Stephanie Mitchell is a psychotherapist, trainer and group therapist working in private practice in South Australia. She specializes in working with complex trauma and experiences which often get labelled as ‘mental illness’, including those experiences that get labelled BPD and Schizophrenia.
Stephanie is interested in how healing and change can occur in the therapeutic relationship, within spaces of acceptance and outside the constructs of diagnostic labels.
Stephanie’s initial training included 3 years of advanced studies in Transactional Analysis and she has since trained in Open Dialogue, Family Systems Therapy, Person Centred Therapy and Yalom Group therapy, before moving over to working almost exclusively with Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Stephanie is trained to Level 3 in the IFS Model and has undertaken extensive supervision, additional training and personal work within the model.
Stephanie is also a passionate advocate and activist for social and systems change towards non-pathologizing and compassionate approaches to mental distress and is involved at national and international levels around mental health reform.
Believing that a therapist can only take a client as far as they themselves have travelled Stephanie has undertaken over 400 hours of her own personal therapy in the IFS Model and is deeply acquainted with her own parts, embodying the model from the inside out. She brings her humility and connection to parts to the teaching she offers, and creates a safe place of exploration for all parts within the learning environment.