Now I See A Person Institute (NISAPI) is a non-profit organization that specializes in Community Engagement: Collaborative Recovery Model of mental health and substance abuse treatment. We provide equine-assisted, and outdoor therapy and counseling services in naturalistic environments in Los Angeles County, California. In addition to these services, we offer training to graduate students, interns, and service providers in the collaborative recovery model of community-based services.
NISAPI specializes in traditionally difficult and high risk populations. Within our theoretical model we involve significant members within the client system to aid in transformative and long lasting change. Our clients learn to see themselves through genuine and strength-based lenses that transcend diagnosis or treatment history into new self-identities, agency-empowerment. Our clients help to direct their own change and new possibilities in the lives they wish to lead.
Therapy at Now I See A Person Institute
We invite a new understanding of the person. Through dialogue, new experiences and possibilities arise in a safe and spontaneous manner. As opposed to an office setting, the outdoor environment provides an atmosphere of normalcy. The resulting conversations between therapist and client surround themes of building healthy relationships, managing conflict, and promoting healthy self-identities. Clients learn to be co-facilitators in a journey of change.
We wish to create an environment in therapy where one does not feel judged, but is allowed a conversational space where the client can lead us to what is important to talk about. Our belief is that clients need the freedom to express their thoughts in a manner that respects and hears their ideas for change.