Biography

Somatic therapist and trauma therapist | Free-lance educator, public speaker and story-teller | Group facilitator | Collaborator | Infiltrator | Cross-pollinator | Community-builder | Agent of change | Happy human being

LINDA THAI, MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

Linda is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

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AREA OF EXPERTISE:

From the fields of meditation, yoga, and self-enquiry. Addictions and behavioral health. Childhood adversity and resiliency. Colonization, intergenerational refugee trauma and social justice. Grief, loss and reclamation.

INSPIRATION:

For the purpose of empowered self-awareness. To liberate the joy and peace at the essence of our beings. To ignite a passion and excitement for life, to connect us back to ourselves and to each other.

The Journey

After surviving post-war Vietnam’s refugee exodus, Linda and her family received asylum in Australia.

Her career began in export logistics and operations, direct-marketing, and product marketing before venturing into a decade-long foray into the entertainment industry as a stage and event manager. As corporate burnout sunk in, Linda took proper (and longer) breaks between gigs, and discovered life (and love) in Alaska.

Fairbanks has been her home since 2008. In the process of healing, she discovered meditation and yoga. Her own explorations into “the meaning of life” led her to the practice of Vipassana meditation in 2008 and to communal ashram life in 2009. Linda was quickly invited to share the gifts of meditation, mindfulness, and yoga into the community of Fairbanks, particularly to those recovering from addiction, trauma and mental illness.

This led to advanced clinical psychotherapy trainings in trauma and completion of a Master of Social Work (Simmons University, Boston, MA), with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma in May 2018. Linda has also studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality.

Linda has served the addiction and trauma recovery community of Fairbanks in various roles since 2012 working in both residential and outpatient recovery programs. She has worked with the Women and Children’s Home for Inner Healing, Ralph Perdue Center, Turning Point Counseling Services, Fairbanks Native Association Community Services and Youth and Young Adult Services, the UAF Social Work Department, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District's Education Support Staff Association, Anderson Fire Department, and has led many community-based offerings.

In 2013, she co-founded Alaska’s first Yoga and 12 Step Recovery Meeting, and has volunteered as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2016. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a freelance educator, specializing in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills to nurture longevity in the caring professions.

She is also a mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma, and keeps abreast of the latest research and interventions in trauma recovery.

Linda prefers to share the blessings of her journey in a strongly practical and yet light-hearted manner. Her workshops are enlightening, and whole-heartedly punctuated with empathy, personal stories, humor, research, practical tools, applied knowledge, and experiential wisdom.

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