Teaching Statement

A Message from Linda

I'm a somatic therapist, trauma therapist, storyteller, and educator who has had my own lived experiences of individual, collective, historical, and cultural traumatization.

I am deeply fascinated by the intersection of trauma and the body and I started researching these topics for my own survival. I learned that I thrive when I am taking in new information that changes my own worldview because of the resulting paradigm shift - and my experience tells me that upending my perception was necessary for healing. As such, I am an advocate for self-psychoeducation and the powerful introspection and self awareness it brings.

Speaking for myself as a trauma survivor, exposure equals death. The echoes in my body tell me that being seen and being heard makes me a target. Teaching lights me up inside beyond belief and fuels my soul, but it has taken substantial work for me to be able to be present, to stand before others, to have a voice, to teach from my heart. I have also had a ton of privilege, to be able to set aside periods of my life, to learn, to heal.

Teaching brings me great personal satisfaction, and I also believe that low cost education is the fastest way to disrupt the colonial patriarchal power-over system of dominance and oppression. I believe in pricing that makes my classes accessible and affordable. I believe in offering equity scholarships. I believe in acknowledging my teachers and their schools of knowledge. I believe that we must disrupt the systems that keep education unavailable, inaccessible, and elitist.

Being trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive or trauma-driven without conversations about oppression and social justice is impossible. Trauma is political. It is my ardent belief that we cannot truly heal from trauma without naming and resisting those forces that have woven their way into the systems and institutions of society: Sexism, Racism, Classism, Ableism, Colonialism, Homophobism….to name a few.

Within that framework of confrontation disruption, I believe in igniting potential, and fueling our innate desire to grow, to learn. I believe in empowering you to take what you learn from our time together, and applying it to your own circumstances responsibly and within your scopes of practice. I invite you to share what you learn from your experiences with this community.


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