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Melissa Morgan Tang
I'm your peer and I work WITH you, FOR you. I am also trained as a Professional Certified Coach, so I help 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
Easy? No! Worth it? Yes! Some tools I've found helpful in creating a routine of wellness and balance are WRAP, Reiki, creating a strong support network, acupuncture, diet, art, music, movement (Qigong). animals, especially horses, my camera and water, lots of water! Bob Marley: "Though the road's been rocky, it sure feels good to me..."
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 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 is no longer in vogue anymore psychiatrists 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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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 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.
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.
Alan (they/them)
Hi 👋 my name is Alan Vreeland (they/them/we/us). https://linktr.ee/Primitivepeer 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.
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. One area that I am especially interested in is eating disorders. As a person in recovery from disordered eating myself, I love helping others develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. I have experience working as an eating disorder recovery specialist as well as blogging and delivering trainings and presentations on topics related to disordered eating. My approach is informed by Health At Every Size, a paradigm that honors size diversity and promotes weight inclusive care.
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 so that they can make their own decisions. Everyone's path towards recovery is unique, and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. It is my job to help you navigate what your best recovery path, and provide support and encouragement along the way. I became 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, writing, and the Italian language. I am always looking for ways to grow and improve.
Jules
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!
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.
kimgallen1
I am an active global and national mental health advocate with the lived experience of bipolar disorder, and am a national consultant in the business of behavioral healthcare.
Holly Jackson
Hello, everyone! So nice to meet you! My name is Holly (pronouns they/them). I am a jack of all trades who's currently in school to become a psychologist. I've struggled with many things along the route to my recovery - anywhere from depression and anxiety to bipolar 1 and schizoid to chronic conditions like CRPS and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - but my struggles have made me who I am. My number one goal in life is to be able to provide assistance to people in a way I never had growing up. I am determined to give you the best care I possibly can. Nobody should have to go through recovery alone, and I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen!
Smarie418
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
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.
Alex Thixton
I'm an Oregon-certified Peer Support Specialist, and I have worked in the field for just under four years now. As a peer, I've done everything from making D&D characters with people to training them on DBT skills; different things work for everyone! As a non-binary person with ADHD and chronic pain, I am definitely familiar with the fact that mental health, a life well-lived, and "what works" can look totally different for everyone, and I love working with people to figure out how to get there.
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KelvinYoung
My name is Kelvin Young and I am a Recovery Support Specialist, Recovery Coach, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, certified Sound Healing and person that's in sustained recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction.
strongerthanyouthink
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!).