Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsa Jordan.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am a native Atlantan. I have two incredible children, a daughter age 15 and a son age 22, and an awesome husband of 16 years. At age 17, I became a parent with only one year of high school left, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I only knew that I needed to do something! All my friends were going to college, so that motivated me to attend college while working to care for my son. I had a lot of support from my family who continuously motivated me, but I still really did not know what I wanted to do and could not put a finger on my passion. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree I was not able to find a job in my field and began working dead-end jobs. Around age 24 I received a call from my dad that would change my life forever! My dad had found my brother, his first child that he had been searching for all my life. My late brother Johnathan and I, once we met, became inseparable.
My brother was also married and we all just became one big happy family. My brother was an educated man and he enjoyed learning. He was interested in knowing what I enjoyed doing and what sparked my interest. I told him that I knew helping people was something that I enjoyed doing and people always felt like my opinion or advice mattered so I thought maybe I should be a teacher and my brother said “No, you are a social worker that’s what you are! Go get your master’s degree. You can do it; I will do all I can to support you!” I was a bit hesitant because I already owed so much in student loans. I could not imagine getting into more debt, and not to mention, by this time I was married with a four-year-old and a fifth-grader. My sister-in-law Karen Brown Watkins a social work professor at Georgia State University refused to let up! She informed me of a grant I did not, I repeat, did not qualify for, but I decided to apply because I felt nothing could be worse than the call center job I was working! One day, as I headed into my call center job after sitting in two hours of Atlanta traffic. As I sat in the parking lot to prepare my mind to enter the building, I decided I could not do it anymore. I was at the end of my rope. I cried out there must be something better for me, I’m a good person, I’m smart and this just can’t be all God has for me! I had applied for the grant my sister-in-law informed me of, but I had not heard back! At that moment, I decided to call the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work Clark Atlanta University, where I had applied.
A young lady answered the phone and I told her how I needed to get on the list to be interviewed to receive the Title IV-E Grant. I must have sounded desperate because I was! Just so happened a staff member had an emergency and all applicants, even those who had been interviewed, had to reapply. What were the chances of this? She informed me that she would add me to the list to be interviewed, even though I did not meet all the requirements! I knew then I would have to win these people over! Needless to say, that’s what I did, my interview was phenomenal! I was told I needed to take one class that was not on my transcript because I went to a non-traditional college for undergraduate school and the class was not required for my field of study. I took the class over the summer as a transient student, transferred my credit, and here I am today, Chelsa Jordan, Licensed Master Social Worker! I wanted to tell that story because I am a strong believer that it is not where you start, but it’s about your journey and where you finish! Much of my career was working for my local government agency! I started as a CPS case manager and supervisor and by the time I decided to part ways I was a child safety expert, training all staff and community stakeholders all over Georgia! Child safety is my passion.
If parents do not learn how to create safety for their children, we will have no future! I have learned so much as a social worker about human behavior and I believe that anyone can change. Currently, I am a therapist and my company’s name is Ask Chelsa Counseling and Consulting, LLC. Although I work with many parents and help them with parenting skills I also counsel individuals and couples and offer coaching. I have much success with my clients because I am easy to talk to and create a safe space for them to have real conversations free of judgment. When people are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, etc. they need to feel safe in the space they’ve chosen to be vulnerable. Most clients come in feeling shameful about the need to come to therapy but they leave feeling courageous and resilient! As my favorite author and social worker Brené Brown says shame can only live in darkness “Shame cannot survive being spoken,”. People like to see change happen quickly, so I believe in assisting my clients with setting SMART Goals (Specific, Measure, Obtainable, Realistic, Timely), but goals alone are not enough.!
Most of my clients respond well to solution-focused therapy where we co-develop plans together that help make their goals achievable! When my clients see they can achieve goals they have had challenges with in the past, in such a short period of time, it is life-changing for them! Starting my own company has been a blessing! I have always dedicated my time to my family, and have to the best of my ability, put my family first. Having the freedom to work for me has allowed me to spend more time with my family and travel the world. Right now, I only offer virtual therapy. However, in the near future, I plan to offer face-to-face therapy as we move towards our new norm.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Finding a healthy balance between family and career because they are both important to me!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Currently, I am a therapist and my company’s name is Ask Chelsa Counseling and Consulting, LLC. Communication is my gift! I believe in having “real” conversation in a nonthreatening, compassionate and empathetic way! With this approach, I quickly build rapport and trust with my clients. I assist my clients with co-developing practical steps and ways of identifying pragmatic solutions to combat future challenges. As a clinician, I create a safe space for my clients to feel free and vulnerable, as they openly wrestle with their emotions by identifying what’s working and not working in their lives. I enjoy teaching my clients new skills, challenging their thoughts and behaviors, as well as holding them accountable, and celebrating their change and success! I offer individual, family, parenting, couples counseling, and coaching. Currently, many families are suffering from the effects of the COVID pandemic and are having challenges with homeschooling their children, maintaining employment and relationships. I am skilled in assisting with developing structure, consistency, and boundaries specific to their individual or family needs for overall success!
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t really believe in luck I believe that everything happens for a reason and there’s a purpose, reason and season for everything.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: askchelsa.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askchelsa/
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