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"This was my first meeting I didn't know what to expect. It was really great to cennect with others from all over who understand what I am dealing with. There's nothing like this where I live."

Melissa Tang
I'm a Professional Certified Coach, helping individuals through Peer Support and Personal Coaching. I have a wealth of knowledge around relationship effectiveness, personal development, clear communication, self-improvement, health and wellness, community engagement and goal achievement. I have created and executed many support groups, workshops and coaching groups. I specialize in working for those in behavioral health and addiction recovery. I studied psychology as an undergrad and completed the Co-Active Coaching certification program with the Coaches Training Institute. I have many years of lived experience in recovery, overcoming trauma and the effects of narcissistic family dynamics.
Ted Thomas
For me, finding a balanced life in an unbalanced world is important. That is what I focus on a lot. Mine hasn't always been truly balanced, but it's an ongoing journey. I walk alongside others on their path while exploring and discovering better options and opportunities toward recovery and wellness. I am a combat veteran having served in the Gulf War. My passion drives me to help guide others to a better life--professionally, personally, family, marriage, faith/spiritually, financially, health and wellness. My credentials include WRAP, OOLA Coach, DISC, Spiritual Gifts Coach, Leadership Speaker & Trainer.
Michelle
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. I have been practicing since 2006 and provide psychotherapy to adults as well as children, and specialize in Early Childhood Development, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders. I achieved licensure in 2011. After experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder after the birth of my daughter in 2012 I dedicated myself to combing my lived experience with my clinical experience in order to help other mothers and families.
Jacqueline Wolfgang
I have been a Certified Peer Specialist since 2014. I have facilitated groups since 2012. I have been an online facilitator for four years with peers support solution. I work with individuals that live with mental illness and substance abuse. I enjoy my online groups and 1:1’s because I can assist and support my peers right at our fingertips and in our own homes. Interested in support though 1:1,s and groups click on me. Looking forward to listening and supporting you in your road towards recovery.
Rosemary Weaver
I believe that peer support is more than an occupation or certification - it's a way of life. Although my professional certifications include National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator; my most authentic credential is my lived experience. I have been providing peer support professionally since 2008 in the community mental health system, in-patient settings, and informal community settings. My personal challenges with mental health issues allow me to provide recovery skills in a variety of ways including individual peer coaching, online and in-person support group meetings, and providing Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training. I know first hand the struggle of returning to the workforce after a mental health crisis. My areas of expertise include Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Social Security, and Medicaid and Medicare issues.
Chance
I am a certified peer and family support specialist, and certified life coach. I currently serve as a facilitator for Peer Support Services, where I've led groups on addiction, depression and anxiety. I developed the curriculum for the PSS Anxiety Support Group. I also serve as an organizer and moderator for Emotions Anonymous http://emotionsanonymous.org peer support groups, helping to grow and extend their online offerings to all who face emotional struggles and are interested in including the 12-Step model in their personal recovery. I am also an Active Listener at 7 Cups http://7cups.com where I have counseled over 3,000 individuals with a broad spectrum of health challenges and life issues. In addition to my training, I draw on my lived experience, as well as several decades of practice and study of Buddhism and mindfulness.
Diana
A bit about me: Professional stuff: I have been a NYS Certified Peer Specialist for eight years, a Copeland Center trained WRAP© (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator eleven years and a Copeland Center Trained Advanced Level WRAP© facilitator six years. I've been with Support Group Central over four years as a group leader and 1 to 1 peer supporter and now get to transition to our new platform, Hey Peers! Personal stuff: How do we find and hold on to hope in a practical and useful sense when things become difficult and while being true to who we are as unique individuals? In remembering the times when I had no hope, life was dealing some pretty hard challenges, it was good to have those who supported me while I figured things out. Because of this I found my voice and learned to say "I know me best". Favorite quote: "Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can" ~ Arthur Ashe Really personal stuff: I love horses, my camera and fair trade chocolate :)
amyboone17
My name is Amy. I’ve worked in the field in one capacity or another for about 10 years. I have certifications in mental health and substance use. I’m the team lead for an assisted outpatient treatment team for the LMHA (local mental health authority) in my town. I’m a contract trainer for an organization that trains other mental health peer specialists along with endorsement trainings within the state of Texas. I have a few diagnoses myself and have learned to navigate my mental wellness challenges and lead a productive life. I’m passionate about my recovery, life, my family, friends, and learning new things. I enjoy riding horses, supporting people facing challenging times, and having fun in life!
Farley_Calhoun
I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist with over 15 years of experience working with groups and individuals who live with a variety of mental health wellness challenges, such as addictions, depression, anxiety and combat PTSD. I am certified by the United States of America Department of Defense ( DoD} and Department of Veterans Affairs Administration (DVA) as a Peer Support Specialist and Readjustment Counselor.
MicheleBibby
My name is Michele Bibby. I believe in the power of Peer Support. The gold standard of Peer Support is the authenticity of shared lived experience. I am a Certified Peer Specialist certified by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. I worked as a Peer Specialist at a State Mental Health Hospital and a Local Mental Health Authority. I am a trained DBSA Peer Facilitator and have 10 years experience facilitating DBSA support group meetings. I am a Certified Mediator. I have a BA in Government from the University of Texas.
chrissy Peirsol
I am currently employed as a peer support specialist and has been for about a decade. I was Oregon’s first Youth Peer support Specialist. I have also been volunteering in my community for over ten years for all different types of people that struggle with challenges. I am well connected with other organizations, resource in the community and around the world. I also participates on different committees and advocacy councils around Oregon state. I am great at building social and independency skills. I works in strengths and recovery based support model. I am uber positive and will point out when I see you grow and notice your strengths. I am also great to work with for big life goals. We can eliminate barriers and gain the skills you need to be successful. I draw experience from a ruff childhood, being over medicated as a teenager, and the compounded struggles to reach a stable young adulthood. I started volunteering as a young kid to find healthy and safe attention with positive reinforcement that I couldn't get from my home. Being a youth activist, I attended every training and community event I could. I feel in some ways my activism/volunteer work has not only given me a free education but also filled in so many of the emotional intelligence deficits I had from trauma. Now, over decade later with my years of experience I use my energy to advocate for consumer survivor rights.
Jordan Smelley
My name is Jordan Smelley. I am a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist here in Texas. My lived experience is with mental health and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. My passion is providing Peer Support services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with/without Co-occuring mental health diagnosis(es) and individuals with mental health challenges.
Thomara Shoulders
Hey Peers! I am certified by the Virginia Certification Board as a Peer Recovery Specialist. I am also registered with the Virginia Department of Health Professions. I started my peer journey in 2013 when I started volunteering for NAMI. I am trained in several of their programs to provide peer support. I have taken several trainings to help me provide the best peer support. A few of my trainings include Trauma-Informed Peer support, WRAP Facilitator training, and Intentional Peer Support. I have a wealth of knowledge about resources and programs. And, if there is a question that I don't know, I will work diligently to find an answer. I am also a Family Support Partner. I have helped many parents with children with special needs. I also have a wealth of knowledge in resources and programs for adolescents. Although I have had many trainings, my lived experience has been my best and most important training. My lived experience has allowed me to meet people where they are. I am not a therapist or a clinician. My job is to help and support you through whatever recovery journey you choose.
Valerie Harris
I am a fellow peer who has struggled with mental illness, Eating disorder, weight management, addiction, PTSD, and domestic violence. I have been in recovery for 12 years and know that having someone who has experience life can be a valuable tool.
ChristinaMarie
I am a peer facilitator with over a decade of lived experience. I have worked with people living with various mental illnesses, including those hearing voices, recovering from various substances, dealing with personality disorders, coping daily with severe depression and anxiety as well as those who are often coming home from hospitalizations, etc. I have worked primarily with the population of individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness. I am certified by the State of North Carolina as a Peer Support Specialist. I am currently working towards my certification as a North Carolina Family Partner, to support families with individuals under 18 on their recovery journey. Throughout my career I have facilitated a variety of wellness education groups. I have a passion for Mindfulness! Professionally, I have worked on an Assertive Community Treatment Team. Some of my training includes Motivational Interviewing, Suicide Intervention, PTSD awareness, Trauma-Based Care, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Whole Health Action Management, Illness Management and Recovery and of course Mindfulness! I have a belief that I want to share with everyone I meet and that is “Recovery is Possible”!
efccny
I am a Certified Peer Specialist in the state of Georgia. At various times I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression with Psychotic Features, Mild Depression, Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia. Every time I sit under a psychiatrist it seems I get a different diagnosis. My mother and brother developed Schizophrenia. She at the age of 27. He after having a very successful career as a college professor. Because of my family's history of mental illness I developed an interest in mental health and received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Educational Psychology. I have been working on my recovery for the last 20 years. I have been employed in the field of mental health for the past 10 years. I have a lot of personal experience with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. The disease does not scare me. It is a very misunderstood disease. Let me help you understand the disorder, work on a recovery plan or just support you or your family in your journey with this complex disease.
ehsfoundation
I am an internal medicine doctor from Spain. I was trained in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh (United States) and I have more than 25 years experience in patient engagement. We delivered a group meeting program in Spain were 3000 patients with obesity and diabetes were taking part and now we want to do the same online
morgen
I am a Certified Peer Support Provider, certified by the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. I have lived experience with Bi-polar, depression, and anxiety. Both of my parents self medicated with alcohol, and there was domestic abuse in my home growing up. I raised my only son as an impoverished single parent.
dianeprs
Alex_W
Hey! Im Alex, I am a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist. I currently work on an inpatient unit at a major hospital in Charlotte, NC. I am a father to a daughter, I enjoy travel, and locally I like to go to the Whitewater Center to just relax. I am very outgoing and energetic and get along with everyone I meet.
Mason Pilevsky
Mason Pilevsky is a peer support specialist trained in California and New York. Mason found Hey Peers through DBSA San Diego, where Mason facilitates groups, serves on the Board of Directors as the Online Team Leader, and assists in the training of new facilitators. In addition to these meetings, Mason leads meetings for Support Groups Central. Mason earned a BA summa cum laude from San Diego State University, and studied psychology. Mason is currently working toward an MA in Clinical Counseling at Alliant International University. Mason is also an expert on LGBT issues, and has lived experience with diagnoses including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and complex post traumatic stress disorder.
Louis Altshuler
I'm a Certified Peer Specialist from the state of Florida. I'm a group facilitator for both Nami and DBSA. Also a peer to peer trainer. Wrap Trainer. Also a Peer Advocate. RBT trained. I also have many other trainings. I was very depressed 3 years ago. It was two of my medication working against one another. I was taken of my meds. which I was on more than 30 years. went into a very deep depression. Tried to commit suicide, failed. It took me a couple of years to come out of the depression. I went through many programs and doctors and groups to get me where I am today. I want to give back to those who need help the most. I have helped a number of people at the groups I facilitate.
Melinda Williams
Melinda Williams is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Advocate, and Expressive Arts Facilitator. She has experience in supporting a diverse community of individuals in achieving and maintaining health, wellness, and emotional well-being. Melinda has dedicated her career to the well-being of people living with mental health diagnosis, and their access to support services. She is an empathetic and compassionate professional who brings a hopeful perspective to supporting people in directing their own lives and their personal recovery process. Melinda received her training in Recovery and Resiliency Support from Magellan Complete Care, and Recovery Peer Support from Federation of Families of Central Florida. Melinda also received Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and mental health recovery training from the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. While Melinda completed her training in mental health support, she consecutively completed an apprenticeship with Magellan Health as a Recovery Support Navigator. She moved on to achieve a certification in Recovery Peer Support from The Florida Certification Board.
kiram125
I have been devoted to mental health since I was 14 years old. I have worked with and for various organizations and am always looking to help anyone in need. I've had experience with loss of a father from cancer, health issues myself, family issues, abuse and much more. I've studied psychology, mindfulness , and communication for a few years and I know how to listen so you can feel heard.
Jake R.
Barbecue-ribs eating enthusiast. Fabulous listener and empathizer. Live with serious depression and anxiety, but really love life (most days). Love talking with and helping others with similar challenges.
jj-TheTexasQueerPeer
JJ is a Certified Peer in Texas, specializing in meeting peers where they are in their own recovery journey. Recovery looks different and is as unique as the person seeking Recovery. JJ is a GenderQueer Individual who uses pronouns they/them and believes in "doing the work worth doing, to create the life worth living" finding it easier when we do this work together.
Lesley Hooper
I am an outgoing person who is a certified mental health peer specialist in Texas. I have also trained in group facilitation, trauma care, and recovery planning. I have been diagnosed as bipolar, manic depression, ADHD, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, alcoholic, and the list goes on. I have been getting help since I was a young in some form or fashion. I could tell you about how I never felt accepted, how I thought at one time dirt was more important than me. I could tell you about the depression and grief that set in when I placed my son up for adoption, when I had cancer, or when the person I loved walked away forever. I could spill my guts out about my past. I could tell you of the different types of abuse I have had and trauma over the years! And oh what a novel that would be! Yet, what would you get? Another war story! Another talk about how bad it was or trauma someone else went through! I don’t care to relive it and I don’t care to tell you of all the suicide attempts. Trust me there were many! I am an open book though and all you have to do is ask about my life! So, what do I want to do? I want to tell you to stop right now, look up, and know there is hope! That life does not have to stay in the dumps. That there is a new beginning! How do I know? Because I was given one! I am able to say that there are more good days then bad. I see the hope in the day and dreams that become reality. I have worked hard and found recovery and you can too! There is a story that helps say what a peer is and how I view it. A guy is walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. Although he tries every which way. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you. Can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Though he feels better he is still in the hole. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Again he feels better, but still in the hole. Then a peer walks by, 'Hey, can you help me out?' And the peer jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.' The peer says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out. And together we can do this!' Everyone is fighting a hard battle, and sometimes we need a companion who’s fought the battle before. Are you stuck in a hole? Hang tough! I have been there and know the way out!
Clene`