Therapist brings her skills back home
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.”