Matrix Program®

An intensive non-residential treatment program for addiction

Support and Education to help people master a life without addiction

Why work with Us?

At Ashcliffe Psychology, we're passionate about supporting people to overcome unhelpful thinking and unhealthy cognitive patterns or behaviours, such as addiction.

This is why we offer the Matrix Program® in Perth.

what is the matrix program®?

  • an intensive non residential treatment program for addiction. 
  • a program adapted from The Matrix Model which is a combination of evidence-based interventions to support and assist individuals in recovery from addiction to alcohol, methamphetamine, ICE, cocaine, cannabis, prescription medication and similar substances.
  • facilitated by Accredited Health Professionals

The Matrix Program® includes psycho-education, cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, schema therapy, family and friends education evenings and contingency management.

The Program sits in between residential treatment and regular counselling. For people who need more than regular counselling but due to work and family commitments cannot commit to residential treatment.

Intensive Phase

The Intensive phase of the Matrix Program® requires participants to attend a minimum of 3 sessions a week for 20 weeks. Read More...

Maintenance Phase 1

The first part of the maintenance phase allows participants to begin to become more independent with their routine and choices. Read More...

Maintenance Phase 2

In this second phase of maintenance the group attendance reduces to once a week for 14 weeks. Read More...

about us

Kerryn Ashford-Hatherly and Michael Tunnecliffe

Michael Tunnecliffe

Michael is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the profession for more than 30 years.

He has held senior positions of Executive Manager and Director in and government and non-government agencies.

Kerryn Ashford - Hatherly

Kerryn is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience working with dual-diagnosis, alcohol and drug issues, domestic violence and trauma.

The Matrix Program® is not for everyone

It asks a lot from participants, and as such, our facilitators and lived experience mentors are all incredibly supportive.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Matrix Program®

What is the Matrix Program®?

The Matrix Program® has been adapted from The Matrix Model which is a combination of evidence-based interventions to support and assist individuals in recovery from addiction to methamphetamine, ICE, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis, prescription medication and similar substances.

Ashcliffe Psychology Directors Kerryn Ashford-Hatherly and Michael Tunnecliffe have both been trained to Supervisor level at the Matrix Institute in the United States. For anyone looking to address their substance abuse and addictive behaviours in Perth, our clinic may be able to help.

How do I start the Program?

To begin the engagement process for the Matrix Program®, you will need to make an appointment to discuss your individual treatment needs. This appointment does involve a $60 booking fee. After the appointment and if you wish to continue we invite you to attend two of our group sessions prior to committing to the program. There is no cost or obligation to do this.

The information session (plus the two group sessions) will give you an idea of what’s expected of you throughout the program and assist us in better understanding your personal circumstances and any other mental health issues that may coincide with substance abuse.

 For details on the entry process please download the information brochure here.

How much does The Matrix Program® Cost?

The cost for the Matrix Program® is a fixed fee of $187 a week.

That works out to be $62 a session if you come for the minimum 3 sessions.

You can come to all 6 sessions and then the cost comes down to $31 a session.

Can I do a trial?

Yes, First you need to book in for an information session which involves a $60 booking fee.

During the information session you will be given all the details about the program and our Matrix Clinician will assess whether this is a suitable program for you at this stage in your recovery.  After the information session, and should the program is deemed suitable for you,  you will be invited to attend 2 trial sessions.

There is no obligation to join the program.  The trial sessions are an opportunity to see how the program works and hear from other people their experience of recovery in the Matrix Program®.

What makes this program different from other addiction programs?

The Matrix Program® in Western Australia stands out as being unique in AOD Rehabilitation for 7 important reasons.

This long-standing, evidence-based, group treatment program was established in the USA during the 1980s. The Matrix Program® has been continually improved over the years with feedback from experts in addiction recovery and the clients who have participated in the treatment.

  1. As the Matrix Program® is an intensive, non-residential group treatment, it suits the needs of those seeking assistance, but prefer not to enter a residential program, due to family or work commitments.
  2. With the use of 110 rehabilitation topics, the Matrix Program® group sessions teach participants how to maintain their abstinence-based addiction recovery. At the same time, participants learn how to incorporate the important skills needed for an alcohol-free or drug-free life.
  3. The Matrix Program® is one of the few treatment programs that encourages participants to bring a partner, spouse, family member or support person to one session each week. This allows participants and their supporters to be involved in education and discussion on the important role family support can play in recovery.
  4. The Matrix Program® includes psycho-medical assessments in the program intake to assist in catering for the needs of each individual and establish baselines for recovery.
  5. Program participation is underpinned by consistent client motivation, positive regard and on-going encouragement from the staff team.
  6. Group sessions are facilitated by experienced Mental Health professionals to assist participants to learn about the essentials of Early Recovery, Relapse Prevention and Social Support.

You can find out more by going to the FAQ Page



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