Teen and Child Counselling Service

Specialising in Counselling Women, Female Teens and Children

Teen and Child Counselling 

Individual Counselling for teens and children is determined by their needs, their stories and who they are in their worlds.  They are in the driver's seat in all areas of the therapy and mental health journey. I am here to be on the journey with them helping build  strengths in the direction that creates positivity and lays the foundations for them living their most authentic lives.

I work with teenagers, and children because this is the space I most passionate about. I understand that growing up is a real challenge especially in the days of social media. I believe with all my heart that given the right tools people can find their strengths and confidently navigate into strong, and resilient adults.  

I offer both NDIS and non-NDIS Counselling, telephone (if necessary) - video or in person in Port Adelaide. 

Therapeutic Groups and Counselling Workshops
for Teens, Children and Women

Group therapy and Counselling workshops designed to empower teens, children and women to be the best versions of themselves.


Our workshops and groups are grounded in open dialogue, listening, safety and putting teens, children and women as experts in their healing.


Like many I have juggled many roles from single mother, sole breadwinner, worker, business owner, sister, daughter, social media explorer....well you get the gist. With so many roles together with the expectations I felt from society to be together and strong, when sometimes that was the last thing I felt, I have struggled to remain mentally healthy. After many years of education and self-exploration, I want to bring teens, children and women together so we can share our stories and work on strategies for navigating our lives.

 

I cannot stress how excited I am to offer these Counselling Workshops and Therapeutic Groups.

 
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Mental Health Counselling That Makes a Difference

  • Teen and Child Counselling

    • Self-esteem​

    • Anxiety and Depression

    • Social Media

    • Bullying 

    • Friendship Issues

  • Women's Counselling

    • Relationships​

    • Anxiety and Depression

    • Self-esteem

    • Trauma

    • Change of life

    • Parenting

My Counselling Approach

I understand that, as a counsellor, it is important to be flexible, open and unbiased within the counselling space as each of us have unique worldviews, values and perceptions on life. I generally start a counselling session using Person-Centred Therapy because it is a gentle approach that puts you in control of your life, well-being and healing.

 

Depending on your goals our counselling can include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), Narrative Therapy and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) or an eclectic mix of other approaches. 

I am passionate about helping female teens and children  in navigating issues within their mental health and well-being. If we teach our teens and children, while they are young, to work through issues we are setting them up to be strong adults. 

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About me

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Honours; Graduate Diploma in Counselling; Accredited Professional Member of Australian Counsellors Association (ACA). 

Currently undertaking Play and Creative Therapies Training.

 

Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy. My name is Samantha (Sam) Seymour and I am passionate about helping women, teens and children with their Mental Health and Wellbeing.

THE VALUE OF LIVED EXPERIENCE

I believe it is through our lived experiences, that we find our strengths. I think that in connection and knowledge we find and reinforce those strengths, worth, and ultimately, we find our true essence.  I am a firm believer that when we connect with others, through lived experience and shared learning, optimism and courage, a better future follows. Change is always possible.

I advocate away from the Westernised approach towards an inclusive and self-deterministic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. I firmly believe that to live and to experience is much more valuable than any lecture theatre.

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Getting Help

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

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?


In a nutshell a Psychologist is trained in certain modalities, usually and most commonly CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) they are also schooled with an emphasis on theory and statistics. They are able to diagnose and administer psychometric tests. A Psychologist has 6 years of study - the first 4 years are education based on the specifics and foundations of different modalities, psychology theories and statistics and research. The later years are focused on supervised clinical practice. One of the biggest differences between Psychologists and Counsellors lie in regulations and the regulatory boards. Psychologists must be registered under AHPRA, the peak body for Psychology in Australia, and as such can bill under Medicare. In Australia Counselling is not highly regulated and in theory anyone can call themselves a Counsellor. This means that there are very large differences in training - some 'Counsellors' may have undertaken a weekend course online while others (like myself) have undertaken 6 years of training. Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) are the leading accreditation associations in Australia and have high membership standards. Counsellors work less with theoretical models and use more Counselling skills such as empathy, listening, and questioning. This creates an environment where you are the experts in your mental health journey, your story holds the key to change. Counsellors are less likely to work under a diagnostic paradigm; which means away from the medical model into a more holistic model. That is why I chose to study and work as a Counsellor.




Can I use a Mental Health Plan (MHP) to see a Counsellor?


Unfortunately at this moment Counsellors are not accredited under the Medicare Scheme. The ACA are working hard on retifying but it may be a long journey before that dream is reached. How the Mental Health Plan system works: In order for a client (you) to receive a rebate from from medicare to see a Psychologist (which currently is around $85) you will need to speak to you doctor who will ask you some questions, rated on a scale, around your mental health status. For example: (in the last fortnight) I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself. There are 21 questions: This link will take you to the questionairre used: DASS-21 This assessment will then determine your eligibility for a MHP. Once you recieve that you will then be given referrals or will seek your own Psychologist. The MHP is currently valid for 20 sessions. At present the average charge for Psychology is $210 to $260 an hour. Please NOTE: You can get cheaper this is just an average. So with the medicare rebate you will expect to pay out of pocket expenses around $125 - $145. The positives in seeing a Counsellor when talking about the MHP You do not have to seek assessment through a doctor - this means you dont have to disclose your mental health issues with your doctor. Counsellors are usually cheaper even if you used a MHP Counsellors are more accessible and the long waiting lists generally do not apply Cousellors are focussed on listening, empathy, congruence and not on using modalities such as CBT (although we can do so if that is what you want and need).




What are Counselling and Psychotherapy and how are different?


What are counselling and psychotherapy? The dictionary defines counselling as “A talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues". I best describe both counselling and psychotherapy as a process that allows you (as the consumer) to share feelings, experiences or behaviours that you would like to change to a counsellor, to whom a relationship of trust, safety and confidentiality has developed. The counsellor acts to help you to see things from a different viewpoint with a central goal of helping you make the changes that you would like. Effective counselling allows you to feel heard and supported, without judgement, bias or discrimination. My role is NOT to: · Give unsolicited advice · Take control and sort out your problems · Get emotionally involved · Judge by my values, worldviews or cultural norms. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? Counselling is generally a shorter-term therapy, approximately 6-10 session. The focus of which is on specific issues, situations or challenges that are occurring in the present time; for example grief and loss, the onset of depression etc. Counselling centres on action and behaviours. Psychotherapy is remarkably like counselling however it is considered a longer-term therapy. Used to work on pervasive issues where the effects and scars of ongoing issues e.g. childhood abuse, long-term depression and diagnosed mental health disorders. Psychotherapy centres on feelings and experience. In Psychotherapy I like to work with an emphasis on collaboration and openness with other Allied Health professionals (if relevant to you) like doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists in order to consolidate your health and well-being goals. I am a believer that together we can make a difference, but separately we can work in opposite directions which can be detrimental to your health and well-being.




How much do you charge for Counselling?


My current charges are: $100 for Concession (including those under 18 years of age) $120 for Non-Concession Current NDIS Charges - as stipulated under the NDIS guide for Counselling Services Counselling Sessions run for 50-55 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 Waiting on service provider numbers for Doctors Health Fund and Grand United Health Fund





I have had trouble finding a counsellor that I have clicked with until I found Sam. She is wonderful and the support she has shown me has been life changing

Alison J, 54

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Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 5pm (after hours is available

Where you can find me

Project 18 - The Wellbeing Collective

6 Lipson Street

Port Adelaide SA 5015

info@newstartcounselling.net.au

 

Tel: 0402 055 752

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