Certified Peer Supporter
I came to HeyPeers from Support Groups Central, where I led groups on mood disorders, anxiety, and addiction. I developed the SGC Anxiety Support Group, now offered on HeyPeers. I formerly served as a moderator for Emotions Anonymous, leading groups based on the 12-Step recovery model. I am formerly an Active Listener at 7 Cups - 7cups.com/@DrumDude where I counseled over 3000 individuals with a range of health challenges and life issues. I also draw on my own experience with emotional and physical health issues, as well as several decades of Buddhist, mindfulness, and meditation practice.
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.
My Recovery StoryI've faced many difficult physical and emotional challenges in my life, at times questioning if I could continue. I do not view recovery in terms of goals and destinations. I believe there is an ebb and flow to our journey. I seek to grow, to become a more compassionate person, and to treat all with kindness, including myself.
My Motivation To HelpI hold deep gratitude for those who have been there for me in my time of need. I am motivated to give back and offer service in any way I can.
Mindfulness & Meditation (M&M)
This chat group is for anyone with an interest in mindfulness or meditation techniques. Topics include how mindfulness & meditation can be applied to mental health challenges, and how to incorporate these practices into our daily lives.
Chronic Pain Chat
This group chat is for anyone who suffers from chronic pain. Back/spinal pain, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, limb pain, rheumatism, etc. However or wherever you deal with chronic pain in your body, join us to discuss the ways it affects us and the challenges it presents in our lives.
Anxiety Support Chat Room (ASCR)
This group is for anyone struggling with anxiety disorders: phobias, social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, panic attacks, excessive worry or any other issues with anxiety. All peers and peer supporters are welcome to join. We have a no solicitation/no promotion policy for peer supporters.
This group is for anyone who is going through or has gone through a relationship breakup, divorce, or separation. Join us in a safe, supportive space. We are here for each other.
Get It Done When You're Depressed (GIDWYD)
This chat is for anyone interested in Get It Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track By Julie A. Fast and John D. Preston, and working through the book in our weekly meetings hosted by Diana and Chance.
Chronic Illness Chat
This group is open to all who cope with chronic health conditions, however they manifest, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.
BIPOLAR WELLNESS: How to Recover from Bipolar Illness
This group is for all who cope with bipolar or mood disorders. Our meetings will work through "BIPOLAR WELLNESS: How to Recover from Bipolar Illness" by Michael Rose.
Peer Supporter Directory
This group is for informational posts from Peer Supporters regarding their services and offerings on Hey Peers. To keep traffic (and email notifications) to a minimum, Peer Supporters will post no more than once/week. The group's orientation is Peer Support services e.g. coaching. Please no cross-posting from "This Week's Groups".
Name Your Own Crisis (NYOC)
This group is for anyone who is "in crisis", whatever that feels like to you. Does life seem out of control? Are you overwhelmed? Do you need help coping? Join us in a safe, supportive space. We are here for each other.
Coping with Covid
This group is for everyone who is coping with the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on our lives, and will provide a safe space for sharing and support. All are welcome, including those directly impacted by the virus, those with someone close to them who is affected, those fearing the health risks, those who have suffered economic loss or hardship, and those coping with the social impact including loss of physical contact and connection.
This group is for anyone who has issues with hoarding or clutter. These behaviors can affect our home, personal and social lives in negative ways. Join us in a safe, supportive space. We are here for each other.
Chronic Fatigue Support
This group is for anyone who struggles with chronic fatigue, whether you have CFS, another condition that causes chronic fatigue e.g. EBV or chronic pain, or do not have a diagnosis. Join us in a safe, supportive space. We are here for each other.