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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I decided it’s time to feature our therapists and give you a little more information about our staff, starting with Heidi Marchand. Heidi is a Registered Psychologist who has been working with us now for several years at our South Edmonton location. Heidi Marchand graduated from Gonzaga College in 2001 and has been working actively…

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It was the last day of December that we closed on the purchase of the new and growing home for Fresh Hope Counselling Ltd.!  We are so excited to have a larger, more efficient layout for Fresh Hope Counselling to grow into for our West End Office. Our new location is more accessible by transit…

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COVID-19 Coping Tips

April 16, 2020

If you are literally anywhere in the world right now you are probably aware of the COVID-19 pandemic. In speaking with clients, we are seeing an increase in stress, anxiety, suicidal ideology (thinking) and depression. The reasons include: the amount of uncertainty, the health implications/fears of the COVID-19 virus, the economic fallout from businesses being…

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In the midst of a global pandemic, we certainly could benefit from having hope! I am not going to focus on COVID-19 as you can find numerous resources online about that. Instead, I want to look at hope — the very thing that can help us navigate this unprecedented challenge. As I was thinking about…

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Why We Need Hope

February 21, 2020

With all that is going on in this world around us, hope is a necessity! The wisdom writer Solomon said “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Hope is a powerful force and being without it damages our entire being. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.” It…

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Holiday Survival Toolkit

December 22, 2019

Some people love the Holiday season and enjoy every aspect of it. Other people dread this time of year, whether it brings up painful memories, heightens loss or causes more struggle with an addiction. Regardless of what the struggles or reasons are, we can prepare a Holiday Survival Toolkit to help navigate this time of…

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Ever felt like what you are trying to say feels like you are speaking a foreign language? Or that you are talking but clearly not being heard or understood? Problems with communication are some of the biggest issues in relationships, workplace stresses and family problems. Most communication courses are related to becoming a better leader…

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Suffering from a hidden illness can be frustrating and depressing. This can include mental illnesses like high-functioning depression/anxiety, PTSD and bulimia — just to name a few — to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and a variety of other illnesses that deeply impact daily living while presenting a fairly ‘fine’ exterior. It’s almost easier to have a…

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When You Feel Stuck

July 23, 2019

Feeling stuck is not a nice place to be, especially if you have been there for a long time. Cambridge dictionary defines stuck as ‘being unable to move from a particular position or place or unable to change a situation.’ As you can imagine feeling like you are unable to change a situation takes a…

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