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Depression Recovery Groups is a service for those who have depression, bipolar disorder (especially type 2) or anxiety, which often overlaps with depression. It is a way for people who are living with these conditions to easily come together, support each other and learn about what they can do to improve the quality of their lives. It is a confidential place where you can meet with others without fear of being identified. The meetings are led by experts and include educational segments with the best researched and up-to-date, self-care tips.

Depression Recovery Groups is currently part of Human Performance Consultation, Inc. a management consulting company in Agoura Hills, California. Human Performance has been providing strategy, leadership development, organization development and performance management services to a variety of organizations since 2001.

The Depression Recovery Groups Mission
The mission of Depression Recovery Groups is to help accelerate the full recovery of people who are living with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety by providing self-help education and peer support that enhance the care of licensed healthcare practitioners.

Vince Caimano, Founder of Depression Recovery Groups Vince Caimano, Ph.D.

I started Depression Recovery Groups in order to effectively reach out to others who are suffering with depression issues. My personal history, education and training have all led me on a voyage of creating an affordable, online, support solution for those experiencing depression.

I have a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. My personal and professional experience, my education in psychology and social science research has provided me the ability to sift through a tremendous amount of material on the causes and treatment of depression.

My vision for Depression Recovery Groups began in 2004. Since that time I have led face-to-face and online depression support groups and classes for hundreds of individuals. My experience, training and study of depression have fueled my passion to help others deal with these issues in a supportive environment. I have had the pleasure of seeing many individuals regain their energy and hope. I trust that this will also happen for you.

Melanie Adkins Melanie Adkins
Group Leader

Melanie Adkins is an experienced peer facilitator. She assists people living with various mental illnesses. She is certified by the State of New York for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and by the United States Branch of The Hearing Voices Network, as well. Having established a Hearing Voices Network group in New York, Melanie supports individuals experiencing these symptoms. She is also a social advocate within the local community, compassionately supporting people through various life experiences and difficulties.

Kimberly Allen Kimberly Allen
Group Leader

Kimberly Allen is is an experienced, certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist through the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, as well as is Certified as a Mental Health Peer through Via Hope Resources. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas and she holds a Master of Science in Family Studies. Kimberly also holds certifications in Basic Mediation, Mental Health First Aid and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) basic certification.

Diana Babcock Diana Babcock
Group Leader

I'm a peer advocate and supporter who has experienced some pretty intense life challenges including addiction, childhood adversities, heart surgery, psychiatric hospitalizations and more. Learning different ways that help me navigate these has been both interesting and hard. I try to come from a space of hope, how do we find and hold on to it when things become difficult.

Jack Brown Jack Brown
Group Leader

I am a peer facilitator who has worked with people living with various mental illnesses, including those with substance abuse issues and experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, etc.

Dana Cea Dana Cea

I provide trainings, workshops, and speeches on topics that can be very serious and bring about many different emotions. While doing this I also bring my personal story and humor, because we learn best with examples and when laughing.

Eric Fergerson Eric Fergerson
Group Leader

I am currently a certified peer specialist in the state of Georgia. Previously, I worked for two years in a community behavioral health treatment environment as part of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. I worked on Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), Whole Health Action Management Plan development and facilitating recovery dialogues with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Claudia Smarkola Claudia Smarkola
Group Leader

I am a peer facilitator who has gone through extensive personal experience and professional training to work with people living with various mental illnesses and substance abuse. I have my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and have worked as a psychological researcher for many years. I also have much experience in facilitating online meetings. I volunteer my time at a Crisis Hotline.

Paige Sullivan Paige Sullivan
Certified Peer Support Specialist

I am a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist and have experience in working with people with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and others. I have also been through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) twice for my own mental illness and incorporate parts of DBT in providing assistance. I have been a volunteer facilitator with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) since November 2014 and a volunteer and speaker for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) since 2016. I am trans-identified and very familiar with the challenges LGBTQIA+ individuals face on a daily basis.

Ted Thomas Ted Thomas
Group Leader

I am a peer facilitator by desire and design. I have been walking along side other people on their journey of recovery and wellness for over fifteen years. I know firsthand the struggles and challenges people face. I have supported people through formal work such as the Veterans Administration Psychosocial Rehab and Recovery Center, PTSD Unit, Addictions Unit, and for community non-profit providers. I have been engaged with Mental Health America, DBSA, NAMI and the International Association of Peer Supporters. I am Certified Peer Specialist in North Carolina and I am a Veteran of Desert Storm.

Randall Walker Randall Walker
Group Leader

I work as a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention and Moral Reconation Therapy facilitator; I am also a registered Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Peer Support Specialist. My work experience includes teaching college level courses for over seven years, as well as a diverse occupational/vocational background that spans several decades. I have a M.Ed., and I work under the supervision of a clinical supervisor.

Elizabeth Windom Elizabeth Windom

Jackie Wolfgang Jackie Wolfgang
Group Leader

I am a Certified Peer Specialist that is a Peer Facilitator for Peer groups. I have worked with people living with various mental health challenges.