Welcome to …metaphorically speaking
a waterhole for the well-being of people and planet.


…metaphorically speaking is an initiative of Lucy Van Sambeek, an accredited social worker with over a decade of experience working with Aboriginal people and communities in the Northern Territory.  Now living and working in the Mid North Coast of NSW, Lucy offers a unique therapeutic approach to her practice with individuals, groups and organisations, bringing together the best of Western science and knowledge, whilst respecting and engaging with Indigenous perspectives and world views.  Wander over to ‘The Boardwalk’ to read Our Story, and learn about who we are, what we do and how we work.

If you have arrived here because you are burnt out by the stresses of life’s journey, this is a refreshing waterhole of change, healing and growth.  Head to ‘The River Bank’ to read more about our Client Services including Counselling and Ecotherapy, Nature Therapy Walks, Therapeutic Group programs and Corporate Wellbeing services.

If you have arrived here because your passion is social work with Indigenous communities, this is an inspiring waterhole of sharing, learning and development.  Head to ‘The River Mouth’ to access Practitioner Resources, including the Libraries, Blog and Podcast and tailor-made Learning Workshops.

Head over to our Subscription page, to keep coming back to the waterhole and stay refreshed.


What’s New?

A workshop designed for teams working in the domestic violence sector in Darwin.  Click on the poster below for more information.