her creativity and ability make sessions fun and engaging for young people, she adopts a person-centred, strengths-based approach while incorporating evidence-based therapeutic frameworks such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) to empower individuals to achieve their individual goals. Nadine completed her Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She adopts a holistic approach to support the development and wellbeing of young people by working collaboratively with individuals themselves as well as their families, teachers, and other practitioners. She is passionate about neurodiverse affirming practice and is dedicated to ensuring that all young people can access and thrive within the community and educational settings.
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Mr Henrique Salles

Psychologist

Henrique is a registered psychologist who works with children, teenagers, and adults experiencing emotional, social, or learning difficulties. Henrique provides a welcoming space, and works with clients as a team to help them better understand themselves, learn new skills, build confidence, and live meaningful lives. Henrique has worked with a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, learning difficulties, sleeping difficulties, and more. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Henrique volunteered for several years with Headspace, attending schools and community events to promote the importance of mental health and self-care. Henrique completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University. In his research, Henrique explored how experiences in nature can support psychological wellbeing — an association of particular interest and passion for him. Henrique is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, an Associate Member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, and is currently completing the Educational and Developmental registrar program. Henrique was born in Brazil and can provide services in Portuguese for clients who don't feel confident conversing in English.
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Mr Steve Lanham

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

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 Megan Pilon

Psychologist

Megan is a provisionally registered psychologist and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society. With experience working in clinical, community and workplace settings, Megan has specific interests in helping young people to identify and leverage their strengths, develop their capabilities, and meet personal, social, educational, and work-related goals. Megan aims to utilise targeted cognitive, educational, and social-emotional-behavioural assessments to inform effective intervention planning and strategies, and empower young people, families, schools, and communities. Megan also provides counselling services, integrating evidence-based practices (e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness) to achieve therapeutic goals. She has a deep interest in the way the mind, brain, and body work together to influence mental functioning, health, and wellbeing, and spends part of her time contributing to research projects for Deakin University’s Food and Mood Centre. She completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) with Deakin University, and recently commenced postgraduate study in Neuroscience. She is also a yoga and mindfulness teacher, where she applies knowledge of psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, and physiology to promote positive health, wellbeing, and development across the lifespan.
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