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Peer Counseling

The Senior Peer Counseling Program offers confidential, no-cost counseling services to older adults in Monterey County who are experiencing some of the problems that accompany the aging process.

Senior Peer Counselors offer emotional support, guidance, and empathy to people over the age of 55 who may be facing the death of a spouse, the stress of an illness, isolation from family or friends, and other life transitions. Talking with someone of a similar age, with related life experiences and values, can help a person work through feelings – or make decisions – about the challenging issues associated with aging.

We offer:

Contact Nan Heflin, LMFT, Wellness and Mental Health Associate at 831.646.4921.

Para asistencia en español, favor de comunicarse con, Irene Valverde, MFTI, Peer Counselor Supervisor, 831.646.5043.

Senior Peer Counseling Program’s service components

Individual Counseling is offered on a one-on-one basis. Sessions are available for men and women age 55-plus in English and Spanish. Clients may be seen in their home, in our office(s), in their assisted living community, or skilled nursing facility.

Support Groups are facilitated by trained volunteer peer counselors at a variety of locations throughout the county in English and Spanish. Group members discuss topics of relevance to older adults while building new friendships.

Wellness Lectures are periodically held throughout the county. Presented in both English and Spanish, guest speakers are experts in their field who present topics that promote healthy aging, enhance emotional well-being, and provide tools for stress management of chronic illnesses.

Additional Resources:

Alzheimer’s Association
Suicide Prevention of the Central Coast
Interim