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JourneyBuilding® honours our shared intuition that our emotional problems are obstacles, that progress is a journey, and that wellbeing is something we build into our lives. Back when doctors took on the job of solving people’s emotional problems, those problems became diseases or disorders, progress became healing, and wellbeing became health. Now medications are now the world’s preferred way of solving emotional problems, and they’re not up to the job. But medications are only useful for emotional problems in the same way they are for travel problems: they help your body when it’s sick or hurt, but they don’t get you to your destination.   So, instead of of using a medical analogy, JourneyBuilding® asks you to imagine yourself in your current situation  in the landscape of your life. Where are you now? Where do you want to get to in life and why? What obstacles and resources lie around you? Who is close enough to help? How will your story unfold? When you see your problems this way, solutions become more obvious. When your therapist guide sees your problems this way, they can see more easily how they could help. Here’s a video showing how JourneyBuilding works:


JourneyBuilding reinvents therapy and coaching as travel, so at Kipapa it’s natural to ask “what kind of journey do you want?” We believe that when we customise your personal development the way you like it, you’re more likely to complete your  journey successfully. The problem is, if you haven’t done much personal development work before, you won’t know what you might like.  But you may know whether you’re more interested in looking back or looking ahead, whether you want to go deep or travel fast, and so on. So, our JourneySpec survey helps you tell us what journey you prefer.  By contrast, the medical worldview asks “what works for which diagnosis? or “what works for whom?” which in JourneyBuilding terms is like asking “what’s the best way out of this area?” or “what roads suit whom?” Answer: it depends where the client is, who they are, where they want to get to, and how they want to travel. Decades of research have yielded surprisingly few rules about what works in therapy and coaching, apart from creating a good relationship with the client, and keeping the client motivated. And that’s how JourneySpec helps us to do what works.  You can find it here: JourneySpec



If you’re going to make a personal development journey, it’s good to have a map. PsycNav™ is that map. Of course, you may want to follow your curiosity rather than be looking at a map all the time. But a map will help when you’re lost or you want to get somewhere faster. PsycNav™ gives your guide a map of your life, made from everything you’ve told us about yourself, packed into a multidimensional matrix.  Because every client’s matrix uses the same dimensions, your guide can quickly read it to see where your problems are and how to resolve them. And PsycNav updates with each new piece of information you give it. PsycNav puts medical problems where they belong: as the foundation of the bio-psycho-social dimension, and as the first level of your hierarchy of needs. Then shows how they relate to everything else you’ve talked about – from small to large, from survival to spirituality, from stimulus to response, and from bad to good.



Psynopsis™ is the software that holds your information, securely encrypted, on our private network. When you have several guides working with you on different problems, it also allows those guides to share what you tell them in a common PsycNav map. That makes for real multidisciplinary teamwork, between psychologist, coach, psychiatrist and any other practitioner you work with.  Also, if you come for couples therapy, or we coach you as a member of a team,  with your permission, we can put what you tell us with what your companions are telling us, to create a PsycNav map of you as a couple or a team. That helps us understand how to help you at the level of the couple or the team.



Your GoalPath™ is a high level map of what you want out of life, which we uncover in a special interview process.  It’s like a roadmap at the scale of an entire country: very useful for working out your general route, but we still need to zoom in to work out how you can navigate the here and now, or the “minor roads” of your life.



The GrowthSpiral™ is our version of the universal hierarchy of needs.  Wise people over the centuries have rediscovered the same ladder again and again. But it took decades for modern researchers to validate the hierarchy of needs with empirical evidence. Amongst those researchers are Maslow, Piaget, Ericsson, Kohlberg, Graves, Loevinger, Kegan, Cook-Greuter and Wilber. What we  at Kipapa add to the hierarchy of needs is our understanding of how depression and anxiety vary at each level of the hierarchy. The GrowthSpiral™ helps us pinpoint the source of your pain and locate your growing edge. Then we know where you need to focus your efforts for growth.



Our ProgressWheel™ identifies  how your thinking is blocking your progress. If you’re not taking positive action, it’s because you’re on a negative pathway thinking some unhelpful thoughts. We break your  thinking down into stages, using the information in PsycNav, and show on how to put your thinking on a more positive pathway.



Your LifeLandscape makes effective personal development simple enough to remember and act upon.  Here’s the problem that all psychologists face: your mind and its brain is the most complex thing in the known universe. No psychological theory or approach to psychotherapy will do justice to your complexity.  Plus, your situation adds extra complication.  Yet we need to understand you and your situation well enough to help you. And you need to understand those things too, without a qualification in psychology, so you can continue to use what you’ve learned without us.  How to resolve that paradox?  Some therapists draw formulation diagrams which make your life look like a circuit board, but those diagrams look scary and are hard to remember.  We prefer to help you use your imagination by drawing on a single page a scene that shows you, important people in your life, your situation, your thoughts, your resources, where you’ve come from in life, where you want to go and what obstacles you face.  That way you can intuitively appreciate how they interact.  Then you can imagine yourself in that scene, and run it forward in your head like a movie, to visualise your life as a success story. In your mind, you’ll leave your past problems behind, and overcome those obstacles to get where you want to go. It’s a great way to plan and make good things happen.  Plus, that one page scene is more complex, and more true to life, than the most sophisticated theory.  And you can refer to it, to remind yourself in future.  Give us a call now, to talk to us and get your LifeLandscape.

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