COVID-19 outbreak | Everything you need to know | Learn more
Papillon is an internationally recognized stepdown facility offering tailor made treatment for people suffering from mental illness.
We offer care with an integrative approach to healing. For affordable care look no further.
Papillon provided a safe space for me to heal. Safe in that here were people who recognised my symptoms, understood them, did not judge me. Yet, they wanted to help me start the process of healing:to see and accept the reality of my illness, attempt to get me on the right medication, build up self-esteem, find the courage to look within and remember what my purpose and loves in life actually are.
Dear Team, ‘Just as the caterpillar thought it was over, it grew wings and became a butterfly’ – its name is Papillon. This portrays our daughter, Jessica’s, journey precisely. I stumbled upon Papillon’s website and it seemed an answer to prayer. Yolande listened attentively to our dilemma and, for the first time, in a very caring and compassionate way, explained to us what was happening to our daughter and assured us that Papillon would be able to accommodate and help her with her recovery.
My life was nothing but disaster before I came to Papillon. I was not a functional human being. I was crippled emotionally and mentally. When I entered Papillon, I felt nothing but relief. They accepted me for who I was and helped me reach the goal of being a healthy and functional human being. I was able to express myself without judgement.
The experience of having had 20 odd years of severe abuse and dysfunction within my childhood and young adult life left me with little real understanding of the world we inhabit and a very poor reserve of healthy coping skills. It did leave me with a spectrum of scars and issues now commonly know as mental illnesses. (The depression, post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder ruled my life. Lack of trust, co-dependency tendencies, the list could go on)
Tamie is doing so well Yolande. Of course we all understand that she has challenges but she uses her tools and works on herself constantly and consistently. Despite being admitted to Papillon for the last part of her Honors year, Tamie still graduated with the rest of her class. We are beyond proud of her achievements.
I was admitted to Papillon last October as a dual diagnosed patient. I suffer from bipolar mood disorder and was at the time addicted to over-the-counter medication. Before going into Papillon I felt that my life had lost all meaning and beauty: I had lost my job; my family relationships were in ruins; I felt as though I had nowhere to turn; and I was suicidal.
Dr Sarojini Naidoo has 20 years of experience in the field of abnormal psychology as a psychologist and social worker. She has a special interest in patients with dual diagnoses and works primarily from CBT and DBT frameworks. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of bullying, counselling and psychotherapy, ethics, psychopathology and suicidality. She is passionate about a range of mental health concerns affecting adolescents and adults.
Yolandé completed her degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology at UCT in 1996. She has worked in the field of dual diagnosis as a counsellor and coach since 2011. Yolandé is also a qualified EGALA equine therapist. Her original career was in media and business management for nearly two decades. She is the only person to have crossed Africa on a solo horseback ride in 1997. Yolandé founded Papillon and is closely involved with the career and community reintegration of clients. Yolandé through her own experience as she too has a mental illness has created a place of true healing – she was diagnosed in 2004.
Dr Sarojini Naidoo has 20 years of experience in the field of mental health as a psychologist and social worker. She has a special interest in patients with dual diagnoses and works primarily from CBT and DBT frameworks. Her research, teaching, and counseling interests are in the areas of psychopathology and suicidality. She is passionate about a range of mental health concerns affecting adolescents and adults and works with the Papillon team to deliver holistic therapeutic interventions.
Lara has a special interest in the fields of mental health, resilience, and relationship work. She believes in the innate resilience that exists within each human being and has spent her career counseling individuals, couples, and groups from this standpoint. Lara has extensive experience in the modality of group work. She is passionate about transformative processes that are strength-based, and empower people to access their potential in order to live their best possible lives.
Jamie graduated with a BSc Occupational Therapy (Hons) from the University of Cape Town in 2017. During her university career, and community service year at 1 Military Hospital, she has been exposed to a broad range of mental health disorders and psychiatric illness. Jamie believes in a holistic and multi-disciplinary team approach in treating mental health users for improved quality of life, meaningful engagement in occupation, and successful reintegration into society and the workplace.
Jason believes that nothing is as beautiful as sharing his personal experiences with others who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. He has witnessed people in a hopeless state of mind becoming amazing members of society. He sees miracles happening daily.