J'Nay Reckard, LMHC
"Helping Adults, Couples, and Families to
Restore Hope & Happiness"
Hey there! If you're reading this, you might be here because you’re feeling an array of emotions – sad, stuck, worried, alone, confused, afraid, insecure, lost, and/or hurt. I get it. Life can be a rollercoaster, full of twists, turns, and unexpected challenges.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed, wondering if there's a way to break free from the struggles that seem to be holding you back. Well, that's where I come in. Know that you are not alone, and reaching out for support is a courageous step toward healing. Congrats on taking that first step!
My name is J’nay, and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I’m here to offer a safe and supportive healing space for adults, couples and families who are navigating various life challenges.
In therapy with me, you can expect our sessions to feel like heartfelt conversations with a trusted friend rather than a clinical visit. My goal is to create a welcoming space where you can be truly seen and understood. Together, we will work towards your healing and growth so you can become your best self and live your best life.
If you're ready to get started, contact me for your complimentary consultation at 954-391-5305. I look forward to helping you live your best life!
Counseling For Teens, Adults & Couples in Fort Lauderdale & Coral Springs
Counseling Services for Adults:
Individual therapy for adults offers a range of valuable benefits that can significantly contribute to your personal growth, emotional well-being, and overall improved quality of life. Below are some of the types of challenges that I help adults overcome.
Major Life Changes: Adults often seek support during significant life transitions such as job changes, relocation, break ups, marriages, and/or parenthood.
Depression & Anxiety: Many adults seek therapy to address symptoms of depression or anxiety, such as persistent sadness, worry, or panic attacks.
Stress Management: High levels of stress from work, relationships, or life changes can lead individuals to seek coping strategies and stress management techniques.
Loss & Grief: Coping with the death of a loved one, whether recent or past, is a common reason for seeking therapy.
Self-Exploration & Personal Growth: Some adults engage in therapy to explore and understand their identity, enhance self-esteem, and work on personal growth.
Finding Purpose: Individuals may seek therapy to explore their life's purpose, meaning, and direction so they can experience greater fulfillment in life.
Traumatic Experiences & PTSD: Adults who have experienced trauma, abuse, or significant life-threatening events may seek therapy to process and heal from the effects of such experiences.
Addiction: Therapy is often sought for assistance with overcoming addictions, whether related to substances, behaviors, or unhealthy patterns.
Faith Based Counseling Services:
Ultimately, faith-based counseling can offer you the opportunity to address your mental health and relational concerns while incorporating the spiritual dimension of your life. It can provide a holistic approach that resonates with those seeking to integrate their faith into the therapeutic journey.
Integration of Faith & Mental Health: Individuals who value their faith and spirituality often seek counseling that integrates these beliefs. Faith-based counseling allows you to address mental health concerns while drawing on their religious or spiritual framework.
Spiritual Guidance & Support: Seeking guidance from a therapist who shares your faith can allow you to explore your challenges through a spiritual lens. You may find comfort and support in discussing your concerns with someone who understands and respects your religious beliefs.
Grief & Loss: During times of grief and loss, individuals may seek faith-based counseling to find solace and understanding within their spiritual beliefs. This approach can provide comfort and a sense of connection to something larger than yourself.
Marital & Relationship Concerns: Partners may seek faith-based couples counseling to address relationship challenges while incorporating their shared religious values. This can include communication issues, conflicts, or the desire to strengthen the spiritual foundation of your partnership.
Moral & Ethical Dilemmas: Individuals facing moral or ethical dilemmas may turn to faith-based counseling for guidance in aligning their decisions with their religious beliefs. This process can help you navigate complex situations within a spiritual context.
Addiction & Recovery: Faith-based counseling can play a role in addiction recovery by providing you with a supportive environment that aligns with their spiritual values. It may involve incorporating faith-based principles into the recovery process.
Stress & Anxiety: Individuals experiencing stress and anxiety may seek faith-based counseling to find comfort in their faith and explore ways to manage their emotional well-being within a spiritual context.
Sense of Purpose & Meaning: Some individuals seek faith-based counseling to explore questions of purpose and meaning in their lives. This can involve discussions about spiritual growth, fulfillment, and living in alignment with your faith.
Reconciliation & Forgiveness: Faith-based counseling may provide a space for you to explore reconciliation and forgiveness, drawing on spiritual or religious teachings to guide the process of healing and letting go.
Couples Counseling Services:
Couples counseling can provide a structured and supportive environment for couples to explore, understand, and address the challenges they face, ultimately fostering healthier and more satisfying relationships.
Relationship Satisfaction: Even in relatively healthy relationships, couples may seek counseling to enhance overall satisfaction, deepen their connection, and learn new skills to sustain a fulfilling partnership.
Communication Issues: Difficulty communicating effectively is a frequent reason couples seek counseling. This can include misunderstandings, frequent arguments, or feeling unheard.
Conflict Resolution: Couples may struggle with managing and resolving conflicts in a healthy manner. Counseling can provide tools and techniques to address disagreements more constructively.
Intimacy & Connection: A lack of intimacy, emotional connection, or physical closeness can prompt couples to seek counseling. Therapists can help them explore ways to rekindle and deepen their connection.
Trust & Betrayals: Infidelity, breaches of trust, or unresolved issues from the past can erode trust in a relationship. Couples counseling provides a structured environment to address trust-related concerns.
Emotional Disconnect: Over time, couples may feel emotionally distant or disconnected. Counseling can assist in identifying the underlying issues and rebuilding emotional intimacy.
Strengthening Relationship Skills: Some couples seek counseling as a proactive measure to strengthen their relationship skills, improve communication, and prevent potential issues from escalating.
Family Therapy Services for Adults:
Family therapy for adult family members emphasizes the interconnectedness of family members and addresses issues within the context of the family system. Family counseling for adult family members promotes improved understanding, communication, and collaboration to create a more harmonious and resilient family unit.
Communication Breakdown: Families may experience difficulties in communication, leading to misunderstandings, conflicts, or a general breakdown in effective interaction. Family therapy helps improve communication patterns and strengthen connections.
Conflict Resolution: Families may face persistent conflicts or unresolved issues that create tension and strain relationships. Family therapy provides a structured space to address conflicts, identify their root causes, and work towards resolution.
Improving Family Dynamics: Families may seek therapy to enhance overall family dynamics, strengthen connections, and foster a healthier and more supportive environment for all members.
If any of the above categories resonate with you as an individual, couple or family unit, I’m here to help you achieve your goals. Let's make it happen together.
My journey to becoming a therapist traces back to my own experiences with trauma, grief, and loss. The passing of my father during my childhood compelled me to seek understanding, not just about my own grief, but also about the complexities within my own family.
In addition, growing up in the culturally rich suburbs just outside of NYC exposed me to a diverse melting pot. The stark differences among my friends - in demographics, cultures, and upbringing - fueled my early curiosity about the intricacies that shape each person's unique life. These experiences ignited a deep curiosity to understand the 'why' behind human behavior.
From early on, questions started flooding my mind. Why do people turn to substances? What determines motivation? Why are some individuals more prone to abusive behavior? How does addiction develop? Where does one learn self esteem? How do we acquire labels and identities? Why do siblings raised in the same household turn out so differently? How does spirituality influence one’s development? My quest for answers wasn't just about academic interest; it was fueled by a genuine desire to comprehend the intricacies of human existence.
Overall, the nexus of my traumas, eclectic life experiences, natural curiosity, and innate disposition to help others, formed the foundation for my career as a therapist. I possess an inherent ability to listen intently, coupled with a strong desire to understand people beyond the surface. My fascination lies not just in our connections but also in the exploration of our differences.
As a therapist, my mission is deeply rooted in caring for the well-being of others. I believe in creating a safe space for clients to explore their "whys" and navigate the complexities of their lives. Through empathy, openness, genuine concern, and a commitment to be truly present with my clients, I aim to guide others towards self-discovery, healing, and a more fulfilling life. Nothing brings me greater joy and fulfillment than witnessing my client’s triumph, succeed, and achieve their goals.
My Background in
Counseling & Psychology
I am a seasoned mental health therapist with over a decade of experience working with clients. My passion for helping others began in childhood and has evolved into a fulfilling career.
Holding a Bachelor's in Psychology from Penn State (We Are!) and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College, I've contributed to working in diverse mental health settings, including an inpatient psychiatric unit, inpatient and outpatient rehab, detox centers, private practices, crisis hotlines, grassroots community mental health clinics, and even as a mental health court liaison with men on parole in NYC.
Licensed in both New York and Florida, I've been conducting virtual private practice therapy for six years, predating the COVID era. Additionally, I've had the enriching experience of studying abroad in the vibrant city of Barcelona which helped to enhance my cross-cultural understanding. I’ve been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine and I've also had the privilege of serving as a guest speaker on various podcasts, addressing all things mental health.
My life motto and guiding principle is 'Joie De Vivre,' a French phrase translating to the 'joy of living.' Beyond its literal meaning, it signifies my commitment to embracing each day with joy, presence, positivity, happiness, and gratitude. For me, it's not just a phrase; it's a way of living.
I’m obsessed with my dog-son, Droegon. He’s a 5 year old Maltese, and he took after his mom (me) because he truly has healing powers. I’m happy to tell you more about his healing powers in our therapy session if you’re interested. He’s named after the main dragon (Drogon) to the Queen Khalessi on Game of Thrones. He is the Droegon to my Khalessi. I’m also obsessed with Game of Thrones.
I love God, my family, my friends, music, traveling, spas, yoga, sunsets, sleep, and Real Housewives (lol). This year, I plan to travel to 3 new countries, which will put me at visiting country number 36! My goal is to make it to 50 total countries in the next 6 years. I’m open to all suggestions!
Ready to Get Started in Counseling?
You've made it this far, and now it's time to make the rest of your life into the best of your life through counseling with J’nay. The journey to hope and happiness starts with a simple action, so take that next step and schedule your therapy session today.
Contact me for your complimentary phone consultation at 954-391-5305 so we can chat about how I can help.
You've got this! I look forward to meeting you!