Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy
Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I know that there are times in life or, the lives of loved ones when things seem overwhelming. Working through these issues alone can be hard and we can end up feeling more stuck, tired, and anxious. Is this happening for you? I want you to know you are not alone. New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy offers individual Counselling for women, teenagers, and children. This Counselling is determined by your needs, your story, and who you are in your world. I understand the importance of being flexible, open, and unbiased within the Counselling space as each of us has unique worldviews, values, and perceptions on life. I am here to walk this journey with you, to help build strengths in the direction that creates positivity and lays the foundations for you to live your best life. I guarantee a safe place where you will be supported along your wellness journey.
I specialise in Counselling for females of all ages including teenagers and children who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and other issues in their lives. I am passionate about empowering females to be the best versions of themselves and to live full and happy lives. I am flexible and meet people where they are along their mental health journey.
I offer both NDIS and non-NDIS Counselling, telephone, video or in person in Port Adelaide.
No Mental Health Care Plans are needed to access Counselling. I know for some people they feel overwhelmed or distressed talking to their GP about their mental health, so the good news is you will not have to see your doctor prior to attending Counselling. If you would like more information, please see the FAQ section.
Mental Health Counselling That Makes a Difference
Teenager and Child Counselling
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depression
Change of life
My Counselling Approach
As a qualified and accredited Counsellor, I understand the importance of being flexible, open, and unbiased within the Counselling space. Each of us has unique worldviews, values, and perceptions on life, therefore the standard “one size fits all approach” rarely works. I am proud to have taken my Counselling away from the traditional clinical setting, where you feel like just another client into a comfortable, welcoming, and authentic space.
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. I open a space where you can tell your story, in your time. Depending on your goals for Counselling we may use different approaches such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), Narrative Therapy and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), or an eclectic mix of other approaches. Again, this is up to you and what works for you and your Counselling needs. On a personal level, I do resonate with ACT as it is a gentle approach that helps us see our thoughts and feelings in a kind way - without judgement or negativity or the need to push them away.
I look forward to starting the Counselling journey with you.
Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (Aboriginal Studies).
Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
Currently undertaking Play and Creative Therapies Training.
Accredited Professional Member of Australian Counsellors Association (ACA).
3 years as a counsellor in Mental Health
6 months School Counsellor
18 months in private practice as New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy
Welcome to New Start Counselling and Psychotherapy. My name is Samantha (Sam) Seymour and I am passionate about helping and Counselling women, teenagers 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 of Counselling and psychotherapy towards an inclusive and self-deterministic approach. I believe that to live and to experience is much more valuable than any lecture theatre.
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
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychologist?
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.
What are Counselling and Psychotherapy and how are different?
How much do you charge for Counselling?
My current charges are:
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:
I think my daughter needs help but she doesn't want to come to Counselling. What do I do?
This is really hard. Watching someone struggle while feeling helpless to help is one of the hardest things to do. Being a parent and watching a child struggle is next level. First of all, I want to acknowledge that you are not alone, this is a question I get all the time.
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
Acknowledgment of Country
I would like to acknowledge this land in which I live and work is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and I pay respect their spiritual relationship with their country.
I also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
I also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting/attending from other areas of South Australia/Australia.
I continue to actively work towards reconciliation.