We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Beckum, M.Ed., APC, NCC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my brand is my purpose. I know that I want to bring awareness to mental health, especially in the Black community and so I actively strive to do so by facilitating conversations, providing resources, and providing services for all that seek them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an adult psychotherapist at Heal ATL in the Atlanta area. I currently see clients 16+ and have an affinity of working with Black and Brown humans looking to heal and needing someone with like life experiences to do so with. Getting into this career field was not easy, but with my amazing program at Auburn University and all of the amazing oppurtunities I have been given thus far, it has made the transition into being a private practice therapist smooth. Being a therapist has taught me so many things about myself. Throughout this process, I have been working on establishing myself in the mental health world and learning that true success comes from being able to learn from those already in my field. I have also learned that grace is one of the most impactful five letter words. We have to extend grace to ourselves and all those around us as we journey through life. We are all humans experiencing life and those experiences shape us and make us who we are, we have to acknowledge that in order to truly humanize those around us and ourselves. When it comes to my work and my brand, I want the world to know that I am in the mental health field for everyone who looks like me and never felt like they truly had anyone to talk to. I am striving to work with others to continue to destigmatize mental health in Black and Brown communities and bring the resources and awareness needed to these communities as well. My ultimate goal is to create a nonprofit called “Save The Black Woman” (based off of a design and brand I created in 2016), that focuses on providing scholarships for women who are seeking assistance in finding joy. The scholarship can be used for therapy, dance classes, a spa weekend, etc. with the main focus purely being that Black women deserve joy without stipulations.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re looking for coffee, head over to HodgePodge on Moreland, Full Commission on Memorial, or Marietta Coffee Company on Roswell Road. In terms of food, I love to hit up the Smith’s Gourmet Creations food trucks on Saturdays (location changes weekly) and Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe in the West End. Even though Covid-19 has limited my outings, I still like to go for hikes at The Cascade Nature Preserve or talk walks on the Beltline and pick up drinks from one of the many restaurants located on there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this Shoutout to the countless women who have raised me, encouraged me, fought for me, and supported me so far throughout my life. Whether it be my amazing family and friends who have always encouraged me to be whoever I want to be, and have always supported and cheered me on no matter what stage of life I am in, or the countless women in my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated who have inspired me to strive for greatness every step of the way. I would also like to dedicate this Shoutout to Heal ATL, who took a chance on me as a young therapist and have helped me transition and thrive in practice.
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