Kipapa use psychological therapy, counselling and coaching to help you get out of the world of "mental illness" into the world of personal wellbeing. We believe it's unhelpful to treat emotional problems as "mental illnesses": they're not just in your mind, they're not like physical illnesses, and they're not likely to be solved by medication alone. Having emotional problems is more like being in a difficult situation, where an experienced guide can help you get to a better place, and ultimately help you find your path to fulfillment. As clinicians we're trained in the medical language of illness, diagnosis, symptom, patient, treatment and cure, but we believe it's better to think of life as a journey, where you are the traveller, problems are obstacles in your path, and we are the guides to help you out of the difficulty you're in.
To help navigate this mental world, we've developed software called Psycnav that works like satnav for the mind: when you talk to us, it shows where you've come from in terms of your history, where you are now in terms of your situation, where you want to get to in terms of your goals and values, and how to get there in terms of ways around the obstacles you face. Just as your satnav doesn't just show blocks in the road ahead, but also alternative routes and places where you can get food, so Psycnav helps us identify what approaches will work and what resources will feed you on your journey.
When we use the Psycnav map and think of personal development as a journey, we can put together the different perspectives of CBT, psychodynamic therapy, and other approaches to plan an integrated way forward, that sees you on many levels - physical, personal, interpersonal, and social - and helps you meet all your needs, from survival through to success and spiritual fulfillment, in a step by step way.