About Linda Graham
My work focuses on helping people strengthen capacities to cope with the challenges and crises of their lives, recover an authentic sense of self, deepen into healthy, resonant relationships, and engage with the world through meaningful and purposeful work.
I became a licensed marriage and family therapist in 1995, specializing in helping people reverse the impact of stress and trauma, manage anxiety, depression, loneliness and shame, shift out of reactivity, contraction and smallifying to more openness, trust and conscious, compassionate connection, cultivate the mindful awareness that shifts perspectives, discerns options, and makes wise choices, turn regrettable moments into teachable moments, recover a sense of resilience, centeredness and wholeness, and move into thriving and flourishing.
My first book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being (New World Library, 2013) integrated the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practices to help readers shift out of old patterns of response to life events – neural “swamp” or neural “cement” – to more flexible, adaptive coping strategies that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being.
Bouncing Back leads readers through more than 80 experiential exercises to strengthen the brain’s capacities of response flexibility to get through hard times and even learn and grow because of them. Additional exercises are currently posted in my weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience.
Bouncing Back won the 2013 national Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 national Better Books for a Better World award.
Since the publication of Bouncing Back, I have trained thousands of clinicians and regular folks in clinical trainings, personal growth workshops, through online courses and in meditation centers through the United States and in Canada, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Participants Learn to:
- Use somatic tools to restore the body-brain to its natural baseline physiological equilibrium
- Cultivate the self-compasion and self-acceptance that antidote the negativity bias of the brain and rewire the inner critic of the psyche
- Strengthen connections with people, social and intimate, who can serve as both refuges and resources
- Practice the mindful awareness that shifts perspective, identifies possibilities, and cultivate a resilient mindset
- Make the lifestyle choices that foster brain health and prevent cognitive decline and burnout
I also serve as a consultant to clinicians around the world working with trauma and sexual abuse survivors, addictions, death and dying, with Aboriginal populations in Australia and with refugees in Europe, with yoga teachers working with K-12 schools, veterans, and people with traumatic brain injuries, with corporate executives intent on improving corporate culture. I regularly teach Mindful Self-Compassion in the San Francisco Bay Area as well.
My second book, Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster (New World Library, 2018) leads readers through… And then add text from Bouncing Back page: move “Additional exercises are currently posted in my weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience. I continue to write for national publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, Mindful, Therapy Today, Wise Brain Bulletin and the Greater Good Science Center newsletters.”
Resilience 2.0 [link to sales page] is an 8-week online program designed to help people learn to cope with anything, anything at all, from small annoyances, to the serious sorrows and struggles that break our hearts and sometimes break our spirits, to the utter catastrophes that change our lives forever.
I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott
May all of these offerings be useful and helpful.
You are very welcome to contact me through this website.