Rita Barnett is a counsellor/psychotherapist, teacher and a regular contributor to the Sista Code online community. As a well-regarded practitioner, Rita has a reputation for being highly skilled, experienced, warm, caring, non-judgmental and empathetic.
Rita has helped men and women from all walks of life who have reported clarity of mind, new found freedom, an enhanced lifestyle and hope for the future as a direct result of working with her.
As the owner of Newcastle Counselling Service, Rita combines psychodynamic, humanistic and evidence-based therapies, along with insight and resources that provide clients with the ability to start their healing from their first session. With her Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Rita is renowned for having more than textbook knowledge.
”I’m an adult survivor who has learned that the things that have hurt me, have educated me. I’ve used past hurts, disappointments and wounds to create the type of future I want. I truly know without a shadow of a doubt that healing and recovery are truly possible from damage in childhood.”
Referrals are received from AccessEAP, The Hunter Women’s Centre and The Blue Knot Foundation, an organisation who specialises in working with adults living with the effects of childhood trauma and abuse.
The Sista Code – Regular Contributor
Since October 2014, Rita has been writing regularly for The Sista Code online community.
Rita Barnett has been a regular contributor to The Sista Code blog for the last 18 months, providing regular insightful, interesting articles about mental health, relationships and counselling for our online community. Rita has a wonderful writing style that communicates and connects well with her readers, evidenced by the glowing and thankful emails we receive from our readers and high readership statistics. Her approach is nurturing and strong and she has an amazing intuitive ability to provide education and information about relationship and personal issues; along with practical tips, tools and advice on how to address problems and live a peaceful, happy and confident life. Thank you Rita!
Melissa Histon – The Sista Code
From 2010 to 2016, Rita has taught over 500 counselling students at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP).
Rita Barnett is a conscientious teacher, and always considerate of her interactions with students. She is enthusiastic about teaching and reliable with returning marking. Rita has been known to use her initiative to prepare a podcast for students with more support around content where she notices students struggling. When invited in a recent student satisfactory survey to comment about their teacher, one student responded to say ‘Excellent teacher, couldn’t ask for better assistance or presentation of course material.
Mellissa Dziuba – ACAP VET Coordinator