In most eating disorders there is a pendulum that swings from restriction (not eating enough) to binging (eating a large quantity of food in a short period of time). Although there is no simple quick fix to breaking this cycle, there are some practical tips that can help you eradicate the restrict/binge cycle.  People often…

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We are very pleased to welcome Annika Schaefer to our Fresh Hope Counselling team. With all the stress, uncertainty and struggles intensified by the pandemic, requests for counselling help have increased significantly. We want to be able to help meet the needs of those who are struggling. In order to do so, we are expanding…

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Retirement is a definite transition time, especially in the age of COVID-19 and it’s impact on social interactions. When you have worked most of your adult life, the work you do often becomes a big determinant of your identity. You’re the Truck Driver, Doctor, Financial Advisor, Teacher, Admin. Assistant who works for… It can be…

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Most of us are glad to see 2020 coming to an end! This has been quite the year — full of unpredictable dynamics and lots of things that have been, or at least felt, out of our control. For some people it has even resurrected trauma. As we consider why that is, the theme of…

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Healthy habits and daily rituals are two ways to help overcome emotional/mindless/stress eating. Unfortunately the term ‘healthy’ has even become an eating disordered term on some occasions. Foods are not inherently good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, etc. Healthy habits however (say that ten times really quickly) are helpful. Here are a list of multiple…

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Welcome Daisy Lee, Registered Psychologist!

We are excited to bring on another Registered Psychologist to Fresh Hope Counselling’s  West End location, Ms. Daisy Lee! Daisy is a transplant from Calgary but don’t hold that against her, she’s renounced her allegiance to the Flames just as I did when marrying an Edmontonian. Daisy is a graduate of Yorkville University with a…

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How to Unmask When Everyone is Putting on Masks

Wearing a mask is highly recommended these days due to this unprecedented pandemic we are experiencing. I thought I’d take advantage of the whole mask thing to talk about the problem with putting on a non-physical mask. The other day I saw a woman whose mask covered her face right to the point where her…

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How to Have New Growth

August 14, 2020

New Growth is something most of us would like to have. This is our Christmas cactus, Six Fingered Sam. He was left in a vacant office for months with no water or care. Forgotten and neglected. We weren’t sure if Sam was going to make it. I decided to water him anyway. I think Sam…

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We are so excited to have found a Registered Dietitian who is an Eating Disorders Specialist, joining our team at Fresh Hope Counselling. Kathleen McDavid is one of the leading Eating Disorders’ Specialists in the province of Alberta — she literally wrote the book/manuals on treating eating disorders! As some of you know, it has…

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After months of dealing with a global pandemic and navigating these uncertain times, many people are just ‘done!’ COVID-19 and the economic hit that has followed, is effecting us in ways that most of us never imagined. The clients that we’ve been seeing are having heightened stress reactions, increased anxiety and depression, and reactivated trauma…

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