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COVID-19 Coping Tips

April 16, 2020 | Under COVID-19, Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

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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Why We Need Hope

February 21, 2020 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

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 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

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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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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