Why We Are Hard-Wired To Worry, and What We Can Do To Calm Down A new season brings both hopes and anxieties. We want things to be better for ourselves and the people we love, but worry that they won’t be, and imagine some of
What is a Peer Counselor?
“Peer Counselor” is a very simple and accurate label for those who play a critical and expanding role in the world of mental and emotional well being. A peer is someone who is on roughly the same level, has had the same experiences, as the client. It can be anything from gender and age similarities to shared sexuality, to expertise in dealing with particular sets of issues.A counselor is a person who offers the client an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and many resources that can be used to address and improve whatever issues are occurring in life. This is as basic as can be; when you have a cold or flu, you are unlikely to seek out advice from a jeweler. Break a finger? Check out the local carpenter! When we have needs, we seek to share them with those who have been in our shoes.
If we think of the mental health care system as a ladder, we would find at the very top a psychiatrist, who can prescribe medications and utilize privileges at hospitals and such institutions. At that opposite end are peers, your peers, someone who has been trained to help you by listening, talking, and directing you through your journey. This person might be someone you speak to one time to sort out a specific issue or someone you meet with occasionally for support. A peer support counselor is limited through experience and training, so there are times when a peer counselor may suggest the next level of care, which could be a behavioral support person or a licensed therapist. Wondering if a peer support person is right for your current concerns? Reach out to learn more.
Understanding Gender Fluidity Our understanding of “reality” is formed by consensus models, agreements, and traditions, but many such models contain internal contradictions or irreconcilable, opposing variables. Such a model is also seen in human sexuality, as it is still common for people to understand sexual
Peer Counseling for Queer Men with AMR Therapy What is peer counseling and why is it particularly important for queer men? Queer men are always operating along a behavioral and emotional spectrum: Am I different? How am I different? Why am I different? These questions
Yes, CBT Can Help Reduce Anxiety in 10 Therapy Sessions Anxiety is a common emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. Over the last year, anxiety had increased by 20 percent, impacting millions of Americans. It can be caused by many things
It’s Gay Pride Season: Time to Reflect on Identity and Health June is Pride month, though we see actual celebrations of the queer community from Spring through Autumn. The community comes together to reflect on the impact queer people have had in society and to
When My Life Came Apart, I Struggled to Find Therapy At 14 years old, I hated who and what I was. With barely one foot in adolescence, I had already marched through miles of hell. In San Diego, my hometown, I had been beaten, sexually abused