My name is Abby. I would like to start out by saying that I am not a therapist. I am not licensed, however, through my life experiences, as well as experience that I already have in helping support others with various different issues in their lives. Below, I will list various different topics, as well as some reasons why I am qualified to provide support, advice, companionship, helpful suggestions, etc for people in certain situations involving these topics.
I have been in recovery for two years. I understand addiction, and how truly horrible it is. I am involved in many different types of support groups, and I am able to offer support, and advice based off of not only my experiences as an addict, but also my experiences in recovery. I am also able to offer suggestions as to other places that someone might go for further assistance in their experience with recovering from addiction.
Additional Skills: Coping, thought stopping, how to handle cravings, relapse prevention, self-care, etc.
Domestic Violence/Surviving Domestic Violence:
I am a domestic violence survivor. I know the dangers of domestic violence, the damage it can do to a person both physically and mentally, as well as how to safely get out of a domestic violence relationship. Before I was a domestic abuse victim and survivor, I had experience with loved ones who were victims, and so I can not only provide support and help for a domestic violence victim, but I can also provide support and advice for someone that is trying to
help a loved one in a domestic violence situation.
Additional Skills: Constructing a safety plan, make a record, self-care, etc.
I have had my share of experience with Trauma, and because of that, I am able to provide support, advice, etc to people that are experiencing Trauma, whatever the cause of that may be.
Additional skills: Coping, acceptance, etc.
I am a very empathetic person, and because of that, I am able to provide advice and support to someone who is having problems in their relationship, and try to help them resolve those problems.
Addtional Skills: Problem solving, compromising, respect, setting boundaries, etc.
Life experience skills and topics: I provide support In:
Surviving Domestic Violence
Providing a listening ear for someone that needs to talk
This is an unpaid volunteer listening internship. What we do is provide support for people that need someone to talk to, all they have to do is reach out. Maybe this person has a specific problem in their life that they want to talk about and get support with, or maybe this person just wants someone to talk to in general. As volunteer listeners, we are provided with training in active listening, crisis intervention, etc. There are also certified therapists that work on this site, and as volunteers we are able to suggest the use of these therapists to our talkers if we feel that they would benefit more from talking to them than us.
This is an unpaid volunteer job, and what we do is provide support and advice for people that are going through hard times in life, or simply just provide a listening ear for someone that needs somebody to talk to. It's not a set topic, it could be anything. Grief, relationships, relationship advice, or anything else that the talker wants to talk about. It doesn't even necessarily have to be a problem, it could just be something that they want to get off their chest, or even something positive that they want to share. The goal is to let these people know that there are people that are here to listen and that they do not have to be alone, all they have to do is reach out, and support will be there. There are also certified therapists that work on this site, and as volunteers we sometimes suggest the use of these therapists to our talkers if we feel that they would benefit more from talking to one of them than us.
I am currently taking an online crash course on Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Basically what this course does is provides people with skills that would be used in careers in things Crisis Intervention, Disaster support, or really any job that involves providing emotional support or things of that nature
Note: PFA and Therapy ARE NOT the same thing.
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