Planned Support & Counselling

Support tailored to your needs

Individual planned support is based on the needs identified by male survivors and draws from the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We use a collaborative approach in our aim to achieve a wrap-around support for all survivors we work with.

This involves partnering or walking alongside survivors and their families to provide practical support in dealing with agencies such as Centrelink, Housing, Victims Services, National Redress Scheme, Police, Counselling Services and the legal system.

SAMSN employs clinicians with specialist skills as well as those with lived experience to provide this service. SAMSN workers can accompany survivors to interviews, set up appointments, make calls on behalf of survivors, advocate for access to services, assist with navigating government systems and finding ways to resolve difficulties, as well as referrals to other agencies.

SAMSN also has a specialist trauma-informed counsellor who can provide short term counselling and assist survivors and their supporters to access longer term counselling if needed. This service can be provided either in-person or over the phone.

Common reasons for contacting SAMSN


Need to talk

Talk with a mate who can relate


Trouble in relationships

Professional support and counselling for survivors, family and supporters


Struggles with drugs, alcohol and gambling

Help to understand the impacts of abuse and tools to assist recovery


Need help dealing with impact like flashbacks

Help to understand the impacts of abuse and tools to assist recovery


Dealing with feelings of guilt and shame

Help to understand the impacts of abuse and tools to assist recovery


Need practical and emotional support

Links to helpful readings and resources


Feeling isolated

Connection with other survivors


Overwhelmed by debt, work and other life issues

Practical assistance in dealing with housing, victim services and Centrelink


Seeking justice

Help reporting to the police, legal services, seeking national Redress and compensation

Supporters & Survivors Workshop

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SAMSN Planned Support

“It is a privilege to work for an organisation that has been supporting guys living and surviving through their life traumas, finding their way to finally ask and receive support. One can see that from the moment you walk through our doors or speak to one of us on the phone, that you will receive respect because we understand and care. I reflect each day about the trauma-informed principles and SAMSN values that inform how we approach our work and support.”


SAMSN Planned Support

“I believe that everyone has the ability to choose their own paths and be forces for their own change. Everyone has different stories and views, so it is ok to reach out and reflect with a supportive network to help find your own path and start to make changes for a better life. Taking that first courageous first step is the beginning of the healing process.”


SAMSN Planned Support

“I firmly believe survivors have a right to be heard and to share their story, even if that is just with one person. SAMSN provides me with the opportunity to support survivors, working at their pace, through their recovery journey and to achieve their individual goals. I walk with survivors on their journey of recovery, and I am humbled to be able to support survivors to achieve autonomy, regain control over their lives and to feel empowered.”


SAMSN Counsellor

“I hold dear the idea that every person has the right to safety (physical and emotional), to justice and to dignity and to feel whole. It is a privilege and honour to walk alongside someone, who has been burdened by the violence done to them, as they find safety and challenge previously held views about themselves and their relationships.”

SAMSN acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay our respect to Past, Present and Future Elders.

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