Elva Pulido

Elva Pulido

Peer Support Counselor

The Family Support Center

Winnemuca, NV USA

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Elva Pulido


My road in life has been direct.
My own struggle with substance use led me to a path of recovery and helping others.
Completing an 18-month specialty court program was a turning point in my journey to service.
Volunteering with parenting programs ignited my passion for active service in my community.
I now work as a substance abuse counselor—I work with a diverse age range but find a special connection with adolescents in my counseling.


Peer Support Counselor

I guide adolescents through recovery, setting healthy boundaries, and fostering resilience.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

My day revolves around guiding both court-mandated and private individuals. I particularly enjoy connecting with adolescent clients. I focus on teaching healthy boundaries, emphasizing respect and effective communication. Each client's uniqueness brings a variety of goals and unexpected crises, making my schedule unpredictable yet deeply rewarding. It's about adapting, problem-solving, and staying centered on treatment goals amidst the ebb and flow of each day's challenges.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

This job requires at least four years of schooling, so I recommend exploring your options for majors that could apply. After graduating, you'll need to get an internship in the field for work experience. If you're not completely sure if you want to take the leap, I suggest volunteering with a program your community offers or even looking into the 40-hour peer support training. That's a good way to test the waters before fully committing.


Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction