Advanced Graduate Level Interns

Cornerstone offers fee subsidies to clients based on their gross household income. Up until a few years ago, our lowest fee was $50/session to see a Registered Provisional Psychologist or a Certified Canadian Counsellor. However, with the downturn in the economy, we began to see more people who were unemployed, underemployed, on disability, or with special circumstances. For these people, a fee of $50.00/session was out of reach. We did not want to turn away those who needed us the most, so we developed the Advanced Graduate Level Intern program to meet these needs. This program enables clients to access professional psychotherapy from an intern counsellor at a rate of $20 to $30/session.

 

Advanced Graduate Level Interns are enrolled in a recognized graduate-level counselling program and are required to complete a practicum under the supervision of a Registered Psychotherapist who has at least 5 years post-registration experience. We have accepted interns from Athabasca University, Adler University, St. Stephen’s College, The University of Calgary, City University, and Yorkville University. Interns must comply with their program’s specific criteria during the practicum, and each supervisor’s credentials are reviewed and approved prior to the start of the practicum. The intern’s practicum includes shadowing counselling sessions with their supervisor; facilitating individual and group counselling sessions; presenting videotapes of their sessions to their supervisors for assessment; attending peer-group supervision meetings; and weekly individual meetings with their supervisor. Although educational programs may differ slightly, students are usually required to complete at least 250 hours of face-to-face counselling and approximately 50 hours of face-to-face training with their supervisors to complete their internship.

 

The clients who see interns may be experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, or problems resulting from past trauma or abuse. Our interns may see adult individuals, children, and couples.

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 Interns

Julie Oko
Carey Best

Advanced Graduate Level Intern

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Carey is a Master of Counselling Psychology student at Yorkville University. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology.

 

Carey has a deep-rooted passion for helping people and believes that working collaboratively with others to achieve their goals is the key to their success. Carey offers a nonjudgmental approach with a strong emphasis on building a trusting therapeutic relationship to ensure clients feel safe, understood, and supported.

 

Specialties in Counselling:

    • Anxiety
    • Mindfulness
    • Depression
    • Stress Management
    • Self-Esteem
    • Trauma
    • Relationships

Inspirational Quotes:

“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

How do you believe counselling can help?:

When we face struggles in our lives, it can be easy to push others away because we assume they will never understand. Counselling offers a nonjudgmental level of support that understands one’s vulnerabilities. The therapeutic relationship provides a safe space to promote self-awareness, personal growth, and set goals to overcome the roadblocks we inevitably face.

 

Your approach to counselling:

As a counsellor, I am to work collaboratively with clients to work towards their personal goals they have set for themselves in coming to counselling. My approach draws from different theoretical backgrounds that are tailored to the uniqueness of each individual. It is important for me to provide a safe and trusting space for clients to feel empowered and supported while overcoming their obstacles.

 

Availability:

Monday: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Holly VanBerkel
Holly VanBerkel

Advanced Graduate Level Intern

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Holly VanBerkel

 

Holly is a Master of Counselling Psychology student at Yorkville University. She graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Christian Studies.

 

Holly has a passionate goal of providing others with empathy and understanding as a means to help them heal and grow. She also holds relationships to a high degree, and believes they are essential in life as we have been created to be relational beings. Therefore, building a healthy therapeutic relationship is important within sessions to ensure safety and trust, which will then lead to deeper discovery and reaching each client’s goals. Holly aims to approach each individual as a whole, as each aspect of our lives impacts one another.

 

Specialties in Counselling:

    • Anxiety
    • Coping Skills
    • Depression
    • Grief
    • Life Transitions
    • Mindfulness
    • Relationships
    • Self-Esteem
    • Trauma

 

Inspirational Quotes:

“ To love at all is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis

 

How do you believe counselling can help?

Whether we believe we have an “issue” or not, counselling can be a helpful tool for anyone as we all face something challenging at one time or another, or simply have the desire to grow as a person. We can all seek opportunities to discover and understand more about ourselves – counselling provides that. But in addition, counselling provides a safe place for those of us that feel broken and lost within our own world. It offers trust, understanding, empathy, and endless tools to set goals and grow as individuals or within our various relationships.

 

Your approach to counselling:

I seek to work together with clients in order to mutually agree upon healthy goals and discover a deeper understanding of one’s self. My approach pulls from a variety of theories as I love to discover the individual as a whole – I aim to bring in a client-centered approach to provide empathy and understanding, all the while offering psychoeducation for client’s to further understand how their thoughts and emotions all impact their patterns and behaviours. This then leads to a beautiful process of achieving each client’s goals. I want every client to feel heard as we build a healthy therapeutic relationship so that once they leave the counselling room, they know how to confidently live their life.

 

Availability:

Mondays: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.