Butterfly Functional Legacy Mindset Acknowledges the contributions and richness of different minds grass Functional Legacy Mindset Explains how the narratives that dominate different minds play an important role in the mental health and wellbeing of our clients purple sky and tree Functional Legacy Mindset Educates people on how different minds function leaf Functional Legacy Mindset Addresses environmental factors that impact neurodiverse minds
Dr Kerry Chillemi gives an overview of the company approach, her personal views of trends in the industry and discusses the benefits of working from a strength based approach.

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The Functional Legacy Mindset™ approach was designed by Dr. Kerry Chillemi (Clinical Psychologist) to educate people on how different minds function, to embrace their strengths, and portray the legacy of such minds in terms of the benefits to society. The different minds discussed in the Five Mind Model | Functional Legacy Mindset includes, The Focused Mind, The Awe of the Autistic Mind, The Problem-Solving Mind, The Existential Mind, and The Entrepreneurial Mind. The Functional Legacy Mindset™ approach acknowledges the contributions and richness (the unique constellations of strengths and challenges) of each of these minds and seeks to address environmental factors that may be adversely impacting neurodivergent minds.

The theory of a Functional Legacy Mindset™ approach is grounded by the therapeutic benefits of embracing the authentic self, to promote a sense of purpose, in which clients feel empowered to embrace their unique strengths and abilities to contribute to society in ways that feel authentic and meaningful to them.

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VIEWS ON INDUSTRY TRENDS BY DR KERRY CHILLEMI

Dr Kerry Chillemi states, “the assumptions and narratives that dominate different minds play an important role in the mental health and wellbeing of clients”. The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental health disorders (DSM-5) offers standard criteria for the classification of disorders. This information is essential for providing a toolbox of coping skills to treat mental health concerns. What the DSM-5 does not portray is the strengths associated with different ways of thinking and relating to the world. The term neurodiversity, coined by sociologist Judy Singe in 1998, refers to a combination of traits (variations in the human brain regarding attention, mood, different ways of thinking and other mental functions) that are viewed as both strengths and challenges. Simon Baron-Cohen, a leader in the autism field, states “There is no single way for a brain to be normal” and Temple Grandin has famously stated he/she is “different not less”. Personalising treatment for precision goes beyond challenging thinking and treating avoidance behaviours to allow people to embrace their authentic self.
Neurodivergent individuals are acutely aware of their differences energetically, physically, emotionally, and mentally.  Many clients block their emotions and mask (camouflage) due to societal discrimination and a lack of accommodations designed to meet the neurocognitive needs of neurodivergent minds. An important first step to removing the mask is one of acceptance before we can identify and embrace the many strengths and beauty of neurodivergent minds. When we can come to accept our whole selves, we can remove the mask that makes us feel hidden, rejected, and disconnected. A great tragedy is going through life disconnected from our brilliant minds, because we see the self as broken.


The discipline of psychology is evolving at a rapid pace, with a move away from the idea that people need to meet neuro-normative expectations in-order-to succeed in life. When you build a healthy self-concept, clients are eager to learn and are more likely to develop a self-compassionate mindset to acknowledge that support is vital and needed. 
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A STRENGTH
BASED APPROACH

A strength-based perspective does not deny that neurodivergent disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Bi-Polar, carry potentially life-threatening risks and deficiencies, however, it also seeks to acknowledge the talents, interests, and skills upon which the person can build a life of success and joy. If a person is genuinely proud of who they are, it helps them to navigate the world better. In this way, expectations become more realistic and do not require the person to meet standards that are unreasonable. A safe path in the form; of a healthy self-identity (integrating a healthy sense of self), self-compassion, accommodations, energy accounting, supporting an interest-based nervous system, creative flow, and connecting with your tribe, allows people to minimize any negatives and leverage on the positives.

It is important that clients feel safe enough to reach out for help before they reach breaking point (develop maladaptive thinking about their plight) and believe that they have utilised all-of the responses in their coping repertoire (including seeking help). Repression of emotions and masking (suppressing your natural way of existing and camouflaging), may lead to burnout, disconnection, and isolation.  Whilst it is important to teach people about refraining (holding back), repression has a different energy in which you are afraid to express your emotions or feel the need to suppress your natural way of existing. To refrain is a healthy response, rather than a reaction, that is a choice rather than a requirement. You don’t grow out the way your mind works, rather you grow into it.

 To all, of the beautiful minds I have had the privilege of working with, I acknowledge the valuable contribution you bring to this world with the upmost respect.  The ripple effect of these beautiful minds benefit many people for years to come. Greatness can be achieved through diversity. 

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