Certified Peer Supporter
Hi and welcome to Hey Peers. Give yourself a few minutes to breathe this moment in, the journey you've been on that got you into the world of peer support. Ask questions, check out the groups and peer supporter profiles, see what's a good fit for you. If you would like to schedule a 1:1 reach out through the chat feature or email me at Wilowispaperio@yahoo.com to figure out a time, I have more flexibility than what shows on this platform :)
Though each of our journey's are different, hope remains constant. Seven years stumbling around within the psychiatric system, starting in my early forties, I didn't understand the impact childhood wounds and experiences had in my life. I kept everything deeply within myself, it caused the pain to become unbearable and I experienced my first hospitalization right before 9/11. I also lost two of my children to state child services. It was a really difficult time, dark and hopeless. The re-building of my life started with peer support. Rebuilding of hope, started with peer support. Learning there were people who got it, that I wasn't alone, gave me something to start with. Professionally and personally, I've either experienced or worked in homeless shelters, state psychiatric hospitals, dual recovery, assisted living, court systems, addiction residences. I'm a Certified Peer Specialist, WRAP facilitator and Advanced level WRAP facilitator. I've been with the organization that developed Hey Peers for over seven years, worked in peer support fourteen years. I practice Reiki and am a Reiki Master Level III healer. I'm also a photographer, writer and lover of the outdoors :)
My Recovery StoryLife journeys, so unique! Mine is kind of like a patchwork quilt, a piece from here, a piece from there, some pieces have extra meaning, every piece has value, even the most difficult ones. Each day I spend time using skills I've learned. All of me is important, physical, emotional, spiritual. I do things that help me live with hope and gratitude, that help me stay away from self-judgment and criticism. Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication helps me to be gentle and compassionate with myself.
My Motivation To HelpI came to the understanding "Life experiences no longer have power over me". There helped me show up for myself. A large part of my motivation to be here is that I didn't know peer support existed during the darker times of my life, feeling alone and hopeless can be really difficult. Having others in my life who get it, I'm thankful.
Wellness support with Diana
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