Family Counselling can be a bit daunting but we are here to make the process as welcoming, comfortable and helpful as possible.


Dr. Cath Thorlakson, Cathy Murray, and Heidi Marchand have decades of experience in working with families in crisis and helping them work through struggles.

The family system has many components that directly impact one another. Parental conflict, medical or health concerns, stressors on the family like having a parent out of work or being a single parent family, caring for an aging parent while navigating a son or daughter in adolescence…the list goes on. Let’s face it, none of us have all the answers and the problems facing our families require some pretty specialized help at times.


At Fresh Hope Counselling we have experience in working with:

  • Learning Disorders like ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental delays and disorders
  • Parent counselling/coaching
  • Mood disorders — depression, anxiety, bi-polar, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and more
  • Addictions counselling for gambling, alcohol and drugs, smoking, sex, shopping, video game/internet, etc.
  • Eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS – Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (Beth Murray only)
  • Communication styles and conflict resolution
  • Family violence
  • Childhood sexual, physical and verbal/emotional abuse
  • Primary age children through adolescents
  • Separation and divorce
  • Single parenting
  • Issues of grief or transition
  • Problem solving
  • Skills training

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“But I’M not the problem!”

Often families see one person as being the problem; one person that is upsetting life at home for the rest of the family. Even if this is the case, family therapy can effectively help to make your home a peaceful place again. The Counsellor may choose to see some members of the family individually but always with the goal of ensuring that the whole system work better as an end result.

Benefits of Family Counselling

Building strong, healthy, and happy families and marriages is the greatest benefit of family and marriage counselling. It is never too late or too soon to get help that can improve your life. It’s a great way to restore or build for the first time: Harmony, Hope, Respect, Humour, Health, Gratitude, Fun, Love, and many other benefits.

Book your appointment today by contacting Fresh Hope Counselling

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