Today we’d like to introduce you to Shané Teran.
Shané, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Well, it started when I was born actually. I was born with Sickle Cell Disease and, according to my mother, the doctors told her that I wouldn’t have a chance to live into adulthood. Even more, that I’d have to live with a developmental delay.
For as long as I can remember, I suffered from chronic pain, isolation, depression, and a collage of other issues that could have led me down a path of substance abuse, unemployment, and other obstacles that could have quite possibly given me the short life the doctors once claimed I was destined for. As only one of six “PKs” (Preacher’s Kids), I grew up in a very strict home. It was one that was small, and despite there being seven females in one house, we managed to come out alive…with only one bathroom, LOL! Living in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, we didn’t have much more than our faith, love, structure, and perseverance; which seemed to be the formula needed to survive. I was determined not to be a statistic, so I followed the path of staying productively busy in order to escape a life of poverty and stay out of trouble as much as possible. Looking back at that time, I began to notice an interest in all that was going on with my mental health and those around me. It wasn’t that I knew how at the time to articulate the early signs of this passion for mental wellness, but that I only knew I wanted to “figure out why everyone seemed to be so crazy” and to “fix it”.
From studying theater at the Cleveland School of the Arts (6th -12th grade) to taking my first college course, Psychology 101 set in motion the marathon that didn’t quite have a finish line. While I call it determination now, it was survival then. I couldn’t let my chronic illness get the best of me. Instead, I set out to stay busy learning the inner workers of the mind, and how to help others – leaving behind the haunting words of that doctor and the statistical survival rate of chronically ill, dark-skinned girls straight out of a Cleveland ghetto.
I can’t say that I was lucky enough to afford expensive treatments to manage the indescribable pain from what’s called a “sickle cell crisis”. No… not at all. What I can say is that I managed chronic pain, hospital stays, and my mental health throughout my undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level journey. As often the only and most vocal African American young lady in a college-level course, I’ve overcome racial discrimination, classism, sexism, colorism, you name it. From being called a pseudo-intellectual, told I wasn’t “doctoral material”, to being told I wouldn’t have any children, but I kept pushing.
Today, I’ve not only celebrated 37 years on this earth, but my faith in God grows stronger. As evidence of my faith and return on investment in authentic Christian living, I have become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an Organizational Development Psychologist, an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, a Certified Transformational Coach, a Business Coach, and an Organizational Development Consultant. Not only do I have over ten years of experience as a mental health provider at the federal level, but I also recently relaunched my private practice as an Organizational Development Consultant and Executive & Mental Wellness Coach at SP Consulting Group.
Amid all the chaos, I become Dr. Shané P. Teran, a mother to a miracle baby, who I was told wouldn’t live, and I’m thriving. I do, however, have a few disclaimers. I am not only an avid supporter of regular mental health counseling and life coaching for everyone, but I am in ongoing therapy myself. I believe in health: mental, physical, and spiritual. Because of this, I regularly attend to these major components of my life to rise strong and allow change to play along with the other golden nuggets in life that help us live on and with purpose.
Life is rough…but I’m learning every day to enjoy being an active participant in the journey, which has shaped me to be the female business owner I am today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was not smooth at all. As mentioned before, I’ve had an ongoing battle with maintaining my physical, spiritual and mental health. But I will say that one of the greatest challenges I’ve had was managing my mental health. It’s not easy to grow up believing in a God that seemingly allowed you to live with a chronic illness that presents with daily pain, isolation, and a constant belief that you wouldn’t live long. For a while, I didn’t even bother planning for my future. After a while, it began to be the negative self-talk and dark places in my mind that didn’t seem to go away. Even when helping others progress beyond their depression, trauma, and anxieties, leaving the clinical office to deal with my mess wasn’t as easy as many people thought.
I’ve always been deemed strong and an overcomer. Unfortunately, this left me alone to deal with my issues with very little help. People didn’t realize the additional hurt that came with the times when I didn’t feel or want to be strong.
Please tell us about SP Consulting Group.
SP Consulting Group is an independent and minority-female owned Executive Coaching, Organizational Development Consulting, and Mental Wellness company that caters to individual leaders and leading organizations seeking to bring their vision of optimal health and well-being to the workspace, organizational culture and individual endeavors. Because we don’t believe in a one-size fits all service model, we take the time to get to know you, your business or organizational needs to ensure you get the individualized care and attention that’s vital to your success. We value your time – listening intently, observing and applying vision, purpose, and evidence-based strategies to help bring your vision to life.
As Founding Consultant and Supervising Therapist, Dr. Teran serves as an advisor and consultant to senior-level healthcare executives, entrepreneurs, managers, and business leaders. She also mentors advanced practice clinicians, medical and mental health trainees and practitioners, while serving as a Business Strategist, Organizational Development Consultant, Transformational Coach, Author, Trainer and requested Speaker.
Dr. Shané P. Teran is additionally certified in evidenced-based Social Skills Training and specializes in Organizational Health, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Burnout, Resilience, Executive and Business Coaching and is the the creator and producer of “The POP Podcast by Dr. Teran”; which can be found on most podcast platforms.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have trusted in God a lot more and lived my life more vibrantly and with more faith. I also would have listened to more seasoned therapists who shared the need for therapists to have a therapist. It wasn’t until the recent increase in stressors from the pandemic and adjusting to working from home with a toddler that I returned to mental health support for myself.
Work-life balance is a must and it’s not something that you can tackle on a part-time basis or on your own. There is more strength in asking for help before, during, and after various life challenges. And I encourage others to do the same…reaching work-life balance by tapping into their purpose and god-given talents and abilities.
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Mychal Brandon of Soulo Media Group, LLC