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Digital Seminar

Using Brainspotting and IFS Therapy Themes to Support Neurodivergent and Highly Sensitive People

Sarah Mitchell
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 30, 2023
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Autistic, neurodivergent (ND) and highly sensitive (HS) clients can often present with difficulty connecting to parts or becoming flooded by them. This talk will introduce clinicians to a unique way of supporting clients’ systems in order to help them process and heal within the IFS framework. The role of the visual field in memory will be explored as to how this can be utilised to externalise and map parts in a powerful and engaging way. 

ND and HS clients' internal systems can quickly become overwhelmed by protectors with mottos of “never again”. The process that will be introduced here offers a novel way to titrate client’s work into small and manageable steps. Clients will be supported to meet challenging protectors and vulnerable exiles. They will be assisted to stay calm and compassionate (in Self) whilst contacting parts that may be highly triggering and cause protective parts to step in - think intellectualising, numbing, and so forth. 

This product is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or affiliated with the IFS Institute and does not qualify for IFS Institute credits or certification. 



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.25 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Sara Mitchell works in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Originally from the UK, where she studied psychology at both bachelor and masters levels, Sarah has practiced as a registered psychologist since 2014. Prior to this, she worked as a school counsellor, a behavioural clinician for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour, and as a teacher for children with special needs.

Sarah works by integrating a number of different therapeutic approaches with a foundation firmly based in IFS therapy. She has attended many IFS trainings and acted as a program assistant, as well as attending regular supervision with highly experienced IFS practitioners. Sarah has training in Brainspotting, EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Interoceptive Awareness. Educational studies include Memory Reconsolidation, theory of emotions, and basic neuropsychology. Sarah has driven, curious and passionate parts that are on a constant quest to master different therapy approaches in order to be able to best work with each client’s unique brain and nervous system.

Sarah identifies as having a highly sensitive system and uses her abilities to sense into her client’s state and developed a way of working that combines IFS and externalization in the visual field. She delights in being able to apply creative and personalised treatments for ND and HS systems that work to heal and harmonise.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sarah Mitchell maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sarah Mitchell is a member of the Australian Association of Psychologists.


  1. Understand interoceptive awareness and how this impacts ND and HS clients ability to work in therapy. 
  2. Make use of the visual field to support therapeutic processing in IFS for ND and HS clients. 
  3. Apply a mapping technique and way to externalise parts in synchrony with their visual field/ memory.


Attendees will learn: 

  •  Ways to help ND and HS clients to externalise and map their parts  
  •  Specific strategies to support ND and HS clients ability to connect with Self state 
  • A creative method to assist ND and HS clients work with protective parts and access exiles 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Physicians 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners  
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

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