About Samantha Mathews

 Emotion Focused Counsellor & Psychotherapist  (PACFA Reg. Clinical 24205)

I am a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist using an Emotionally Focused approach with a private practice based in Adelaide.  My recent experience includes working as a relationship counsellor at Relationships Australia in Adelaide. I have over 9 years experience in Couple and Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy holding qualifications from The Jansen Newman Institute of Counselling (JNI) and The Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy (IEFT) in Sydney.  My passion is providing, safe, supportive and well structured counselling sessions for couples and individuals looking to heal their hurt and pain.


How I became a Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Originally from the U.K, I emigrated to Australia in 2004, and commenced training in counselling and psychotherapy in 2006.  I received my Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy  from the Jansen-Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy in Sydney after successfully completing 2 years of study and 50 hours of face to face counselling in the Counselling Clinic.  I chose to study at the JNI Institute as I wanted to be working with real clients as soon as possible and found the combination of training in psychological theory, group therapy and working in the Clinic, a holistic approach to learning.  My first counselling position was at Relationships Australia in Sydney where I co-facilitated psycho-education and therapy groups which was a natural transition from my previous career as a secondary school teacher.  I also worked in higher education as a student counsellor at MIT in Sydney supporting domestic and international students and their families during my time in NSW.

Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist

I started studying in 2011 at The Institute of Emotionally Focused Therapy in Sydney to work towards a Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy which I passed in 2017.  As I have a background in the arts (ex English teacher) I wanted to work with clients in a creative and imaginative way and to devote myself to one main therapeutic approach.  From a practical perspective Emotionally Focused Counselling & Therapy has been found to be highly effective for couples and individuals experiencing relationship distress and past and present trauma.

Developing self-awareness around emotions, thoughts and behaviours and re-experiencing them in the safety of the counselling session can help to facilitate change as the client is involved in an experiential learning process. I believe at the very core we are emotional beings who experience emotions to inform us of our needs and wants. By connecting to our feelings, both secondary or surface emotions like anger and guilt as well as deeper primary feelings such as hurt, fear and sadness can allow us to discover our true needs and wants and change the way we relate to ourselves and others.

Moving to Adelaide

In 2014 I left Sydney and came to live in Adelaide establishing my private practice E F Counselling alongside working as a Family Relationship Counsellor at Relationships Australia in the city.  I have left my position at RA to devote myself to private counselling and therapy work basing myself at Glenelg and North Adelaide.

Professional Membership

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

PACFA Reg. Clinical 24205

Code of Ethics

Click here for the PACFA code of ethics

Every year as a requirement under the PACFA code of conduct all counsellors engage in at least 20 hours of professional development training whilst seeing their supervisor after every 4-6 weeks.





Sam Mathews Grad.Dip.EFT (IEFT)


Qualifications in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy, (Jansen Newman Institute) www.jni.edu.au, 2006-2008

Graduate Diploma Emotionally Focused Therapy  (Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy)  www.ieft.com.au,  2012-2017

Other Qualifications

PGCE Secondary English (Manchester University, UK)
MA Victorian Literature (Leeds University UK)
BA Hons English & History (Salford University UK)

Graduate Diploma EFT Modules

Advanced Therapy (IEFT)

Individual therapy (IEFT)

Multiple Chair work (IEFT)

Couple therapy (IEFT)

Individual EFT Counselling (IEFT)

Foundations in EFT (IEFT)

Emotions in Couple Work (IEFT)

Couple Talk (IEFT)

Couple Assessment (IEFT)

Emotionally Focused Skills (IEFT)

Other Training

Domestic Violence - Relationships Australia

Individuals, Couples and Family - A Systemic Perspective, Relationships Australia

Cultural Fitness - Relationships Australia

Elder Mediation & Counselling - Dr Dale Bagshaw, Relationships Australia

Bringing the Child Home - Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

Working with Trauma and the Body (Level 2) - Andy Harkin Relationships Australia

Borderline Personality Disorders - Counselling Association of South Australia

Expressive Therapies - Counselling Association of South Australia

Creative Therapies - Bears & More - Tabor College

Deactivating the Buttons - Laurie MacKinnon


When choosing a therapist make sure they have:

  • A graduate or postgraduate qualification in Counselling and/or Psychotherapy from an accredited university or higher education provider

  • You can ask for proof of these qualifications from the therapist or the higher education provider

  • Ask how long the training took as many counselling certificates are short courses

  • Check to see if they adhere to a professional set of guidelines or ethics and are a member of a Professional association