Jendayi Polite

Jendayi (Jen) Polite
Psychotherapist (LMHC, NCC, MS, PhDc)

Psychotherapist Jen Polite is board certified (NCC) and licensed in New York (LMHC) and New Jersey (LPC). She works non-judgmentally with individuals seeking personal growth and change to manage anxiety, depression, transitions, and situational stress. She conducts sessions in English and in Spanish. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, psychoeducational, and psychodynamic in nature. Her practice is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and tailored to the needs of the individual. Specifically for couples, her approach is structured and rooted in The Gottman Method. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions. Jen works with clients to identify specific areas they seek to improve, and focuses treatment on the whole individual, taking into account personal, circumstantial, and social factors.

Through the NYC Department of Health’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) she serves as an emergency mental health volunteer. She felt compelled to join MRC after her volunteer work with the American Red Cross during the events on September 11th. Previously, Jen spent over 10 years working in finance, holding business management and business development roles within investment banks and in FinTech. Currently, in addition to private practice Jen is also a health & wellness media features contributor.

Jen is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA),), the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA), and is affiliated with the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP). She also holds certifications in Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma Psychotherapy.

Her undergraduate education was earned from Manhattanville College (BA) and she completed her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University (MS). Jen is also currently developing and conducting research for her doctorate (PhDc).

She loves...

  • Self-care

  • Wide open grassy outdoor spaces

  • A comfortable pair of classic pumps

She believes…

  • That time is a necessary variable

  • In lifelong learning

  • That choices bare more weight than circumstances