J’nay Reckard was born and raised in New York. Psychology and the complexities of the human experience have always been an area of interest to her, so following high school, she attended Penn State University where she studied psychology. During her college career, she spent a semester in Barcelona, Spain, studying cross cultural psychology and improving her fluency of the Spanish language. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and returned to New York where she immediately began a Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College and became licensed in the state of New York shortly after. J’nay has worked in various settings and with a diverse range of clientele in New York City. Due to her love of the beach and warm weather, J’nay would often travel to Florida to escape New York winters. Eventually, she made South Florida her second home. She is also fully credentialed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and has successfully worked with private mental health and addiction companies in South Florida. J’nay has certified trauma training and she is well versed in an assortment of therapeutic approaches and techniques. Her areas of expertise include:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Self Esteem
- Women's Issues
- Couples Counseling
- Spiritual Counseling
- Ilia & Monica, (2019, March 11). Blk F'LNGS Podcast [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blk-flngs-podcast/id1450352915?mt=2
- Miss Sharica (Producer), (2018, September 10). Mama didn't tell me that [Video Podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/mamadidnttellmethis/videos/280791599408801/
In the Press
- Castillo, J. (2020, July 22). Black Women Therapists Are Processing Parallel and Overlapping Crises for Everyone—Including Themselves. In Cosmopolitan Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a33379694/black-women-therapists-self-care-pandemic-racism/
I enjoyed having space where I can honestly and openly explore my thoughts and feelings. I felt supported. I felt heard and listened to. The convenience of virtual platform makes it easy to schedule and attend sessions.
[I liked] the accessibility and ease of connecting with our therapist.
J'nay has the ability to put things in perspective for me in a way that I am often not able to see. She gives me multiple options to work things out. She's managed to talk me off of several ledges, which I am utterly grateful for every single time and for the times in between.
The Smart Talk experience has been awesome. J'nay is a great counselor; she is funny and insightful and gives practical knowledge and information that is very helpful to apply to my life. She is able to be firm but also understands when to not push too much. I really have enjoyed talking to her and learning from her.
While I knew that therapy would be beneficial to my life, initially I was super nervous for my first session with J'nay. The concept of face-time or online counseling freaked me out and I worried that I would be very uncomfortable talking about myself in this manner. I expressed my feelings with J'nay but by the end I'd felt like I was talking to a girlfriend. It's great to have someone that will hold up a mirror to you , and show you how you can improve upon basic life lessons and how we truly have the answers locked inside ourselves. We all need a little guidance to truly be our best selves and I think I am in the perfect hands and well on my way with J'nay. I know it sounds cliche but it's very helpful and enlightening and being that this is online and I don't have to travel to another office during busy schedule makes it that much more worth it. I suggest anyone try therapy and especially with J'nay! You won't be disappointed.
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