Leandra Perrotta, Psy.D. is an Italian/Australian, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She works with adults, couples and groups. She has an integrative approach to psychotherapy, bringing together Jungian, existential, and expressive therapy, and clinical psychology.
Leandra’s approach provides a safe and confidential space to develop resources when you are struggling with the difficulties of daily life, relationship issues or sexuality. Psychotherapy can help develop resilience when you are coping with challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, grief or illness. Psychotherapy can also help to experience more well-being when you are overwhelmed by life changes or identity crises.
Jungian therapy is a type of in-depth therapy in which you are encouraged to explore and bring unconscious aspects into your conscious awareness. The unconscious may be explored by examining the symbolic meaning of your dreams and the emerging archetypes, a gateway to a deeper understanding of yourself. Existential therapy focuses on concepts that are universally applicable to human existence including death, freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of life.
Psychogenealogy plays an important part of the therapeutic process. This approach investigates how family legacies play on the formation of emotional or physical symptoms, or cause repetitive patterns of behaviour such as the anniversary syndrome. Psychogenealogy, with the use of specific tools such as the Genosociogram or the family atom, can help to deal with unfinished business and explore how we unconsciously accommodate to dysfunctional patterns and re-enact similar life scripts to preserve our loyalty to our family of origin.
When you’ve experienced trauma, you may feel at a loss as to how to process what you’ve been through or how you can heal. Trauma therapy helps to process past events and offers skills and strategies to understand, cope with, and process emotions and memories tied to traumatic experiences. EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and is particularly effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder – PTSD.
The dynamics of intimacy and sexuality are also examined in the therapeutic process, as they are closely connected to our first attachment experiences. This work helps you to discover how to deal with fantasies or taboos, vulnerability or shame, and initiates a transformative process of self-awareness.
When the request is for couples therapy, one aspect we will decide together is whether to work with me or whether our sessions would benefit from working co-therapeutically in team with my colleague at Varden Spesialistsenter, Zena Geard. Zena is a systemic family psychotherapist and psychodramatist, who has extensive experience in working with couples. Very often, the only school for relationships we have attended have been our families of origin, where we might have learnt dysfunctional relational models. Working with two therapists creates a safe space and allows you to be seen and met in all the different nuances in the relationship.
Leandra has trained in Jungian therapy, psychogenealogy, couples therapy, trauma therapy and EMDR, psychodrama, and dance movement therapy. She also has a Master’s Degree in English and French Literature.
Leandra has experience in teaching at graduate level at University and Post-graduate Institutes of Psychotherapy and has published over 10 articles or chapters in books. She works on collective trauma as a member of the FEPTO Task Force for Peace Building and Conflict Transformation and has worked internationally as a teacher and lecturer in over 40 different countries worldwide. Leandra is a native speaker of English and Italian and speaks very good French.
Leandra works at Varden Spesialistsenter and online. If you wish to have an appointment to meet Leandra, discuss starting psychotherapy and learn about her fees, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text her at 96646378, or Whatsapp at: +393489392018.