Certified Peer Support Specialist
Homebase: Spring Valley, WI
My ability to travel greater distances than an hour may depend on current caseload
Goal: Peer Support Provider promoting wellness and recovery to Individuals with mental health and/or substance use challenges.
I have been in the Healthcare field for more than 20yrs. I'm proud to have served many different occupations in the helping community. I have experience in group home management, assisted living communities, homeless shelters, chemical dependency units and currently a volunteer for the Eau Claire County District Attorney's office as a Victim Witness Crisis Responder.
I went from being an educated professional businesswoman who had a successful career to a woman/mother who had debilitating depression. I found myself in a homeless shelter where I began my recovery of mental health, substance use and domestic violence.
My struggles of poor self-image and low self-esteem are areas I continue to work on today. They will always be a part of me. I had to learn to let go of my old ways and open my heart to allow for a better me. It's extremely important for me to try to help someone where there was once no help for me. I found help in some of the same areas that the CCS program and Being Human Yoga has to offer.
I didn’t learn in a typical clinic or hospital setting. My hope is to help people become healthy in their own environment where they can focus on their strengths not limitations. Self-empowerment, strength, dignity and respect are key elements to a successful recovery. I'm very down to earth and well rounded. I don't judge and am willing to meet you where you are in your journey. I look forward to walking next to you on your path of wellness.
As CCS provider, I can assist in many areas of peer support, a few might be, arts and crafts for self-expression, social activities, walks and talks, listening, budgeting, employment assistance, goal setting and I'm a great resource for community connections. As a Certified Peer Support Specialist, I look forward to helping you, help yourself.