Peer Support sessions are 1-on-1 conversations that are confidential, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Whether you’re struggling with a mental health issue or are just hoping to find a little support in your day-to-day life, I am here to help. Sessions last 45 minutes and can take place over voice call, video call, or messaging.
These sessions are pay-as-you-go with no commitment to continue meeting with me or paying for more sessions.
I can relate to knowing I want to make some sort of change but have no idea where to start. Heck, sometimes I’m too overwhelmed to even think about it.
You can expect me to meet you where you are today and we can work together to create a plan that works for you. Sometimes it helps to just talk things out.
This time is for you. If you need some support creating structure for yourself, I am here for you. We can develop a daily maintenance list or talk through a workbook you have but haven’t utilized.
I have a variety of tools to offer during these sessions. Are you ready to make a change?
Peer Support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social, or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters (Peer Support Specialists) and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening, or recovery planning.
A person who has lived mental health experience and supports others in their recovery is called a Peer Supporter. It gives the person with the mental health problem the opportunity to talk openly and feel supported by someone who understands what they are going through.
Peer support specialists are people who want to help others with their recovery journey, and are trained to listen non-judgmentally so that they can offer emotional support.
I completed the Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Training Program, in August 2020.
I also have experience as a Mental Health Mobile Crisis Responder.
My Bachelor’s degree is in Child, Adult, and Family Services with a focus on Youth & Adult/Family.
A unique difference between Peer Support Specialists (PSS) and Counselors is that a PSS utilizes their lived experience and recovery when supporting individuals. Counselors are trained to say “I hear you” but can’t say “I understand how that feels; I’ve been there.” Comparatively, the role of a PSS is to help individuals feel less alone in what they’re going through. In addition, PSS tend to form more emotional connections through shared experiences whereas a Counselor is a more professional role that doesn’t tend to offer support outside of official sessions.
You can read more about the differences in the graphic on my blog here.
One isn’t required to be in therapy to see a Peer Support Specialist.
Yes! While there are several similarities between Peer Support Specialists and Counselors, there are also unique differences that make Peer Support a helpful complement to clinical therapy or counseling. A therapist is able to make recommendations for medications and other clinical services like making a diagnosis. This is not something a PSS does. A PSS can support you in learning about your diagnosis and finding helpful ways to support yourself in day-to-day life.
Both Peer Support Specialists and Counselors adhere to Ethics and Confidentiality when providing services. Additionally, both providers are trained in active listening and have great communication skills.
Anything you want! This time is for you. Some examples of ways to utilize our time together are:
I am a big advocate of “provider shopping” in the sense that you have to find the person that works for you. With that being said, I offer a 15 minute Connection Call for us to get to know each other a little bit and see if we connect well together.
If you are interested in scheduling a 15 minute Connection Call, you can click here.