Level Up Psychology provides counselling and psychological assessment services across the lifespan.

Level Up Psychology is a private allied health practice established in 2017 by Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Dr Jake Kraska. Clinicians at Level Up Psychology provide an accepting and respectful perspective on each person's needs, preferences and life circumstances.

Each clinician has experience in a range of psychological assessment tools and counselling techniques to best meet the goals of any referral. We also believe in using technology and supporting novel research to enhance assessment and therapeutic outcomes.

Our Team

All practitioners are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Jake Kraska

Jake is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with experience in a range of private and public settings. Jake works with children, adolescents and young adults, completing psychological assessments and counselling. Jake primarily uses cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness strategies in his counselling. He is also 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) where he investigated the impact personality has between the relationship of cognitive ability and academic achievement. Jake also completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) investigating the use of computer adaptive testing to measure intelligence. Jake's studies were all completed at Monash University.

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 technology, and is a member of the APS Military and Emergency Services and Psychology Interest Group, APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group, Testing and Assessment in Psychology, and the APS ePsychology Interest Group. Jake is actively involved in the promotion of Educational and Developmental Psychology and currently serves as the treasurer for the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Committee.

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Jake Kraska

Melissa Lay

Melissa is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist. Melissa has experience in both schools and private practice. 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, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, relaxation and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic practice. Melissa has 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. Melissa is currently completing the Educational and Developmental registrar program.

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Melissa Lay

Grace Mackie

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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Grace Mackie

Henrique Salles

Henrique is a registered psychologist. Henrique 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. Henrique is also experienced in conducting assessments of specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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. 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 was born in Brazil and can provide services in Portuguese for clients who don't feel confident conversing in English.

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Henrique Salles

Steve Lanham

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), other neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. ADHD, ASD), 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. Steve is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is currently completing the Educational and Developmental registrar program.

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Steve Lanham

Aoife Bearsley

Aoife is a registered psychologist 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. Aoife is currently completing the Educational and Developmental registrar program.

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Aoife Bearsley

Nadine Kelenc-Gasior

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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Nadine Kelenc-Gasior

Hannah Schena

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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Hannah Schena

Megan Pilon

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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Megan Pilon

Aisling McKenna

Aisling is a postgraduate psychology student currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced at Monash University, having recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Aisling has experience in Allied Health, and is excited about helping young adults and vulnerable populations when she completes her studies. She is especially interested in delivering excellent customer service, developing positive relationships with clients and staff, and in practicing therapy in the future.

Aisling provides Level Up Psychology with virtual administrative support.

Aisling McKenna

Services and Fees

The Australian Psychological Society provides a range of resources for the public relating to psychology consultation fees and Medicare rebates. The recommended fee for a standard psychological consultation of 45-60 minutes is $267.00.

Fees are charged to your credit card on the day of appointment. These details will be gathered via your Intake and Consent pack.

Counselling

Counselling is provided at our clinic, online via Coviu (coviu.com), or direct to clients at schools.

Provisional Psychologist $125 per 50 minutes
General Psychologist $215 per 50 minutes
General Psychologist with PhD $230 per 50 minutes
Educational and Developmental Psychologist $230 per 50 minutes
Educational and Developmental Psychologist with PhD $245 per 50 minutes

Assessment

Level Up Psychology offers assessment for a range of educational and developmental concerns, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders (e.g. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia), Intellectual Disability, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Assessment can also be conducted related to general learning difficulties, mood or anxiety problems, social skills, or behavioural challenges. We have access to, and are trained to use, a range of psychological tools including the ADOS, WISC-V, WAIS-IV, WPPSI-IV, ADI-R, WJ IV, and WIAT-III.

Reports/letters are provided at no cost at the end of any assessment process. All questionnaires (e.g. BASC-3, Browns EF/A, BRIEF, SRS, ASEBA CBCL etc) are included at no cost.

Provisional Psychologist $200 per 60 minutes
General Psychologist $344 per 60 minutes
General Psychologist with PhD $368 per 60 minutes
Educational and Developmental Psychologist $368 per 60 minutes
Educational and Developmental Psychologist with PhD $392 per 60 minutes

Medicare does not provide rebates on assessments. Private health care funds may offer rebates and it is recommended you contact your fund for further information.

All psychological assessments include an intake and feedback session. Clients are provided a psychological report at the conclusion of the assessment (at no cost). Reports written by Level Up Psychology are generally considered to be “extended” as defined by the Australian Psychological Society.

Assessments can also be conducted that meet the requirements of VCAA Special Examinations Arrangements applications, Program for Students with Disabilities, Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD), National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Centrelink Disability Support Pension.

When conducting assessments, the number and length of assessment sessions is dependent on both the type of assessment conducted as well as factors related to the individual completing the test. The administrative team will give you a tentative assessment plan and then an outline of the number of assessment sessions will be provided at the intake session by your psychologist, before you commit to any further services. Assessments will usually involve consultations with schools and other professionals.

Presentations and Workshops

Level Up Psychology provides presentations to school staff and small teams of allied health professionals. Presentations can be focused on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of intelligence, Cross Battery Assessment, Response to Intervention, psychoeducational assessment, Computer Adaptive Testing, and secondary school wellbeing team policies and procedures.

Full Fee $801 per presentation hour

If Level Up Psychology is not available, or not suitable for providing your requested presentation, we have many colleagues that we can recommend.

Supervision

Level Up Psychology provides supervision surrounding psychoeducational assessment, educational psychology, the Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory of intelligence, Cross Battery Assessment, Response to Intervention, school wellbeing team processes, and general school psychology.

Educational and Developmental Registrar Program $130 per 50 minutes
Psychology Supervision $170 per 50 minutes
Group Psychology Supervision $55 per 120 minutes
Wellbeing Team Member $170 per 50 minutes

Cancellations

If, for some reason, you need to cancel or postpone an appointment, at least 24-business hours' notice must be given or the full session fee will be charged. Cancellations can be completed by emailing admin@leveluppsychology.com.au or contacting us on 03 9115 7372.

Rebates

Medicare

Some rebates may be available for counselling. You must see your GP prior to your appointment with your psychologist.

Type Rebate
Better Access to Mental Health - Individual $88.25
Better Access to Mental Health - Group $22.55
Chronic Disease Management $55.10
Pregnancy Support Counselling $64.70
Services for people of ATSI descent $55.10

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

We provide services to Self Managed and Plan Managed NDIS participants. We require all clients that are using NDIS funds to complete a service agreement with us; this agreement sets out the goals of our work together and the cost of those services. You will receive this as part of your Intake and Consent package.

Private Health Funds

Some private health funds provide rebates but you would need to contact your provider.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

If you are DVA client or dependent of a DVA client, your practitioner may be eligible to be paid by DVA directly. Please contact us to discuss.

Bookings & Referrals

Clients can book in to see us by calling us, emailing us or via Halaxy. If you are a new client our team will be in contact with you to complete our intake and consent forms.

Email Us Call Us Make Booking

Referrals can be mailed to 2/15 Ricketts Road Mount Waverley VIC 3149 or faxed to 03 9957 8139.

Location

We are located at 2/15 Ricketts Road Mount Waverley.

Emergency Support

Level Up Psychology does not provide emergency or crisis support. However, there are many organisations that are available in an emergency or crisis.

Triple Zero

Call 000 or visit triplezero.gov.au

Lifeline

Call 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au

Kids Helpline