Harmony House

harmony houseHarmony House is situated in the heart of Cape Town. We have recreational facilities including our own swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam room and have access to a near-by sports field. We are on major transport routes, 20 minutes away from Cape Town international airport, and have close proximity to fellowship meetings, aftercare programmes, hospitals and clinics.

Harmony House is a treatment centre specialising in the extended care and treatment of addictive disorders including drug addiction, alcoholism, eating disorders, gambling and sex addiction.

We offer a residential program designed to assist addicts in making behavioural changes thereby enhancing their long-term prognosis for sustained recovery from addiction.

Our commitment to excellence, expert team and our holistic, evidence-based approach to treatment creates an environment that promotes positive and sustained change.  We have a proven track record of success that speaks for our approach to treatment. We are partnered with international referral networks and receive clients from all over the world.


Harmony House is a residential therapeutic community, subscribing to the internationally accepted Minnesota model of treatment. The highly structured programme is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, trained addiction counsellors and a spiritual counsellor.  Intervention incorporates a rich blend of contemporary models of counselling, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, crisis intervention, group psychotherapy, working with trauma, life-skills groups, team building and 12-step activities.

Emphasis on loss, grief, managing change and working with trauma are incorporated into the programme. In addition, psycho-education groups pertaining to addiction are also held weekly.

Eating Disorders

Our eating disorder programme is part of working with process addictions. The established principles of working with addictions are applied. Structured mealtimes help clients to develop appropriate eating patterns – with regard to normalising their relationship with food (and its meaning). Counselling interventions are applied to address the underlying emotional and behavioural issues surrounding the eating disorder. The meals provided are nutritionally balanced, and supported by a specialist registered dietician. Our programme includes focussed eating disorder groups which address, inter alia, self-esteem, disordered eating and body-image concerns. Additionally, one-on-one counselling and written assignments form part of this process. Weekly attendance at 12 step fellowship groups and working the steps with a sponsor is compulsory. A ‘buddy system’, written feelings journals and meal plans are integrated into the therapeutic process. A nutritionist /dietician and an eating disorder specialist are available to assist with specific client needs, and a formal eating contract may be entered into.

Sex and Love Addiction

Clients often experience interlinked profiles of addiction. In many instances their chemical addiction is linked to sex and/or love addiction. In this regard, we work systemically with the client and include specific intervention strategies to deal with these dualities. Examples would include psycho-sexual histories, gender groups, SLAA groups, working with intimacy and commitment, defining and addressing bottom-line behaviours, core beliefs and shame. Special attendance at Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)

Programme Summary

The therapeutic community is a full-time residential programme. Based on international research and our own extensive experience, the recommended period of stay is three months. After one month, depending on their process, and in consultation with the team and the client’s significant family and/or occupational support structure, it is strongly recommended that our clients complete a further two months, with an option to continue their treatment in our Tertiary,Serendipity (State-registered) and Satellite House Facilities.

Treatment Interventions

The programme encompasses a number of treatment interventions:

  • One-on-one psychotherapy/counselling
  • Psychodynamic Group Therapy
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Gender groups
  • Eating Disorder groups
  • Conjoint therapy with family members
  • Psycho-educational and didactic workshops
  • Life skills groups
  • 12-step orientated groups
  • Family work
  • Debriefing groups and peer-driven mini groups

Additionally, there are a number of activities that are adjunctive to the treatment process:

  • Creative groups
  • Drama therapy
  • On-site fellowship participation
  • Meditation, ritual work and spirituality
  • Aftercare

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