The man who will try to keep NeNe Leakes from walking away from a group therapy session on Real Housewives of Atlanta is “Dr. Jeff.” His real name is Dr. Jeffrey Gardere. And yes, he’s a real, practicing psychologist in Manhattan. Gardere got his doctorate in philosophy and psychology at George Washington University. He first worked in the prison system, helping inmates overcome childhood traumas. You’d think if he can handle inmates he can handle housewives, right?
In addition to his practice, Dr. Gardere has opened four clinics in Brooklyn (where he’s from) to provide mental health services for families. He regularly appears as a mental health expert on several TV networks and shows (Today, CNN, Nancy Grace) and has written books about how to raise African-American children in today’s society. His latest project is the Healthy Divorce App — “it’s like having Dr. Jeff on speed dial!”