Newcastle Australia


Sam's Story:

Sam Nugent is a Clinical & Holistic Therapist on a mission!


That mission is to help people fall in love with their lives again, by loving who they are and loving what they do!


Called to this mission from an over 25 year career as a clinician, educator, psychologist and rehabilitation counsellor, Sam identified a clear gap in the services supported by the insurers and regulatory systems covering her clients.


Sam specialised in the comprehensive management and tertiary rehabilitation of clients with complex needs including multiple or catastrophic physical injuries, life changing illness diagnoses, and traumatic brain injuries often combined with a psychological illness. 

In rebuilding the lives of these clients and their families, Sam learned that her clients needed the exploration and restoration of three key life factors, all unique to each client. By identifying and focusing on these key life factors, exceptional results were observed in:

  • Maximal improvement in functioning and symptom recovery.

  • Improved adjustment to life after acquired disability.

  • Return to work, careers, or business.

  • Life satisfaction, and overall happiness from being able to find their own new pathways, and to identify and reach goals.

These three life factors form the cornerstone underpinning Sam's mission and practice. They are:

  • Meaning: Understanding the how of what I do, either personally or professionally and how it serves who I am, what I want, and what is important to me.

  • Purpose: What am I here for, what do I want from life and to achieve from my life?

  • Identity: Who am I? What is special and unique about me, and how can I craft my life to support and align with this?


Sam learned that to truly focus on these life factors and sustainably achieve long term outcomes, a holistic and humanistic approach was essential.  Sam also saw far too many clients slip through the gaps and limitations of the Medicare, Regulatory & Insurance systems failing in meeting and prioritising client's needs.

A new approach was required.

This approach required a spectrum being able to access and bring together the best of evidence based practice, with the inclusion of complimentary and holistic therapies, and ancient and spiritual wisdom if they resonated with a client.

Yet that wasn't everything - lived experience, and surviving of personal traumas to learn the survival skills to truly share these areas of expertise, championing ongoing  self healing and independence with whole hearted empathy became the glue that holds together the clinical, complimentary and holistic, in balance with utilising these tools with compassion and deep empathy to serve client needs.

Sam calls this "Evolved Therapy" and the outcomes have reflected conversations and feedback Sam's received from clients, colleagues and staff, students and mentees over the previous 25 years, and that is why they say they always "felt better" after any conversation with her. 


This became the motto of Evolved Therapy - "Leave Feeling Better".


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Sam's Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, double major Psychology, University of Queensland.

  • Master of Human Services Rehabilitation Counselling, Griffith University.

  • CTP Provider Training, Motor Accidents Authority.

  • Comcare Accreditation, Approved Provider No. 1285, Comcare.

  • Harrison Assessments Accreditation, Balance at Work.

  • Rewired Conversations, Brain Based Coaching, Michelle Loch.

  • Post Graduate Diploma, Holistic Counselling, Health & Harmony College.

  • Shamanic Practice Training.

Professional Memberships

  • Full Member, Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (RCAA), 2000-2018.

  • Director, Rehabilitation Association of Australasia (RCAA), 2015 - 2016.

  • Full Member, International Association of Complimentary Therapists (IICT), 2018 - current.

Academic Roles 2014-2018

  • Practicum Supervisor - Post Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling

  • Subject Writer, Lecturer and External Students Tutor: DSRS4040: Vocational Assessment Evaluation & Job Placement.

  • Contributing Subject Writer DSRS4033: Workers & Accident Compensation, Injury Management & Occupational Rehabilitation

  • External Students Tutor:

    • DSRS3234: Case Management. 

    • DSRS4100: Rehabilitation & Mental Health

    • DSRS4018: Applied Counselling & Rehabilitation 

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