We are now living in times where people are suffering from stress, mental health problems, anxieties, and depression more than ever before. From the COVID-19 pandemic to the highlighted race wars and systematic racism around the world, we are all feeling a burden right now. That’s what led me to explore the amazing platform of The Peer Collective.
What is The Peer Collective?
The Peer Collective is a team of people who are ready to provide anyone with comfort, discussion, and engagement. It’s a team of peer counselors who have gone through a rigorous screening process, for which they used a novel assessment tool to make sure every peer counselor demonstrates exceptional empathy, warmth, and understanding. They are not licensed therapists and don’t diagnose or treat mental disorders. Instead, their job is to support you in whatever way you need, with the deeply felt encouragement and assistance that only people with shared experiences can offer.
I engaged in a counseling session to see how it works. The session was easy to set up and the counselor gave me great tips and an incredible boost of energy. It was a really transformative experience that provided me with much more compassion than I’ve experienced with psychotherapists.
The Peer Collective makes their services very affordable:
A 30-minute counseling session is $14, and 60-minutes is $28.
I want you to know: if you need support, you are not alone. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed. Even if you are not experiencing a mental emergency right now, I’d recommend setting up counseling sessions as soon as you can, so that you have a better sense of the help they can provide. This will make the step to contact them when you are experiencing an emergency so much easier. To explore the Peer Collective counselors, click here.
And for those of you who enjoy reading, I can highly recommend reading books written by Tim Desmond, the founder of the Peer Collective:
Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Mindfulness-Based Practices for Healing and Transformation
and How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World.