Ther­a­pist brings her skills back home

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - You can con­tact Hutchin­son by phone at 519-443-5440 or by email at brady@cor­ner­stonecoun­selling.net. More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able at ccs.janeapp.com. Brenda Dredge is a free­lance writer who lives in Water­ford. E-mail her at brenda.dredge@sym­pa­tico.c

A home­town girl has opened a new ven­ture in Water­ford.

Brady Hutchin­son, with help from her fam­ily, trans­formed 8 Alice St. into Cor­ner­stone Coun­selling Ser­vices. Its doors of­fi­cially opened for busi­ness in early Septem­ber.

The busy mother of three says she’s happy to be back in Water­ford, where she grew up and went to school

Hutchin­son earned her bach­e­lor of arts in English at Hamil­ton’s McMaster Uni­ver­sity and then went on to earn, on­line through Yorkville Uni­ver­sity in New Brunswick, her mas­ters of arts in coun­selling and psy­chol­ogy.

Hutchin­son did her practicum with Haldimand-Nor­folk REACH, where she con­tin­ues to work two days a week as a con­tract ther­a­pist.

One day a week, she works out of Ohsweken, as part of a free Six Na­tions coun­selling ser­vices. Some of her work is done at the of­fice in Ohsweken and some in the com­mu­nity.

“I en­joy be­ing part of that work,” says Hutchi­ne­son. “Help is go­ing to those who re­ally need the help.”

Two days a week, she can be found at a horse farm in Troy where she is part of EAGALA, which pro­vides equine as­sisted psy­chother­apy for all ages. An owner of her own horse, she loves this area of work.

“Horses are uniquely sen­si­tive to the feel­ings of the hu­mans around them,” says Hutchin­son, not­ing that the work builds on the hu­man-horse con­nec­tion.

“Horses are good at read­ing peo­ple.”

Hutchin­son’s Water­ford prac­tice of­fers ado­les­cents and adults help in a num­ber of ar­eas, in­clud­ing trauma, anx­i­ety, re­la­tion­ship is­sues, anger man­age­ment, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, eat­ing dis­or­ders, grief and loss, PTSD and be­hav­ioral is­sues.

“I prac­tise a very ac­tive form of ther­apy that goes beyond talk­ing about prob­lems and em­pha­sizes learn­ing skills to han­dle dif­fi­cult thoughts and feel­ings,” she says.

“This ap­proach proves to be more ef­fec­tive.”

Hutchin­son refers young chil­dren to REACH, which has an of­fice in Townsend and is a free ser­vice to those who qual­ify.

Hutchin­son also vol­un­teers weekly with the local Smart Re­cov­ery, a non-profit group that works with any sub­stance or be­hav­ioral ad­dic­tion, It is much like AA, but is not a 12-step pro­gram. The free meet­ings are held at Hope Phar­macy, 80 Nor­folk St. S., in Sim­coe and run each Mon­day from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You can learn more about the group by check­ing its web­site at www.smartre­cov­ery.org or by go­ing to Face­book and typ­ing in “nor­folk smart.”

Hutchin­son also is in­volved with the local Vic­tim Quick Re­sponse Pro­gram and Vic­tim Ser­vices of Haldimand-Nor­folk and New Credit.

She say she hopes to ex­pand her prac­tice, bring­ing in ad­di­tional coun­sel­lors, both in of­fice and for the equine pro­gram.

In the new year, she will of­fer a new group called Seren­ity Now, an eight-week stress re­duc­tion pro­gram. The ses­sions will be held Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion is lim­ited to 10 par­tic­i­pants.

“Things are go­ing well and the re­cep­tion from the com­mu­nity has been very pos­i­tive,” Hutchin­son says of her prac­tice.

“Help is avail­able to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, cou­ples -- who­ever needs us. If some­one can’t af­ford it, I will gladly point them in the right di­rec­tion.”

Hutchin­son

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