Dr Keeley White

Dr. Keeley White

Clinical Psychologist

BA Psychology (Hons), MA Applied Disability Studies, PhD School/Applied Child Psychology

Early Career and Training 

In 2016, Keeley graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a doctorate degree in Educational and Clinical Psychology. Prior to her PhD, she completed her undergraduate degree in honours psychology at Concordia University and her master’s degree in applied disability studies at Brock University (both situated in Canada).

In 2017, Keeley was awarded a two-year Marie Curie post-doctoral research fellowship to develop, pilot, and evaluate a work-related social skills program (namely the Assistive Soft Skills and Employment Training or ASSET Program) for autistic adults . In this role, she worked at Michigan State University (in the U.S.) and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

After completing this fellowship, Keeley started work at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in March 2019. Her research and clinical interests include employment, mental health, autism, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Clinical Experience

Keeley is a licensed clinical psychologist in Canada. She has provided assessment and therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of disabilities and psychological needs across the lifespan and from a wide variety of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in school, hospital, and community (public and private) settings.

During her clinical training in Montreal Canada, Keeley interned at the McGill Psycho-educational and Counselling outpatient clinic and Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital’s Early Childhood Disorders Program where she worked with children and adolescents and their families.

Keeley then moved to Toronto, Canada to complete her pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre, a community-based organization that provides a range of services including complex assessment, diagnostics, and treatment for children and adults living with autism and developmental disabilities and their families. In this role, Keeley also worked in adult mental health services.

Keeley has experience in providing comprehensive psychological assessment and therapy for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of concerns related to learning, attention, anxiety and depression, selective mutism, trauma, behavioural problems, attachment or interpersonal difficulties, low self-esteem, and emotional self-regulation.

She has extensive clinical experience working with individuals with various developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health concerns, including autism, intellectual and physical disabilities, foetal alcohol syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, fragile X, and Down syndrome.

Keeley’s training and experience with people across the lifespan means she can adapt interventions to suit the individual needs of the person in therapy. 

She has completed specialized training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and compassion focused therapy (CFT). Her therapeutic approach is built on evidence-based therapies such as CBT, DBT, and CFT; she also draws techniques from modalities such as behaviour therapy, brief solution focused therapy, family therapy, psychodynamic play therapy (for children), collaborative problem solving, parenting skills, and the decider skills.

Research Experience 

Keeley has collaborated on a number of research projects promoting better outcomes for people with autism and/or intellectual disabilities (ID). She has presented at numerous international and national conferences in the areas of autism and ID; has been funded at both the provincial and national level in Canada for her master’s and doctoral research; and has received 15 other research awards from organizations and universities alike. 

Further, Keeley was one of 14 people in Canada awarded an Autism Research Training Program Scholarship for 2014-2016. She is actively involved in research, collaborating with researchers internationally on various related projects in the areas of autism and ID.

Her current research focuses on promoting the employment and mental health of autistic adults.

Specialised Training 

Keeley has extensive experience working with adults with autism and/or ID who present with concerns in various areas of adult functioning (e.g., employment, post-secondary education, relationships), as well as mental health (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm). She is passionate about helping autistic adults realise their potential and better understand that their different way of thinking is a strength as they navigate their adult life.

Keeley believes that autistic individuals should be treated with respect and belief to have the capacity to make meaningful change in their lives. She uses evidence-based approaches (such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy) with a strong focus on strengths-based and client-based approaches that emphasise validation, psychoeducation about their unique autism and sensory profiles to enhance understanding and self-acceptance, building capacity (e.g., emotional literacy, executive functioning) and setting boundaries on time and energy to save autistic burnout. She offers services that are grounded in research and national guidelines, with a philosophy of being inclusive, strength-based, and neuro-divergent friendly.

Further, Keeley is also experienced in working with families, including parent/family counselling and consultation in this area.

Clinical Approach 

Keeley is passionate about empowering people by promoting their resilience, knowledge and self-efficacy, and in managing their mental health and daily functioning through use of person- and family-centred approaches. Most importantly, she believes in the importance of an honest, compassionate, and collaborative relationship with every client.

Specifically, she helps clients make sense of their difficulties and collaboratively working to identify goals for therapy, while also ensuring to highlight the assets and coping strategies that the client has already developed before coming into therapy. She takes an evidence-based approach to her clinical practice, integrating current research with clinical expertise, while ensuring her approach is flexible and tailored to meet client needs and preferences. She uses an integrative approach to treatment incorporating elements of cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and systemic modalities to help clients and their families thrive and achieve their goals.

Keeley has a keen interest in supporting adults mental health. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, emotion regulation and executive functioning difficulties, anger management, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, substance use, suicidality and self-harm, and trauma.

Professional Career Development and Training

In addition to her research and clinical work, Keeley believes in enhancing psychological understanding through teaching. She has lectured at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level in Canada as well as at NUI Galway.

Keeley will be receiving supervision for CFT, CBT, and DBT to further develop her skills and plans to attend basic and advance training courses in the future.

Memberships

Keeley is a licensed clinical psychologist in Canada (Order of Psychologists of Quebec) and a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She is also an associate member of the PSI’s Special Interest Group on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Division of Teachers and Researchers.

Please note 

Keeley is currently awaiting validation from the PSI, when she will become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in Ireland. Until this time, clients will be unable to claim on their insurance for sessions with Keeley. 

Publications

Keeley has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Research. She has also collaborated on book chapters related to Down syndrome, deinstitutionalization for adults with ID, psychosis and ID, and post-secondary transition outcomes for youth with autism. 

Appointments

Keeley is available for appointments each week from

  • Monday 1pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 2pm
  • Thursdays 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 9am – 5pm

If you would like to book an appointment with Keeley or have any questions about starting therapy, please contact the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page