Therapy and Behaviour Support

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Samaritans offers Therapy and Behaviour Support in Newcastle, the Hunter and Mid North Coast and Central Coast regions.

We have a team of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and behaviour support specialists ready to work with you. Do you have an NDIS package? Find out more about our NDIS Therapy services below. Don’t have an NDIS package? We can still help.

Our services are flexible and tailored to suit your needs. Support can be provided in your family home or in the community as required.

Our teams are based at Woodrising (Newcastle/Lake Macquarie), Cessnock, Telarah (Lower Hunter), Taree (Mid North Coast) and Bateau Bay (Central Coast).

We have some availability in these services, or you can join our waiting list to stay up to date. Contact our Intake Team on 1300 656 336 or email supportadvisor@samaritans.org.au for more information.

Pictured: Some of the Therapy and Behaviour Support Team.


Therapy Support

Samaritans professionals will work with you to identify your needs, hopes and goals. We will then partner with you, your family, school or workplace to achieve these goals.

Therapeutic supports are delivered by Allied Health professionals to improve independence and skill development in daily and practical areas including:

  • Language and communication
  • Personal care
  • Mobility and movement
  • Interpersonal interactions
  • Community participation


At Samaritans we offer:


A Psychologist can support people to develop their social skills and build relationships, regulate their emotions and manage their anxieties. They can also assist families and carers with behaviour support strategies. They can provide you with:

  • Strategies and solutions to build and maintain emotional wellness
  • Counselling
  • Help with overcoming and addressing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and relationship issues
  • Assistance with behaviours of concern



A trained counsellor will listen with empathy and provide strategies to promote positive mental health. They use a range of counselling approaches to assist clients with personal or psychological problems, at all times demonstrating respect for client’s beliefs, values and uniqueness. Counselling provides clients the opportunity to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with the goal being to facilitating positive change.



Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function. They can work with individuals from birth through to old age and assess and put into place treatment plans ranging from those for:

  • premature babies who require support to develop muscle tone and reflexes
  • young children who are not meeting movement milestones and require early intervention to ensure expected movement patters
  • individuals with sports injuries
  • individuals with a disability that effects movement
  • individuals with a diagnosis such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Developmental Delay who benefit from tailored programs to develop muscle tone and improve motor skills
  • Individuals who may be experiencing restrictions in movements


Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists are experts in assisting the people we support to address their challenges and enhance their functional independence and daily living activities. Our experts assess an individual’s mobility and sensory needs. They work with individuals at every stage of life to:

  • Support the development of both fine and gross motor skills
  • Assist with aspects of social development such as sharing, turn taking and communication
  • Enhance sensory development and sensory integration such as taste, touch and smell.


Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists assist people who have challenges communicating. This may include difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding and/ or using language, reading and writing, developing social skills, stuttering and using their voice. People who experience difficulties when eating or swallowing food and drink safely can also be assisted by a speech pathologist.

Speech Pathologists can:

  • evaluate and diagnose speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders
  • treat speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders through improving skills and providing strategies to support communication and swallowing in different environments
  • provide training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals
  • work collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines.


What behaviour support does Samaritans offer?

Behaviour support is an evidence-based approach used to support people who have challenges regulating their thinking, feeling, and behaviour.

This may include:

  • Behaviour assessments
  • Behaviour intervention services
  • Behaviour support plans
  • One on one direct support
  • Skills programs and resources
  • Services provided under both ‘Improved Relationships’ and ‘Improved Daily Living’

Each of these activities aim to improve the quality of life of the individual. Support will be tailored to the individual and their specific goals.

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Contact Details

Phone Number
1300 656 336 (Option 1)
Contact Email
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter, Mid North Coast