Rita Schulte received her bachelor of science degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a licensed professional counselor and board certified in the state of Virginia. She formerly served as a staff counselor for 9 years at Grace Ministries, Inc., a non-denominational Christ centered training and discipleship ministry with 97 ministry affiliates nationwide. During her tenure at Grace, Rita began to notice a strong correlation between unresolved grief and loss issues and client’s suffering from a host of mental health disorders. This led to her writing her first book Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life, published by Leafwood.
Rita has a private practice at Harbor Counseling and Consultation in Fairfax, Virginia, where she specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and loss issues. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. She formerly worked with Luthern Social Services, NOVACO, where she led a monthly group for victims of domestic violence. Rita has done speaking engagements, led Bible studies, developed a women’s ministry program for her local church, and led small groups. In April, 2011 she launched “Heartline Podcast where she talks with top leaders in the Christian counseling and literary world about cutting edge issues affecting the hearts and lives of people today. She also talks to real people struggling with real life issues. Guests have and will include: Dr. John Trent, Dr. John Townsend, Mandisa, Dr. John Ortberg, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, June Hunt, Dr. Linda Mintle and Dr. Larry Crabb. Rita also hosts a one-minute devotional spot called Consider This heard on 90.5FM in NC, and 90.9FM in Lynchburg, Va., Community Radio Network, GrowTrac Radio, and others.
Rita lives in Fairfax with her husband Michael who is a cosmetic dentist. They have two children and four beautiful grandkids.