The Waterloo 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.

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.


Carrie is a holistic psycho-spiritual Registered Psychotherapist focused on supporting clients to personally discover and embrace a fully empowered life of their choosing. Her style is open, informal and inclusive. She helps clients translate their fears and defences into truthful, empowering change in pursuit of their highest and best self.


I run a diverse and inclusive private practice in Kitchener, where I work with individuals, couples, and families. Some of my main areas of focus and specialization include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues, life transitions, and trauma. For more information, contact: 
www.leannesawchuk.com
info@leannesawchuk.com


Tiffany brings over two decades of experience in individual, couples and group therapy. As the founder of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness, she leads in-depth programs, workshops, presentations and retreats that focus on emotional healing, mental health and self-actualization. Inspired by the ancient axiom “Know Thyself,” she invites exploration of the issues that stop one from living fully and empowered. www.hiveandgrove.ca


Experiencing stress or trauma?

What would it be like to find release and feel restored? I offer a free 15-minute consult for you to explore this. Visit sueklassen.ca or call me, Sue Klassen, at 226-792-8200


Kristy Kirby, Registered Psychotherapist at Open Skies Psychotherapy, provides professional therapy and counselling services to the Waterloo region, with specialty in anxiety, grief and spiritual counselling. Open Skies Psychotherapy also offers a variety of meditation groups to help you on your wellness journey.


Lori is a dedicated psychotherapist of 20+ years with a highly sought-after private practice alongside expert associates specializing in the field of trauma; additional areas of anxiety, performance, stress, depression, relationship concerns, transitions, grief and coping. Her team is committed to bringing gold-standard, evidence-based treatment, with a focus on the whole person. Core practice values are steeped deeply in collaboration, empowerment, education and acceptance.


SAMANTHA HAWKINS
Gestalt Therapist in Training

How are you doing, really? I’m curious and truly want to hear your response. Let’s take a journey together and explore with support all that is accessible in the present to bring more awareness to the thoughts and feelings that may be too hard to experience alone.

Visit Seasons Psychotherapy and my profile on Psychology Today to learn more and connect.


Embodied Compassion-Focused Psychotherapy

Sydney provides strengths-based support to people struggling with self worth, body image concerns and life transitions. With a focus on fostering a compassionate mindset, work with Sydney to feel good about yourself, find peace with your body and live your life to the fullest.


Are you looking for someone to HEAR you? Do you need a space to EXPLORE yourself? Paduka Wellness offers professional one-on-one counselling, holistic spiritual direction, courses/workshops, and immersive retreats carefully designed to explore and make lasting changes. We offer complimentary intake sessions, sliding fee scale available. Please reach out today!


Therapy Heals is a local psychotherapy and counselling service that provides support to children, adults, families, and couples. We work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress management, addictions, life transitions, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and more. Our therapists are warm, personable, caring, and compassionate. Through empathetic, non-judgemental, and understanding counselling and therapy, we strive to provide you with opportunities for personal development, growth, and wellness.


I have over 21 years experience working with individuals, couple, families, & groups. I offer services addressing a broad range of emotional and relational concerns. My scope of practice covers abuse, attachment issues, emotional overwhelm, inadequacy, life transitions, mental health, mood difficulty, relationship problems, self-doubt and trust issues.

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.