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Dr. Eva Helpard
Counselling & Psychotherapy

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The Voice Inside my Head

We all have them! I’m not talking about delusions or hallucinations, I’m just referring to our thoughts: our constant pre-occupation with our brain’s function to interpret and make sense of the world. This translates into a voice in our head that we listen to. For many of us this voice is the source of most of our struggles in mental health. Take a moment and just listen to the voice inside of your head. What was it saying to you as you read this? Did it tell you: “Yeah, that’s right! I have that voice and it’s constantly talking to me. I can’t shut it off. It’s always telling me what I need to do, what is wrong with the world, what I need to be... Read Full Post

Gratitude

Living life Consciously

Gratitude

We hear a lot about the merits of feeling gratitude, especially at this time of year. There is something about New Years that calls for reflection and introspection so we may look back over the past year to acknowledge the privileged lives we lead: the people who love and care for us, the food we eat every day, our warm homes, our healthy bodies and even feeling safe. (more…) Read Full Post

Do I have an Eating Disorder?

Recognizing the Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

Since giving a talk at UBCO on eating disorders, I have had a number of calls from people who want to know if they or someone they love have an eating disorder. Here is a quick overview that may help you to decide. These are only guidelines and if you or someone you love is concerned, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. There are many qualified professionals who can assess and provide direction for treatment for this very serious mental health issue. (more…) Read Full Post

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 2 - 9, 2014 is Eating Disorder Awareness Week. An event was held at UBCO on Wednesday, February 5 where I was invited to sit on a panel of experts to entertain questions and increase awareness and understanding of this important and serious mental health issue. The questions were very good and show that many myths about eating disorders are currently being challenged. The following is a response to five of the more common myths about eating disorders: (more…) Read Full Post

Creating and Protecting Emotional Health

We spend a lot of time, energy and money focusing on our physical health and needs. We try to eat right, exercise, go to the doctors and dentists, the physiotherapists, chiropractors, and personal trainers. We pay attention to our aches and pains, to the injuries and wounds. So why is it such a challenge to pay the same amount of time and energy to our emotional wellbeing? (more…) Read Full Post

The Truth about Depression

One of the least understood mental health problems is also one of the most common: Depression. Many people suffering from the symptoms of depression contact me for help and counselling to understand what is happening to them. Different than feeling blue or sad, depression can be one of the most painful and debilitating illnesses that a person may ever face. With depression, every aspect of a person's life may be affected: emotional, physical, social and spiritual. We know that depression is not something that a person can just snap out of; depression is an illness, not a weakness. (more…) Read Full Post

Anxiety and Stress – When It’s time for Counselling

We all live with anxiety and stress. None of us are immune to the impact that changes in our environment, society, economy, culture and families have in our lives. Nor can we ignore the stress that comes from our own ever-increasing expectations about how to live and what we believe we must have in order to be happy: A house, car, husband/wife, children, good paying job, education, vacations every year, nice clothes, lots of friends  and the list goes on. It is not the desire to meet these standards that causes stress; instead, it arises from our constant negative appraisal of ourselves that tells us we will fail. Fear is created from our imagination that is predicting the future. Read Full Post

Embracing Change

Change. Such a simple word yet when acknowledged, often instills a gut-wrenching sense of impending doom. Change is a process. It references the unknown, the future, the 'what happens next?'. One of my favourite authors, Paulo Coelho wrote about change in his novel "The Devil and Miss Prym" this way:
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back".
Change is inevitable. We can either embrace the challenge or we can try to resist it. I've learned first hand that it is when we resist... Read Full Post