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Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy

Are you struggling to find peace and fulfillment in your present life? I'm so glad you've found your way to my website. I understand how overwhelming and lonely it can feel, but I want you to know—you are not alone. Whether you're facing anxiety, depression, navigating through relationship challenges, or simply seeking a sense of direction, I'm here to offer counselling support and guidance tailored to your unique journey.

 

Did you know that unresolved issues from your past could be the root cause. As a specialised Counsellor, I focus on supporting women who are facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, parenting difficulties, and relationship struggles—issues that often are rooted in our childhood experiences.

My counselling approach is about uncovering the connection between your past and present, empowering you to heal, grow, and reclaim your life. I believe there are stories that we form in our childhoods about ourselves. These come from little events and big events that shape the narrative of our lives. These stories follow us and we bring them to our everyday lives. These are the stories that can come out when we are triggered by certain events, like the feeling of not being heard, or seen, or not feeling good enough. We then react in emotional ways - much like a child - this is our inner child coming out. In our counselling sessions I help you to understand those stories and to make sense of why we behave, react, and respond in certain ways. By exploring these narratives and understanding our inner child, we can begin to heal and rewrite the scripts that no longer serve us, paving the way for personal growth, resilience, and self-compassion. It's lifechanging.

Drawing from my personal experience: my counselling speciality lies in guiding and empowering women (aged 14 and up) to embrace their true selves and lead joyful, meaningful lives. 

Other Specialisations​

  • Expertise in counselling support for individuals facing significant life changes, including parenting challenges (including patenting through the teen years and empty nester syndrome), relationship changes, retirement, and more.

  • As someone with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) herself I specialise in supporting and counselling other women with diagnoses like MS (Multiple Sclerosis).

While my Counselling and Therapy expertise lies in these specific areas, my approach is rooted in fostering resilience, promoting self-discovery, and empowering you to navigate life's challenges with courage and strength, no matter what the situation.

Services

Whether via telephone, video, or in-person sessions in Seaton, South Australia, I offer both NDIS and non-NDIS counselling options. No Mental Health Care Plan needed.

Your mental health and well-being is my top priority. Let's work together to navigate these roadblocks and create a path towards a brighter, more fulfilling future. Ready to Start Your Journey? Book your counselling session today and take the first step towards healing.

Reach out for more information or book a Counselling session using the button below.

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My Counselling Approach 

Unlock Your Strength: Are you seeking a mental health counsellor who truly understands and values you as an individual? Look no further. At New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy, I offer more than just therapy—I offer a genuine connection built on empathy, authenticity, kindness, and compassion.

Tailored Counselling Support, Tailored Solutions: As a woman navigating life's challenges, you deserve a safe space where you can be authentically you. My counselling approach isn't about fitting you into a preconceived mold; it's about empowering you to embrace your unique strengths and navigate life's twists and turns with confidence.

Your Experience Matters: Your journey matters deeply to me. As a qualified and accredited Counsellor, I prioritise your unique perspective, values, and needs. I understand that the standard "one size fits all" approach rarely works because each of us has our own story to tell.

When you step into my Counselling space, you're not just another client. I've intentionally moved away from the clinical setting to create a comfortable, welcoming, and authentic space where you can feel truly heard and understood.

Tailored Counselling Approach: I believe in putting you in control of your healing journey. Whether you're seeking empathetic understanding, authentic connection, or kindness and compassion, I'm here to support you every step of the way.

Your Counselling Journey Starts Here: Together, we'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth, unlocking your inner strength and empowering you to thrive in every aspect of your life. Take the first step toward a brighter tomorrow—book your counselling session today.

About Me

Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy! I'm Samantha, but you can call me Sam, and I'm here to be your guide on the mental health and well-being journey .

As a dedicated Counsellor, motivational speaker, and author, I'm fueled by a passion for empowering people to navigate life's challenges with resilience and strength. At New Start Counselling, I believe in creating a counselling space where you feel not just heard, but truly understood.

Whether you're seeking support for mental health concerns, looking for inspiration through my motivational speaking, you're in the right place. Together, let's embark on a counselling journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation.

Welcome aboard – your new beginning starts here.

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THE VALUE OF LIVED EXPERIENCE

I want to share something close to my heart: our experiences shape us in ways we often underestimate. It's the connections we forge and the wisdom we gain that truly build our strength and reveal our essence. I'm a firm believer that when we open up, learn from each other, and embrace our journeys, we pave the way for a brighter tomorrow filled with hope and resilience.

In my counselling practice, I'm all about breaking free from the conventional mold of counselling and therapy. Instead, I'm passionate about fostering inclusivity and empowering individuals to take charge of their own growth. Life's diversity and unpredictability offer far more valuable lessons than any classroom could contain.

Let's embark on this journey together, celebrating the uniqueness of each experience and the strength we find in solidarity. Together, we'll redefine what it means to thrive and support each other every step of the way.

  • What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
    In Australia, the distinction between a psychologist and a counsellor lies primarily in their training, regulation, and approach to therapy. Psychologists undergo comprehensive training, typically specializing in modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with a strong emphasis on psychological theory and statistical analysis. Their education spans six years, starting with four years dedicated to foundational education in various modalities, psychological theories, and research methods. The latter part of their training focuses on supervised clinical practice. Psychologists are equipped to diagnose mental health conditions and administer psychometric tests. Importantly, they must be registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), enabling them to provide services under Medicare. Conversely, counselling in Australia is less regulated, allowing individuals with varying levels of training to practice. While some counselors may have completed comprehensive six-year training programs, others might have only completed short online courses. To ensure quality standards, professional associations like the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) set high accreditation standards for counselors. Counsellors often focus on developing therapeutic skills such as empathy, active listening, and effective questioning techniques. They prioritise creating a supportive environment where clients feel empowered to explore their mental health journey and discover solutions within themselves. Unlike psychologists who frequently work within a diagnostic framework, counsellors tend to adopt a holistic approach, viewing individuals within the broader context of their lives and experiences. It's essential to recognise that while this overview provides a generalisation of the differences between psychologists and counselors, there are practitioners within each profession who may diverge from these norms. Individuals seeking therapy should consider factors such as the practitioner's approach, experience, and fit with their personal preferences and needs. I chose to pursue counselling because of its emphasis on fostering a collaborative, client-centered approach that respects the unique narratives and strengths of each individual on their path toward well-being.
  • Can I use a Mental Health Plan (MHP) to see a Counsellor?
    At this moment Counsellors are not accredited under the Medicare Scheme. If you would like more information regarding the Medicare scheme and mental health plans please visit: Mental health care and Medicare - Medicare - Services Australia Please note that Mental Health Care Plans are not essential in your journey to seek mental health support. In Australia, individuals can directly access Counselling services (and Psychology and other allied health care for that matter) without the need for a mental health care plan or a doctor's referral. This direct access removes potential barriers and provides a more straightforward pathway for seeking support. Many Counsellors offer flexible appointment scheduling and may also offer rebates through private health insurance, making Counselling options accessible to a wider range of people. This approach empowers individuals to take proactive steps towards their mental well-being, allowing them to seek support on their own terms and at their own pace.
  • How much do you charge for Counselling?
    My current charges are: $140 for all Counselling sessions If you have health insurance from Bupa, Police Health, St Lukes, Phoenix, Doctors or Grand United you can claim a rebate if you have the right extras cover. Please contact your health provider for more information. Current NDIS Charges - as stipulated under the NDIS guide for Counselling Services Counselling Sessions run for 50 minutes
  • Can I claim on my private health cover?
    There are certain private health providers in which you can claim my services. Please note you will have to contact them to find out how much you are entitled to claim, as all covers are different: Bupa Provider Number: J001343 Ask for the required documentation from me in our session for the following funds: Police Health Fund St Lukes Health Fund Emergency Services Health Fund Phoenix Health Fund
  • I think my daughter needs help but she doesn't want to come to Counselling. What do I do?
    It's incredibly tough to see your child struggle, especially when you feel powerless to help. As a parent, it can feel like navigating uncharted waters. First and foremost, I want you to know that you're not alone. This is a common concern I encounter regularly. Many young people have reservations about counseling or psychology, often stemming from negative past experiences. They might recall feeling intimidated by sessions where they were bombarded with questions and observed as if under a microscope. It's completely understandable why they might feel uncomfortable in such situations. Others simply don't know what to say, feeling pressured to perform and communicate when they're uncertain of their thoughts and feelings. So, how can we shift this perspective for them? My recommendation is to introduce them to my website. It serves as an initial point of contact where they can familiarise themselves with who I am and what I stand for. It's helpful for them to understand that my approach isn't clinical or rigid. I won't barrage them with clinical jargon or pressure them into divulging information they're not ready to share. They don't have to talk if they're not comfortable doing so. Moreover, I'm open to accommodating their needs. Whether they want to have a casual chat before committing to a session or prefer having you present during the initial meeting, I'm flexible and understanding of what makes them feel at ease. I firmly believe that the cornerstone of our journey together is our relationship. Let's start by building trust and creating a safe environment where they feel free to express themselves without fear or judgment. Together, we'll navigate this journey with care and compassion.

Contact Me

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Contact

New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy Studio

16 Stevens Street, SEATON SA 5023

(Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or by appointment other days)

0402 055 752

Opening Hours

Mon - Tues

By special arrangement only

Wed - Fri

10 am – 6 pm

Saturday

By special arrangement only

​Sunday

By special arrangement only

If you are in crisis here is what to do

Sometimes we need some extra help. Please click on the links below for some information that may support you on your journey. If your matter is urgent please call:

Lifeline: 13 13 14 (24/7 support)

LETSS: (Lived experience telephone support ) 1800 013 755 - 5pm till 11.30pm (365 days a year)

Beyond Blue:  1300 22 4636

Mental Health Triage: 13 14 65

Police/Ambulance/Fire:  000

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