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Embodied Dialogue Series

Embodied Dialogue Series

Mindfulness in Early Addiction Recovery:
Incorporating Sensory Regulation Techniques to Enhance Relapse Prevention
with Linda Thai

Wednesday 3pm-4pm ET on December 13, 2023

Free to join, all welcome.

“Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Processing differences  are a significant risk factor for addiction. Studies show that children with sensory challenges can struggle with social anxiety and social engagement. These feelings of being different, being too much, being too sensitive, of not belonging, and stimulus-seeking behaviors then become predictive factors for victimization as well as for early onset of substance use in the teen years. Early onset substance use is a significant risk factor for adult addiction.

Linda will draw upon a decade of experience teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga in diverse community-based and mental health settings, and emphasizes the importance of meeting individuals where they are on their mindfulness journey. Rather than imposing a rigid practice of silent seated meditation, a scaffolded and titrated approach is suggested, recognizing that mindfulness without self-regulation skills can be unintentional torture.

This is where cultivating an innerstanding the eight sensory systems can offer key insights for enhanced self-regulation in early recovery, which can then open doorways for co-regulation.”

About Linda
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 trauma, addiction, attachment and the nervous system, including the impact of oppressive systems upon identity, mental health and well-being.

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.


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The Felt Sense Polyvagal Approach to Trauma & Addiction Group is a place for you to explore with others, through a polyvagal lens, the experiences of trauma and addiction. We are focusing on understanding addiction through the lens of the nervous system, as an adaptive response to maladaptive environments. Our group is growing in leaps and bounds indicating a hunger for change, for the kind of transformative change that polyvagal theory brings us. The group interacts  online as part of the PVI (Polyvagal Institute) Community App. Once a month the group meets live on Zoom for an hour of exploration and discussion with a guest presenter, in what we now call the Embodied Dialogue Series. 

Free to join the group, all welcome!

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  2. Encourage and support your colleagues – Remember criticism, cynicism, advice, or judgment may be signs of threat.
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Jan Winhall, M.S.W.  P.I.F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she offers a training program based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. Completion of four levels leads students to become Felt Sense Polyvagal Model Facilitators. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world.

2 Replies to “‘Mindfulness in Early Addiction Recovery’ with Linda Thai”

  1. elspeth

    such a beautiful dialogue – and so therapeutic for the body, mind and sense of self. Thank you

    1. Jan Winhall[ Post Author ]

      Hi Elspeth, thank you for your comment. Glad you liked it, hope you join us live next time!

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