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 a 17 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,  all 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 to identify and reach goals.

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

  • Meaning: Understanding how 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 approach was essential.  This approach required being able to access and bring together the best of what evidence based practice had to give with the inclusion of complimentary therapies, and ancient and spiritual wisdom if they resonated with each client.

Drawing on her more than 17 years of experience used to innovate the services that served to change the lives of clients with the most complex needs, and her lifetime of personal studies and passion for ancient wisdom and complimentary therapies, SamNugent.com was born!


Sam's Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts, double major Psychology, University of Queensland, 1998.

  • Master of Human Services Rehabilitation Counselling, Griffith University, 2000.

  • CTP Provider Training, Motor Accidents Authority, 2002.

  • Comcare Accreditation, Approved Provider No. 1285, Comcare, 2002

  • Harrison Assessments Accreditation, Balance at Work, 2016.

  • Rewired Conversations, Brain Based Coaching, Michelle Loch, 2016.


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.

Academic Roles 2014-2017

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

  • Contributing Course 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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