New counseling center offers help with life transitions

The Center for Transition is carrying out its vision to offer life-lasting tools through counseling and resource support that equips individuals and families to experience restoration, healing and permanent change from hardships and difficult life transitions.

Located on the property of Lakeside Christian Church of Cambridge, the center has been open since May 1.

Founder and owner Judi Barnett possesses more than 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist and clinician. She obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and her master’s from Adler Institute.

“I like the people, I like the relationships, I like helping people,” Barnett said. “I like to solve problems and stuff. For me it’s about watching people figure things out and get better and see change happen in their life.”

The Center for Transition offers support in the areas of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, parenting concerns, grief, addiction and relationship issues.

“A lot of people still believe that counseling is for crazy people. Counseling is also for people who are struggling in life or in grief,” Barnett said. “Counseling is equivalent to if you have a plumbing issue, you call a plumber;  if you have a car issue, you call a mechanic; if you have a mental health issue, if you have a problem in your life, you go to a professional for those things.”

Barnett offers a free 30-minute consultation to potential clients so they can learn more about her and make an informed decision on whether Barnett is fitting for their counseling needs. She said her service is not about filling out paperwork, but about receiving tools that are delivered through a positive patient-counselor relationship.

“I want people to feel empowered when it comes to this. It’s about them, not about me, I’m just here to help,” Barnett said.

While Barnett considers herself a Christian counselor, faith is not something her clients have to incorporate into their counseling sessions; however, Biblical application is available to clients who desire to have a spiritual component, and Barnett applies her understanding of the Bible when it is requested.

“Faith is an individual journey,” Barnett said. “It depends what people are looking for.”

Mental health is directly linked to overall well-being, and Barnett has experienced the misconception the mental health field faces due to poor understanding of what counseling is and why it is necessary to promote health within an individual.

“The stigma (is) there’s something wrong with you if you go to counseling. Nothing is wrong with you, you are just asking for help with a problem,” Barnett said.

Beyond one-on-one counseling sessions, Barnett looks forward to offering her clients online classes and webinars in areas like stress management and relationships that will help them to live enriched and equipped.

Barnett has a background in the field as a former trainer for the case management department at Hazelden, an addiction treatment center, and as a consultant for human resource agencies and individuals going into private practice. In 2011 Barnett was hired to form a counseling center for Horizons Community Church called the Healing Place. She has vast experience in training and development and looks forward to working with businesses, agencies and organizations within the community.

Counseling sessions are available Monday through Friday by appointment. Barnett does not accommodate health insurance plans but offers a sliding fee scale that meets the needs of most clients.

To learn more about The Center for Transition, visit or call 612-554-0784.