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Jacqueline Paul-Okyere Benya Psychotherapy, LMHC, LPC

Jackie Okyere Benyaa is a black therapist who understands and relates to the plight of BIPOC individuals. Through a holistic and integrative approach, she supports and guides individuals in becoming their most authentic self. She supports assuming accountability for your healing process by embracing daily stressors, injustices, imposter syndrome, and family dynamics.

Specialties
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • General relationship challenges (family, friends, co-workers)
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Women’s Mental Health (Pregnancy, Infertility and Post-Partum)
Finances
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $140-200
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Out-of-pocket
Locations
Licensed in
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
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“I strive to create a space that provides validation, advocacy, safety, and empowerment to help individuals and families find their voice and power toward being their most unapologetic self.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Whether it’s current circumstances or unresolved emotions from your past, you always have the power to recreate your narrative and take accountability for your healing. I have always been passionate about servicing BIPOC communities. Through my experience in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and hospital settings, I saw that people have suffered through systemic oppression and having their voice stifled or overlooked in spaces where they make the most impact. I strive to create a space that provides validation, advocacy, safety, and empowerment to help individuals and families find their voice and power toward being their most unapologetic self. Through formal education at the City College of New York, I obtained my MA in mental health counseling; I then became licensed by the states of New York and New Jersey. I have since worked on additional training courses around anti-racist work, perinatal disorders, and trauma, which helps support and guide my work with individuals.
What should someone know about working with you?
Authenticity is not just a word but something that is felt in the space. Prior to booking, I schedule 15- 20 minute consults to ensure we are a good fit for one another. If we match, then we’ll move forward. Congratulations on taking the steps toward your healing journey! My ideal client includes working class men and women seeking to process the weight of today's work and navigate their own internal world. I utilize a holistic and integrative approach that helps connect the mind and body and identify cognitions or external factors that have impacted your emotional wellbeing. Through the use of daily homework tools, I help individuals reclaim their emotional wellness and become empowered to embrace every aspect of their narrative.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most passionate and excited about the increase in accessibility of mental health for black and brown individuals. Teletherapy has created convenience and an increase in care for young professionals, college students, and adults grappling with the weight of the world and trying to show up in relationships and work. It warms my heart to see more companies and agencies incorporating and supporting their black and brown employees through the use of teletherapy platforms.
“I utilize a holistic and integrative approach that helps connect the mind and body and identify cognitions or external factors that have impacted your emotional wellbeing.”
Interested in speaking with Jacqueline?