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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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Believe It or Not!

August 31, 2018 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

What we believe directs how we live our lives. Our core beliefs function like a filtering system that looks for evidence. If the core beliefs are positive and effective, reflecting truth about ourselves, the evidence we look for is positive and supportive. They also help us filter the negative incidents that take place in our…

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Our world has become quite intolerant of process. We like quick fixes and things to be ‘easy-peasy.’ We stand by microwave ovens tapping our feet, wondering why it’s taking so long. We’ve become a society of Instant Gratification Junkies. Instagram. Snapchat. Texts that travel from one device to the other side of the world in…

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What’s wrong with being a perfectionist? I just like to push myself. I just have high expectations. Shouldn’t we all aim for perfection? These are some fairly rational thoughts and arguments in defence of perfectionism. The problem with perfection as the expectation is 1. that it is not attainable 2. it’s not sustainable.So even if…

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Sometimes the Christmas/holiday season is not a festive time for some people. People struggling with eating disorders and addiction find this season especially triggering and difficult. People who have gone through a major loss or facing a tough season of life, find that the celebratory parts of the season reinforce loneliness, loss and sadness. So…

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Fresh Hope has Expanded!

November 3, 2016 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | No Comments

We are so pleased to see our practice grow over the past year and a half. Last summer, we had Dr. Cath Thorlakson, Registered Psychologist and Cathy Murray, Master’s Level Social Worker and Therapist join us. As the year has gone by, there has been an increased need for counselling and to bring another Therapist…

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