Peer support has been around since the beginning of time. In earlier cultures, individuals looked to those with lived experiences and wisdom to counsel, give resources, support, listen and guide. In the world of sexual assault, molestation, and rape, peer support has become a valuable tool in healing. Often times peer supporters, aka "wounded healers", are able to sit with their clients meeting them where they are at, and sharing firsthand knowledge of abuse, healing, mental health struggles, and resources. Peer support goes beyond clinical practices. In many cases, peer support allows a deeper sense of understanding and healing and for many allows them to gain insights, support, and resources that they may otherwise not receive.
As someone seeking Individual peer support with an EmpowerSurvivors peer supporter, you will meet as peers, two individuals with common experiences. Your EmpowerSurvivors peer supporter will meet you at your location of choice or over Zoom. Typically the peer support will be ongoing as needed. Healing from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse often times is life long and it is important your peer supporter is available to you, the right fit for you and your situation. Your individual peer supporter will come alongside you on your healing journey to listen, provide resources, lived experiences, promote your own inner wisdom, and walk the journey of healing with you.
Individual peer support is not a replacement for professional help. In order to create your best “healing team,” we suggest that individuals seek out professional trauma therapists specializing in childhood trauma, a holistic health provider, and other professionals that can work on all aspects of their healing and mental health goals.
What Will Your First Meeting Look Like?
Meeting with your individual peer supporter for the first time may seem scary. You may find yourself feeling anxious. This is totally normal and your individual peer supporter will do their best to put you at ease. Together you will discuss what peer support is and what it is not, what brought you to the EmpowerSurvivors organization, what you are hoping for, and discuss any questions you may have. From there you will create a plan for future meetings, fee agreement, and be on your way to living your potential! You will steer where the meetings go and your peer supporter will be walking alongside you to help you navigate the healing process. Please call EmpowerSurvivors today to learn more, and set up your appointment with your individual peer supporter!