Jordan Pearce, Mental Health Counselor (Pre-Licensed) in New Jersey

Jordan Pearce, LAC

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Jordan Pearce, MA, LAC, NCC (they/them) is an associate therapist at The Center for Growth, based in the Ocean City, New Jersey office. While Jordan’s special areas of focus include trauma recovery, substance abuse, and the unique needs of the LGBTQ community, their training and education has prepared them to work with a wide range of clients seeking support with a diversity of mental health concerns.

Jordan views therapy as a transformative and empowering process through which someone works to better their understanding of themselves, of the world around them, and the intricate relationships that shape their lives. While Jordan believes wholeheartedly in the power of therapy to change lives, they do not believe that therapy is the process of fixing broken people. A person who is struggling is not broken. People are not machines in need of repair, but are instead complicated and complex beings surviving in a complicated and complex world. Whatever is leading you to seek counseling, you and Jordan will work together to create a brave space where you can explore yourself and discover and cultivate your innate abilities to survive, to heal, and to thrive. Jordan believes strongly that wellness encompasses more than the alleviation of symptoms. Taking an approach grounded in the theory of narrative counseling, Jordan supports clients in their journeys of self-discovery by helping clients understand the narratives that guide their lives. These narratives – beliefs, values, and experiences – are often authored by others in our lives and are filtered through the prism of the social structures that surround us all. Some narratives are empowering, but others present challenges. Together, you and Jordan will work to take back control of your own story, to build on strengths that have sustained you and confront roadblocks that have stood in your way.

Jordan also worked as a trained intimate partner violence advocate and interventionist for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This work ignited a lifelong passion for serving those impacted by violence in their relationships and helping survivors heal and thrive. This work also includes a devotion to community education. Jordan has spoken at numerous professional conferences and symposia on a variety of topics and is frequently invited to provide training for mental health professionals in the area of intimate partner violence. In addition to this work, Jordan has worked in a variety of settings, including an in-patient psychiatric facility, an outpatient substance abuse clinic, and a large community hospital where they oversaw student interns in behavioral health.

As a member of the LGBTQ community, and specifically as a person who identifies as queer and gender non-binary, Jordan understands how it feels to be different, and Jordan feels privileged to be able to serve the mental health needs of this community. So often, queer people find themselves at odds with a world that does not understand them and challenged by social ideas about gender, love, attraction, and sex that simply do not work for them. In therapy, LGBTQ and queer people can work towards developing a better understanding of themselves and learning how to advocate for themselves and show up authentically in the world.

In addition to their work as a mental health counselor, Jordan is a seasoned counselor educator. As an educator, Jordan takes inspiration from the works of pioneering educators such as bell hooks and Paulo Freire. Like hooks, Jordan views the classroom as a transgressive space where students challenge themselves to question that which has been presented to them by society as a static, immutable fact. Jordan has taught on the faculties of several graduate counseling programs including those at Old Dominion, Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, and – most recently – the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia where they served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training. Jordan also currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the counseling program at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Jordan has taught classes in ethics, crisis counseling, group counseling, counseling skills, career counseling, grief counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Jordan’s favorite classes to teach, however, are classes in social and cultural issues and their intersections with mental health. Jordan has also guest lectured at a variety of institutions including Northwestern University, the University of Scranton, St. Edward’s University, Texas State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jordan has also supervised numerous masters-level counseling students in their clinical work and has considered it a great privilege to be a part of the training of so many future mental health professionals.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • ADHD
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Gaming
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Internet/Social Media Addiction
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Coaching
  • Men's Issues
  • Neuropsychological Issues
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sex And/Or Pornography Addiction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Identity
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy & Sandtray

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Hiv / Aids
  • Lgbtqia+
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$120.00 - $120.00
Sliding Scale
No
Pay By
Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
0
License(s)
License #
state
Mental Health Counselor (Pre-Licensed)
New Jersey
Professional Certification(s)
Organization
Date
National Certified Counselor
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
2020
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
New Jersey Counseling Association
Member
Pennsylvania Counseling Association
Member
American Counseling Association
Member
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Member
Society for Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Counseling
Member
Maryland Counseling Association
Member
Virginia Counselors Association
Member
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Texas State University
MA in Professional Counseling
2018