My name is Chris, and I’m offering free peer counseling in part to meet the volunteering requirements for my school program. This would be Face-to-Face at a neutral location like a coffee shop. This is not a therapy service.
You can be completely anonymous. Many disclaimers up front: I'm just a guy. I am not a professional or a clinician. Please don’t sue me for bad advice. You have my word that I will try to help by either listening and/or offering an opinion. I will try to give you good advice.
If you get my voicemail, please leave name, number, and SUBJECT.. like what kind of peer counseling you are looking for, and the best time to call you back if not right away. I will try to answer these in order of how I might be able to best help.
Please don’t call me if it is a true “emergency”. Instead, call 911. If you are having thoughts of suicide, there are also many resources on the internet. So all those disclaimers and legalese… they are implied here. I’m just a guy trying to get some community service hours in a creative way by helping my fellows.
How can I help? Here are a few areas where I think I could be helpful.
I’m interested in hearing about your healthcare experiences, and your health-related concerns. I am not a lawyer or a doctor. I don’t have a motive to try to get money out of you.
IMPROMPTU AA MEETING
If you don’t have transportation, or do not desire to go to a public AA meeting, I am willing to conduct an impromptu AA meeting with you over the telephone. This is not ideal. You should go to a real AA meeting, and many are being held this weekend in our local area. But I will do an impromptu AA meeting with you over the phone if you think that will help.
IMPROMPTU NA/IMPROMPTU 12 STEP ANY
I am not trying to be a sponsor. This is peer counseling. See above.
I’m interested in the psychology of addiction, but also psychology in general and talk therapy. Family and relationship advice—that gets a bit dicey, but it is a context and we can talk about that. I’m not Dr. Laura, and I don’t have a PhD. Sometimes you just need a fresh perspective or someone to talk to. I can’t fix you with a phone conversation, but I’m willing to listen. Again, I am not a therapist and HAVE NO QUALIFICATIONS WHATSOEVER. I am not holding myself out as such.
SOCIAL SERVICES/VA SYSTEM ETC.
You should know about 211 but if you need me to look up some community resources for you and all you have is access to a telephone, I might be able to look up some things on the internet for you, and get you some numbers.
I have a High School Diploma, Associates Degree, and Bachelor’s Degree. Generally, a broad liberal arts and science education. I feel qualified to talk about many academic subjects at the associate’s level (peer counseling).
Not a mechanic…but gas engines, Toyotas. Maybe you can tell me how to fix my lawn mower?
HOME REPAIR/HANDYPERSON ADVICE
I am not a contractor, am not bonded, am not insured, and am not qualified in any way to give advice in this category. But I’ve seen it all, and we can talk about your home/repair issue.
This list could be much longer. I could put a lot of things here, but I think I will leave that up to you. I’m 48 years old and happily married. I feel like I have a lot of life experience, and a willingness to help. Give me a call and we will see if we can put our heads together and figure it out.
I’m thinking 30 minutes to an hour depending on the call. I will try to let you know right away if I don’t think I can help you.
I have a sheet that needs to be signed, and since I have no way of doing that I ask that if you have internet and access to email if you could email the following to the CL email in this ad.
DATE, TIME (and length of call), SUBJECT, and did I help you?
Please include any comments you wish, especially if there was an incident, or if you felt I was rude, verbal abuse, or you felt mistreated in any way. You can remain anonymous, and you don’t have to put your name. However, if you want someone to contact you regarding our call, feel free to leave whatever contact information you think appropriate.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers