The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Durham Region, Ontario edition

The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook
Durham Region, Ontario edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in Durham Region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.


Scroll below to download your free copy and to find local resources.

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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.

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Appointments available for children, youth, and adults.
Contact: Sheila Moeck, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist.
342 King Street West, Suite 204,
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Counselling and therapy for youth and adults
Christine Wildman, Registered Psychotherapist
286 King Street West, Oshawa, Ontario

Specialized psychotherapy services for individuals seeking talk therapy for self-discovery, change and personal growth. We have expertise in exploring new perspectives for problems such as anxiety, depression, grief and anger. We match individuals and couples to the most appropriately trained therapist based on unique needs. 905-431-5654

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Sheri Gundry, RP, EXAT

Sheri Gundry is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. She believes in healing through creative arts, imagination, talk and narrative therapies. She promotes a safe atmosphere that is intuitive, relational, and collaborative. Sheri is also the founder of Art With A Heart Inc.

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Community resources in Durham Region

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, Durham Region boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Mental health

Distress Centre Durham
24-hour crisis support: 905-430-2522

Durham Mental Health Services
24-hour crisis support: 905-666-0483

Directory of mental health services in Durham Region

ONTX – Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services

Canadian Mental Health Association – Durham

Mental health services for seniors

Local therapists and counsellors

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist

Find a local chiropractor

Find a local registered massage therapist

Alzheimer Society of Durham Region

Public Health – Durham Region

Directory of local health and wellness resources

Health Information Services – Durham Region

Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre

Resources for seniors – Whitby

Resources for seniors – Oshawa

Oshawa Senior Community Centres

Community Care Durham
(food and nutrition, transportation, health and wellness and more)

Meals on Wheels

Families and individuals

Directory of services in Durham Region

Kinark Child & Family Services

Enterphase Child & Family Services

Catholic Family Services of Durham

Local relationship therapists

Local divorce therapists

Local grief therapists

LGBTG Prideline – Durham Helpline
24-hour helpline: 905-430-2522

YWCA Durham

Emergency support and shelters

Directory of emergency shelter programs in Durham Region

Durham Rape Crisis Centre
24-hour crisis and support line: 905-668-9200

Y’s WISH Shelter (Women In Safe Housing) (Oshawa)
Crisis line: 905-576-2997

The Denise House (Oshawa)
(emergency shelter and support)
Crisis line: 1-800-263-3725

Bethesda House (Bowmanville)
Crisis line: 1-800-338-3397

Herizon House (Ajax/Pickering)
Crisis line: 1-866-437-4066

Cornerstone Community Association
(emergency shelters, health support and more)

Directory of food banks in Durham Region

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors

Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre

Employment Supports – Region of Durham

John Howard Society of Durham Region – Employment & Training Services

Credit Counselling Society


Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

Newcomer Settlement Program
Community Development Council Durham

Community services and resources for newcomers to Durham region

Durham Immigration Portal

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:

Volunteer opportunities in Durham Region

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics)

Big Brothers Big Sisters
South-West Durham:
North Durham:

Habitat for Humanity Durham