Clinical Director, Registered Psychotherapist
Sarah Joy Covey is a Registered Psychotherapist who is open to working with a wide variety of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, grief, caregiver fatigue, burnout, existential questions, parenting, career and work challenges, life transitions, and interpersonal/relationship concerns, among others. I have an extensive background working with teens but also have a an ongoing passion to work with adults of all ages and couples who are seeking support to restore intimacy and learn healthy conflict resolution. I offer electronic counselling services to provide convenience to those who are seeking help at a distance or for whom in-person appointments are a challenge to schedule and/or keep. While I use CBT and other common therapies regularly, I have a special enthusiasm for narrative and existential work and the incorporation of spirituality in clinical practice. Specifically, I am keen to support those with a Christian-faith background and am able to provide supports for spiritual growth and connection. I am keen to offer psychoeducational courses and psychotherapeutic groups and am open to working in alternate locations to accommodate particular group needs. I am also a competent speaker and workshop leader and welcome such opportunities with enthusiasm.
Cheryl is a Registered Psychotherapist with a BA in psychology and a masters in counselling psychology. Along with her education, Cheryl has had a combined experience in the education and therapeutic field for over 25 yrs. She has a passion for working with those who have experienced trauma. Cheryl uses a trauma informed response to help work through the many parts of ourselves that have helped us cope with the effects of trauma including addictions, anger, anxiety, depression, shame, self destructive behaviour, relationship issues, chronic pain and more. The connection that a client feels within the therapeutic relationship can be a powerful element of change and for that reason there is a great deal of emphasis put on an experience of support and understanding. The client is the expert on themselves and Cheryl strives to create an environment of trust and learning what every individual needs to heal and create change. In addition to her work, Cheryl spends time reading, gardening, watching movies and spending time with her children.
Having completed her internship at Covey Wellness Centre, Rebekah officially joined the CWC Team! She is open to providing therapy for women experiencing grief and loss, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, adhd and interpersonal issues. She also works with clients who are living with post-concussion struggles. She has her level one certification in theraplay and enjoys working with teens and young women. Rebekah can provide faith-based counselling if requested. Besides work, Rebekah is active and enjoys going on hikes with her dog and being outside.
Tom has a passion for walking alongside and supporting people as they navigate the many challenges of life, especially in relation to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and life purpose. He approaches therapy with a focus on the strengths of each person, their resilience, and the value of their story in understanding and navigating the challenges they face. Tom’s goal in a therapy session is to provide a safe space for his clients to explore their story free of shame and judgement and to provide them with the tools to deepen authentic connections in their lives. Tom is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with previous experience in management and pastoral ministry as well as a BA in Church Ministry and a MA in Counselling Psychology. His therapy approach is informed by an integration of Solution Focused, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioural and Existential therapies. He also provides Christian faith-based support if requested. When he is not working, Tom loves long walks with his wife, Bethany, and their quirky rescue dog, Zoey. He also enjoys soccer, hockey, camping and backpacking and would hike every day if he could!
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Nadera has a special interest in providing therapy for clients experiencing anxiety, grief, depression and trauma. Her background includes supporting youth with special needs and/or a trauma related background as well as adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Nadera is available for providing counselling for ages 10 and up either online or in-person based on the client’s needs. She utilizes approaches from the lenses of CBT, narrative, holistic, and mindfulness-based practices with the hope of supporting clients through challenging journeys. Utilizing primarily a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, she works with clients to identify the influences in their lives, challenges or barriers and determine actionable goals. Together, developing coping strategies and check in points to ensure you are progressing in a way that feels right to you. Nadera strives to provide a compassionate and empathetic approach where clients feel safe and heard. When she is not working, Nadera enjoys being out in nature, spending time with family and learning new things. Over the last few years, she has been periodically learning American Sign Language.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Jennifer has nine years of post-secondary education that includes a diploma in Social Service Work, a post-diploma in Addictions Treatment and Prevention, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree. With clinical knowledge including withdrawal management, inpatient and outpatient treatment, Jennifer has over thirteen years of experience within the social services field. Within those thirteen years Jennifer also has nine years specializing in addictions and mental health counselling. Jennifer is passionate about supporting those living with, and those affected by mental health, addiction, and substance use issues.
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Rebecca Knowles has completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and continues to be a valued Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) at CWC. Rebecca has an interest in helping individuals find their way in the world. Whether anxiety, depression, grief, or trauma, Rebecca wants to support people on their life’s journey. She hopes her clients will feel comfortable and open to growth by providing a safe and open space. Rebecca provides counselling for ages 13 and up, both in-person or online. Rebecca delivers therapy to her clients through a person-centred lens with aspects of CBT and mindfulness-based practices. Rebecca does her best to help her clients find the answers they already have within themselves. At home, Rebecca has two energetic dogs with her fiancé. They love to go hiking and explore the outdoors no matter what the season. When they are not exploring locally, they visit with their family in the Muskoka region.
Allison is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field, with children, youth, families and adults. Allison has been a strong advocate for youth and their families, in breaking down stigma that is sometimes unfortunately attached to mental health. Allison believes that every person has their own unique strengths, and she welcomes the opportunity to explore with you how to build upon those strengths, believe in yourself, and create change where desired. Allison incorporates a trauma-informed, person centred, approach in her work, offering compassion, genuineness and warmth as she strives to meet clients where they are at. Allison enjoys using an integrative approach that draws upon different therapy modalities to best suit your needs; CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and Self-compassion are some of Allison’s favourite tools to use, and teach, to help you meet your goals. When Allison is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three adult children, camping, kayaking, or thrift shopping. Allison loves reading for pleasure, as well as to expand her knowledge and skill of therapy; she enjoys yoga and painting.
Certified Yoga Instructor and Flexibility Coach
Nancy loves living life well. Her experience, research and training over 15 years has led Nancy to become a certified yoga instructor and flexibility coach. Her yoga classes focus on developing your awareness of your body. When you know you well, you can choose what care helps you support yourself to feeling healthy. Nancy is thrilled to bring Yoga to you as an integrated practice that supports the wellness products and services already offered at Covey Wellness Centre. During Nancy’s class, wonder what growth and change would you like this yoga class to support for you today? After Nancy’s class, appreciate that you gave yourself the time and presence to honour how you are showing up in the world today and to make the changes that help you move towards living your life well.
Registered Massage Therapist
Jaclyn Thomas offers massage therapy treatments to clients that encourage relaxation and stress management. She helps to calm the nervous system by applying a variety of massage therapy techniques to restore balance in the body. She has previously worked as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and has over 20 years experience working in the healthcare field. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and The Registered Massage Therapists association of Ontario. Jaclyn also has a passion for aromatherapy and using plant medicine to promote a healthy lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys meditating, swimming in Georgian Bay and spending time with her family.
Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist
Tanya started her wellness journey 13 years ago when a family member was diagnosed with a serious health condition. This lead her to researching complementary healing modalities and ways of living a more clean and natural life. She has delved into the realms of herbalism, aromatherapy and have found her calling with reflexology! Her certifications include: Certified Foot Reflexology Therapist and is Registered with the Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC), Certified Aromatherapist with the Aromahead Institute which is approved by two national organizations, NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists). Tanya is excited to be offering reflexology on a part-time basis and is looking forward to making it her full-time practice in the future. She thoroughly enjoy seeing the benefits reflexology brings to clients. Tanya live in the country, just minutes outside of the lovely town of Elmvale, Ontario with her two beautiful boys, loving husband, supportive mother and a flock of hens and crazy dog! She looks forward to meeting you soon!
Patricia comes to the Covey Wellness Centre with a wealth of experience in retail sales management and customer service. Her warmth and caring nature will welcome clients into the Centre in her role as receptionist. Her customer-first mindset and dedication to providing a superior experience to clients hasturned customers into friends.When looking for clean living options for her and her daughter, Patricia was introduced to Young Livingand continues to use the products daily on her ongoing wellness journey. This like-minded approach tohealthy living and wellness made working with Covey Wellness Centre inevitable. Patricia brings apassion for toxin-free personal and home products and looks forward to meeting many new friends inher supportive role her at CWC.
Before joining the amazing team at Covey Wellness Centre, Tanya worked with municipal government for five years until life as we know it changed in 2020. She became a solopreneur and now offers administrative support to local businesses. Tanya is the administrative hub for our therapy side and oversees the retail therapy side, our Wellness Bookshop. She enjoys the variety and is excited for the opportunity to welcome you into our space! In the colder months, she prefers the indoors and warm fires but when the days are long and the temperatures warm, Tanya loves camping and kayaking with her husband and family.
Bookshop Manager & Client Administrator
Lisa comes to Covey Wellness Centre with a variety of retail, clinical and management experience. She is out-going, friendly and passionate about health and wellness. Lisa manages our Wellness Bookshop and is the principal administrator for our clients. When not at work, Lisa is busy with family and friends. She enjoys reading, walking, boating and spending time outdoors. Her absolute favourite activity is spending time with her grandchildren!
Media & Technology Manager
Besides working with Covey Wellness Centre, Wesley owns and runs G and the FEW Records music production company and has been since 2021. Wesley now oversees all media and facilities needs for Covey Wellness Centre including social media, podcast, website, and facility managment.