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Dr Leonie White 

Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist

Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology.

Registered Psychologist - Psychology Board of Australia AHPRA

Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor  - Australian Association of Family Therapy

Member - Australian Psychological Society

Dr Leonie White is a Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with 27 years of experience that includes work with children, adults, families, foster families, residential care providers, teachers and other therapists, in Australian and Canadian Education Systems, as well as working in Health, and Australian and Canadian Child Protection Systems.  Currently, Leonie specializes in Wellbeing, Mental Health and Family Relationships supporting young people and their families/carers, adults, couples and families.   Leonie also specializes in providing Clinical Supervision and training for other helping professionals. 


Leonie works in private practice, providing counselling, family therapy, clinical/professional supervision, and professional development training.


Leonie White was the Family Therapy field of study coordination at the University of Queensland for the Masters of Mental Health (Family Therapy) for 8 years, working in Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS and Evolve Therapeutic Service) for 16 years, and is currently a Member of Staff at the Queensland University of Technology in the Masters of Counselling.  Leonie has presented at multiple National Conferences in relation to family therapy, child protection, mental health and education.


Leonie is the Co-Director of the Queensland Institute of Family Therapy (QIFT), together with Dr Kate Owen 

Please note Leonie does not provide a crisis service.  If you require crisis support please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), or seek emergency services support by calling 000 or presenting to your local hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

Currently, Leonie is available for Counselling and Family Therapy, Training, Consultancy, and Supervision (Individual and Group Clinical Supervision).


  • White, L. (2022).  Integrative practice in family therapy.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 3 – 8.

  •  White, L. & Owen, K. (2022).  Systemic integrative practice: A meta-framework.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 43, 33 – 53.

  •  White, L. (2020).  What can contemporary family therapy offer in a pandemic?  Psychotherapy and Counselling Today, November 2020, 26 – 33.

  •  Shum, D., Short, L., Tunstall, J., O’Gorman, J., Wallace, G., Shephard, K. & Murray, R. (2000).  Performance of children with traumatic brain injury on a 4-disc version of the tower of London and the Porteus Maze.  Brain and Cognition, 44, 54 – 62. (NB Leonie White nee Leonie Short)


  • 2023 ACCSSQ Conference: The Gold Standard: School Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents - Creating Positive Parent Partnerships.

  • 2021 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference (Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association) - Working Safely with Families and Trauma: Integrating Neurobiology, Stabilization and Family Therapy.

  • 2019 Australian Association of Family Therapy Conference – What Matters in Contemporary Family Therapy: Things our Students have Taught Us. 

  • 2017 Australian Association of Family Therapy Conference – Systemic Interventions for Children in Care: What Works in the Context of Trauma and what do our Clients Notice Works?

  • 2014  Australian Association of Family Therapy Conference – It Takes a System to Raise a Family Therapist (especially one working with relational trauma): How Systemic Group Supervision Can Grow Competent and Confident Family Therapists.

  • 2009 Australian Association of Family Therapy Conference – Lessons Learned from Working Systemically with Children and Young People in Foster Care:  Resilience and resourcefulness through Relationships

  • 2008 Australian Family Therapy Conference – Evolutions in Family Therapy: Working Systemically with Children in Care

  • 2008 Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners – Evolutions in Partnerships: Meaningfully Engaging Young People in Collaboration

  • 2004 British Psychological Society Annual Conference – Social Rules for Conflict Escalation in response to pushy behaviour in the Workplace

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