Zakiya Renee Spencer Pollard
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Zakiya Renee Spencer Pollard


Master of Science in Education, MSEd Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Pennsylvania Not Accepting Online

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Updated October 14, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse

Professional statement

Zakiya Pollard is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania who works with adults of all ages. Much of her work focuses on serving young adults of color and young professionals. Zakiya provides therapy for a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, and substance abuse. She is specifically trained in the treatment of substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Zakiya utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and a trauma-informed treatment called Seeking Safety. Using these strategies, she works with her clients to explore how unhelpful thoughts and feelings can lead to unhelpful behaviors and to make changes that result in reduced mental health symptoms and more functional behaviors. During sessions, Zakiya assists her clients with building skills such as enforcing boundaries and using grounding techniques and breathing exercises to manage anxiety. This approach helps clients to better handle life’s stressors and live a life more aligned with their values.

Zakiya's style of therapy is warm, flexible, and goal-oriented. When working with new clients, she works to establish a strong therapeutic relationship, develop achievable goals, and gather historical information to better understand the origin of presenting issues.

Zakiya received her master’s in professional counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Much of her work has been in community mental health and substance use treatment centers. Outside of work, she enjoys singing, reading novels (especially by Stephen King), and spending time with her family. Zakiya offers only remote therapy.

Message to clients

My approach to therapy starts from my belief that everyone has the ability to become the best version of themselves. Throughout my career, I have seen over and over how even individuals who have been struggling with mental health issues have been able to recover.

I use a flexible approach in my work because I know that each client is different and will benefit from different type of strategies. Working in substance use treatment has also taught me to give my clients the space to be the expert in session, because while I might have tools to share, I by no means know everything.

Therapy with me begins with building a relationship and gathering information on your goals and preferences. Therapy can be difficult, because it pushes you to connect with parts of yourself that you may have been trying to avoid. I'm here to walk with you through that discomfort and teach you strategies that you can use to overcome it. Together, I believe we can be teammates on your journey to healing.


Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


Zakiya Pollard is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $100 (50min)


Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00pm-10:00pm
  • Tue 8:30pm-10:00pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 8:00pm-10:00pm
  • Fri 8:00pm-10:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Talkspace, National Practice Provider, 2021 - 2022
CoveCare Center, Substance Use Counselor, 2019 - 2020
Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services, Lead Counselor, 2018 - 2019

University of Pennsylvania, MPhilEd Professional Counseling, 2016
University of Virginia, BA Anthropology, 2014


Pennsylvania: PC012687