Free & Confidential Services

If you or someone you care about is affected by alcohol and/or drugs or related mental wellness issues, we can help you work through your challenges in a safe, caring and non-judgemental environment.

Our counselling programs are available free of cost. All you have to do is call our client services officer on 08 9416 4444 or email clientservices@holyoake.org.au to make an appointment.

One of our experienced counsellors will meet you to understand you and your circumstances. We will then recommend a program that would work best for you.

Please scroll down to learn more about our programs and services.

Individual Counselling

If alcohol and/or other drugs are affecting your life and relationships, individual counselling will help and support you to achieve your goals.

We also offer counselling to all family members who may be impacted by someone else’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Our programs include counselling for couples and families.

Each counselling session is usually 50-60 minutes long, and appointments are available during the day and some evenings.

Group Programs

Group programs give individuals and family members an opportunity to explore their challenges and the impact of alcohol and/or other drugs on their relationships. It is a safe and supported environment in which shared experiences and peer support can make a positive difference. Our group programs include:

  Men’s Program: Helps men to understand and address their alcohol and/or drug use.

  Women’s Program: Helps women to understand and address their alcohol and/or drug use.

  Young Adult’s Program (18-24 years): Helps young adults to understand and address their alcohol and/or drug use.

  Seeds of Change Program: For men and women who want to create change around alcohol and/or drugs, but are unsure where to start.

  Relationships in Focus: Provides support and coping skills to those impacted by the misuse of alcohol and/or drugs by someone they care about.

  Parent’s Program: Helps parents to understand their situation and explore practical skills to cope with and facilitate positive change.

  Childhood in Perspective: Helps men and women to address issues related to growing up in a family where alcohol and/or drugs were a problem.

Our group programs are run on a weekly basis and you can attend sessions during the day and some evenings.

Children & Young People

Holyoake offers special programs for children and young people who may be affected directly or indirectly by alcohol and/or drugs or related issues. Our programs include:

Attachment Art and Play Program involves 10 family sessions for caregivers and their child/children who have been impacted by their own or significant other’s alcohol and/or drug misuse. Supported by a therapist, families use art and play to build the caregiver-child relationship, reduce parental stress and improve communication.

Young People’s Program involves 1:1 sessions for young people aged 3-17 years who are impacted by parental or significant other’s alcohol and/or drug misuse. The young person is supported to develop the knowledge and skills to cope with their experiences and foster an increased sense of self-esteem.

Adolescent Program involves 1:1 counselling with a counsellor to support young people aged 12-17 years to address their own misuse of alcohol and/or drugs, and to gain confidence, stay safe and reduce the harm of substances.

Child Parent Relationship Training This 10-session group program for caregivers supports participants to develop a greater understanding of their children’s emotional needs and to communicate more effectively. We use the principles of child-centred play therapy to assist caregivers to parent therapeutically and become the agent of change for their child.