Cornerstone Counselling exists to ensure that people—especially those from lower-income households—have access to professional psychological services during their time of greatest need.
Removing barriers to better mental health
Cornerstone Counselling makes psychological support accessible regardless of income. We do this by:
1. Healing It Forward: Cornerstone Counselling operates on a social enterprise model. This means your personal healing journey has a direct impact on our community's mental health. How does it work?
• Clients who have employment-based private health insurance plans or gross household incomes of $100,000 or more pay $200 per session, as recommended by the Psychologists' Association of Alberta.
• Any “profit” within these fees is directed to our Way to Wellness Fund. This Fund helps subsidize the cost of professional counselling (of up to 90%) for clients in lower-income households.
• Currently, 69% of our clients receive counselling fee subsidies.
2. Fundraising: To continue offering hope, healing and recovery throughout our community, we also rely on the generous and compassionate support of individual donors and supporters, foundations, granting agencies, churches, and businesses. These collective efforts make our Way to Wellness subsidies possible.
Way to Wellness Facts and Statistics:
Our subsidies help young people and their families who work for employers that don't offer an employment-based private health insurance plan. Subsidies also help people who have lost their jobs, single parents, and those on a fixed-income, including seniors.
As mental health support is not covered by Medicare , Canadians spend an estimated $950 million a year on psychologists in private practice. About 30% of this is paid out-of-pocket by Canadians who don't have employment-based private health insurance plans that cover the cost.
Founded in 1977, Cornerstone Counselling is Northern Alberta's largest and most established non-profit provider of professional counselling services. Our clients choose us based on our exceptional staff and reputation.
Canadians in the lowest income group are 3 to 4 times more likely than those in the highest income group to report poor to fair mental health. 
 Peachey, D., Hicks, V. Adams, O. (2013). An imperative for change: Access to psychological services for Canada. Report to the Canadian Psychological Association.  Mawani and Gilmour (2010). Validation of self-related mental health. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003-x.
Ways you can get or give support:
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