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As many of you know, we have two offices for Fresh Hope Counselling, one on the West End at 17321 108 Avenue NW and one on the South Side, which is changing from the old location to a beautiful new space! Heidi Marchand, our Registered Psychologist on the South Side is in the midst of…

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On June 1st, Fresh Hope Counsellors and staff will be participating in the 3rd Defeat Depression Walk in Edmonton. I am actually getting quite excited about this campaign. Not just because I will be getting some exercise with friends, because there is more and more movement to rid the stigma regarding mental health issues like…

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Hating yourself might seem like an inconsequential thing. Who does it really hurt besides you? The problem with hating yourself is that it not only hurts you but those around you. You might argue that you don’t actually ‘hate’ yourself — after all that’s a strong word. Maybe you just don’t like yourself and you…

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How Do I Restore?

March 20, 2019 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

In this stressful culture we often reach a place of overwhelm and need to restore. Many people turn to things like video games and Netflix to relax, yet it doesn’t seem to be working. So why aren’t we getting refreshed and restored? Reported levels of depression, anxiety and stress are higher than ever. According to…

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Investing in anything requires time, thought, effort, energy and resources, especially if you hope to profit from the investment. The same is true of relationships with close friends and especially in marriage. Let’s look at a five simple steps to help enrich your relationships. Value the Relationship. If we consider something to be of value…

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Entering a new year is always a time to think about resolving to make change in one’s life. However, most New Year’s Resolutions don’t last very long! Recent surveys say that 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. Why is that? Are we such creatures of habit that we can’t actually change…

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Before the cries of ‘heresy’ are yelled out during this Merry season — bear with me! Reality dictates there are a lot of step-parent living situations and blended families in this day and age. If we take a look at Jesus we see that he was actually raised by his step-father, Joseph. Joseph thought about…

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Feeling Stuck?

November 14, 2018 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

Are you feeling stuck? That’s odd because stuck isn’t a feeling, it’s more of a state! However, feelings that occur around being stuck include apathy, depression, helpless, frustrated and so on. Apathy is a bad one because we don’t care when we’re apathetic. Problem being that we have to care when we’re apathetic or we…

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Putting boundaries in place can feel like you are being rude but they are actually a self-protective, defensive move. Sometimes we need to put a boundary or limit into place in order to preserve a relationship or transform one into a more healthy relationship. “What is the difference between a wall and a boundary?” That’s a good…

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to celebrate gratitude and all the good things that we have in our lives. However, Thanksgiving can also be a chaotic and difficult time for someone who has an eating disorder — or for anyone who has difficult family situations. Thanksgiving invites are usually based around food. Turkey, pies, stuffing,…

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