Individual Treatment Plans


Papillon provides individualised treatment plans, which are reviewed by clients and our social worker on a bi-monthly basis. The individual requirements of clients are met with comprehensive planning for during their stay – ranging from, personal therapy goal setting in subacute to assistance with finding employment once clients have begun the re-integration programme.

Getting Real

There is plenty of “canned” treatment on offer to people with mental illnesses worldwide – many forms of one-one therapy to choose from with an array of experts punting one form of treatment however; at Papillon we provide an eclectic approach for the treatment of populations with psychiatric and high functioning autistic disorders.

In conjunction with six to seven hours a day of group therapy; individual therapy is tailored to clients’specific  requirements as explained below:

Mentalization the Papillon way…

To encapsulate all the therapies utilised at Papillon; one has to consider the practices of Mentalization, which according to the American Psychiatric Asociation’s (APA) definition in a handbook published 2012: “Refers to our ability to attend to mental sates in ourselves and others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states.”

“Our individualised therapy therefore focuses on the individual developing an authentic internal mirror into their own behaviours and drives. Once clients are in touch with their inner selves the focus becomes an external reality with constant realistic checking into their inner worlds - this is both an authentic and realistic manner of living life, which is driven by realistic but also impassioned life plans;” says Yolandé Geyser the Founding Director of Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre.

1             Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

Commonly known as CBT this therapy is focussed on moving individuals into a new unexplored reality with the emotional skills to cope with his / her life. CBT can be a very confrontational type of therapy involving “tough love” approach from the therapist. Although some clients are resistant at first to this process when they experience the benefits in a short period of time; clientsusualy become very motivated in the therapy process. As clients build a future based on their present circumstances their future becomes a positive planning experience based on their history of stay at Papillon.

2             Logo Therapy:

According to the Logo Therapy Institute  Victor Frankla psychiatrist and Nazi concentration camp survivor isquoted as saying: "We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering" and that "everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances."

3             Occupational Therapy:

Occupational therapy is provided one on one to our lower functioning clients who are usually re-integrated into supported living circumstances. Commonly known as OT this is a practical approach to all dimensions of a person’s life such as sleeping or grooming habits. OT is very beneficial to this type of clientele who require the intervention on a bi-weekly basis. Papillon often makes use of a daily OT assistant in certain circumstances.

4             Social Work Interventions:

Besides the comprehensive treatment plans, which are performed by our social worker –a social work intervention can occur three times a week as required by clients. This is both a group and an individual intervention. The individual intervention utilises the tool of journaling  as clients keep a daily journal expressing their needs, feelings and progress (or lack thereof).  On group level a check –in is performed three times a week by our social worker, which assesses all the dynamics of the group and how the house is operating.

5             Recovery Coaching:

Once clients have reached a phase of treatment whereby they have developed insight into their thinking and behaviour the coaching process begins. This function is undertaken by a coach who has similar life experiences that mirror those of the client. The coach utilises his/her life as a point of reflection for a client to move forward – planning and execution is of the utmost importance to client’s healing at this stage.

6             Personalised Family Therapy:

This is generally a team function at the beginning of the treatment phase whereby the family meets with the core team as a panel and with the clients consent, gains a deeper insight into the client’s life and how their illness has affected individuals around them.  Only if required is one on one therapy offered to the family at an additional cost. In general families are encouraged to join support and self-help groups in their demographic.

7             Dual Disorders Treatment:

Many clients  diagnosed with psychiatric or emotional disorders battle an equally menacing disease – a substance use disorder. The symptoms of one condition may mask the symptoms of the other or even make them worse. Although everyone can change in certain ways, the greater the psychiatric impairment the more difficulty an individual has in achieving or maintaining sobriety and coping with life’s’ problems. There are several approaches to treating a client with a dual disorder, and so a structured treatment approach that has been individualised is essential.


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