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The 6 Stages of Beating an Addiction


No matter what type of addiction you or a loved one may be facing, the road to recovery is a long and complex one. It all seems so daunting, the idea of “change.” As human beings, after all, on many levels we are wired to resist change. We’d rather stay in our comfort zones! When…

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New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Mental Health


A happy 2019 to you! It’s that time of the year again when we make a list (whether physical or mental) of things that we want to change in our lives. Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions include saving money, traveling, and spending more time with our loved ones. We’ll also suddenly become…

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Finding Balance Between Family, Work, & Friends


Time really flies by fast. One minute you’re in college parties and having some of the best times of your life. Then, the next thing you know, you’re buried in work and your life revolves around your job. It’s not wrong. As they say, you need to strike while the iron is hot. So, if…

Quality Holiday Time with Your Family: Avoiding Roadblocks


It’s no secret that spending quality time with your family can lead to a sense of more connectedness and open up the lines of communication, yet this is difficult to do in our lives that are full of extra curricular activities, technology, and work. Especially when we note that it is quality time we are searching for;…

The Dangers of Substance Abuse & Addiction


The years of high school, college and university can be some of the most exciting times in a young person’s life – when they are meeting new people, having new experiences, taking risks, leveraging,  opportunities, and expanding their horizons. However, during these years young adolescence also experiences some of the most highly pressured times in…

Tips For Students & Young Adults On How To Deal With Depression


For many young adults depression can be a serious issue. This is particularly true for those who increasingly burdened by the challenges of higher education, the stress of working while attending university, dealing with finances, or even feeling isolated after moving away from home. But young adults are not always equipped to know when they…

7 Steps For Building Better Sleeping Habits


Lots of changes come with the fall months. Temperatures drop, leaves change into beautiful colours, and the days begin to get shorter. These shortened days reduce our exposure to sunlight, interrupting our body and brain’s natural cycles. This lack of sunlight can lead to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and poor sleeping patterns. Unsurprisingly, these seasonal…

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The Many Benefits of Couple Counselling


At Capital Choice Counselling, we consider couples counselling to be like a multivitamin. We don’t take our multivitamins when we get sick, we take them everyday to prevent illness, and to stay healthy. Same goes for marriage therapy. There’s no rule saying you have to wait for a rough patch to book an appointment. Ongoing…

The Three Most Common Eating Disorders & Their Symptoms


Eating disorders are much more complex than simply over or under-eating. They come with a diverse set of symptoms and conditions unique to each patient, rising from a variety of biological factors, family dynamics and social pressures of their peer group or chosen profession. Additionally, one’s own personality traits such as addiction, perfectionism or obsessiveness…

Misconceptions About OCD


You have probably heard a friend or coworker mention that they are “OCD” about something after arranging their desk or meticulously organizing their books alphabetically. But there is a big difference between the symptoms of someone with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and having a keen eye for small details. In fact, OCD symptoms rarely relate…