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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C was honored to again speak with Linda Thai, LMSW. Linda generously agreed to do a multi-episode series with Laura focusing on the grief journey to follow the process Laura is currently experiencing following a death in the family. This episode is the second of this series and was recorded in early May, 2023.
Linda shared words of wisdom about grief and developmental trauma through a somatic lens, observing and working with how attachment wounds are held in and expressed through the body. This is a demonstration of one example of how somatic psychotherapy can look and feel, but it is not a therapy session as Linda and Laura are colleagues, not in a therapeutic relationship. This episode will later be released on video as well. There are many long pauses and if they’re not long enough, while you’re listening, please feel free to pause as needed. Also, there are a few points where Laura’s voice is less audible due to sitting further from the mic while working with Linda somatically.
Linda Thai LMSW (she, her) is a trauma therapist who specializes in cutting-edge brain- and body-based modalities for the healing of complex developmental trauma. As an educator and consultant, she is gifted with the capacity to contextualize, synthesize and communicate complex and nuanced issues pertaining to the impact of oppressive systems upon identity, mental health and wellbeing, and the invisibilized wounds of racial trauma and attachment trauma. Linda is passionate about breaking the cycle of historical and intergenerational trauma at the individual and community levels, and deeply believes in the healing power of coming together in community to grieve.
Born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, and now living in Alaska, Linda is a former child refugee who is not only redefining what it means to be Vietnamese, to be Australian, and to be a United States-ian….she is redefining what it means to be wounded and whole and a healer.
Learn more about Linda Thai via her website: https://www.linda-thai.com/
Join Linda’s daylong workshop on 6/17/23 here: Healing the Legacy of Historical and Transgenerational Trauma.
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In partnership with the Academy of Therapy Wisdom, I invite you to a FREE live webinar presented by my colleague, Akilah Riley-Richardson. In this webinar, she will examine how systemic trauma and relational privilege play out in couples therapy. And she’ll show how we can empower couples to develop healthy intimacy nonetheless. Register here for free and learn about her upcoming course that she talked about on last week’s Therapy Chat episode which you can hear at this link. I’m in this course now and I think it’s excellent!
Janina Fisher has a new FREE webinar about healing the shame which is a common reaction to trauma. Register here to learn how to address this difficult emotion in therapy with trauma survivors!
In partnership with the Academy of Therapy Wisdom, I’m excited to invite you to a free webinar offered by my colleague and previous Therapy Chat guest, Juliane Taylor Shore. Jules is a gifted therapist who likes to geek out on neuroscience and then share it in ways that therapists can understand and apply. She’ll do just that in this webinar on Memory Reconsolidation for Anxiety. Register here for free!
Therapists, join the waiting list for Trauma Therapist Network membership. We now have new membership levels and options for Group Practice Owners and Canadian therapists! Get the details and join the waiting list to receive first access when membership reopens here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join ! What is TTN? Go here to check it out! Registration opens again in June 2023!
Find Laura’s most frequently recommended resources for learning about trauma here – includes recommended books and trainings.
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