The Author

I was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. In 1995, I relocated to North Alabama to attend college at the University Alabama Huntsville. Currently, I reside in Decatur, Alabama. I am an active member of Lifeline Church and a member of several social organizations.

At the age of 12, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. In 1997, I began journaling following a personal tragedy in my life.  As time passed and following a second personal tragedy, my journaling grew inconsistent to non-existent.  Nearly 20 years later, a spark was ignited in me following an inspirational message entitled, ” He Had to Break Me to Bless Me.” The message demonstrated how God uses tragedies, challenges, and struggles to transform his people for his purpose and his plan, to glorify the kingdom of God. I began to reflect on my life and how through my pain God was building me up for greater works. In the midst of my trials and tribulations I was blinded by emotions and things of the world. As I began to grow spiritually I was able to understand God’s purpose and plan for my life. Through my reflecting I began writing again, thinking of all those that may be hurting, lost, seeking hope and comfort, realizing that through my journey of restoration hope, faith and love may be restored in others.

The Therapist

In 2001, my career in social services began. I worked in child welfare for nearly 9 years as a child welfare worker, investigator, and supervisor. While working in child welfare helping others, I was struggling with helping myself. I was experiencing difficulty processing the tragic experiences of my life and my relationship with God was questionable.  I had an epiphany following a meeting with a colleague. The colleague encouraged me to read an inspirational book by a well-known author; the book transformed my life and was the key to my spiritual development, my spiritual growth and healing. In 2008, I obtained my graduate degree in social work and later obtained my license as a graduate social worker.  I continued my career in direct practice as a social work administrator and social work case manager working with various populations: adults, children, geriatric, the homeless and veterans.

Early in my career “I” decided there was no future for me in clinical social work. I feared I would be ineffective as a clinical therapist. After years in the field I prayed and asked God for guidance and direction in the next phase of my career. He spoke to me with boldness “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Ephesians 3:20. With my faith and trust in God I began the next phase of my career, as a clinical therapist. Today I am a licensed independent clinical social worker. I hold a license in private independent practice in social case work and clinical social work. I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, and recognized by the National Association of Social Workers in the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Being a clinical therapist has been one the most rewarding aspects of my career as a social worker. My personal tragedies were part of God’s purpose and plan for both my personal and professional growth and development.

Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete.

~Chanda Kochhar

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