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Meet Tashuna Hunt of Space For Change Therapeutic services


Today we’d like to introduce you to Tashuna Hunt.
 

Hi Tashuna, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
There is something about sharing your dreams with those who love you, and there is power in others believing in your dreams. I believe that many of us need to be in spaces where we can be seen, heard, and believed in. I grew up in Chicago; I started spending summers in Michigan at the age of 10. At 12 years old, I shared with my mom that I wanted to attend Michigan State University. Not only did my mom hear me, but she also cheered me along in this process. My mom spoke life to my dream; she would say, “Tashuna is going to Michigan State.” This was a normal topic in my family growing up. Coming from a family who demonstrated strong faith, my village was on board and rooting for this great opportunity. Over the years, my faith matured, my village strengthened, and my passion grew. The time came, and we moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to fulfill my dream. I start my story here because this was one of the most pivotal events in my life. As I reflect on my story, I now realize this is where my passion to aid individuals in finding their voices was birthed. My work with adolescents started at MSU. My career path includes working with adolescents and families in various settings. My work with families was rewarding, as I had the opportunity to have a front-row seat to their growth and challenges. Many of them trusted me to aid them in their healing process. These experiences taught me that families are unique and can be quite complex; however, they provide great influence, and it’s my belief, that family gives us the roots to stand tall and strong.  Regardless of what setting I serve in, my greatest desire is to be a role model. Early on, I learned that we don’t choose to be an influence; we just are. Needless to say, I take this lesson to heart and place an intention in how I navigate my life journey.

My mom believing in my dream taught me a lot. It taught me the power of my faith, my village, and my passion to help others achieve greatness. Most of all, it taught me we all need someone to believe in us. Through this experience, I learned that it’s ok to dream, and it’s essential to surround yourself with a village that believes in you. This experience left me with a burning desire to create an atmosphere conducive for those around me to achieve their goals and dreams.  I have had the opportunity to create space in the various settings that I have worked in over the years, this prepared me to take a leap of faith.  On April 19, 2021, I started my private practice, Space for Change Therapeutic Services, LLC. Here I am intentional about ensuring my clients can show up their full authentic selves, providing an environment conducive to the achievement of goals and dreams. I believe my story was established before the foundations of this earth. I don’t believe that on my journey I encounter coincidence, I believe my steps are ordered by God. It’s not a coincidence that my mom handled my dream in the manner in which she did; this was connected to purpose. My life mission is to create spaces that will allow individuals to feel seen, heard, and believed in.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been several challenges on my journey. I was excited to start grad school and was initially denied. I learned the lesson that I now call “No for Now.” I eventually applied to a different school and was accepted, and this was a perfect fit. For the first time in my school experience, most of my professors were individuals of color. During class one evening, I turned to my friend and whispered, I want to teach one day. It was then I understood the saying, “You have to see it to be it.” Seeing professors who looked like me stirred up a desire within which has been manifested in my career. I am currently a professor at Grand Valley State University in the Social Work Department. I overcame the obstacle concerning grad school, which prepared me for what was to come. I experienced adversity that initially made it difficult to start my practice. Operating in faith, utilizing my village for support, and leaning into my why were detrimental to my success in navigating this challenge. I stand today with an abundance of gratitude, a clear vision for the future, and pride in all that I have been blessed to accomplish. In the words of Maya Angelou, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Space for Change Therapeutic services, LLC?
I started my private practice, Space for Change Therapeutic Services, LLC, on April 19, 2021. At Space for Change Therapeutic Services, LLC, we provide individual therapy, groups, mental health training, and workshops. Our mission is to provide a space for individuals and families to learn and flourish while achieving mental wellness. We aid clients in achieving their goals by using a strength-based approach, EMDR, and integrative approaches to engage them in accomplishing overall wellness. Many of our clients have entered therapy for the first time, and we strive to provide an excellent experience for each of them. We believe that the therapeutic relationship is essential to the process of change. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service and connecting our clients to the appropriate resources to meet their individual needs. We partner with local agencies to provide empowerment and educational groups surrounding mental health to teens. We strive to decrease the stigma associated with mental health through education, awareness, and community engagement. 

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I published a 7-Days of Self-Discovery journal to help individuals slow down and check in with themselves.  It helps individuals increase self-awareness through education, self-reflection, and activities. This journal can be used individually or in groups. https://www.space4changegr.com/shop

I’m a board member of Mental Health Clinicians of Color in Grand Rapids (MHCOCGR). We exist because we are committed to connecting the BIPOC community to BIPOC mental health professionals. We have a directory of BIPOC Mental Health and Wellness professionals, www.mhcocgr.org.

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