Jay Cobb

With the departure of our long time Executive Director, John Arey, we would like to introduce you to Sanctuary Counseling Group‘s new Executive Director, Jay Cobb. Jay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. While he has been transitioning into his new role since July 15, 2019, he will assume the responsibilities of the position on September 1, 2019. Jay brings with him an extensive executive skill set and experience base from his 34-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years he has worked in large and small organizations to lead them in reaching their respective goals in productivity, efficiency, and growth. His success is attributed to his ability to recognize opportunities and create strategic plans that optimize the strengths of the organization. Jay enjoys coaching and mentoring people of all ages so that they can achieve their career goals. This will be essential as he works to take SCG into the future.

After yet another corporate rift and 23 years in corporate America, Jay decided to consider doing something different for the end of his career. This ultimately resulted in a series of life changing events that lead to him attending graduate school while his kids were getting ready for and attending college themselves. He attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and obtained a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling in 2015. Jay joined the team at Sanctuary Counseling Group in 2016 where he began seeing clients in the evenings. He loves assisting clients navigate the trials of life. Jay says, “I walk with people where ever they are and with whatever they are facing.” He works with clients on numerous issues including grief, anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, relationship issues, career counseling, and anything thing that keeps them from being all they want to be. Jay notes, “I consider it a privilege to work with you right where you are today; no judgment, no shame.”

It is an exciting time to be taking the helm of SCG. Jay has been working with our staff and Board of Directors to begin casting a vision for the future of the organization. His experience will serve him well as he combines his corporate experiences with his clinical experience. He has already begun to make inquiries about possible procedural changes to improve efficiencies, working on finding a new telephone system, checking out new computers for the staff, and meeting people from all over that make SCG successful.

Jay and his wife of 30 years, Heather, are proud graduates of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where they met in a class on the ancient history of China and Japan. They have a daughter who is married and lives in the DC area. Their two sons are currently back home working and with plans to finish college. He loves being on the lake or in the mountains, especially with his family. His family also enjoys traveling and most recently they enjoyed the emerald isle of Ireland together. For the past couple of years his favorite passtime has been digging holes for whatever new tree or shrub he brings home. Heather is very patient.

Please join us in welcoming Jay into his new role.

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