The great thing about halfpipes is you have control over how high you go. You can go 1 inch out of the pipe or 20 feet, just start at with a tiny air and work your way up.
If you're already riding up to the lip and pushing off into small airs/180, you're already doing the basic technique. Do the exact same thing, but take a mini air out of the top of the pipe.
Sounds to me like it's all in your head and you just need to get past that mental block.
ps - if you end up outside the pipe doing a mini air it doesn't matter anyhow. It won't hurt since you won't be falling more than a foot to the deck. Just don't stick any hands out if you fall (so they don't get caught awkwardly) and you'll be just fine.
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