Bev Young Reed
Certified Peer Supporter
I look forward to meeting and working with you. As a peer, I walk alongside you in a path that we share. I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I started to support families through life changes over 25 years ago. I am a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Peer Counselor, Accredited Parenting Educator, and a Reiki Master. Over the years I have taken many trainings that I can use to support others. I created “Walking with Grief” and “Authentically YOU” as presentations that I have shared at multiple state-level Behavioral Health conferences, in multiple states. If you can imagine a path that can take you to where you need to, but in the path, there are ups and downs along the way. You have to step around the rocks and tree roots as you move to the end of the path. Along the way you trip and start to fall. As you fall you reach out to grab something to keep you from falling. You find a hand and you grab it. You have a peer that will help you stand back up and then walk with you along the path. You find out this peer has walked that path before. They agree to walk alongside you and share their knowledge of the path while helping you to build your own knowledge base where you learn to step over a rock, or to advocate for yourself so that you can stand tall. That is what we do as Peers, we are there to help you walk the paths we have walked while helping you to grow and be who you are. I have volunteered for various not-for-profit organizations that support families and people in various stages of their life. I continue to volunteer as the administrative director for Learn To Doula. I have walked many peer paths, domestic violence, pregnancy loss, military wife, depression, anxiety, having children or family members with mental health challenges, walking along the hospice trail with a loved one, and PTSD around gun violence in the community. I have chosen to offer peer support around public violence. I witnessed a restraining order being broken in a mall parking lot, ending in the death of two people. I have also received a phone call from a child saying they are locked in the back room of a store because someone was shooting at the mall. It took hours before we knew that he was out safe. To this day we both struggle with PTSD in public places. Please feel free to join my groups. If you feel that you would like to talk with me, please message me. I would love to help you on your path.