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Melissa Morgan Tang
I'm a Professional Certified Coach, helping individuals through Peer Support and Personal Coaching. I have a wealth of knowledge around relationship effectiveness, personal development, clear communication, self-improvement, health and wellness, community engagement and goal achievement. I have created and executed many support groups, workshops and coaching groups. I specialize in working for those in behavioral health and addiction recovery. I studied psychology as an undergrad and completed the Co-Active Coaching certification program with the Coaches Training Institute. I have many years of lived experience in recovery, overcoming trauma and the effects of narcissistic family dynamics.
Ted Thomas
For me, finding a balanced life in an unbalanced world is important. That is what I focus on a lot. Mine hasn't always been truly balanced, but it's an ongoing journey. I walk alongside others on their path while exploring and discovering better options and opportunities toward recovery and wellness. I am a combat veteran having served in the Gulf War. My passion drives me to help guide others to a better life--professionally, personally, family, marriage, faith/spiritually, financially, health and wellness. My credentials include WRAP, OOLA Coach, DISC, Spiritual Gifts Coach, Leadership Speaker & Trainer. You can learn more about my Journey of Recovery here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUKhMJyupa8
Jacqueline Wolfgang
I have been a Certified Peer Specialist since 2014. I have facilitated groups since 2012. I have been an online facilitator for four years with peers support solution. I work with individuals that live with mental illness and substance abuse. I enjoy my online groups and 1:1’s because I can assist and support my peers right at our fingertips and in our own homes. Interested in support though 1:1,s and groups click on me. Looking forward to listening and supporting you in your road towards recovery.
Rosemary Weaver
I believe that peer support is more than an occupation or certification - it's a way of life. Although my professional certifications include National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator; my most authentic credential is my lived experience. I have been providing peer support professionally since 2008 in the community mental health system, in-patient settings, and informal community settings. I have been a facilitator for Support Groups Central. for 3 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.
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
How do we find and hold on to hope in a practical and useful sense when life has thrown us some stumbling moments, things are difficult, all while learning how to be true to who we are as a person? In remembering the times when I had no hope, life was dealing some pretty hard challenges, I learned it is okay to begin the steps of trusting again and asking for support. Some tools I've found helpful in this process are WRAP, creating a strong support network, diet, art, music and support from others who have walked a similar path.
amyboone17
My name is Amy. I’ve worked in the field in one capacity or another for about 10 years. I have certifications in mental health and substance use. I’m the team lead for an assisted outpatient treatment team for the LMHA (local mental health authority) in my town. I’m a contract trainer for an organization that trains other mental health peer specialists along with endorsement trainings within the state of Texas. I have a few diagnoses myself and have learned to navigate my mental wellness challenges and lead a productive life. I’m passionate about my recovery, life, my family, friends, and learning new things. I enjoy riding horses, supporting people facing challenging times, and having fun in life!
Farley_Calhoun
I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist with over 15 years of experience working with groups and individuals who live with a variety of mental health wellness challenges, such as addictions, depression, anxiety and combat PTSD. I am certified by the United States of America Department of Defense ( DoD} and Department of Veterans Affairs Administration (DVA) as a Peer Support Specialist and Readjustment Counselor.
Michele Bibby
I am a Texas Certified Peer Specialist & a Certified Mediator. I believe in the power of Peer Support. The gold standard of Peer Support is the authenticity of shared lived experience. I worked as a Peer Specialist at a State Mental Health Hospital and a Local Mental Health Authority. I am a trained DBSA Peer Facilitator and have 10 years experience facilitating DBSA support group meetings. I have a BA in Government from the University of Texas.
chrissy Peirsol
I am currently employed as a peer support specialist and has been for about a decade. I was Oregon’s first Youth Peer support Specialist. I have also been volunteering in my community for over ten years for all different types of people that struggle with challenges. I am well connected with other organizations, resource in the community and around the world. I also participates on different committees and advocacy councils around Oregon state. I am great at building social and independency skills. I works in strengths and recovery based support model. I am uber positive and will point out when I see you grow and notice your strengths. I am also great to work with for big life goals. We can eliminate barriers and gain the skills you need to be successful. I draw experience from a ruff childhood, being over medicated as a teenager, and the compounded struggles to reach a stable young adulthood. I started volunteering as a young kid to find healthy and safe attention with positive reinforcement that I couldn't get from my home. Being a youth activist, I attended every training and community event I could. I feel in some ways my activism/volunteer work has not only given me a free education but also filled in so many of the emotional intelligence deficits I had from trauma. Now, over decade later with my years of experience I use my energy to advocate for consumer survivor rights.
Thomara
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
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 13 years and know that having experienced life can be a valuable tool. 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 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 scences. 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.
ChristinaMarie
I am a peer facilitator with over a decade of lived experience. I have worked with people living with various mental illnesses, including those hearing voices, recovering from various substances, dealing with personality disorders, coping daily with severe depression and anxiety as well as those who are often coming home from hospitalizations, etc. I have worked primarily with the population of individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness. I am certified by the State of North Carolina as a Peer Support Specialist. I am currently working towards my certification as a North Carolina Family Partner, to support families with individuals under 18 on their recovery journey. Throughout my career I have facilitated a variety of wellness education groups. I have a passion for Mindfulness! Professionally, I have worked on an Assertive Community Treatment Team. Some of my training includes Motivational Interviewing, Suicide Intervention, PTSD awareness, Trauma-Based Care, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Whole Health Action Management, Illness Management and Recovery and of course Mindfulness! I have a belief that I want to share with everyone I meet and that is “Recovery is Possible”!
Eric Fergerson
I am a Certified Peer Specialist in the state of Georgia. At various times I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression with Psychotic Features, Mild Depression, Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia. Every time I sit under a psychiatrist it seems I get a different diagnosis. My mother and brother developed Schizophrenia. She at the age of 27. He after having a very successful career as a college professor. Because of my family's history of mental illness I developed an interest in mental health and received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Educational Psychology. I have been working on my recovery for the last 20 years. I have been employed in the field of mental health for the past 10 years. I have a lot of personal experience with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. The disease does not scare me. It is a very misunderstood disease. Let me help you understand the disorder, work on a recovery plan or just support you or your family in your journey with this complex disease.
ehsfoundation
I am an internal medicine doctor from Spain. I was trained in Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh (United States) and I have more than 25 years experience in patient engagement. We delivered a group meeting program in Spain were 3000 patients with obesity and diabetes were taking part and now we want to do the same online
morgen
I am a Certified Peer Support Provider, certified by the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. I have lived experience with Bi-polar, depression, and anxiety. Both of my parents self medicated with alcohol, and there was domestic abuse in my home growing up. I raised my only son as an impoverished single parent.
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Alex_W
Hey! Im Alex, I am a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist. I currently work on an inpatient unit at a major hospital in Charlotte, NC. I am a father to a daughter, I enjoy travel, and locally I like to go to the Whitewater Center to just relax. I am very outgoing and energetic and get along with everyone I meet.
Mason Pilevsky
Mason 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.
Louis Altshuler
I'm a Certified Peer Specialist from the state of Florida. I'm a group facilitator for both Nami and DBSA. Also a peer to peer trainer. Wrap Trainer. Also a Peer Advocate. RBT trained. I also have many other trainings. I was very depressed 3 years ago. It was two of my medication working against one another. I was taken of my meds. which I was on more than 30 years. went into a very deep depression. Tried to commit suicide, failed. It took me a couple of years to come out of the depression. I went through many programs and doctors and groups to get me where I am today. I want to give back to those who need help the most. I have helped a number of people at the groups I facilitate.
Melinda Williams
Melinda Williams is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Advocate, and Expressive Arts Facilitator. She has experience in supporting a diverse community of individuals in achieving and maintaining health, wellness, and emotional well-being. Melinda has dedicated her career to the well-being of people living with mental health diagnosis, and their access to support services. She is an empathetic and compassionate professional who brings a hopeful perspective to supporting people in directing their own lives and their personal recovery process. Melinda received her training in Recovery and Resiliency Support from Magellan Complete Care, and Recovery Peer Support from Federation of Families of Central Florida. Melinda also received Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and mental health recovery training from the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. While Melinda completed her training in mental health support, she consecutively completed an apprenticeship with Magellan Health as a Recovery Support Navigator. She moved on to achieve a certification in Recovery Peer Support from The Florida Certification Board.
kiram125
I have been devoted to mental health since I was 14 years old. I have worked with and for various organizations and am always looking to help anyone in need. I've had experience with loss of a father from cancer, health issues myself, family issues, abuse and much more. I've studied psychology, mindfulness , and communication for a few years and I know how to listen so you can feel heard.
jj Dollarhide
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.
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Carrie
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.
Edward
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.
Amber King
My name is Amber King and I am currently a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Certified Anger Management Specialist in Virginia. I have additional training in Christian Life Coaching and I am a Nurturing Parenting Facilitator. My life is dedicated to helping others and being of service to those who are struggling with addiction, mental health and other life-controlling issues.
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 S
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.
Michelle
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. I have been practicing since 2006 and provide psychotherapy to adults as well as children, and specialize in Early Childhood Development, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders. I achieved licensure in 2011. After experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder after the birth of my daughter in 2012 I dedicated myself to combing my lived experience with my clinical experience in order to help other mothers and families.
PrimaitivePeer
Meditation and practicality, these are my favorite tools for living with anxiety and my perceptions. Earlier in my life, these things were the means of my hospitalization, now they are material that I mold with every day. Some days feel like playdoh, dry bricks, or water; emotionally squishy, abrasive, or unable to get a grip. Peer support has become vital in my life not simply because I do this for a living, rather it's something worth living for, worth providing, meaning, and purpose. Peer support has given me the chance to create a life worth enjoying and I wish to facilitate the space for others to do their own journey. I don't know your path, and I would be honored to join you traveling it. Send me a message her on HeyPeers about scheduling a 1:1 meeting with me. Or send me a request to my email: alan.vreeland@nonclinicalsupportoptions.com I'm available Monday through Friday in the mornings EST.
Patricia Wright
Patricia Wright is a Mental Health Peer Support and Recovery Mentor | Empowerment & Motivational Life Coach skilled in Crisis Management and Intervention, Community Outreach, and Group Facilitation. Patricia Wright is a strong, dynamic personal development professional with a College Diploma focused in Registered Nursing. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: WRAP© Group Facilitation | Points of You© Coaching | Resilience Building | Goal Setting | Client Advocacy
Shira
I am a person with lived experience of mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation and attempts, and disordered eating. I am passionate about using my experiences to support others and strongly believe in the value of peer support. I have five years of experience working in national and local peer support organizations. Currently, I am pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
TraciRPR
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 have a BS in Psychology, a MA in Human Services, and am completing my PhD in Organizational Psychology, anticipated in the Fall of 2021. I look forward to helping others, it is my passion. 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.
stephenlarsen33
I am a 5x spinal surgery survivor, I live with Bipolar 2 disorder. I have life experience with medication dependency. I have family and others professionally I have successfully supported though very difficult times in their lives. I would love to become your personal peer support, I am currently working within my field in the city I reside in, and I am certified by my home state to provide support to my assigned peers in my regular day job as a part of my clients comprehensive treatment teams. I have 2+ years of experience in the community, crisis stabilization, conflict resolution, and peer support in psychiatric hospital settings. Additionally, I have experience working non crisis hotlines, (warm lines) providing a listening ear, compassion, hope and community resources to callers whom are looking for support in a non-judgmental manner. NAMI Peer to Peer and Nami In Our own Voice Certified and Certified in QPR suicide prevention. I take great pride in the individualized service and resource referrals I provide, and the time I spend with each client/peer. Feel free to add me if you would like some support, one on one, or for group ideals. I like to co facilitate groups with other peer specialists also, I have a few here on HeyPeers I look forward to working with in the near future!
rebbi
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 alone..by offering non-domination based peer support to each other we all win! ~thank you all for your service~
Toniann
Certified CRPS-A, Given 500+ Mental Health Speeches about my story having been suffered from struggles with addiction and mental health, Volunteer with NAMI (Nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people/persons living with Mental Illness), BA: Public Administration/Public Management, Minor: Criminal Justice, 2+* years certified in peer support with continued education and on the job experience*.
Jess
I believe that everyone deserves unconditional love. That is my starting point. Beyond that, having shared experiences makes life fulfilling and manageable. I feel that the best way to help others is to empower their own autonomy. I am a certified peer support specialist through DBSA. I currently work as a caregiver for a man with Alzheimer's Disease. I love learning and continual self-improvement. In my free time I enjoy practicing the saxophone, piano, singing, and the Italian language. I am always looking for ways to grow and improve.
Jules
I hear you. I see you. I relate to you. Most importantly, I'll always be HERE for you! Hi there :) My name is Julie and I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist. My 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 in the Mental Health arena. 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. I am and have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Chronic Illness, and Bipolar II. All of which have been a part of me 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, trade battle stories, 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!
PixieLillie
Love helping people and getting to know people of all walks of life. Problem solving strategic planning under pressure stressful situations. There is nothing I can't handle no problem too big or small. A lyricist at heart with a poetic soul.
Marisa
I am passionate about helping people navigate mental health. From the time I was 11, I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Emetophobia, OCD, Bipolar II, and Major Depressive Disorder. My diagnoses don't define me, though! Today, I live a full meaningful life. I practice meditation and mindfulness and I specialize in self-love and changing your thought patterns.