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Melissa (She/They)
I'm your peer - working with you, for you. I am also a Master Certified Coach, so I help individuals through both 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.
Rosemary, NCPS
My professional certifications include Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. I am also trained and certified in Digital Peer Support and Supporting Older Adults Remotely. 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. I have 6 years experience working in a Forensic Treatment Facility and a State Hospital. I have been a facilitator for Support Groups Central. for 4 years. 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. As a Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, I can assist individuals receiving SSI/SSDI in understanding how going to work will affect their benefits and how to make the most of the work incentives offered by Social Security which can lower your countable income.
Chance Daniel ~ Just in Time Coaching
Hello to all! I am a Certified Life Coach and Peer Support Specialist. My area of specialty is working with folks coping with health challenges, whether physical, emotional, or mental, as well as folks coping with life challenges such as loneliness/isolation, family/relationship issues, grief/mourning/loss, financial hardship, or the world situation -- including Covid, environmental disasters, political chaos -- anything that makes you feel overwhelmed... Many find it helpful to talk to someone who understands from shared lived experience, and can offer support through compassionate listening, reflections, feedback, and suggestions, as suits your needs.
Diana - Certified Peer Support Specialist
My life journey has been unique, kind of like a patchwork quilt, a piece from here, a piece from there... Some of those pieces have extra meaning for me, every piece has value, even the most difficult ones. I use a lot of different things to help me stay connected with myself, so I can breathe a bit easier and have steady footing when challenges show up. There's much I could say, I'll put these words to that muchness: "Find you someone who, when the messy snotty tears show up, they don't feel like they have to hand you a kleenex". This simply means they are okay with the messiness and can be with you in a gentle and supportive way and let you be you.
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.
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 Catizone CPSS, MSW-LCSWA
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 14 years and know that having experienced life can be a valuable tool. I offer a listening ear without judgement and will encourage you in recovery and wellness. I have a good understanding about what it takes to push past the darkness to be able to fully focus on recovery. Working at self-care in any form is hard, and we all deserve to love ourselves. I have struggled with intense emotions that destroyed many positive things in my life. I have worked to better myself and develop the tools to continue to improve in life. I am compassionate and caring person with a heartfelt desire to help those struggling. I became a peer support specialist to use my experience to help others develop their own tools. I am not textbook in what I do, and I believe that everyone is unique and should never be put in a box. Each journey is different with some similar scenes. Recovery is a lifelong journey and I feel that one of the most important parts of recovery is knowing you are not alone. I am not ashamed of my story. Please join me in any of my groups or individual sessions to see if I would be a good fit to help you in your journey.
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”!
Mason Pilevsky
Mason is a trained expert on LGBT, YA, and family/friends issues, and has lived experience with diagnoses including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and complex post traumatic stress disorder. 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.
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.
After a near death experience, in 2016, I was blessed to embark on what has been both the most excruciating, and yet wonderous, journey I could have ever imagined. In 7/2016, I found myself in an alcohol induced, 9-day long coma, near systemic organ failure. It was a long road to getting well, I sat in the quiet for an entire year. It was within that silence though, that I discovered who I really was and that I was here to do something of purpose and importance. That something was Peer Support.
Gio Vilomar
I'm here and ok. Here to join you in your recovery journey. I want to listen to your struggles and successes. How are you feeling? What are your aspirations? I'm a Certified Peer Specialist in two states with experience working in a crisis stabilization unit for over a year and volunteering in the recovery community for over four years. I grew up with a lot of social anxiety, and I was diagnosed with Bipolar and an Anxiety Disorder five years ago before completing a hospitalization and outpatient program. I struggle with porn addiction and have years of experience with 12-step recovery programs and seeing mental health professionals. I am trained in whole health and wellness as well as a digital peer support. I'm here to listen to you and partner with you on your goals. Outside my peer work I'm pursuing a Master's in Social Work. I lift weights and volunteer in the community.
I am a 54-year-old male with a wealth of life experience. I am a graduate of Purchase College in New York, and have worked for some of the top music entertainment and book publishing companies in the world as a graphic designer. I am also a world-traveled musician with extensive touring experience. In the last few years, I have turned to peer work as a new direction, though I continue to make art and music. I hold certifications as a peer specialist as well as a yoga and meditation instructor.
Alan (they/them)
Hi 👋 my name is Alan Vreeland (they/them). I run a peer support private practice and work on a local crisis team in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. (Things I like) Playing video games, listening to music, Zazen Meditation, Reading about Buddhism. (My lived Experience) Hearing voices and other unusual beliefs or perceptions, Anxieties and anxiety attacks, Depression or the "big sad", Bi-Racial (My parents are from different countries), Religious traumas. (Info about my work) This is a private peer support practice, No health insurance is needed, everything is self-pay with a time-based sliding scale, *Currently* All support services are digital-only, I've been working as a peer supporter for over 6 years, I have facilitated Hearing Voices Groups and Alternatives to Suicide Groups for most of these years.
Hi All! My name is Julie and I am a peer that was certified through the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance back in 2020! Truly, I have never had a more fulfilling experience in my years here on this crazy earth. My other certifications surrounding Peer Support include: WRAP, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Intervention, and am a Roundtable Facilitator. I am currently living, working, and recovering with lived experience and have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Chronic Illness, and Bipolar II as mentioned above! All of which have been a part of me and my life for long as I can remember. I am here to support you in any way you see fit. Whether it's just to chat and feel heard or share some laughs because life just doesn't seem to let up sometimes. At the end of the day, I am always here to listen and learn as well as provide my experiences to others. So let's connect... I can't wait to meet you!
My name is Sara and I just recently got certified as a peer supporter. I am from NY. I live with my boyfriend and son who is 10. I love facilitating groups and connecting with people. With everything going on I feel as though connection is very important
Hi, I'm Erin. I live with a mood disorder and I work as a certified peer support counselor. I love meeting new people and I love to share the things that help me manage my mental health in a positive way with those who are struggling, newly diagnosed, or just looking for more support. I love reading and writing, music, animals, learning new things, and most of all- my family. My three beautiful children- two adopted from Colombia and one adopted from foster care. We have two dogs (my son says one and a half since the lab is big and the other is a chihuahua), and two hamsters. Now I can also add two guinea pigs! I live in Illinois, but I am from Washington state. I look forward to meeting you!
Jessi Davis
[she/they pronouns] Message me directly to schedule a 1:1 (individual) session! I am a peer supporter from Texas, and love meeting with people one on one and supporting you in your journey! I have a multitude of experiences including mental health, substance use, surviving trauma, youth recovery, parenting, and more! My belief is that you ultimately are the expert of your own journey, and it's my job to support you through it. I have a child and 2 cats and you will probably see our black cat in one of the video sessions. I look forward to meeting you!
I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Mental Health First Aider, and Emotional First Aider working with Wellness in the Woods in Minnesota as a Peer Support Connection. Though I am currently residing in western Minnesota I was born and raised in Maryland. I have also lived in Virginia, Texas and North Dakota. I am a mother to 2 only Special needs children (ages 31 and 13) and an estranged grandmother of 3. I have 2 Emotional Support Animal cats. I have lived experience as an Adult survivor of Childhood Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence, Multiple Adult Sexual Assaults/Rapes, Abandonment, Life Beyond Divorce, Type 2 diabetes, PTSD, Empty nest syndrome, menopause, Codependency, Recipient of WLS (Modified DS), I have been incarcerated occasionally, and am a survivor of alcoholic parents, raised in a multi generational household and broken family, I recently graduated from therapy and currently attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College as a business major.
I started to support families through life changes over 25 years ago. I am a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Peer Counselor, Accredited Parenting Educator, and a Reiki Master. Over the years I have taken many trainings that I can use to support others. I created “Walking with Grief” and “Authentically YOU” as presentations that I have shared at multiple state-level Behavioral Health conferences, in multiple states. If you can imagine a path that can take you to where you need to, but in the path, there are ups and downs along the way. You have to step around the rocks and tree roots as you move to the end of the path. Along the way you trip and start to fall. As you fall you reach out to grab something to keep you from falling. You find a hand and you grab it. You have a peer that will help you stand back up and then walk with you along the path. You find out this peer has walked that path before. They agree to walk alongside you and share their knowledge of the path while helping you to build your own knowledge base where you learn to step over a rock, or to advocate for yourself so that you can stand tall. That is what we do as Peers, we are there to help you walk the paths we have walked while helping you to grow and be who you are. I have volunteered for various not-for-profit organizations that support families and people in various stages of their life. I continue to volunteer as the administrative director for Learn To Doula. I have walked many peer paths, domestic violence, pregnancy loss, military wife, depression, anxiety, having children or family members with mental health challenges, walking along the hospice trail with a loved one, and PTSD around gun violence in the community. I have chosen to offer peer support around public violence. I witnessed a restraining order being broken in a mall parking lot, ending in the death of two people. I have also received a phone call from a child saying they are locked in the back room of a store because someone was shooting at the mall. It took hours before we knew that he was out safe. To this day we both struggle with PTSD in public places. Please feel free to join my groups. If you feel that you would like to talk with me, please message me. I would love to help you on your path.
I have been a Qualified Professional for the State of North Carolina for over 16+ years. I am now a QMHP, QDDP, CAP Certified, CBS Certified. specializing in both children and adult MH/DD/SAS diagnoses. I have been a NC Certified Peer Support Specialist for over 6 years.
Amanda Shea
I am a peer support provider specializing in PMDD, anxiety, and mental health @ work. Focused on integrative mental wellness coaching with a deep emphasis on self-care. I hold a B.A. in psychology and women's studies and an M.A. in organizational psychology.
Eric Fergerson
I am a Certified Peer Specialist in the state of Georgia as well as a State Trainer for The National Alliance on Mental Illnesses (NAMI) Peer to Peer Psychoeducation Program and Connections Support Group Program. At various times I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression with Psychotic Features, Mild Depression, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia and Complex PTSD. Every time I sit under a psychiatrist it seems I get a different diagnosis. I believe I had a nervous breakdown from too much stress and because of my family history and since that term "nervous breakdown" is no longer in vogue psychiatrists believe they must give you a "diagnosis" for insurance purposes. I also have never seen images or heard voices outside my head. 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's a very misunderstood and stigmatized disease. Let me help you understand this disorder, work with you on a recovery plan or support you in your journey with this complex disease.
I have worked as a Certified Peer Supporter for over 10 years. I have been in a management position for over 8 years. I have an MS in Leadership and am currently working on a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology. I also specialize in diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am down to earth and love listening to others share their strengths and hopes for the future. I would love to work with you on your professional development. I am a firm believer in the upward mobility of peer supporters. I am a mentor, life coach, and personal cheerleader!!
I am a certified peer specialist in Atlanta, GA and I love what I do! I am knowledgeable about support groups of all kinds and can support you on learning more about them-on heypeers, I co-facilitate two Wake-Up Narcolepsy groups. I am queer, neurodivergent, love DBT, creating art, writing, my animals, and nerdy stuff. I have my own business, Hope Is Real LLC, and I am the author of two books: Hope Is Real: I Have A Purpose and Hope Is Real: Radical Recovery Prayers. @Brighthopeart on Instagram. Website is
Hi everyone! I am a trained Peer Support Specialist living with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I was trained in Los Angeles by Project Return Peer Support Network. My training included certifications in Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, and Group Facilitation. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and PTSD as mentioned above. I am living, working, and recovering with my diagnosis every day. I am here to support you in whatever ways you need, whether that be being a listening ear or sharing a laugh to help lighten your day. I am eager to meet and connect with you!
Florida-born-and-raised mom of teens and too many cats. I've developed my peer support work over the past 5 years, which arose from advocacy and consultancy for disability and anti-poverty issues. My recovery is a multi-faceted, fluid process that I love sharing with others 1-on-1 and in group settings. I believe strongly in the self-determined recovery model and that new paths to a recovery-oriented life wait to be discovered every day -- and that we uncover them better together!
Hi, my name is Mr.Barry I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist. I served 16 years in the US Army. I was born in a small town in northwest Georgia that is where I joined the Army, After leaving the Army, I spent 20 years in Centre, Alabama where I was a Lunchroom Manager after I retired. I moved to Kentucky to be near my 4 wonderful grandchildren and Daughter and Son-in-Law. After I moved started working with people with problems online and trying to help them.
Passionate about helping others find their autonomy and their voice. In Recovery from Opiate addiction, With 7 years of sobriety and counting. Diagnosed with a "severe" Mental illness which symptoms include Extreme altered realities and symptoms of psychosis. Been Managing with Medication daily, the Support from the few good, really solid people I can count on, and I am employed doing what i love, and am honored to sit with people In their darkest
Mary Fakhoury
I’m Mary. A 30 something-year-old trying to live an authentic life while battling my way to redemption and healing all while finding grace in the in-betweens
Hi. My name is Jessica Angel. I go by Jess. My roots are mixed with Cherokee Indian but I was born and raised in Alaska. I am a Mother to some amazing kids and a fluffy fur baby! I have many lived experiences with a deep passion to help others. To fulfill that strength, I became a Peer Support Specialist. I am also a member of the National Association of Peer Supporters (N.A.P.S) and have many certificates of training within the work of trauma, mental illnesses, SUDs, Peer Support, and the carceral population to name a few. I am now a Certified Trauma Support Specialist! I currently work with many organizations by sharing and volunteering my skills.
Kristen (she/her)
I am a Certified Peer Wellness Specialist, Certified Recovery Mentor, Creativity Coach and working artist living in Portland, OR. I believe in the healing power of connection, creativity, vulnerability and ritual, and I invite others to support their mental health and engage their creativity through workshops, and one on one peer support and mentorships. I have lived life experience navigating poverty, complex trauma, houselessness, and chronic pain/disability; and my greatest tools for resilience have been art making, art therapy, ritual, movement, breathwork, prioritizing beauty & connection to nature, and mutual aid. I am here to listen, offer support, and resources. My training includes: Peer Wellness Specialist (Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon) Trauma Informed Care (Center for Trauma Support Services, and MHHAO) Coaching, Herbalist Training (Arctos School of Botanical Studies) First Aid/CPR (American Red Cross) and am enrolled in Art Therapy Certification program.
My name is Roseline Salazar, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, currently residing in Columbus Ohio with my husband and two kids. I am a Military Retiree, Combat Veteran, #1 Best Selling International Author, Life and Mental Health Coach and a Peer Support Specialist. I coach veterans to discover their purpose after the military and sell crystals to accompany your healing journey.
Amber G
I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist active in a peer role since 2013 both within and outside of the mental health system. I am dedicated to practicing true peer support, advocacy, compassionate listening and mutuality in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment. My life experience confirms a belief that we are the masters and experts of our own wellness and that we can and do heal from trauma, grief and societal harm and that connection to each other and the natural world can heal.
Hi! My name is Kayla and I am 20 years old. I previously worked as a youth support partner through an agency which worked with youth and their families. I often shared my story and personal struggles with depression, anxiety, and PTSD with those I worked with. My goal is to instill hope and provide encouragement to those who are in a place that I understand deeply.
Hi. I am a retired SPED teacher with lived experience including abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. My recovery is a daily focus.
Nia LB
I am an African American southern female who lives in Los Angeles with diagnoses of bipolar disorder 1, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, and with all of this comes depression. I am a firm believer that we have to "focus on changing our lives in order for our lives to change". My background and experiences have brought me into a space where I have a strong need to give back to others who were struggling like I have and still do.
Candace Alley
I was born into a dysfunctional family. From a very young age, I went through experiences that practically guaranteed me a life of addiction and using. The journey to healing wasn’t easy… it never is. But I took the time – and feelings of risk – to do the work I needed to do. I’m fully trained and certified in multiple trauma & addiction recovery modalities. And now, I’m living my best life, and helping amazing humans like you heal from the traumas and addictions that steal life away.
Hello peers! My name is Angelique and I have over 20 years of lived experience with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief from the loss of a loved one to suicide. Over the last 10 years I've dedicated my life to healing from my struggles, and I've learned a lot of great things along the way! I became a Certified Peer Specialist, Reiki Master-Teacher and a Certified Emotional CPR (eCPR) Practitioner to advance my own healing and would love to use what I've learned to help you advance yours!
Josh Weber
I offer hope, support, compassion, empathy, tools, and a trauma-informed outlooks as someone who directly understands the journey and pain of recovery as well as the cultural, systemic, hierarchical, and socioeconomic barriers that surround this. Recovery is non-linear but recovery is possible. I believe all of us who have suffered from trauma, mental illness, addiction, or co-occurring disorders can achieve our life goals and reach our full potential.
Tiana Allen is a Wellness focused Counselor. She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Behavior Analysis for Anxiety & Panic Attacks, Trauma Recovery, Grief and Loss, Codependency, Career Counseling, Faith-Based Spiritual Counseling, Interpersonal Relationships, Racial Trauma, etc...
I am a Peer Support Specialist and Mental Health Coach. I am a husband, father, and veteran. I have experience with Mental Health and Addiction Recovery.
I was a teacher for many years but struggled with ADHD, major depression, & anxiety. A sudden health crisis left me unable to tolerate any of the medications I'd been prescribed and the ensuing symptoms left me unable to work. I eventually was able to foster the self awareness and willingness to evolve away from long-term patterns and core negative beliefs and to recognize and process painful emotions.
Hi, I'm DeLaney! I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist in Arizona and Montana. I'm currently working on achieving National Peer Support as well as training in Trauma Informed and WRAP. I have over 20 years experience with mental health and addiction. I'm diagnosed with disassociative disorder, C-PTSD, anxiety and clinical depression. It stems from a dysfunctional childhood with narcissistic and alcoholic adults who carried on generational abuse and neglect. I believe wholeheartedly that we not only need to heal from our mental health and addictions, but we need to get to the core of our issues which are usually trauma related, to truly have successful wellness and recovery journeys. I know what it's like to struggle and overcome alone. I'm motivated by knowing what I endured in my life prepared me for my life's purpose, to empower others to empower themselves! I love what I do. I can't wait to do it with you!
I am a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I live my best life while having the Diagnosis' of Major Depression Disorder, Persistent Depression Disorder, Generalized anxiety Disorder and ADHD. I have grown up with these challenges while navigating being different. I grew up as an adopted girl in a small New England town. I have had a varying background of life adventures and diversity. I consider my self bi-coastal having lived on the East Coast and the West coast multiple times in varying areas. I obtained higher education in San Francisco, CA and earned real life education across the United States. I began my path to peer recovery work unintentionally at an early age and it has remained a concurring theme through out my life. I became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist specializing in Emergency Peer Support since 2016.
Live in Western PA with my wife and two dogs. Certified in 2017 by the PA Certification board, recertified in 2021. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In active recovery since 2016.
I started my journey to recovery in July of 2018. I have slept, lived and breathed recovery every day since then up until a year ago next month. Today I am in active recovery from alcohol & substance abuse disorder. I'm diagnosed with bipolar type 2, depression, and PTSD. Through years of Counseling and countless Peer support classes I have been able to learn coping techniques. I have 10 months of Peer Support training and 40 hrs of KY required education and passed the state exam with a 96%.
Todd Tex
I am looking forward to enjoying the creation of collaborative peer support groups on the Hey Peers platform. I am a child of nature who loves to spend time in wild places, especially, while floating down rivers on extended expeditions. I have both western U.S. and mid-west roots with the past 30 years spent living and working in Oregon. My educational background is in Outdoor Education with emphasis on Wilderness Leadership, Environmental Studies and Emergency Medicine. I live as an older adult with the unique cognitive diversity typically and sometimes callously categorized as ADD / ADHD. I was labeled with Adult ADD at age 47 and I have independently educated myself about living in today's linear society and now have healthier perspectives about my ADD than do the world of clinicians practicing Western Psychology tend to have. I love my cognitive gifts and continue to grow and learn accordingly.
I am from Columbus Ohio but currently live in Dayton Ohio. I am enrolled in college working on earning my associates degree in addiction Services towards my LCDC2. I work at a treatment center as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a Chemical Dependency Counselors Assistant helping Individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and mental health diagnosis find their path to recovery. I absolutely love what I do.
For two years I worked at a local behavioral health facility as a Certified Peer Specialist. I have been actively involved with a 12-step program called Celebrate Recovery for 12 years. My personal history involves childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, grief...and inner healing, peace, and a desire to help others on this journey.
Hi, I'm Chasity! I am from South Carolina and I am currently in recovery from PTSD, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Depression, Substance Use Disorder as well as a parent of an adult with Substance Use Disorder. I have had a 15 year career in EMS that sadly ended due to a back injury. I went back to college and earned an Associate's Degree in Human Services with the concentration of Addiction Counseling and Crisis Intervention. I then began working as a Perinatal Coordinator and Certified Peer Support Specialist in the behavioral health department of a rural health clinic. Right now, I am working on what I can do to help and serve others who are going through some of the similar things I have been through and am still working on today.
I am a US Army Veteran with over 12 years experience as a Peer Specialist supporting Veterans. As a non-combat Veteran, I have a passion to support all Veterans, especially other Women Veterans. I describe myself as a "Change Agent of Hope" with a smile, a listening ear, and a non-judgmental way of communication. I have challenges, yes, but my challenges don't have me!
I’m a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter and want to assist anyone who has the desire to stop using mind or mood altering substances and wants to find a new way to live. I have been working in this profession and it’s so rewarding to go home and know that I played an intrical part in someone’s recovery journey. I love what I do; helping people live happy, joyous and free.
Pam (she/her)
I'm Pam, and I love to listen to and learn about my peers. I've experienced depression and suicidality since I was 13. ~ I'm in a good place now, but I've admitted myself to the hospital multiple times so I wouldn't kill myself. I had an especially rough period of depression when I was pregnant. ~ I've made use of medication, talk therapy, and ECT. ~ I've been a Certified Peer Specialist since 2012. I've worked as a mobile peer supporter and in a long-term residence. I'm also trained as an Alternatives to Suicide facilitator and in Peer Support within the Criminal Justice System. ~ I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009. ~ I look forward to meeting with you!
Anne Nicholson
I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist supporting persons living with neurodiversity, trauma, brain injury, mood disorder, personality disorder and caregiver stress. I'm certified as a Mind Body Therapy Practitioner, Crisis Counseling Provider and Transformative Movement Educator and pending certification as a Mentalization Based Treatment Practitioner.
I am a Black, queer nonbinary person holding space for others on their path to self-determination. I am an unschooling parent, artist, writer, herbalist, and organizer practicing and building abolitionist cultures of care with my kindred. Some of the frameworks for my work include disability justice, healing justice, trauma stewardship, Afro-indigenous healing modalities, mad liberation, and anti-oppression.
My name is Chris I am in recovery from a life long addiction and mental health issues of over 20 years and I have a very strong passion to give back to others what was given to me by my peer support specialists and hopefully be able to help some other person to change there life and start the path of recovery
Kris McElroy (pronouns are he/they) is a biracial Black autistic transman living with multiple disabilities and chronic illnesses. He is a Certified Life Coach and has training as a Crisis Support Counselor. Kris has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Multidisciplinary Human Services. Kris is living well with various mental health conditions & trauma taking it one day at a time while working as a freelance writer, advocate, and artist. He enjoys being a dad & husband.
Lori H, CPSS
Struggling? I’ve been there! I am Lori and have lived with Bi-Polar II, anxiety and panic attacks, depression and PTSD from trauma and toxic relationships most of my adult life. I received my certification from UNC-Charlotte in Peer Support in 2014. However, I have been listening to others and sharing my own experiences most of my life. I have rebuilt my life several times and explored the question of “who am I” and “why am and I here” multiple times through life.
The Rare Doula
Hi, I'm Rare aka Jessica Faulkner. I am a certified birth and death doula. I received my hospitality management degree in 2020 from Morgan State University. I currently work as a part-time youth and infant/toddler care facilitator. I created this group because I want people to learn more information about birth and death doulas. A Birth Doula is a person who supports a mother and her family including baby so that they have informational, emotional, and physical support.
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Peer Supporter Rebirth4❤️
I provide advocacy and support to every single person that may be disadvantaged, underprivileged or rejected by their unique qualities. I am known as "Spiritual Life Coach, Advocate, Platform Developer, Overseer, Leader, Kingdom Cultivator, Motivator, Visionary, Mentor, Kingdom Strategists and Inspirational Speakers" among other giftings, brings EDIFICATION, STRENGTH and RESTORATION and HOPE to communities globally to succeed. Real...raw... and honest dialogue... about seldom discussed topics. bring tissues as you may cry or laugh hysterically with every shared anecdotal story. You will leave with a weight lifted and the message of hope, forgiveness and acceptance. You are no longer alone I can speak on many subjects such as motivating women’s self-esteem, abusive relationships, incest and abuse, marriage restoration or divorce due to physical and or mental abuse, and various Christian topics. Yes..I made it through.
With over 20 years of service in peer advocacy, disability rights, healthcare equity, & mutual aid space, Milan has proven to be a formidable leader & facilitator. Elder suicide & isolation prevention, community grief & emotional support counseling, championing unserved & underserved communities of color via direct peer service & advocacy, a licensed minister & NFDA's 2018 Professional Woman of the Year for her merit & service as a death doula, especially for those impacted by suicide & terminal illness- I have NOT walked in your shoes, yet I bet we've traveled down some of the same paths!
Christina Jones
My name is Taamer and I am a facilitator with Project Return Peer Support Network. Feel free to come by my free groups on Mondays at 9am PST (Dealing with Anger) and on Wednesdays at 9am PST (Dealing With Relationship Challenges) where we discuss and explore ways to be proactive in learning to deal and to cope with various challenges.
Hi. My name is Pamela Stikeleather. I'm a Certified Peer Support Specialist of NC, Journey in recovery, Mental and Addiction started over 10+ years ago. Support, Therapy Groups and a community where unconditional love was shown, is a priority of mine. Sharing my story, education with others. If we take the steps, do the work and be authentic, take the mask off, use the skills we learn along the way, be open minded with ourselves. There is Hope. I believe in people, because I believe in myself. I have 1:1 Support Sessions, Groups Monday- Friday. Check it out.
Elliott Phillip Niblack
With lived experience in Bipolar II, ADHD and opioid addiction Elliott is a certified Mental Health and Recovery Peer Specialist (MHPS, RSPS) and Empathetic Communication Systems Specialist (ECSS). His work as a mentor, educator, and creator of peer support programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities have won awards from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His specialties include 1-to-1 coaching, support group facilitation, Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and Culturally Responsive Empathetic Communication seminars.
Hi y'all! My name is Marissa :) I'm living life in Missouri these days. I find myself either at work or spending lots of time cuddling with my dog, Barkley. I have worked in the mental health field for 4 years and have been a peer support specialist for most of that time. I have lived experience with mental health struggles, eating disorders, and I specialize in substance use disorders. I have been in all levels of treatment from inpatient to outpatient. My favorite modality is DBT.
Tiffany Michele, CPS WHAM
I'm a woman that has been in long term recovery for 11 years, I have been a Peer Specialist for 8 years now. I live a full life, because of the hard work I have done and continue to do. I have been happily married for 16 years, but have no children. I have a rich spiritual connection and participate in volunteer work in my community. I love nature, travel, and exploring creative outlets. I have a WHAM certificationand can help set realistic healthy habits, I have also worked in the medical field in many different roles. I love life and it shows, I love to try to leave every person in a better place then I found them in.
Liliana Penaranda
My name is Liliana, I became a Certified Peer Specialist as a natural outcome of investing 1000s of hours encouraging and helping others since 2014. Through my experience, recovering from PTSD, Depression, Codependency, Child abuse, love addiction, Maladaptive daydreaming , Domestic Violence and trauma, I embarked on a self improvement journey that led to inner healing, personal development and professional growth. My wellness journey is my testimony.
My name is John Dueber (Doo-bear) I'm a State Certified Recovery Coach. I'm currently pursuing my CADC (Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor) from Grand Rapids Community Colledge and plan on completing my Associates in Social Work. Some prior experience includes working in the Michigan Department of Corrections with the PAL Program, Barren County Drug Courts, and numerous sober living homes. I have been employed a Hackly Community Care since Aug. 2022. I have a large heart for recovery in its many forms. I bring with me a long history of addictive lifestyle that he uses to build a relationship with his Patient to better help them in their path to recovery.
Howdy y'all! I'm Beca. I'm so happy that you're here with me today! Believe me, I know how it feels like to not want to be. I also know how it feels like to be diagnosed with a label, not know what it means, and to not know what to do next. Life can be difficult...especially without a support system. Let me support you! Areas of expertise: Bipolar, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety, Trauma (specifically SA, domestic violence, generational, and first-responder related), Boundaries, Coping Skills, Setting Goals, Relationships (and navigating breakups), Finding Resources, Navigating the Mental Health System, Communication, Anger Management, Relaxation & Stress Management, Wellness & Wellness Planning, Self-Care, Budgeting (and couponing), College Life When I am not on here, I work as a peer support specialist for a university, I help teach resident doctors about trauma-informed care and recovery, and support other peeps throughout their recovery journey. On my off time, you can usually find me at the beach, studying for exams, or spending time with my doggos. I try to take my own advice as much as possible and use the same tools that I might share with you during groups or sessions (believe me I'm trying to do the same thing). I'm also very open to feedback and suggestions (especially FOOD, music, and show recommendations)...if something doesn't work for you, that's okay, we will work together to find something that does :) I have a degree in social work, currently pursuing my bachelor's in psychology, and have the hopes to become a psychiatrist or psychologist one day. My availability is as follows M-F: 12:00 PM CST, 6:00-9:00 PM CST Saturday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday: Available upon request
Cindy McCarty, CPSS [she/her}
I am a US Navy Veteran with many years in long term recovery for mental illness. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and guiding them on their pathway to recovery.
I am a National Certified Peer Support Specialist through Mental Health America. I am also SC state certified I am on the board of SC Mental Health America. I have been in recovery about 20 years from Bipolar, Depression ,anxiety, and Dependent Personality Disorder. I like to use CBT and DBT and Motivational interviewing. to help my peers live the life you were meant to live. I like to think they everyone can live out their dreams
I've been a peer support specialist since 2018 when I started to use my lived experience with a mental health diagnosis to help others and raise awareness to the fact that mental challenges doesn’t mean ignoring your dreams and aspirations. I like to think I am very supportive + vibrant. I've helped and advocated a diversity of people - I'm good at channeling as I have the ability to understand people.
Hi! My name is Aubree (they/them) & I am a silly, non-binary queer who is neurodivergent and openly talks about living with complex PTSD. I am a peer support mental health specialist and equity informed mediator. I currently reside on the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe also known as Santa Cruz CA. I have a background in social work (BSW) but have divested my energy from traditional educational institutions and put my focus around community care/peer-support modes of co-weaving with communities to support wellness. I believe healing, wellness, and recovery are non-linear journeys and would love to make mental health support accessible for those who continue to hit access barriers. Some of my lenses: animism, healing-centered engagement, disability justice, healing/transformative justice, survivor-centered, trauma stewardship, non-mastery/skill-building, anti-oppression, somatic/embodiment. The work I do in the world is inspired and informed by the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, who have always been at the forefront of queer and disability activism, transformative justice, prison abolition, and healing justice.
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I am a trans man, queer, a Certified Peer Support Specialist and a Certified Community Health Worker. I am also WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) certified. I am here to provide support and resources for folks like me. My passions include helping others with the following: supporting LGBTQ+ domestic violence survivors, navigating healthcare systems, finding LGBTQ+ friendly providers, providing health education, applying for government benefits, and navigating affordable housing programs. I have previously worked as an HIV Prevention Resource Specialist, a Certified Peer Support Specialist for disabled folks, and have experience in the medical field as an EMT-B. I also have experience in group facilitation and facilitate a peer support group for LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence. I am currently a college student and hoping to someday run my own non-profit. I am thriving with several mental health conditions including C-PTSD, BPD, generalized anxiety, and ADHD.
I have worked in public and behavioral health for more than 27 years. I have a masters in human service, with a special concentration in human development. I am a certified emotional health coach and mental health advocate and certified anger management, specialist. I am trained in motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and other effective behavioral health strategies that allow me to be an effective listener and help my clients to find practical solutions to challenging situations.
Hello all. My name is Angel. I am absolutely grateful to be in recovery and able to aid others along their journey. I am a mother of two, and work diligently to provide my children a childhood free from a suffering mother. In my humble opinion substance use disorder and mental health conditions are best served with a mind, body and spirit approach. I believe that ensuring that all social and emotional needs should be met in order to garner the best outcomes. I not only focus on what brought you here, but what can be done to better your circumstances as a whole, housing, food insecurity, employment, socialization etc. I am a Certified Peer Support, as well have a degree in Human Services, while completing my Psychology and Social Work degree with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder. As an individual who suffered and is in recovery for cooccurring substance uses and mental health I strive to meet each person where they are and grow with them.
Hi, I'm Lisa. Professionally, I have 30 years of experience working in public health with a focus on substance use, harm reduction, and trauma. Academically, I have a master's degree in human services, with a concentration in human development,.I am a Certified Emotional Health Life Coach and Mental Health Advocate, and Certified Anger Management Specialist. I am recovering from clinical depression and social anxiety, and I want to offer a safe space to talk.
I have been a Certified Peer Specialist since 2017. I enjoy sharing my lived experiences and encouraging others.
Melanie Haney
I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, COTA, CPS, Navy Veteran, LGBTQ+ Ally, Hunter, Fisherman, Jeep rider, Camper, PTSD-MST, depression and anxiety survivor and much more. I have a very extensive experience in life and use these experiences as well as the tools in my tools basket to assist others as well as myself through the Challenges of life. I have 28 years medical experience and 3 years Peer experience with groups. My goal in life is to be a digital nomad and live in my camper.
Tim Long
I am an immigrant to the United States. I have worked as a fire fighter/first responder, a and US ARMY Infantryman, until a severe injury from a roadside bomb blast in Iraq. I've struggled with intravenous opiate addiction that led to lengthy jail sentence. Once I decided to get well, I utilized the GI Bill to earn a degree in Psychology emphasizing in substance abuse counseling then became a certified peer specialist. I have worked for veteran non-profits, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, SMART recovery and several other wellness centers providing support to those who have struggled with similar afflictions. I know what it is like to wake up every day feeling nothing but hopelessness and despair, believing that my only salvation would be suicide. Today I live in line with my values, and I am proud of the person I have become. It is an honor and a pleasure to support those who currently do not have hope in their lives.
Patty Schaeffer
I am a person with long term recovery from SUD/MH/TBI. I have learned to embrace my life completely. Helping others on this journey to live changed lives of continued wellness and recovery is crucial to a quality of life that is full of hope for me while meeting people exactly where they are at! I have a heart for service and the passion with purpose to be available and encouraging towards all people at becoming their best version of themselves. Its much bigger than me!
I'm bipolar and on disability for over 30 years! I'm a real live "George McFly!"and love Star Trek. My psychiatrist has sanctioned turning my life into a professional Hollywood screenplay!
I grew up with a lot of verbal abuse from kids at school and in my neighborhood. Add to that, I was not as smart as the other kids in my class. All of this led to me becoming a late bloomer in life, socially and intellectually. I made many mistakes in life, and my mistakes led me to becoming suicidal in 2001. I was hospitalized for 3 months, going in and out in that time span. Since then my recovery has evolved. Today I help lead a group that helps others find healing for mental health issues.
Recognized for assisting others through coaching, active listening, knowledge of resources, and relationship building skills. Adept at assisting people with gaining an understanding of social security benefits and managing desire to be employed. Proven ability to mentor people with disabilities gained through overcoming barriers and achieving my dreams. Areas of expertise Public Speaking Coaching and Mentoring Self-Advocacy Positive Engagement and Encouragement
I am a Certified Counselor (CC), Certified Peer Counselor (CPC), and Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee (SUDPT) in the state of Washington. I have spent over 2,000 hours in the field as both a clinician and a peer and have successfully coached dozens of OCD/Anxiety/Phobia/Trauma sufferers through their journey to mental wellness. I emphasize the tenets of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
Crystal Jackson, RN
I am a wife, mother, nurse, and educator based in South Florida. I have been practicing as a Pediatric/Maternal Newborn Registered Nurse since 2016. I was also a 2nd grade teacher in addition to providing academic tutoring to elementary school students in Gainesville, FL. I hold a B.S in Nursing from the University of Miami and an M.Ed in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. I am currently pursuing a M.S in Nursing at Florida A&M University to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. My interests include all things pediatrics, preeclampsia awareness & research, maternal mental health, menstrual health & hygiene, and raising awareness about birth trauma and postpartum complications. I am passionate about health disparities affecting Black women and children and promoting health literacy and self-advocacy.
Jessica Smith, CPS-MH
I am a Mental Health professional, speaker, advocate, educator and crisis counselor. I am a Certified Georgia State Peer Specialist for Mental Health. I am currently pursuing my degree in Psychology to become a licensed Therapist. I am a DBSA Certified Facilitator for the Atlanta Metro Chapter (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance), a Peer-to-Peer teacher and IOOV Presenter for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). I am a Georgia Peer Policy Collective who works with other collectives and legislatives to raise awareness, advocate and lift mental health policy changes in the state of Georgia. Additionally, I have completed certifications and trainings in the following: Life Coaching, Trauma Informed Care for Clinical Providers, Preventing Suicide in Emergency Departments, Substance Use and Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care for Individuals with IDD. Please note, although I am a certified peer specialist, mental health professional and psychology student; I am not presently a licensed Therapist nor Psychiatrist and encourage all to continue with those services in addition to the support I offer.
Hi! I'm Alex! I'm 23 years old from snowy Buffalo NY! I am both NYS OMH and CRPA certified here to be a kind and supportive person for whatever it is you are going through. I love building bonds with my clients and being the person that someone can lean on for anything.
I was diagnosed bipolar in 2002. DBSA was a big help. I was a facilitator back then. I enjoyed helping others because it helped me as well. If you need someone to talk to or just to bounce ideas off of, I can listen. I do not have all the answers but I have resources to try to find the answers. The day can get brighter.
Hello! I am a Certified peer support specialist who has experience with Anxiety, Major depressive disorder, and childhood sexual assault, and being a part of the LGBTQIA community. I have worked in mental health for almost 5 years, and have also been a victim advocate for survivors of sexual assault/domestic violence. I have run support groups for seasonal depression, navigating society as a member of the lgbt community, and assisted with groups for CBT/DBT. Outside of my professional experience, I am navigating my first pregnancy, and am about to be a new mom. So, if this is something you're also experiencing and could use some support though, I'm here for that as well. I am hoping to start a support group for this In the upcoming months as well as an LGBTQIA support group. Please feel free to reach out. (:
I am a human being just like you who has had experiences with a substance use disorder. Thank God I am clean and sober and thankful for the accomplishments I've earned thus far post addiction. I just want to help and encourage anyone who is ready. Being in abstinent and in recovery is doable with the right person or team of individuals who care and show concern. Wanna talk more?
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. I will be Facilitating the follow groups for your health. Complaints you have against the meetings you attend . About the Facilitators, Board members and meetings 1:1, Zoom coaching to know how to use zoom. also for facilitators 1:1.One on one meeting for those suffer from Depression and mental illness and other mental illness. Group program for Depression and bipolar and other mental illness. .I have been there I can Help. Let's help one and other.
I am a Master's level clinician with experience facilitating support groups and I enjoy ensuring individuals experience the present moment. I am committed to helping people create a better version of themselves daily with support. In addition to facilitating support groups, I coach individuals using solution focus, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavior therapy.