The Durham Region Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Prickly problems demand well-equipped problem solvers. I’m Josh Martin, and my experience with cancer taught me a lot about tackling adversity. Inspired by that journey, I created the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook. Here, you’ll find a collection of stories, inspiration and advice about getting through tough times — from broken legs and broken hearts to COVID quarantines, money troubles and more.

Local resources: Need a helping hand?

This edition of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook was made possible thanks to the generous support of these local sponsors. Explore their information below to learn about their services and how they can help you through whatever challenge you’re facing. Need someone to talk to right now? Call the Distress Centre Durham 24 hours a day at 905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688.

Reflections Counselling and Psychotherapy Services provides counselling and psychotherapy, in French and English, to adult individuals with anxiety, depression, mood, or related challenges (e.g. self-esteem, stressful thoughts, grief, etc.). We empower individuals to overcome their challenges, through a collaborative exploration leading to insight, growth, and a life of better quality. Learn more.


Thalia Bennett of Reflections Counselling and Psychotherapy Services is also the author of two beautifully illustrated children’s books. “Christiano’s Blue Christmas” explores the ideas of grief and loss through the eyes of a boy who has lost his grandfather. Meanwhile, “Imani Goes to School” is filled with lessons about mental wellness, parenting and cultural diversity. Learn more.


We are a caring, professional team of registered psychotherapists and social workers. Dedicated to helping you and your family. To safeguard and maintain mental health. Find strength. Cope with anxiety. Process grief. Relieve trauma. Enhance relationships. Meeting you where you are. Online or in-person. Learn more.


Celebrating 30 Years of Service

Solutions-focused, professional and confidential counselling, assessments, psychotherapy and training for individuals, couples, families, groups and business teams – serving people locally and globally online. www.jeffpacker.com ~ 905-571-7441 ~ admin@jeffpacker.com


Looking for Free Counselling?  

Our Food4Thought Thursdays program provides free* solution-focused counselling for people who cannot otherwise afford counselling (*we suggest a donation of food to a local foodbank). Contact us today to learn more and book your free sessions. www.jeffpacker.com/fftt ~ 905-571-7441 ~ admin@jeffpacker.com


I’m Rubina Adam, and my psychotherapy practice is rooted in an empowerment approach. My goal is to work in partnership with you to build on your strengths and help you grow through your challenges. Together, we’ll work on counselling strategies that allow you to address the root causes that fundamentally shape your mental health and overall wellbeing. Learn more.


My therapeutic practice is centered on wellness, cultivating a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Experiencing a life transition, school issues, parenting or emotional difficulties? By identifying your strengths and weaknesses, enhancing your self-compassion and personal growth, you will become more fulfilled and return to your authentic self. Learn more.


Imagine a place where you feel calm. Perhaps for you it is near water or walking through a forest. Such places help us feel connected and safe. We strive to be this safe place, where you can feel connected with someone who cares. We offer a 20-minute free initial session. Learn more.


I believe that the counselling process is a collaborative approach in which goals are created and a treatment plan is identified together. I utilize therapeutic approaches that match the areas of concerns so that the patient feels empowered in achieving their mental health goals. Learn more.


Counselling Connection is a full-service practice offering a client-centred and collaborative environment to help you develop the skills and strategies you require to maintain a positive well-being. We are a team of Psychotherapists and Social workers with a variety of specialties. We work with children, youth, individuals, couples, and families. Learn more.


Pathways to Emotional Health Inc. is a community of independent, licensed, highly experienced mental health therapists with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We provide non-judgmental space to help overcome obstacles, build upon inner strengths improving outer experiences and overall daily living. Currently offering virtual services, we plan to move to in-person in the future. Learn more.


As an experienced therapist, I promise to provide you with the highest quality service that is tailored to your specific needs, as I recognize no two clients are the same. I look forward to engaging with you on your journey, as we strive for growth, acceptance, and change. Learn more.


With Vincent Cheng’s HEAL THE SOURCE™ Revolutionary System, we connect directly with the core source of the issue. Once we acknowledge the source, we can begin to work with creating new ways of being and integration. The HTS method will help you unleash your potential, understand your why’s and convert them into positive actions. This one-of-a-kind approach will lead anyone to their best SELF that you never realized within YOU! www.healthesource.com ~ vincent@healthesource.com ~ 416-725-7973


Jorja’s Awesome Grief Village (J.A.G. Village) is a space for honouring grief and our loved ones, tolerating the intolerable, and for collective healing. We understand that grief touches every part of our lives, and is not a problem to be fixed, it’s love that needs to be carried, nurtured and honoured. Learn more.


At Wellness Care Counselling we support our clients through using a culturally diverse approach. We offer support with the following Mental Health issues: 

Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Self-Esteem, Relationship Issues, Self-Harm, Relationship Issues, Self-Harm and Suicide, Family Conflict, Emotional Disturbance, Sexual Violence, Trauma and PTSD, Life Transitions. Learn more.

Introduction

Lessons learned from leukemia

More life lessons

Cancer reminded me that life is the greatest teacher of all. The following stories share obstacle-busting lessons from some of life’s other awesome and absurd moments — from sleeping in a barn to multiple run-ins with Bill Clinton’s bodyguards to nearly driving a car off a cliff.