Certified Peer Supporter
Welcome to Hey Peers. I have been a certified peer support specialist since 2008 and I am so excited to see how the field has grown. I have gained a lot of knowledge in my recovery journey both through self-reflection and learning from others. Some of you may recognize me as a group facilitator for Support Groups Central and DBSA.
My professional certifications include Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. I am also trained and certified in Digital Peer Support and Supporting Older Adults Remotely. My most authentic credential is my lived experience. I have been providing peer support professionally since 2008 in the community mental health system, in-patient settings, and informal community settings. I have 6 years experience working in a Forensic Treatment Facility and a State Hospital. I have been a facilitator for Support Groups Central. for 4 years. My personal challenges with mental health issues allow me to provide recovery skills in a variety of ways including individual peer coaching, online and in-person support group meetings, and providing Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training. I know first hand the struggle of returning to the workforce after a mental health crisis. My areas of expertise include Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Social Security, and Medicaid and Medicare issues. As a Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, I can assist individuals receiving SSI/SSDI in understanding how going to work will affect their benefits and how to make the most of the work incentives offered by Social Security which can lower your countable income.
My Recovery StoryMy quality of life is dramatically different today than it was 15 years ago. I have utilized many wellness tools along the way and had the support of some wonderful people. I could not have done this alone and am grateful for all I have experienced in my life.
My Motivation To HelpPeer support has been instrumental in my own recovery. I think I was born an advocate and have always been the type of person who desires to help others. Now with peer support I can help others going through struggles similar to my own.
Working While Receiving SSI or SSDI
Wondering how working affects your benefits? I am a Certified Work Incentives Practitioner trained by Cornell University's Institute on Employment and Disability.
Hey Peers Facilitators Only
Group facilitators on Hey Peers - feel free to ask questions and/or share experiences and concerns you have as a paid peer supporter on this site.
Grief and Loss
This group is open to anyone who has or is experiencing grief: death of loved one, death of pet, loss of job or relationship and any other type of loss or issue you may be grieving.
WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Learn about WRAP and how it can be an effective tool to take your recovery to the next level.