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 Mental Health Social Worker with over a decade of experience working in remote communities of 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, Narrative Walks, 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.

If you are a GP, pediatrician or psychiatrist, looking to refer a client to us, head to our Information page.

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

What’s New?

Counselling Services for Financially Disadvantaged groups

…metaphorically speaking is now a provider of services under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health initiativeIf you have a mental health plan from your GP, you may be eligible for a rebate or bulk billed counselling service.

…metaphorically speaking is also a provider of counselling services through the Connect To Well-being program for people with mild to moderate mental health issues.  If you are Financially Disadvantaged, you may be eligible for free counselling.

Go to our Counselling page for more information.

If you are a GP or Other Health Professional, wanting to refer a client to us for counselling, head to our Referral Information Page.