Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Jordan.
Laura, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Family Therapy in 2010 from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and have been providing mental health counseling services to those in Galveston and Harris Counties for the past eight years. During coursework, I saw clients through the Psychological Services Department at the university. In my second year, I held an internship position with Clear Creek Independent School District as a Student Support Counselor and Family Therapist, where I learned that I love to work with adolescents. After graduation, I worked with a local non-profit agency as a therapist assisting at-risk children and adolescents along with their families. Additionally, I worked with a company to provide counseling to the geriatric population in local nursing homes. After that, I ventured into private practice and have absolutely loved it! It certainly comes with its own challenges, but I truly feel it is where I belong.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think most entrepreneurs will agree that this path is certainly not always smooth sailing. It takes a lot of commitment and after hour’s devotion because it is ultimately up to you whether or not you thrive and earn an income that is sustainable. That can feel like a lot of pressure at times, however, if it is the right fit, it’s completely worth it. The struggles I have faced along the way have mostly had to do with needing to learn more about the business world when my training and education was focused solely on being a good and ethical clinician. School taught me how to conduct therapy, but rarely did we talk about marketing strategies, profit loss statements, the ins and outs of taxes, or passive income streams in my classes! The business side of running a therapy practice was all very foreign to me in the beginning and there was a steep learning curve for sure!
Please tell us about Jordan Therapy Services & South Shore Center for Couples & Families.
I started my private practice (Jordan Therapy Services) in March of 2013, then merged with another practice last year, and now am co-owner of South Shore Center for Couples and Families as well. I like to work with those experiencing reproductive health issues; including fertility struggles, pregnancy mental health issues and support, postpartum challenges, as well as new parenthood. Additionally, I find it rewarding to work with and support those going through the transition into young adulthood. Some of my other specialties include; couples and marital counseling, life and stress management, family of origin issues, adjustment and transition, self-exploration, anxiety and depression. I remember knowing at a young age that this is what I wanted to do, to help others with how they were feeling and navigating interpersonal relationships. Incidentally, I’m most proud of this, that my business is in the arena of helping others in our community and that we ultimately contribute to the greater good. What sets my business apart from others is that we cover most issues and populations, with the therapists in my practice treating a diverse range of challenges. As a group at South Shore Center for Couples and Families, we address the following difficulties and populations; grief and bereavement, play/child therapy, parenting, substance abuse, chronic illness, trauma, abuse, stress management, divorce and blended families, children with special needs and their families, self-esteem, as well as psychological testing and assessment.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
It’s all been a process and such a journey of learning new and different things, it’s hard to say that I would change anything or regret how things have happened. That being said, perhaps I could have started my research on the business side of owning a therapy practice prior to establishing one. However, I don’t think it would have made sense to me as much as it did while I was in the middle of launching one. I am definitely one of those people that learns from experiencing first hand and hands on!
- My private pay fee is $140.00/session hour.
- South Shore Center for Couples and Families provides therapists at varying fees, from $110 – $150.
- Address: 1100 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
- Website: www.JordanTherapyServices.com & www.SouthShoreFamilies.com
- Phone: 281-317-7237
- Email: JordanTherapyServices@gmail.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordantherapyservices/ & https://www.facebook.com/southshorefamilies/
Headshot – Nichole Livingston Photography