Our Methods

The Butterfly Programme

Just when it thought it was over the caterpillar became a butterfly

At Papillon, our reality-based lifestyle program strives to provide a full life for our clients and prepare them for future challenges.

We aim to create a nurturing environment that provides the highest-quality services and promotes personal well-being and recovery, as well as health and motivation.

Included in our program are the following:

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) treatment: Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy which helps to provide clients with the tools to regulate painful emotions and help build better relationships.  It focuses on enhancing the person’s mindfulness, increasing their tolerance of negative emotions and providing strategies to manage and change intense emotions. It also teaches techniques to increase interpersonal effectiveness, such as communicating in a respectful way that builds relationships. It works well for people with personality and relational difficulties.

Nutrition Group: This group looks at ways to incorporate a healthy, balanced diet and exercise into everyday living. It provides support as well as educational information on nutrition, diet and healthy cooking, so that clients have the tools to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The group also organises walks to encourage exercise.

Family Dynamics Group: Family Dynamics are the patterns of relating between different family members. Each family has its own unique patterns, this therapy group addresses these dynamics and promotes positive communication in families, dealing with issues such as family conflict, healthy boundaries and co-dependency.

Coping Skills: This group allows clients a space to talk about their struggles in a non-judgemental, supportive setting. Group leaders and other clients share positive feedback. Specific coping areas covered include conflict management, learning to be assertive and improving inter-personal communication.

Life Skills: Teaches powerful life skills to clients to ensure that they are prepared for real life and independent living.

Mental Health Relapse Prevention Group: This group aims to support clients to maintain recovery and prevent relapse, by equipping them to understand their diagnosis and debunk the stigmas that might surround it. It also gives them access to resources that they can use going forward.

Recovery Focus: This is a group that focuses on education related to the 12 Steps recovery program. It places an emphasis on planning to prevent relapse, creating support systems and applying recovery methods.

Cooking Group:  The Cooking Group is a hands-on group that teaches clients to choose recipes, cook and learn about food safety.

Co-Dependency Group: An educational therapy group which offers support and helps clients develop a deeper understanding of Co-Dependency Disorder.  It also helps them to learn coping skills and how to create healthy relationships.

Anger Management Group:  A therapeutic group that provides a safe place for group members to work through specific anger issues and anger triggers. It also provides a platform to learn tools and techniques to help clients recognise anger triggers and respond to them in a healthy way.

Mindful Budgeting: A skills group that teaches clients how to budget, particularly in relation to grocery shopping, this includes help by staff in creating a grocery list and in sticking to this list and the budget.

Interpersonal Skills Group:  A life skills group in which clients learn how to interact with others in a positive manner. We use various methods to teach and reinforce interpersonal skills such as role-play and interactive activities.  Participants build up confidence in interacting with others through practice, support and validation.

Nursing Group: We provide clients with medical information on a range of issues such as the importance of sanitation, maintaining a healthy body weight, first aid and bolstering immunity through vaccinations and vitamins.

Community Group: This group educates clients about the program. They can gain more insight into any aspects that may not be clear to them and are made aware of the rules and regulations. We encourage participation and provide processes for clients to air any concerns or issues they may have. We also provide a platform for offering input or suggestions for improvement.

Current Events:  A life skills group that places emphasis on knowing what is going on in the world. We facilitate discussions about current events and clients are encouraged to share their opinions and listen to the opinions of others.

Open Art:  Overseen by our qualified art therapist, Open Art allows clients to make use of the art facilities and supplies to engage in creative expression.

Art therapy:  Art therapy provides a safe and supportive space for clients to gain a better understanding of themselves.  Run by our qualified art therapist, we use creative techniques such as painting, drawing, collage, crafts and sculpture to express and explore thoughts and feelings and work through trauma.

Work coaching: At Papillon, we encourage individuals to pursue job opportunities and further their education. We know this can be daunting, which is why we actively support clients by assisting them in applying for jobs or further studies. We teach skills such as writing a CV and interview technique and provide guidelines for appropriate workplace attire.

Individual Treatment Plans

Papillon provides individualised treatment plans, which are reviewed by clients and our social worker on a monthly basis. The individual requirements of clients are met with comprehensive planning for during their stay – ranging from, personal therapy where needed be as well as social work interventions.

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, gain 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.

Psychologist interventions: When required clients at an additional cost can enter one on one sessions with our psychologist.

Psychiatrist: We have a psychiatrist that visits once a month and if required can see clients at an additional cost. Many clients chose to stay with their regular psychiatrist.