Black-owned counseling service provides aid to Manhattan community

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Editor’s note: The link to 365 Days 365 Chances Counseling, LLC, was added at the end of the online version of this article.

Manhattan native and new business owner Tychelle Schire’rre Jones-Ransom started her business, 365 Days 365 Chances Counseling Service, LLC, to provide people with mental health care. Jones-Ransom describes her business as a personalized therapeutic process where individuals can discover purpose, earn inner peace and achieve prosperity.

Jones-Ransom is a licensed specialist clinical social worker, and possesses three degrees. She has provided services in the private sector with the local domestic violence and sexual assault agency, The Crisis Center, Inc., and with the Army as lead advocate for the Fort Riley Victim Advocate Program.

365 Days 365 Chances Counseling Services opened as a private practice on Jan. 28, 2021. The practice has five clinicians, including Jones-Ransom and her aunt, who is the administrative coordinator. 

Jones-Ransom said after looking for jobs on Indeed, she found a group practice position, but at the time of getting hired, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and her job moved to telehealth options instead.

“So, as I’m sitting here going virtual … I’m working nights, so my schedule is kind of funky, but I also have a lot of time on my hands,” Jones-Ransom said.

Jones-Ransom said because of her surplus of time she decided to open her own private practice. She also said it was an idea that made sense because she has a daughter who is currently in the process of getting her degree in social work.

“Maybe she wouldn’t have to go through the trenches like I did and wouldn’t have to worry about all the microaggression as a black woman,” Jones-Ransom said. 

Jones-Ransom said she prides herself on making it known her practice is a BIPOC business, which stands for Black, Indigenous and people of color.

“I am a minority group practice and actually a minority women group practice… but just identifying ourselves as a BIPOC so that we can say hey, we’re culturally competent and we are able to work with that diverse group,” Jones-Ransom said.

Jones-Ransom said because of a lack of representation in healthcare, she wants to be an advocate for minority communities.

“I thought, ‘why not be able to give back to my community’ — with a lot of different disparities in healthcare as it is, and mental health,” Jones-Ransom said. “There’s not too many Black clinicians in this area or clinicians of color even, so I thought, ‘I would like to be able to work on that.’”

Her service is a virtual mental health practice, the goal of which is to provide personalized therapeutic help. 

“It is our mission to provide effective, efficient, competent, culturally competent and professional care to contribute to people’s overall mental wellness,” Jones-Ransom said.

The services provided include individual therapies, family therapy and marriage counseling.

“You know, the therapy process is different for everyone,” Jones-Ransom said. “But honestly using your resources in life is important.” 

Jones-Ransom said her goal for 365 Days 365 Chances and Counseling Services is to be a non-traditional service. She said she understands from her experience of being a single mother that having a service with non-traditional hours and virtual counseling alleviates any issues finding help. Jones-Ransom said her organization helps people avoid stigmas and feel protected by not having to sit in waiting rooms in group offices.

Looking to the future, Jones-Ramson said she hopes her services will expand, create support groups and teach younger girls in educational groups about skin color. She hopes to be a Black voice in the mental health community in Manhattan for people of all ages and backgrounds.

More information about 365 Days 365 Chances Counseling Services, LLC, can be found on their website.

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