Bringing Gove Together

Good for the Soul

Contact Details


Counselling via Skype from Cairns
Nhulunbuy, NT 0880



I have been counselling individuals, couples and families since the mid 1990′s and have post graduation qualifications in Social Work and in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling.   I currently have a private practice in Cairns and I also work part time as the Senior Clinician for the Cairns Child and Youth Mental Health Service.

Some of the issues people see me for include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Past Trauma
  • Meaning of Life questions/Mid Life Crises
  • Coping with Change
  • Phobias

Sessions are done via skype and can be subsidised by Medicare with referral by your GP under a mental health care plan (provide GP with my details).   You can also contact me directly as a full fee paying client if you would prefer not to involve your GP.   


Who am I, where am I and what do I know about Gove?

I am a mental health social worker currently based in Cairns. I have had a relationship with East Arnhem for almost 20 years.   I first moved to Nhulunbuy in 1995 as the partner of a miner and I have moved back and forth a couple of times over the years.  I am adopted to the Gumatj clan.   My experiences in the region include life as a miner's wife, as a fulltime local worker, and life working on remote communities.

I have worked fulltime in Nhulun within the Territory Health Services and Dept of Children and Families and for Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association as a family violence worker with Ngali Ngali Mittji. I have also provided services to Gove and East Arnhem communities as a fly in fly out worker for Centrelink and with the Department of Health and Ageing.  

I remember how hard it was to have someone confidential to talk to in Gove, and the lack of services choices available for counselling when living in Gove.   Every time I say goodbye I get called back again for some reason and on my most recent trip I realised that with the technology that exists these days I could be providing services to Gove residents via skype.  So, I am extending my Cairns based practice to offer folks in the Gove area access to a counsellor that understands the unique demographics, difficulties and issues of the region, without the proximity to make it uncomfortable bumping into each other at Woolies or BiLo!

ShMaya Houtman
BA, BSW, Graduate Cert Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling, MSW. 
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Accredited Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Ph: 0437817788
PO Box 586
Redlynch QLD 4870
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