At Cornerstone, we are dedicated to providing mental health care that is affordable and professional. To ensure accessibility, we provide  subsidies for our counselling services from our Compassion Fund. The Compassion Fund allows us to extend the hand of compassion to those that would not otherwise be able to afford the services they need.

 

To meet the needs of our low to no income clients, we have developed a student counselling program. This program enables clients to access counselling from a master’s level student counsellor at a rate of $20/session.

 

This is 90% lower than the standard counselling fees.

 

Our low-fee student program is open to children, teens, couples, families, and adult individuals. Clients may be facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, problems from past trauma or abuse, relationship or marriage problems, or a mental health disorder.

 

Student counsellors must abide by rigorous qualification and supervision guidelines to ensure that each client receives optimal support. This program offers valuable experience to new counsellors in our community, and it allows Cornerstone to offer support and care to more people who are suffering.


Thank you to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for generously contributing to our student counselling program.

 

This support will provide up to 85 hours of student counselling.


Meet our Student Counsellors

Ron Klok
Ron Klok, M.Div., M.A.P.P.C. (currently enrolled)

Student Counsellor

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Ron Klok

 

Ron has served as a pastor for 17 years and became quite intimate with a wide range of human troubles and trials. As a result, Ron found himself wanting to focus his energy on helping people work through their difficulties and pain. Ron is a trained spiritual director and is currently enrolled in a Master of Pastoral Psychology and Counselling program. He is a certified carpenter and grows a pretty mean vegetable garden.

 

Special Areas of Interest:

    • Life transitions
    • Meaning and purpose
    • Relational breakdown
    • Spiritual difficulties
    • Shame and self worth
    • Sexuality, sexual abuse, sexual shame, and sexual identity
    • Father/son relationships
    • Grief and loss
    • Pastors/pastoral couples

 

Inspirational Quotes:

“The glory of God is the person fully alive.” – Irenaeus, 2nd Century

 

How do you believe counselling can help?

I believe the key element in counselling and psychotherapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. This relationship holds great potential for healing and hope. From first-hand experience, I can say that counselling can unlock the paralysis of past events; open our eyes and hearts to new ways of understanding our lives, our relationships, and our world; and can liberate us to live as full and free human beings.

 

Your approach to counselling:

What does it mean to be fully human? And how do we face and address life’s difficulties, trouble, and pain so that we can live the most meaningful life possible with depth, grace, beauty, wonder, mystery, and purpose? Ultimately, this is what I am after in my therapeutic work. I want to help the client tell their story, alleviate pain, make steps in personal growth, and move toward changes in perspective and character (cf. Irvin D. Yalom). Although I come from a particular spiritual background, as a rule, I only specifically engage spirituality as my clients permit and ask, always seeking to be fully respectful of their own spiritual tradition.

 

Availability:

Mondays  3:30 – 7:30 pm

Julie Oko
Julie Oko, B.S.W., R.S.W., M.P.S. (Candidate)

Student Counsellor

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Julie Oko

 

Julie is presently finishing her Masters of Psychotherapy and Spirituality degree at St. Stephen’s College, and she is passionate about journeying with clients. She is a registered social worker and has worked as a homecare/community-based social worker for twenty-one years. She has worked with adults of all ages and their families/significant others. Through her work, Julie has gained valuable experience in grief and loss counselling and life transitions. For the last ten years, Julie worked with dying clients and their families. She found this work deeply life-giving and has grown spiritually from the experience. These experiences have led Julie to complete a diploma in the ministry of spiritual direction (mentorship/companioning) at the Providence Renewal Centre in 2012, and she is a practising spiritual director (mentor/companion). Julie believes spiritual and everyday life issues are intimately connected.

 

Specialties in Counselling:

    • Grief and loss
    • Life Transitions
    • Health & medical issues, disabilities, chronic pain
    • Self-esteem
    • Shame
    • Intimacy issues
    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Abuse
    • Trauma
    • Suicide
    • Addictions
    • Family of origin, past, & childhood issues
    • Relationship, marriage, & family issues
    • Spiritual/Faith-based counselling

 

Inspirational Quotes:

“The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside of you.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

 

How do you believe counselling can help?

“I believe that counselling is a personal and special relationship in which clients can feel supported in their difficulties and pain. I want to provide my clients with that intimate companionship they need to get in touch with their inner truth. I feel strongly that this truth will help my clients find the strength and direction they need to make the changes they would like in their life journeys. My role as counsellor is to support, encourage, and provide guidance as necessary. I have faith that counselling improves the quality of our relationships with our selves, others, and the world.”

 

Your approach to counselling:

Julie’s approach to counselling is relational, holistic, and integrative. She incorporates person-centered, emotionally-focused, humanistic/existential/spiritual, contemporary psychodynamic (especially object relations/attachment theory), narrative, and systemic orientations in helping clients to heal and form healthy relationships with themselves and others. Julie may draw wisdom and techniques from other orientations if necessary, as she understands her clients may have needs which warrant different therapeutic approaches. Julie has full respect for clients’ individual spirituality and faith-based traditions. She also feels comfortable working with clients who do not wish to engage in spiritually-informed or faith-based counselling. She lets her clients lead in this respect.

 

Availability:

Mondays 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nicolette Sopcak
Nicolette Sopcak

Student Counsellor

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Nicolette is currently in her clinical internship for a Master of Counselling degree at City University of Seattle. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta.

 

Nicolette works from a client-centred perspective and has received specific training in attachment, motivational interviewing, brief therapy, trauma and EMDR.

 

Specialties in Counselling:

    • Attachment
    • Relationships & Intimacy
    • Parenting
    • Family Dynamics
    • Trauma
    • Stress
    • Shame & Guilt
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Mindfulness
    • Existential Issues & Spirituality

 

Inspirational Quotes:

“It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.” -Dalai Lama

 

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown

 

How do you believe counselling can help?

 

Your approach to counselling:

 

Availability:

Mondays 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Yiyan Ma
Yiyan Ma

Student Counsellor

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Yiyan Ma

 

Yiyan is presently finishing her Master’s of Counselling degree at City University of Seattle. Her previous studies have included completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Law from Tianjin University of Commerce in China. Besides counselling, Yiyan has been teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board since 2009.

 

Yiyan enjoys working with clients from all walks of life. Her primary passion is to explore and investigate the potential underlying factors that are positively and negatively influencing a person’s mental health. Yiyan believes in the innate healing power that each individual possesses. She is committed to supporting her clients in reconnecting to their own capacity for healing through various modalities including Compassion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy and Attachment Theory.

 

Specialties in Counselling:

    • Depression & Anxiety
    • Spirituality & Existential Issues
    • Mindful Living
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Insight
    • Grief & Loss
    • Marriage Counselling
    • Family Counselling
    • Managing behaviour problems in children & adolescents
    • Issues related to self-esteem & self-compassion
    • Recovering from marriage & relationship break-ups
    • Anger Management
    • Addiction

 

Inspirational Quote:

“The wound is the place where light enters you.” – Rumi

 

How do you believe counselling can help?

We all experience that moment when our inner critic gets too loud and we feel conflicted inside. Instead of desperately trying to escape this noise to search for peace, we always have the choice and capacity to calm the mind and body so we can hear our heart’s deepest desires and let our inner wisdom guide our way. I offer my company, love and compassion on the journey with you. I can be the compassionate witness to your suffering to ensure you are not walking alone.

 

Your approach to counselling:

Each person is unique with very different cultural, lifestyle, mental/emotional and spiritual factors influencing his or her state of well-being. I feel inspired to work with clients in exploring the root causes of their struggles. I also approach clients gently and gracefully and respect the clients’ autonomy on their own healing journey.

 

Availability:

Tuesdays  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 1:30 pm; 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm