Leisa Tanner is a psychotherapist who originally completed her training as a clinical social worker over 25 years ago. She is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is a recognised mental health provider with Medicare.

Leisa has been employed in a number of settings including child and youth mental health and the domestic violence sector as both a women’s and children therapist, and most recently in private practice for the last ten years. Leisa has been a guest presenter on 96.5fm, facilitated numerous workshops and training to the Division of General Practice, Adult Mental Health, Act for Kids and Maternal and Child Health. She has also most recently published Becoming a Mother, Finch Publishing (written under the name Leisa Stathis).

Leisa enjoys working with all areas of mental health, however her particular areas of interest are eating disorders in adolescents and women and chronic pain.


Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work (1991), GCert Soc Wk ( Advanced Family therapy) (2001)

Special Interests: Eating disorders, Chronic Pain Disorders, Women’s Mental health, Perinatal Mental Health

Treatments: Individual Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Structural Family Therapy

Rebate Available: Medicare rebate available when referred under a Mental health Plan from your GP

Referral Required: General Practitioner (12 months of indefinite), Psychiatrist or Paediatrician – referrals provide access to treatment within the Medicare Better Access Scheme

Availability: Occasional after school appointments available

What is a Therapist?

A therapist is someone who has been specifically trained in mental health issues and has received supervision in the art and practice of providing psychotherapy (“Talking therapy”). This includes Individual Therapy and Group Therapy.

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