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?

Coping with Coronavirus

If you are currently receiving counselling services by us, or will be in the future, Medicare has released new items for social work services.  This means we can now offer a telehealth service (on-line video link counselling service).  There are certain criteria that have to be met to qualify for this service as follows:
(a) the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
(b) the person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC); or
(c) the person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:
(i) at least 70 years old; or
(ii) at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
(iii) is pregnant; or
(iv) is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
(v) is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised.
If you think you may qualify for this kind of support, please get in touch.