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.

BRI Counselling is a distinctive new counselling centre dedicated to equipping and empowering clients, fostering greater resilience, and transforming lives, families and communities.

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With over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, couples, families and cooperations with psychoeducation pertaining to mental health, traumas, substance abuse and addictions, relationships issues and more. Specialized in evidence-based therapies including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Grounding Techniques and more. Received several awards and recognitions from local police, major, community leaders and families. He can be reached at 905-533-1334 or toll free 844-382-8975. Learn more by visiting and

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.

This year has brought many extraordinary challenges, but therapy can make a huge difference. We provide Psychotherapy, as well as Reiki Healing sessions to support you on your path to happiness. From small scale circumstances to traumatic experiences, your well-being is my number one priority. Life can be overwhelming, but I am here to guide and support you. Although this journey may be a difficult one, it is one with life-altering results. Learn more.

M.a Counselling Service offers group and one-on-one counselling sessions tailored to your specific issues. The Client-Centred & Humanistic approach along with different techniques helps individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, emotional disturbance and grief. It supports individuals who may feel lost and need direction with goal setting. The service offers emotional support, and non-judgemental space for you to express your life struggles & daily challenges. Tell me all your sorrows. Learn more.

Talk Heals Psychotherapy is a safe space for your mental health needs. We provide holistic psychotherapy for: depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, burnout, body image issues, marriage counselling, post-partum depression/anxiety, and low self-esteem. Confidentiality and privacy assured. Services provided in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and English. Call 647-705-3013 today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. Learn more.

I provide treatment for depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder (BPD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I will also help you with lack of motivation or goal setting, and relationship difficulties. My goal is to empower you to seize control of your life by teaching you the skills required to get outside of your head and into your life. Learn more.

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When you find yourself facing difficult obstacles in your life, simply because you matter to me, it will be an honour to be a part of your team helping you find clarity to make well-informed choices… so you may live your best life! Learn more.

A lot of times therapy focuses on crisis intervention, which is essential to get through the crisis. But unless we address the cause, we’ll keep running into those issues again and again. Join me for one of my groups where you get to do just that and truly transform your life – you’re worth the investment! Check out or for more information visit

Finding the right therapist can sometimes be a challenging ordeal. It’s important to feel heard, understood, validated, and respected. You want to feel like your therapist cares about you, your story, and respects your process. Building Bridges Psychotherapy is a practice that offers experienced therapists that can help your particular concern. Learn more.


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.