Samantha Mathews Counsellor & Psychotherapist

(PACFA Reg.Clinical 24205)

I am a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist using an Emotionally Focused approach with a small private practice based in Glenelg.   Since arriving in Adelaide I have combined my private practice alongside working as a counsellor at two not-for-profit organisations in the city.  My qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Prior to counselling I worked as an English teacher holding both an undergraduate and Masters degree plus teaching certificate.
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 in 2008. 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 student clinic, a holistic approach to learning. 

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 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.

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 counsellor for a not-for-profit counselling organisation. I currently combine a part time counselling position with my private practice based in Glenelg.

Professional Membership

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia
PACFA Reg. Clinical 24205

Code of Ethics

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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.
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

Sam Mathews Grad.Dip.EFT (IEFT)



Qualifications in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy (Jansen Newman Institute), 2006-2008

Graduate Diploma Emotionally Focused Therapy  (Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy)  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)


Blue Knot Foundation  - Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients (Level 2)

The Mind-Gut Connection - PACFA SA Branch

Trauma Informed Care - PACFA SA Branch

Domestic Violence - RASA

Individuals, Couples and Family - A Systemic Perspective, RASA

Resistance is not a Problem - Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy

Cultural Fitness - RASA

Elder Mediation & Counselling - Dr Dale Bagshaw

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