We help people develop and grow with life's challenges

Our experienced psychologists are here to support the mental health of people of all ages, with a focus on educational and developmental psychology.

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What is educational and developmental psychology?

Educational and developmental psychology is the study of how people learn, behave and develop throughout life. It involves not just the learning process of childhood and adolescence but includes the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that are involved in learning throughout life.

Educational and developmental psychology includes school based learning, behaviour and behavioural problems, early intervention, life transitions, early development, neurodevelopment, geriatric psychology, and high prevalent mood and anxiety problems.

Our Team

The Level Up Psychology team are experienced working with children, adolescents and adults.

We provide counselling regarding a range of topics, including anxiety, stress, depression, obessions and compulsions, grief, emotional regulation, trauma, life transitions, phobias, sexuality, gender identity, relationship issues, resilience, behavioural concerns, and other related presentations.

We are all familiar with a wide range of educational, cognitive and social-emotional behavioural tools for testing and diagnosis, useful in the assessment of mood disorders, anxiety problems, autism, ADHD, learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia) and Intellectual Disability.

We use technology to track and adapt the effectiveness of our therapy. We use Virtual Reality when clinically appropriate to support our therapy. We engage in research related to the assessment of neurodiverse individuals, and integrate those findings into our work.

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

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Dr Ally Marinucci (she/her)

Psychologist | Educational and Developmental Registrar | Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Assessment: $418 per hour | Counselling: $255 per hour

AAlly 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. Read more

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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Aoife Bearsley (she/her)

Psychologist | Educational and Developmental Registrar | Days: Monday, Tuesday

Assessment: $368 per hour | Counselling: $225 per hour

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 to develop executive functioning and organisational skills, social skills, emotion regulation, self-esteem, and anxiety management skills, as well as experience working with children exposed to trauma. Aoife has also conducted a wide range of psychoeducational assessments for Specific Learning Disorders, Giftedness, Autism, Intellectual Disability and ADHD. Read more

Aoife's Psychology Masters research focused on the impacts of childhood trauma on learning and executive function. 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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Dr Chloe De Rosbo-Davies (she/her)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Days: Monday, Tuesday

Assessment: $418 per hour | Counselling: $255 per hour

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 to understand their experiences and support them in moving towards their preferred picture Read more

Chloe is experienced in a number of therapeutic approaches including, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, play therapy, and will tailor her approach to fit her clients. Chloe works closely with her therapy dog, Poppy. Animal assisted therapy is a wonderful modality for those who may be a little hesitant about counselling, or those looking to explore and develop social skills, confidence, communication skills and assertiveness. Chloe completed a combined Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Monash University. Chloe’s PhD focussed on the experiences of adult women whose mothers passed away when they were aged between 10 and 25 years.

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Poppy

Therapy Dog | Works with Chloe | Days: Monday, Tuesday

Poppy is a standard schnauzer who also goes by the nickname Princess Poppy, as she does not like the rain or the wind. Poppy is a very calm and nurturing dog. She is known for her verbal “Awooo” greetings when she is excited to see someone. She loves using her brain and learning new tricks, but she also loves a cuddle and a pat on the couch. Her favourite game is tug of war, and she loves chasing sticks and balls on the beach on her days off. Poppy certified as a therapy dog in 2021 at Lead the Way Institute. She has worked in both private practice and school settings with individuals across the lifespan.

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Dr. Grace Mackie (she/her)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Days: Monday, Wednesday

Assessment: $418 per hour | Counselling: $255 per hour

Grace enjoys working with young people and their families, helping to highlight both areas of strength and areas of difference to work toward reaching therapeutic goals and self-growth. Grace is particularly interested in autism assessment, WPATH assessment for trans people over 16 years old, working with LGBTQ+ people, and anxiety-related concerns. Read more

Grace has completed the 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. Grace is a member of the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychology Association (AEDPA) and of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health (AusPATH).

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Hannah Schena (she/her)

Psychologist | Days: Thursday | Online Only

Assessment: $368 per hour | Counselling: $225 per hour

Hannah is a Psychologist with a passion for fostering positive change in the lives of children, adolescents and young adults. She enjoys working with, neurodiversity, anxiety, OCD, emotion regulation, interpersonal skill development, and relationship challenges. Read more

Hannah employs a personalised and holistic approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based treatment modalities like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness techniques. By utilising client’s strengths and interests, she collaboratively develops goals that resonate with their unique needs and aspirations.

Central to Hannah's practice, is the emphasis on building a strong therapeutic alliance. She believes in fostering a strong relationship with her clients, ensuring they feel heard, validated, and supported throughout their therapeutic journey. In addition to her clinical work, Hannah has conducted research in the areas of Internet Gaming Disorder and the therapeutic benefits of dogs in schools. Hannah is a huge animal lover, and shares her life with her beloved pup, Maple.

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Henrique Salles (he/him)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Days: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Assessment: $393 per hour | Counselling: $240 per hour

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

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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 and Developmental Psychology Association.

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Dr. Jake Kraska (he/him)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Assessment: $467 per hour | Counselling: $285 per hour

Jake is the principal psychologist at Level Up Psychology. Jake focuses on cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and schema therapy in his counselling. Jake is experienced with a range of educational, cognitive, and social-emotional-behavioural assessment tools for testing and diagnosis. Jake is interested in researching how technology can help improve psychology outcomes, and is actively involved in the promotion of Educational and Developmental Psychology. Read more

Jake is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society, a Fellow of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, a Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Incorporated, and a Fellow of the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

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.

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Louisa Trainer (she/her)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Saturday & School Holidays

Assessment: $393 per hour | Counselling: $240 per hour

Louisa has a passion for supporting children and adolescents in their journey of self-discovery and goal achievement. Using CBT, ACT, DBT and mindfulness Louisa tailors treatment plans to meet the unique needs of individuals. By adopting a strengths-based perspective, Louisa fosters a collaborative and empowering therapeutic relationship, ensuring that clients feel heard, validated, and supported throughout their journey. Read more

Louisa is particularly interested in neurodiversity, emotion regulation, and trauma-informed practice. Louisa is also interested in conducting cognitive and academic assessments, to support individuals to understand their learning profile to achieve their academic and occupational goals.

Equipped with training in the Sounds-Write program and evidence-based literacy interventions, Louisa is well-versed in recommending and providing targeted support to improve literacy skills and enhance educational outcomes. Louisa enjoys collaborating with teachers and other health professionals to provide support for her clients.

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Melissa Lay (she/her)

Educational and Developmental Psychologist | Days: Monday, Wednesday

Assessment: $393 per hour | Counselling: $240 per hour

Melissa is dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people and adults. She uses therapeutic approaches including CBT (including CBT-E and ERP), ACT, DBT, and mindfulness. Melissa has specific interests in the treatment of anxiety and mood conditions, phobias, obsessive compulsive and related conditions, and body image concerns. Further, Melissa is experienced in conducting neurodevelopmental, cognitive, educational/learning, and mood assessments. Read more

Melissa completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University and is a Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) and Australian Educational and Developmental Psychology Association (AEDPA). Melissa is committed to empowering clients to work towards living a rich, full, and meaningful life.

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Rachelle Fries (she/her)

Psychologist | Days: Friday, Saturday

Assessment: $393 per hour | Counselling: $240 per hour

Rachelle enjoys working with people across the lifespan to reach a greater sense of wellbeing. She adopts a collaborative approach that is warm, person-centred, and goal oriented in counselling and assessment. She has experience in multiple settings including schools and private practice. Read more

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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Dr Sally Richardson (she/her)

Psychologist | Days: Wednesday, Thursday

Assessment: $393 per hour | Counselling: $240 per hour

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. Read more

Sally completed a Doctor of Psychology program at Monash University and is currently undertaking further 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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Sarah Sturton-Gill (she/her)

Psychologist | Educational and Developmental Registrar | Days: Wednesday, Thursday

Assessment: $368 per hour | Counselling: $225 per hour

Sarah has many years experience working with children, adolescents and 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 more

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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Sophie Erczmann (she/her)

Psychologist | Clinical Registrar | Days: Saturday

Assessment: $368 per hour | Counselling: $225 per hour

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. Read more

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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Steve Lanham (he/him)

Psychologist | Educational and Developmental Registrar | Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Assessment: $368 per hour | Counselling: $225 per hour

Steve enjoys working with individual children, adolescents, and young adults, alongside parents, families, schools, universities, and workplaces, to ensure cohesive support. He has a keen interest in ADHD, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, video game addiction, social skills, executive functioning, and academic success. Read more

Utilising evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a focus on the DNA-V model, Motivational Interviewing, and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Steve ensures that all support is provided through a neuroaffirming lens and is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Steve is committed to creating a supportive and empathetic environment where individuals feel understood and empowered to achieve their goals. He believes in fostering a collaborative space that promotes personal growth and well-being, helping his clients navigate life's challenges with confidence.

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Aisling McKenna (she/her)

Clinic Operations Coordinator

Aisling has experience in allied health, and is excited about helping adults and vulnerable populations when she completes her studies. She is especially interested in delivering excellent customer service and developing positive relationships with clients and staff. Aisling has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced), both at Monash University.

Aisling provides Level Up Psychology with administrative support.

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Brianna Fitzmaurice (she/her)

Receptionist

Brianna is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. Upon completion of this degree, she hopes to further her study into Psychology and pursue a career in which she can support others to achieve their goals. Brianna has a desire to contribute to positive counselling experiences through providing a welcoming and friendly environment.

Brianna provides Level Up Psychology with administrative support.

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Ellie Weaver (she/her)

Social Media

Ellie is the social media manager for Level Up Psychology and enjoys keeping viewers up to date across our social media platforms. Ellie graduated with a Bachelor in Film and Television in 2020 and ever since has continued to generate content for a wide range of media platforms and organisations including live streaming, charities, film, television and social media. Ellie strives to generate media that is informative, captivating and a little bit of fun for audiences and viewers.

Ellie provides Level Up Psychology with social media support.

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Jessica Lockhart (she/her)

Receptionist

Jessica has extensive experience in Youth Work and is passionate about helping young people feel connected and empowered. She is interested in helping all people to feel welcome and accepted when seeking out health care. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and is currently studying her Masters of Psychology (Clinical) at Australian Catholic University.

Jessica provides Level Up Psychology with administrative support.

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Wren Jablonka (they/them)

Receptionist

Wren is a recent graduate in psychology and biomedical sciences with many years of customer service experience. They are passionate about science outreach and working with young people in counselling settings in the future, as well as helping people feel welcomed and comfortable while seeking care.

Wren provides Level Up Psychology with administrative support.

Services and Fees

The Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Association of Psychologists Incorporated recommended fee for a standard psychological consultation of 45-60 minutes is $300.00. Level Up Psychology offers a sliding scale of fees based on the experience and qualifications of the psychologist you are working with.

Fees are charged on the day of appointment.

Group Programs

At Level Up Psychology, we offer transformative group programs designed to empower young minds. Our Cool Kids program equips children and parents with strategies to tackle anxiety, fostering independence and resilience. For older adolescents, our Intentional Gaming program promotes a balanced approach to gaming. It's not about playing less, but playing with purpose, ensuring gaming enriches rather than overtakes their lives. Delivered over eight focused sessions, our programs at Mount Waverley pave the way for personal growth and balanced living. Join us and experience the change. Our group programs run for 1-2 hours.

Cool Kids $642.50
Intentional Gaming $514.00

Counselling

Our fees for counselling range from $225 to $285 per hour. Sessions run for 50-60 minutes in most cases. We work with individuals of all ages.

At our clinic, we recognise the distinct emotional and cognitive challenges faced by children, adolescents, and adults. Our psychological counselling services are dedicated to supporting these individuals through life's complexities, facilitating their growth and resilience.

Our psychologists work closely with clients in a safe and nurturing environment, employing a range of therapeutic modalities tailored to each individual's needs. These can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and more.

We cater to a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, stress management, life transitions, self esteem, body image, behavioural challenges and more. Our aim is to empower our clients, helping them to understand their emotions, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and enhance their overall well-being.

Assessment

Our fees for assessment range from $368 to $467 per hour. Sessions run for 50-60 minutes in most cases.

At Level Up Psychology, our psychological assessment services offer an expansive, in-depth understanding of a child, adolescent, or adult's cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Our assessments are designed to identify and diagnose a range of concerns, from autism and learning difficulties (like dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), to intellectual disability and ADHD.

Beyond these specific diagnoses, we also conduct assessments related to general learning difficulties, mood or anxiety problems, social skills, and behavioural challenges. Our team of psychologists employs a wide array of scientifically validated tools to capture these diverse facets of psychological health, providing a holistic understanding of the individual's psychological landscape.

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.

The duration and frequency of our assessment sessions are tailored to the individual's needs and the specific type of assessment being conducted. Factors related to the individual undergoing the assessment, such as their age, the nature of their concerns, and their comfort level, are all taken into account when determining the length and number of assessment sessions.

At the conclusion of every assessment process, we provide comprehensive reports or letters at no additional cost. These reports detail the findings of the assessment, along with recommendations for therapeutic interventions if needed. All questionnaires used during the assessment are also included free of charge.

Our psychological assessments at Level Up Psychology are rooted in compassion and professionalism. We strive to empower our clients with knowledge and understanding of their unique psychological profile, paving the way for effective, personalized support and intervention.

Assessment Process

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STEP 1 Assessment Plan

We will give you a tentative assessment plan and send you intake and consent forms.

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STEP 2 Intake Session

Your psychologist will gather information from you and confirm the assessment plan before you commit to further services.

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STEP 3 Consultation

Assessments usually involve consultations with schools, family members, and other professionals.

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STEP 4 Assessment

Your psychologist will carry out the assessment plan.

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STEP 5 Feedback

At the feedback session your psychologist will explore your results with you.

In most cases Medicare does not provide rebates on assessments. Private health care funds may offer rebates, check with your provider for more information. All psychological assessments include an intake and feedback session.

Cancellation policy

The following cancellation fees apply at Level Up Psychology:

Cancellations can be completed by emailing admin@leveluppsychology.com.au or leaving us a message 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.

Better Access to Mental Health - Individual $93.35
Better Access to Mental Health - Group (60 minutes) $23.80
Chronic Disease Management $58.30
Pregnancy Support Counselling $68.45
Services for people of ATSI descent $58.30

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.

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While we customise each assessment for our clients, we understand that this is a big commitment so we want to be as transparent as possible about our fees. This tool helps you estimate the number of hours of consultation required for your assessment and the fees associated with that. You might notice that reports and questionnaires are included in all our assessments at no cost!

Please note: This tool is an estimate, testing may vary based on individual needs. During your intake session with your psychologist, they will confirm a plan with you before you commit to further services. For more specific information contact the Level Up Psychology clinic.

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Our Location

You can find us at 2/15 Ricketts Road Mount Waverley VIC 3149.

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.

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

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