psych today - jordan

Jordan Thomas, MSW, LGSW

Mental Health Therapist

I think it is important to look at how both past and current environments and systems can not only impact the individual, but also how individuals can impact their environments.  I have had the privilege of working with youth, families, and adults of many different ages, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, and gender identities primarily in the Twin Cities area.  I particularly enjoy meeting youth of all ages at "their level" in order to form an age appropriate, empathetic, working relationship together.  I also recognize the importance of a child's relationship with their parents, caregivers and kin (biological, adoptive, and foster included) and how that can impact them in the years beyond their childhood.  While taking time to process the past can be extremely difficult and does not have to define someone, I appreciate getting to know where my adult and youth clients come from in order to create a more in depth understanding of their present, and prepare to move into the future.  I am open to working with individuals and families age 6 years and above.  I will take an eclectic approach, and some of the modalities I will use may include Narrative, Psychodynamic, Structural Family, Play, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy.  However, I value being strengths based, client centered, trauma focused, and culturally informed with all my clients (I do not believe anyone can truly be fully “competent” in a culture as there are countless variations of cultures around the world).

I have worked with adults and children who have witnessed and/or directly experienced Domestic Violence who were also experiencing homelessness.  I have also gotten to work with youth and families involved in the Child Welfare system in numerous settings which underlined to me the impact of systems (and system change) and the importance of familial (again biological, adoptive, and foster included) relationships and history.  Part of that work included supporting youth and families in Permanency and Adoption.  I have worked with clients in the midst of crisis in their life in addition to working with them once there has been more distance from the crisis.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology with minors in Family Social Science and Family Violence Prevention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  I then graduated with my Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities School of Social Work.  During my time in my Graduate program, I had a concentration on working with Youth and Families in Child Welfare in addition to studying Clinical Mental Health.  I am a Licensed Social Worker, and I am continuing to pursue my Clinical Licensure.  I will also be completing the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACC) training this year to be recognized as an adoption-competent therapist.

2020 alone included a devastating global pandemic that affected us all personally and professionally on different levels.  Summer of 2020 also brought the historical and active harm to communities of color, black communities in particular, to the forefront of many people’s minds and conversations and impacted us as a Twin Cities community.  As a female Social Worker of color, I do not shy away from conversations around racial identity, and I prioritize participating in my own anti-racism activism and learning.  I try to be as empathetic and open minded with my clients as possible knowing that we do the best we can, every day, as imperfect beings, things happen that are out of our control, and connecting with others is as important and needed as ever.   Everyone, no matter how old or young, deserves to have at least one space to show up authentically.  I strive to provide that brave and open space in session so that I can support my clients in making progress on their goals, increasing their overall functioning and quality of life.