Our Vision

A community where everyone has timely access to caring mental health professionals in their time of need and where the act of getting help is recognized as a healthy and normal part of holistic self-care.

Our Mission

To enhance the psychological wellbeing of individuals, couples, and families through the provision of professional counselling and psychotherapy services.

Our Story

Established in 2017, Cornerstone Counselling Services is the dream of Brady Hutchinson, a Registered Psychotherapist and lifelong resident of Norfolk County. Brady sought to create a comfortable and inclusive space where community members could receive the professional help they need—a space where reaching out for help is recognized as a sign of strength and courage and is met with compassionate care. Cornerstone Counselling Services is that space!

Meet Our Helpers

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Brady Hutchinson, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist
& Clinical Director

Brady holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from McMaster University. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Brady takes an integrative, trauma-informed approach to her work, drawing heavily on third wave cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), including Schema Therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), behavioural activation, and motivational interviewing. She has advanced training in the treatment of trauma using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Brady is a certified Gottman method couples therapist and is trained in clinical hypnosis and Indigenous cultural safety. Brady also offers equine assisted psychotherapy as both an EAGALA certified and Natural Lifemanship trained mental health professional. Brady is an experienced group facilitator, leading Partner Abuse Response (PAR) groups and SMART Recovery meetings. She works primarily with adults and teens. Her specialties include trauma, addictions, and mood and personality disorders.
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Andrew Emmott, MA, MDiv, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Andrew holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from McMaster University. He is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). For 12 years Andrew has worked in the helping profession as a pastor, a pastoral counsellor, and as a psychotherapist in community agencies and private practice. He is an experienced group facilitator, leading Partner Abuse Response (PAR) groups with individuals involved in the justice system. Andrew is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and specializes in working with couples, parents, male clients, and those experiencing grief and loss. Upon request, Andrew is happy to bring a faith-based (Christian) approach to counselling.
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Arden Smelser, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Arden holds a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from McMaster University and is a registered social worker (RSW) with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Arden is currently a school social worker and has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with addictions. She uses mindfulness-based interventions, drawing from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). She is also trained in emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT). Arden works with clients of any age and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, depression, emotion dysregulation, grief and loss, self-harm, relationship issues, behavioural concerns, and addictions. Arden is available in the evenings, on weekends, and during the summer months, she is available for daytime appointments.
**Arden is not available to see current students or staff of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.**
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Andrea Smelser Winger, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Andrea holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from York University and is a registered social worker (RSW) with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Andrea has over twenty years of social work experience including child welfare and school social work. Andrea is currently a school social worker and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Andrea has training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and also uses mindfulness based interventions. Andrea works with clients of any age and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, stress, depression, emotion dysregulation, grief and loss, self-harm, and relationship issues. Andrea is available in the evenings and on weekends. During the summer months, she is available for daytime appointments. **Andrea is not available to see current students or staff of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.**
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Shay Beck, BA (Hons.), MA (Cand.)

Counselling Intern

Shay holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently completing the final practicum portion of her Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Shay joins Cornerstone as a Counselling Intern, working under the direct supervision of Brady Hutchinson, Registered Psychotherapist. As such, her services are are eligible for insurance coverage under health benefit plans that cover the services of Registered Psychotherapists. Shay has experience working with at-risk youth as a residential counsellor and embraces a strength-based and client-centred approach, drawing from cognitive behavioural (CBT) methods such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Shay works with adults, youth and children (over the age of 10 years) with a variety of interpersonal, mental health and addictions concerns. She brings a trauma-informed approach to her work and is trained in the harm reduction model of addiction. She has a particular interest in complex trauma and addictions counselling with a focus on adolescent addictions and childhood trauma.
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Next Steps...

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