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Psychology and Social Work Services, Assessment, Counselling, Referral, Mediation & Therapy



Kate Barnes, Registered AASW Social Worker. BSW, MCAW, MPP, Grad. Dip. Psych., Grad. Dip. Psych (Advanced), Dip. YW, Dip. L&M, GCDT.

My name is Kate, and I am a qualified Social Worker in Port Broughton, South Australia. I am a registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Member Number: 434167. I am also now registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), Member Number: PSY0002688892). **please note** private practice currently only offering Social Work services while completing psychologist 5+1 internship.


With approximately 20+ years’ experience in working with children, families and communities in child protection, youth justice, mental health and educational fields. 


  • Master of Professional Psychology, Monash University.Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Monash University. 

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced, Monash University.

  • Masters of Child and Adolescent Welfare (MCAW), Charles Sturt University.  

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management, DECD. 

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Monash University.

  • Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, Australian Childhood Foundation.

  • Diploma of Youth Work, TAFESA.

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Member No. 434167. Member since November 2010. Currently practicing as SW in private practice. 

  •  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), Member Number: PSY0002688892). Member since January 2023. Currently registered to practice with SA Health only. 


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Assessment, Counselling, Referral, Mediation & Therapy


Social Work Services, Counselling, Referral, Mediation & Therapy

 Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities in the context of their physical, social and cultural environments, their past and current experiences, and their cultural and belief systems. In all contexts, social workers maintain a dual focus on both assisting with and improving human well-being and identifying and addressing any external issues (known as system or structural issues) that may impact on well-being or may create inequality, injustice and discrimination. 

What can a Social Worker help me with?

​As a qualified Social Worker I have a wide range of skills, training and experience in assessing and working effectively with people experiencing:- 


Mental health illness and other disorders.

oDepression and other mood/anxiety disorders.

oPersonality disorders.

oSuicidal ideation and self-harm.


Other Services.

- Regulation 7 Family Consultant.

oDisability support (NDIS) and adjusted therapy.

oChronic health support therapy.

oEnd of life support.

oRelationship problems, life and situational crisis. 

oGambling and other financial issues. 

oPhysical health issues and disability.

oHomelessness, unemployment and poverty. 

oGrief and loss.

oDomestic and family violence issues.

oDrug and alcohol issues (substance abuse).


Child-related Services.

oChild-focused Therapy and Trauma recovery (developmental and specific).

oTherapeutic services for children and adolescents, including psycho-educaiton.

oFamily conflicts and Family Law issues or mediation. 

oChild protection safety and risk issues in relation to your children.

oYouth court support and guidance. Youth justice and other offending issues. 

oAdolescent angst and adjustment issues.

oParenting issues and Parenting Capacity Assessment (PCA).

o​Squalor and environmental issues. 

Social Workers are Allied Mental Health Professionals (such as Psychologists and Mental Health Nurses). Social Workers use a range of interventions in helping people manage their lives, including the following focused psychological strategies:-​

​- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 

- Compassion-focussed therapy.

- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

- Psychoeducation.

- Reminiscent Therapy.

- Mindfulness training, stress and relaxation strategies and techniques.

- Solution-focused brief therapy and Strengths based practice.

- Mediation and conflict.

- Eco-systems theory.

- Motivational interviewing, social skills training and anger management. 

- Problem solving and change theory.

- Family therapy.

- Narrative therapy.

- Relationship based practice, attachment and children interviewing. Coaching young people for success.

- Parenting capacity assessments.

Social Workers help individuals to resolve associated bio-psycho social problems and improve their quality of life.  This may involve family as well as individual.

​What are the benefits....?
  • Confidentiality and privacy.

  • Non-judgmental, responsive and constructive feedback.

  • Self-paced planned steps to change.

  • Support and guidance to make the changes that you want in your life.

  • Coaching and mentoring to make and sustain changes.



I am currently registered to practice as a Psychologist (Provisional) with SA Health only through my internship. However, I am still offereing social work services on negotiation with consumers across the Mid North and Yorke Peninsula via Telehealth or face-to-face. Please contact me for further details and bookings on Email: or book below. 


Tuesday 6:30 pm - 8:30pm. 

Wednesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm. 

I am also actively working as Reg 7 Family Consultant in Rural and Remote South Australia. 



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