Senior Peer Counseling

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What is Senior Peer Counseling?

Senior Peer Counseling is a free Beautiful Minds Wellness service available to all residents of Placer County who are 55 years old or older. The program provides short-term in-home or virtual confidential peer support & counseling.

As we age, transitions can sometimes be painful. The loss of a companion, medical illness, physical disability, retirement, relocation and other events can be upsetting and hard to adjust to.

For some people it is helpful to talk to someone removed from the situation and near their own age in order to work through the issue at hand. With the support of a peer counselor you can discuss these transitional concerns in a safe and confidential environment.

Senior Peer Counselors offer short-term support with issues such as:

  • Family conflicts
  • Substance abuse
  • Loss of independence
  • Caregiver stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Access to community resources
  • Loneliness
  • Loss of driver’s license

Who are Senior Peer Counselors?

  • Senior Peer Counselors are older adults who are carefully selected and trained to provide volunteer supportive counseling to interested clients.
  • Senior Peer Counselors receive extensive initial and supplemental training and supervision by the Beautiful Minds Wellness Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator.
  • Senior Peer Counselors will listen, support and gently coach you to reach your goals.

How do I Get Connected to Senior Peer Counseling?

To make a referral for yourself or for someone you know to be connected to a Senior Peer Counselor contact:

SPC Coordinator: 530-883-8466

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? Become a Senior Peer Counselor! 

Senior Peer Counselors provide one-on-one counseling sessions that are designed to support and assist seniors in the community who may be facing challenging or difficult circumstances.

Requirements: a desire to help seniors, be an active listener, commit a few hours each week, basic computer skills. Training and supervision are provided.

Volunteering makes an immeasurable difference in people’s lives. Your actions, big or small, can help others and benefit your health

For more information call 530-883-8466

Funding for this program has been provided in part by the County of Placer, Mental Health Service Act.

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