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Melissa (She/Her)
I'm your peer - working with you, for you. I am also a Professional 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.
Ted Thomas
Hey there. I'm Ted. I'm grateful to have had so many wonderful people come across my path as I explored and discovered my journey of recovery and wellness. Now I help others navigate their personal journey. 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. You can learn more about my Journey of Recovery here:
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
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; 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 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 Babcock
In my early forties I experienced my first psychiatric hospitalization and the next ten years were spent within system services. I didn't know about peer support and I had no understanding the impact of childhood and adult trauma. My personal life experiences were that no one ever 'got better', causing me to live in a space of distress and fear. The most important thing I've learned on this journey is the value of hope and vision. I've had wonderful individuals show up exactly when they were needed to help me with healing and purpose to live. They listened, with no judgment or advice, simply listened. My about me: I'm thankful.
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!
I am a military Veteran Certified Peer Support Specialist with over 20 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.
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 BSW, CPSS
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”!
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. Recently I have decided to go for a Certificate in Transpersonal Coaching an d a Master's in Integral Transpersonal Psychology
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 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.
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.
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.
jj Godwin
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". Sometimes we find it easier to accomplish this goal when we do this work together.
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.
A Phoenix Rising, that's me. A life full of "chosen" experiences has given me the tools necessary to "walk in one's shoes", my near death experience and complete transformation is what has given me the confidence necessary to be bold enough to take on the restoration of every human beings self-worth and true power, that i come into contact with. I am truly in the business of caring about people and am thankful everyday ti have the opportunity to do so.
Gio Vilomar
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 four 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. In my spare time I play an MMORPG with my identical twin brother.
I am a 52-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.
let the healing begin
My name is palvineo I am a Certified Family Youth Peer Counselor I specialize in Adoption Trauma Attachment disorder I also do life coaching in these categories Life Purpose Coach Happiness Life Coach Goal Success Life Coach Forgiveness Life Coach Professional Life Coach mindfulness. I'm also an ordained chaplain/minister
Jun Thomas
I received my certification in peer support in the state of Pennsylvania in 2019. I’m also trained to help you create a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to identify strategies to keep you well, identify possible stressors and signs of an impending crisis, and a crisis plan.
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.
I have been providing peer support since 2007 when I co-founded a drop-in center in Northern Virginia. In 2015, I founded an animal-assisted wellness program in Richmond, VA for peers which I later mover to Longmont, CO in the fall of 2019. I am completing my PhD in Organizational Psychology, anticipated in the Fall of 2021. I have worked in a domestic violence program and with children with many different struggles as well as with adults who have had substance use disorders.
Kari O.
I am a Peer Support Specialist who works with people with Substance issues as well as with Mental Health. I pride myself on interacting with peers in a positive and non judgmental way and understand that everyone's journey takes a different route. My goal is to help you find what path works for you and those you love.
I have been a Certified Peer Counselor in Washington State and online for 13 years as of 2020. My specialty includes Veteran concerns/Recovery from Complex Addictions (tech/porn/sex/drugs)..Harm Reduction..Emerging Recovery Models.. and Digital Safety for Families. I am a survivor of Human Trafficking and have dealt with a lifetime of Co-morbid Issues . I currently Educate the Community and Providers on Weapon Technology issues that commonly cause life threatening scenarios for their clients. My personal expertise is in coping with PTSD/Sexual Trauma/Polysubstance Use Disorder and Managing Bipolar Life. I enjoy working with all types of people and am especially fond of our Military Service Members..Young Adults and the Homeless Population. I believe Everyone has what they need inside them already, That we are all born with the tools we need. Sometimes we just need to help each other uncover those tools and the encouragement to apply them. Everyone has a story that brought them to where they are now..we get to choose our ongoing stories of recovery and thriving. In Empowering ourselves and others we make the transition from victim to survivor. No one should ever feel they must walk this journey to wellness offering non-domination based peer support to each other we all win! ~thank you all for your service~
Hi All! I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist living with Bipolar II, PTSD, Anxiety, and ADHD. I was certified through the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance for Peer Support and 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 love to read, write stories, play the piano, listen to music, watch Walker, Texas Ranger re-runs, as well as Golden Girls re-runs (older shows are the BEST!) and I love animals. I have three dogs (my son says 2 and a half dogs since one is small and two are big), but I love hanging out with my family- my husband and my three beautiful children (two adopted from Colombia!) and the third adopted in the states. Family and friends make everything better (for me, anyway!).
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 CPSS 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 and grandmother. I have 3 ESA cats named Crystal, Nightshade and Magic. I have struggled through my life essentially alone and am hoping to present a choice for others in similar circumstances. As much as I love the anonymity of working the warmline I want to grow further and reach out to an even broader group of people. I have experience as an Adult survivor of Child Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Multiple Rapes, Parent of Special Needs Children, Abandonment, Life Beyond Divorce, Type 2 diabetes, ESA selection. Care Provider for Parent with severe mental health problems. PTSD, Empty nest syndrome, menopause, Codependency and more.
Bev Young Reed has been supporting families for over 25 years through life's challenges. Bev is a Certified Peer Counselor, Certified WRAP Co-Facilitator, birth-death Doula, Parent Education, Court Visit Supervisor, and Reiki Master. She has served as a board member for various not-for-profit organizations that support families in the various stages of life. Bev created "Walking with Grief" and "Authentically YOU" and presents them at Peer Conferences throughout the USA. Bev has recently started to support those who have encountered gun violence. Bev witnessed a restraining order being broke when the man shot and killed his wife in the parking lot of a mall. A few years later she waited to hear if her son was going to get out of a mall alive while an active shooter was inside. She and her son have struggled to feel safe again.
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.
Hi! I'm Maeby and I'm a wellness counselor in the state of Oregon. With proper support and knowledge everyone can live a fulfilling life. I am confident that you can not only survive, but thrive. I haven't met a single person to this day who has made me think otherwise! Feel free to connect with me. I would love to get to know you, connect you with local resources, and start working with you to reach your goals.
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.
Certified Life Coach. Owner of eudemonia Life Coaching. Mindfulness Revolution. Change & Empowerment Strategies. Former Culinary Badass.
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 a MS in Leadership and am currently working on a PhD 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.
Joelle Marie
Hello! My name is Joelle Marie. I have been doing mutual support of some kind since 2003- starting with online communities built by and for those with lived experience. I was trained and officially certified in peer support in Massachusetts in 2016, and again did state approved training in Colorado in 2020. I have also worked in California. I have experience facilitating conversations and offering one-on-one support with people via phone, text (chat room), community bulletin board and in person. I really enjoy connecting with people and exchanging experience to benefit each other. I am autistic, I have OCD and have been diagnosed with bipolar- I also experience chronic pain and neurological and other chronic health issues. Other personal experiences include navigation of benefits systems and accommodations in school and work. I am most adept at addressing these issues, but I have several years of experience connecting with- and supporting- lots of people in lots of different situations with lots of different experiences. I am planning on having groups focused on: •addressing getting accommodation needs met as someone who identifies as having a disability- we can all support each other in navigating those situations. •the needs of autistic individuals (or those on the spectrum)- this is open to those who are self-diagnosed or who suspect they may be autistic as well, but not a place for supporting friends or loved ones (if you would like resources as a friend or loved one, I can provide some!) I can also offer one-on-one time and if you are interested in mentoring or supervision time I am open to offering that- please ask, it doesn't mean you have to take my offer. It's absolutely ok to just see if it would be helpful for or not, maybe I can refer you to someone who would be. Please let me know if you have questions for me!
I am a certified peer specialist in Atlanta, GA. I have a BA from Georgia State University and I have taken two years of music therapy classes. 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. I believe art ,music, and peer support heal. I love to facilitate support groups and am trained in WHAM, HVN, Peerzone. @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 currently work as a peer support counselor in a mental health facility and it is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. 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.
I’m a full-time Peer Support Specialist diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 with psychosis, rapid cycling, and mixed episodes. Also, C-PTSD with panic/anxiety disorder from years of domestic violence, and I have ADD. My recovery journey started about 7 years ago. My passion and purpose are to walk with you on your wellness and recovery jpurney, and hopefully, you won't have to suffer through what I did going it alone. I am in the process of becoming a Nationally Certified Peer Support Specialist.
Proficient experience with engaged advocacy, and proficient knowledge of the approaches, enhancing confidence, self-efficacy, and self-worth. A strong advocate for culturally specific recovery. A vast understanding of the uniqueness in every human being. Proficient customer, and consumer service skills, and a proven ability to be Responsive and Improvisational in critical customer/consumer-related situations. Ability to mediate and use assertive communication skills.
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 taken advantage 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 have a brilliant queer daughter and a brilliant queer daughter-in-law. ~ I look forward to meeting with you!
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
Jamie S
She/her/hers. I am a Certified Peer Specialist, meditation & mindfulness teacher, and business owner of a growing peer support practice. My journey includes living with bipolar disorder I w/psychosis, anxiety, and trauma, and past struggles with substance & alcohol use. Embracing Western therapies and cultivating an openness to experiences outside of the mental health canon have been critical in my recovery. I draw from my life to support, encourage, empower, and motivate others.
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.
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
My name is Jess and I am from Alaska. I have a deep desire to help others as I too have experienced my own struggles. I took training to become a Peer Support Specialist in May of 2021. I continue to learn and share about trauma and ACE's.
I am an female, Air Force veteran that has been out of the military for ten years. I have spent those ten years in active recovery from mental illness. I have found that I enjoy watercolor, yoga, and recently a meditative, fighting form of Qigong. I live with my wife Becky and three cats.
Lisa Spencer
I enjoy working to inspire self-determination within the hearts of trauma survivors from early childhood through adulthood. I have earned my provisional New York State Peer Specialist Certification. I live with MDD and PTSD. I am fully compassion-spirited and wholeheartedly honor each person's unique recovery journey. My most recent work experience is with NYC's trauma survivors (both) street and formerly homeless. I look forward to meeting you. Join me, let's start a new chapter, explore greater wellness and make history together.
Chad Schoen