We all travel through the ups and downs of life, sometimes rising high and other times sinking low, lower maybe then we know how to deal with. It's normal, it's life, you don't need a label or to have hit rock bottom to talk to someone.
Our Counsellors work with a wide range of clients struggling with different things and in need of different support. With each client their aim is first and foremost to help them reach their individual goals, feel confident and capable, and acquire the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle and move forward.
Our mental health should be looked at as part of our overall health, happiness, and wellbeing and counseling should be seen as just one of the many tools available to us when looking to get healthy.
If you find yourself held back from reaching your goals or living the life you know would make you happiest because of anxiety, self-doubt, fatigue/burnout, or a lack of motivation, JF Fitness and Therapy could be the place for you to turn. Acknowledging you're not happy and wanting to make a change is the first and biggest step, even if you're not sure what it is exactly you want changed.
We strive to remind you that you are worth it, you are worth our time and energy as well as the time and energy of those in your life.
Sliding scale options are based on needs and insurance coverage. Counselling is covered by insurance providers.
Many of us are too afraid to take time for ourselves; it may leave us feeling like bad parents or it may feel as if doing so would jeopardize successes elsewhere. Also, when we finally do, it's not our mental health we are usually addressing.
Attending a counseling session in addition to working toward other health and wellness goals, makes that exercise and effort elsewhere more maintainable. Addressing those underlying insecurities and concerns can provide you with the confidence and empowerment to finally step forward in your own life.
Our Registered Counsellors have seen people at their most vulnerable times and their goal has been to act as a support. They fully believe in creating a safe and confidential space for their clients; respecting their vulnerability.
They will help you sort through the many aspects of your day and life that compile and create our personal hurdles; un-muddling what's really holding us back from being our best self. They use a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology in their sessions and are aware that mental health does not need to include labels.
Their motivation is to see a healthier community in all aspects; breaking down the stigma that surrounds counseling and prevents people from feeling free to work through their challenges with the help of a professional. Their focus is on the small successes: the mother who feels better about her relationship with her children, the office worker who cuts the cycle of monotony to be happier, and the feeling of relief when coping mechanisms come into action rather than overwhelming anxiety at life's challenges.
Therapy and Fitness combined with Jacklyn
Mental and Physical health go hand in hand; one directly affecting the other. When joining the two as part of your regular self care routine you will be amazed at the results. Distractions and a lack of motivation will slip away letting you maximize both activities, as well, confidence will grow, and with it, strength.
Serotonin is the most undervalued antidepressant there is, and it's always at your disposal. Working up a sweat can help you clear your mind and process your emotions. Not to mention, the feeling of accomplishment you feel in the gym when you lift more weight than the day before or run farther than you ever thought you could carry out through the rest of the day; proving that your mind is your greatest enemy.
There's no need to already be fit to feel the benefits of exercise or to be personally trained, a consistent exercise routine is beneficial to everyone. These services together can offer you the best of both worlds in one session and provides you with the opportunity to exercise both your mind and body at the same time. Talk therapy can evoke feelings like nervousness and anxiety when sitting across from a social worker, so we've added a movement aspect to it for you; to help diminish any uneasiness and to get your blood pumping.
Fitness and Therapy sessions are primarily counselling sessions, with some light training. These sessions are not considered Personal Training. If working out during your session proves difficult, you can choose to just talk 1 on 1 as an option instead. This service can be covered under most benefits for registered social work services or therapy/ counselling services.
Jacklyn Frias MSW, RSW, CPT
Jacklyn is a Register Social Worker and Certified Personal Trainer with years of experience working in both fields in Parry Sound. From her interactions at her fitness studio and in the larger community she noticed the commonly perceived disconnect between mental and physical health in a person's overall well-being. Many people were open and active in pursuing their physical health goals, but when it came to the larger and deeper aspects of well-being they neglected self-care. It is from these observations that JF Fitness and Therapy was born and her passion to counsel real people, going through the everyday issues, with no stigma attached became a reality. She has created a safe, open, caring community of strong and empowered people looking to take control of their own happiness. Join this community by setting up an appointment and work alongside Jacklyn to find the You you want to be.
Rates begin at $120/ hour.
*we do offer a sliding scale*
Monika Eberhard MA, RP (Qualifying)
Monika holds an MA in counselling psychology from Yorkville University and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Ottawa University) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counselling (Georgian College). Monika was born and raised in Parry Sound and has worked in the counselling field for three years.
Monika began her work as an adult and youth addiction counsellor in the public sector where she developed a passion for working with youth and for trauma. Monika takes a client-centered approach by incorporating a variety of different theories and treatment approaches to meet clients where they are at and tailor treatment to their individual needs. She believes the client-therapist relationship is important for client success. Monika has experience working with people struggling with substance use, depression, anxiety, life stress, relationship conflict, trauma and grief and loss.
She is passionate about expanding her knowledge and expertise as a psychotherapist. She is an addiction counsellor, a certified clinical trauma practitioner, certified in couples counselling, and is EMDR trained. Monika uses a holistic approach that integrates a variety of humanistic, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural interventions. She has training in and practices a variety of different treatment approaches including CBT, DBT, MI, EFCT, IFS, EMDR, and Gottman Method.
She looks forward to working with you in your therapy journey!
Jocelyn Hunt (She/Her/Hers)
Registered Social Worker | BA(Hons.) Gerontology, MSW, RSW
Life can be pretty messy and complicated sometimes. Finding ways to work through it all can often have us feeling overwhelmed and alone. Is there something in your life that you could use a little (or a lot) of extra support with?
Through partnership, my approach focuses on walking beside you to help you navigate life’s challenges. Creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive space where you can be authentically you – however that looks and without judgement – is fundamental in my counselling approach. During our work together, it is important to me that you can have a place where you feel heard, respected, and supported to try new ways of thinking and coping with whatever life decides to throw your way.
Together, we will find ways to help you work through your concerns and ultimately, enhance your personal growth and well-being. During counselling, we will build new skills, explore new strategies and perspectives, as well as use your existing strengths and wisdom to help you move forward.
With over 15 years experience in health care across sectors (community, long term care, hospitals), I’m passionate about collaborating with clients to work on many diverse needs and areas of focus:
Anxiety & Depression
Self-Esteem & Identity
Aging Adults - Including Those Who Support Aging Parents/Grandparents/Family/Friends
Grief, Loss & Life Transitions
People Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners
People from 2SLGBTQ+ & (Dis)Ability Communities and Their Allies
Let’s find ways to reach your goals and make meaningful changes in your life. I look forward to the opportunity to work beside you.