Certified Peer Supporter
Hi everyone, I'm happy you've found your way here, it takes a lot of guts/courage/bravery to look for ways to make life better and those steps aren't easy to take. Give yourself a moment to look around, 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 please 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 :)
I learned about peer support in 2008, after seven years stumbling around within the psychiatric system. The re-building of my life started with peer support. Professionally, I've 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 "They no longer have power over me", there was a shift within that helped me to show up for myself. A very 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 when struggling with things can be really difficult. Having support that understands and also comes from a space of hope has been a valuable part of my own wellness.
Hey Peers Certified Addiction Recovery with Diana
Support for those who are in recovery or struggling with staying in recovery, from addiction and substance use. This chat will also compliment the Self-Recovery addiction group held on Wednesdays @5 pm est.