Grave Matters, Trauma’s Children: Life in the Shadow of Massive Loss

We inherit many things from our families - heirlooms, habits, humour. But what about psychological wounds? In this episode, we discuss epigenetics, intergenerational trauma and how collective memory helps us work through catastrophic loss.

To explore these issues, we spoke to Linda Thai, a former child refugee from Vietnam who grew up in Australia and works as a somatic therapist based in Alaska. Linda is passionate about breaking the cycle of historical and intergenerational trauma and specialises in supporting the adult children of refugees and migrants. Hers is a compelling story of surviving displacement, post-traumatic resilience and transforming the legacy of ancestral grief.

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Rethinking Attachment Toward Relational Wholeness

I was invited to chat with Zaya and Maurizio of Science and Non Duality about a more expansive (decolonized!) conceptualization of secure attachment that better reflects and encompasses a cosmology of wholeness: secure attachment to ancestors, nature, culture, time and bodies.

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Exploring Psychodrama Structures and Healing

In this podcast with my beloved friend, esteemed colleague and world-changer, Laura Reagan LCSW-C of the Therapy Chat Podcast and the Trauma Chat Podcast, I describe how unrecognized developmental trauma led me to addiction, and how I found my way to healing what was unspoken, and unspeakable.

In our discussion I described Psychodrama Structures, with and without Ketamine, and how I found my way/was led by my inner guidance to explore many bottom up healing methods which all contributed to healing layers and layers of trauma.

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‘Mindfulness in Early Addiction Recovery'

In this community conversation with Jan Winhall MSW RSW FOT, I share about how understanding Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Processing differences, and cultivating an innerstanding the eight sensory systems can offer key insights for enhanced self-regulation - and relapse prevention - in early recovery, which can then open doorways for co-regulation, group interventions, and improved outcomes.

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AuDHD Flourishing

Joyous thankfulness to Mattia Mauree of the AuDHD Flourishing podcast.

It was A Very Fun interview where I cut loose (i.e. fast-talking, animated, neurodivergent info-dumps with some cussing) about ketamine, psychodrama, healing from childhood, structural factors that contribute to healing, nervous systems (of course!), and bits and pieces of my own life that radically contributed to my healing journey (spoiler alert: the game-changer was stable low-cost housing).

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Somatic Strategies for Healing Trauma

From Genesis The Podcast:

According to Linda Thai, "the role of therapy is to help you to get to know yourself and to experience a sense of dignity." Our conversation dives into therapeutic solutions that are trauma sensitive, trauma informed, and trauma driven as we explore the root causes of trauma, empowerment through somatic strategies and "me-search". Linda also guides us through a brief yet grounding orienting exercise at the end of the conversation that can be practiced anywhere and anytime.

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Healing Intergenerational and Ancestral Trauma with Linda Thai

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Linda Thai, a Vietnamese Australian trauma therapist living on Native lands in Alaska, shares her journey to self-discovery as she navigates her own identity in the aftermath of her early childhood trauma. In this episode, she shared words of wisdom about grief and developmental trauma as well as intergenerational and ancestral trauma, touching on the immigrant experience and family dynamics. Through various brain and body-based strategies, she reclaims the unresolved ancestral grief and trauma in her lineage and inspires others to incorporate historical awareness, including the impact of colonialism.

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My Grief Journey – Somatic Witnessing with Linda Thai (Part One)

Host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C was honored to speak with Linda Thai, LMSW on this episode of Therapy Chat. Linda joined Laura to do a multi-episode series with Laura focusing on the grief she is currently experiencing following a death in the family. Linda shared words of wisdom about grief and developmental trauma as well as intergenerational/ ancestral trauma, touching on the immigrant experience and family dynamics.

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My Grief Journey – When Attachment Wounds Arise with Linda Thai (Part Two)

Host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C meets with Linda for a second episode of Therapy Chat to continue the discussion. Listen in to Episode 383 of My Grief Journey: When Attachment Wounds Arise.

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Unnameable Losses of Adult Children of Refugees

Says Yin J. Li of Asians Do Therapy:

In this conversation, I speak with Linda Thai (she/hers). Linda is a Vietnamese Australian trauma and somatic therapist currently living in Alaska. I was very intrigued by Linda's work. She is writing and researching about the intersections of trauma, healing and adult children of refugees, specifically Vietnamese refugees.

I hope this conversation moves you. And, that it provides you with some understanding and compassion of your experience, of the experience of Vietnamese folks, and of those who have sought and continue to seek refuge.

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Exploring Ancestral Grief

America! The land of opportunity! And also, for so many Mash-Ups, the ambiguous loss of immigration and uprooting a life and a history comes with a complex web of emotions. Today we’re talking to trauma therapist and educator, Linda Thai, about ancestral grief, and how unmetabolized grief, particularly in Mash-Up families, is passed down through generations. We dive into how important understanding historical context is for grief and healing. There are many Mash-Up revelations in this episode!!!! We’re asking: what happens to a family structure if we don’t grieve?

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The Journey of a Therapist

Linda discusses her journey to becoming a therapist with host of the Trauma Therapist podcast, Guy Macpherson.

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Our Bodies Hold Our Stories

Linda and Karen talk about how the body (and the nervous system) holds implicit or subconscious memories that we may not be aware of. And that by working with and through the body, we can access a deeper truth, that isn't possible when we go through cognitive (intellectual) awareness.

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Trauma Can Affect Families For Generations

“At some point along the line you had an ancestor who lived through the unthinkable,” Linda Thai said, explaining how her own family’s experiences affected her childhood and young adult years. “And it made an impact in some way upon how they parented their kids. Or didn’t parent their kids. Trauma that has happened in previous generations that has been unresolved, and therefore impacts the way that generation raises the next generation.”

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Fleeing From Home

The issue of immigration is again a dominant concern in the United States. Over the decades, the Irish, Eastern Europeans and Chinese were met with hostility and, at times violence, when they sought opportunity or asylum on our shores.

Linda Thai was part of the Vietnamese exodus in the 1970s. She was only two years old when she and her parents boarded an overcrowded boat in the middle of the night to escape persecution and possible death. As you’ll hear, they found a new home in Australia, but the trauma of events still shapes their lives.

Says Linda: I look back on this interview with such nostalgia. This was the first time I told my story for a radio audience. The feedback that I got from my local community impelled me to continue to share my story. Peace is the best pillow to sleep on at night, and not all of us have that luxury.

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The three cultures of Alaskan Linda Thai

FAIRBANKS — Linda Thai was 2 when her family escaped Vietnam as Boat People in 1979. “My father was on the run from the communists,” she said. “He worked at his aunt’s gas station, so that made his aunt...

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