What I REALLY needed while I was recovering from Lyme Disease and suffering from isolation was a service that:
The model that fit our needs best was the Peer Support Group model. Here’s how our peer support groups work…
Once you register you will be sent a short & simple web form where you can send us your story and symptoms. We need this information so we can match you with support group members that can relate, support you fully and ultimately help you the most.
We will send you the available days and times for calls and will work with you to find a convent day & time for your meetings.
Once your 8-10 Peer Support Group members have been chosen, we will organize a private weekly video meeting. All you need is a computer & an internet connection.
Each member has 10 minuets to ask a questions, vent and get feedback from the group. The calls are lead by one of our trained facilitators & are very structured to avoid one person dominating the conversation and to keep things positive. All you have to do is show up.
The first call in your peer support group will be about getting to know each other. You’ll each have the opportunity to share your story, your frustrations & your goals.
After that, each week we’ll follow the “hot seat” model, where each attendee each week gets 10 mins of full focus from the entire group to ask a question or get feedback. Some weeks you may need to vent, others you may have a question about recovery and some weeks you may have personal questions related to Lyme (relationships, emotions, work etc).
We run our peer support groups based on the therapeutic peer support model, which is widely used by healthcare professionals and all of those CEOs & celebrities use in their peer support groups (aka “Mastermind Groups”).
The only difference is that we’re doing it virtually instead of in person. The format is simple:
Over time more trust is built and more vulnerable topics are brought up. Friendships will be forged. You may start having private calls on the side with the group members you connect with most. And at the very least, you will CHERISH those 10 mins each week where you get to open up and fully share everything thats on your mind, your heart & your shoulders!