Dr Joanna Menger Leeman | Psychologist

BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Child and Family), PhD, MAPS

In my work as a psychologist I am drawn to working developmentally with pre-schoolers, children, adolescents, parents and adults.

I am experienced in providing psychological therapy for varied presentations including complex trauma, depression, anxiety, parent-child relationship difficulties, developmental disorders, school refusal, and grief/loss.

I have a special interest in developmental / complex trauma (child abuse and neglect and other adverse childhood events) with people of all ages. My PhD research explored intergenerational effects of child abuse and neglect and the resilience and recovery of survivors.

Healing complex trauma is possible.

My work is trauma-informed and follows the Blue Knot Foundation’s Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Services Delivery (ASCA (Now Blue Knot Foundation), 2012, 2019)

My work is informed by clinical insights from affective (emotions), cognitive (mind), psychodynamic, somatic (body-based) and bioecological (dynamic systems) approaches.

Approaches include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), expressive therapies including child-centred play therapy, small figure psychotherapy, sensori-motor psychotherapy, and sensory modulation.

Dr Joanna Menger Leeman

Dr Joanna Menger Leeman