Naracoorte’s own Smiles All Round was named Best Small Business at the Women in Business and Regional Development gala night last Friday night.
Over 500 people at the Barn Palais in Mount Gambier witnessed the worthy recipients receive recognition for their great work.
Director and psychologist Lana-Joy Durik said it was an “overwhelming” feeling to win the award.
“It was an honour to have some recognition for what we do to help our community and region,” she said.
Mrs Durik said it was a “momentous occasion” which paid tribute to how far the practice has come in just a short amount of time.
“It’s a big thing because we’ve gone from myself (working alone) to establishing this centre,” she said.
“It’s a great achievement in just over 12 months to be able to do that and have that recognition that we are able to expand our mental health service.”
In the last year, Smiles All Round has introduced group programs to complement the existing one-on-one service, helping to build capacity to help more people, reduce waiting times and lower costs to clients.
“When services like ours are so limited, to be able to help so many people in a small amount of time we are very excited about,” Mrs Durik said.
Despite having a small team, Smiles All Round workshops have managed to reach 430 individuals across nine different settings in the region in 20 psychology hours.
The practice has also started exploring other ways of offering services at discounted costs.