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About the Directors

Dr Leonie White and Dr Kate Owen have worked in collaboration since 2012.  They share a passion for Family Therapy, and supporting the development of those interested in extending their practice in the helping profession. 


Leonie and Kate have worked together in the Master of Mental Health (Family Therapy) degree previously offered at The University of Queensland. They have also worked together in providing professional development workshops through their private practices.

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

Dr Leonie White is a Psychologist and Family Therapist with 20 years experience - including 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 Mental Health by supporting young people and their families/carers with emotional, behavioural, social and family difficulties.  Leonie also specializes in providing Clinical Supervision to other helping professionals.  Leonie works in private practice, provides supervision and training, and works part-time at Queensland Health.  Leonie White has previously been the Family Therapy field of study coordination at the University of Queensland for the Masters of Mental Health (Family Therapy), and is currently a Member of Staff at the Queensland University of Technology in the Masters of Counselling.  Leonie has presented at 5 of the Australian Association of Family Therapy National Conferences, and also at the Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference (Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association) - focusing on sharing Systemic Family Therapy ideas in Mental Health, Child Protection, Collaborative Practice, Clinical Supervision and Integration of Therapeutic approaches.

Leonie's private practice services can be viewed at


Dr Kate Owen

Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist

B.Psych (Hons), DPsych (Clinical), Clinical Family Therapist

MAPS, FCCLP, Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor AAFT

Dr. Kate Owen is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with 20+ years of experience working in mental health.  Kate has been in private practice since 2010 providing comprehensive services to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition to her clinical services, Kate also offers supervision and mentoring to individuals and government and non-government organisations, as well as facilitates workshops for Helping Professionals and staff in the Education system.  Kate has a passion for supporting the community and facilitates training events for the general public, providing free resources on her private practice website and YouTube channel, as well as creating online courses and programs (visit for more information).  In March 2020 Kate published the Keep Calm Cards, 37 strategies to assist people in managing the effects of stress and anxiety.

Prior to private practice and starting The QLD Institute of Family Therapy, Kate worked in a Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Inpatient setting, working with children in the child protection system, and crisis and intake services) and taught in University settings, including Griffith University, Bond University and the Masters of Mental Health (Family Therapy) program at The University of Queensland.

Kate has presented at two of the Australian Association of Family Therapy National Conferences, The Australian Psychological Society, and has been an invited keynote to the Child Inclusive Practice Forum.

Kate has a love for systemic family therapy, with an integrative focus on combining neuroscience and 4th wave therapeutic modalities into her practice.

Kate's private practice services can be viewed at

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Teaching Team

Laura Hawkins

Laura is a mental health occupational therapist and clinical family therapist. Laura has been working in this field for 10 years, supporting families, adults and young people.


Laura has taught at the University of Queensland in the Master of Mental Health (Family Therapy) course and currently holds the Systemic Facilitation Lead position at the Queensland Institute of Family Therapy (QIFT). 


Laura is an accredited supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).

As a family therapist, Laura views challenges in the context of relationships, the environment and the wider system around the person. Therapy sessions often involve activities meaningful to the individual or family, with a focus on helping people discover their strengths and resiliencies to navigate life's changes and challenges.

Laura has a passion for providing professional supervision for professionals that work with children and families. Laura brings a unique perspective given her family therapy background, helping professionals and organisations to navigate the complexities of the family system when feeling stuck.

Laura's private practice services can be viewed at


Dr Mark Scholes

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Family Therapist

B.Psych (1st Class Hons), DPsych (Clinical)

MAPS, Clinical Member AAFT

Hi, I'm Mark. I have been practicing as a Psychologist since 2002. I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University in 2005, researching Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and parents with depression. I have extensive experience working in government and non-government agencies, private practice, academic settings and schools. I worked as a Senior Psychologist for Evolve Therapeutic Services (Queensland Health) for several years, specialising in the field of childhood trauma, children in care, and collaborative practice across services. My broad range of experience has helped me understand and appreciate the challenges of "family and organisational systems", as well as rise above these challenges and create change. 

Along with clinical work, I am also very passionate and have a long history of providing Clinical Supervision (individual and group) to Psychologists and other health professionals.


In May 2019, I co-founded a new clinic “The Family Wellbeing Hub” in Ashmore with a group of fellow family-based practitioners. Our vision is to offer a range of independent wellbeing services that are centered on the importance and needs of the family and its individuals. Currently, The Family Wellbeing Hub contains psychological services for children, adolescents, families and adults with a range of psychological and social concerns. The Hub is a place where clients of all ages can seek support to improve their wellbeing.

Marks private practice services can be viewed at

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