Our Program

Tenacious House operates as a three-stage program.

Stage 1 Foundations of Recovery
Stage 2 Personal Development
Stage 3 Continuing Care

Each of these stages include therapeutic interventions, skills development and continuing care support.

Group Course Work

This 12 module group program is run by Holyoake and includes weekly presentations by Holyoake counsellors on a variety of topics, followed by therapeutic discussions within the group. This is an educative and therapeutic approach to developing recovery skills, typical to what you would expect to see in a recovery program. For further details please visit their website: www.holyoake.org.au/who-we-reach/men

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Interactive Course Work

We provide an evidence-based model for recovery which is a hands on/practical approach to help those who may not engage in more traditional ways of teaching. These courses include:

Equine therapy: where the participants use their interaction with the horses to understand their emotions and self-awareness. The 10 week horse therapy course is a great addition to our other counselling styles. These sessions offer a safe challenge for participants to explore feelings and behaviours in a new way by connecting them with horses and nature. Working with horses helps build relationships and centre the individual in the moment, promoting wellness and positive mental health. Equine Therapy is a research based transformational process that invites consumers to see the patterns that they live in the world and how they relate with those around them in a different environment.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills Group: DBT is a modified version of cognitive-behavioural therapy. It is very effective in treating suicidal behavior, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. We offer an 8 week skills group focused on teaching the necessary tools for participants to regulate emotions, manage personal relationships and handle distressing situations.

Connections: Is a 12 Session Psycho-educational Shame Resilience Curriculum developed by Dr Brené Brown. Topics include: defining shame; practicing empathy; exploring triggers and vulnerabilities; practicing critical awareness; reaching out to others; creating, embracing, and inspiring change. Connections engages participants on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level to build shame resilience.

Narrative Therapy Group: Narrative Therapy is a non-judgmental approach to counselling which seeks to be respectful of individuals and centres them as the experts of their own lives. It considers problems as separate from the individual and assumes that people have the necessary skills, competencies, and values that will assist them to reduce the impact of issues in their lives. The goal of the group is to identify maladaptive stories that individuals tell themselves and begin to create alternative stories that promote wellbeing. With these new stories, individuals are able to create renewed identities and possibilities for improved relationships.



To be healthy, the mind, body and soul need to be functioning well.

• Fitness classes are run twice per week to improve physical health and strength.

• Food and nutrition courses are run which teach healthy eating habits which include: learning to read food labels and understand the effects of food on the body.

• The participants are given the opportunity to explore their personal spirituality.

• Each morning participants present a ‘thought for the day’, which can be a personal reflection, meditation or reading.

• 12 Step AA/NA program – all participants go to 3 weekly 12 step group meetings which are ran in the broader community.


Life Skills

The program is designed to simulate a working week which gets the participants work ready for when they complete the program. All the participants go on a cooking and cleaning roster where they learn how to manage a household, this includes food shopping, cleaning, cooking and self-care.


Individual & Family Counselling

Each participant is assigned a counsellor who they see once a week. The counsellors work closely with the participants to establish individualised treatment plans and work to achieve their personal recovery goals. We also operate as a family inclusive program meaning we want to provide support to and include family and significant others in the recovery journey as appropriate.



Participants complete one day each week working on local properties in the community. This is where the participants learn to follow instructions, work safely and then, as they progress, lead teams.



Located on a rural setting 20 minutes from Joondalup, Tenacious House offers great facilities in a peaceful and tranquil setting.