About Linda

Professional Qualifications, My Story, Vision

My Vision Statement

I choose to walk each day with integrity, service, respect, excellence and compassion. I remain focused on my life’s purpose and pursue opportunities for education with personal and professional growth in order to write, teach and develop quality products and services for a Global audience seeking practical solutions to Complex Trauma. The intergenerational silence has to cease.

The Silence Has to Cease

The Silence Has to Cease. The silence in families where we don’t communicate beyond the surface, the external of our lives, has to be broken.

We need to be the generation who consciously choose to break free of the unconscious trauma handed down for many generations. It’s an Intentional Choice.

We are the first generation with the language and science to begin to break free. We need to make an intentional choice to recongise the non verbal rules in our families where we are only part of our family if we keep silent about unhealthy family rules.

We begin the process through our family systems to ensure our children and our children’s children have healthier, functioning relationships thereby ceasing to hand down the toxic stress of trauma.

If we don’t begin to take action now we will have a continuing mental health crisis worldwide – for many generations to come.

Linda Meredith

Professional Qualifications

Professional Qualifications include: 

  • Australia’s First Certified  Trauma Recovery Coach
  • World’s First Advanced NPE trauma recovery coach
  • Australia’s First Supervisor Certified Trauma Recovery Coach
  • World’s first Complex Trauma Supervisory Trauma Recovery Coach
  • Founder of the Worlds First Complex Trauma Recovery Membership for Individuals 
  • Founder of the Worlds First Complex Trauma Trained Certification for Trauma Coaches
  • Diploma Counselling – Specialising in Solution Focused Therapy/Art Therapy
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Certificate Treating Complex Trauma: Beyond Competency 
  • Certificate: Toxic Shame
  • Certificate Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems
  • LivingWorks Start – Suicide Prevention

Currently studying

 

Linda is the Developer of Trauma Informed Movement

A multiple level process to retrain the brain and body to release toxic stress at the unconscious level.

Linda presented at the Dept of Health, Makassar, Indonesia Conference.

Presentation on “How to Recognise when our Prefrontal Cortex and Limbic system aren’t Engaged.” There were over 700 attendees with Linda also spending an hour answering questions from the audience. Linda has been asked to return to present a course on Soul, Spirit & Neurobiology.

 

Linda was a Featured Speaker on Finding the Beauty within Tragedy Summit

Professional Education

International Association for Trauma Recovery Coaching

Certification

Advanced NPE Certification

Supervisory Certification

NICABM Continuing Education for Complex Trauma

Courses Taken include the following –

Treating Trauma Master Series

Expert Strategies for Working with Anxiety, 

Working With Core Beliefs of “Never Good Enough”,

Why the Vagal System Holds the Key to the Treatment of Trauma,

Working with the Pain of Abandonment,

How to work with Shame,

The Neurobiology of Trauma,

Expert Strategies for Working with the Pain of Traumatic Memory

The Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma

 

 

Linda has been interviewed by

Articles by Linda have appeared in

Voices of Mental Health

The Wellness Universe

Linda appeared on DearFutureWife Podcast Live

Professionally

About Linda

The Silence has to Cease

Linda Meredith is the founder of Healing from Complex Ptsd, Owner of the Worlds First Complex Ptsd Membership, Australia’s first Certified Trauma Recovery Coach/Supervisor, the Worlds first Advanced NPE Trauma Recovery Coach, CEO of the International Complex Trauma Association and is developing the worlds first Complex Trauma Training experiential program.

Passionate, Innovative and effective in the Complex Trauma Recovery field she coaches individuals globally for Complex Trauma, gives international seminars to hundreds from her desktop and spends her spare time developing effective new products for complex ptsd recovery based on the latest in Neuroscience & Soul.

Currently Linda is working on completing the writing of a Complex Ptsd certification as she study’s more certifications for complex trauma recovery.

She adores her 3 adult children, her gorgeous granddaughter and rescued Manx Panda, coffee with her besties, gym, reading and Netflix.

~ Linda's Journey ~

Toxic Stress

When my health and happiness continued to derail I needed answers

What I’m about to share with you has taken me many years and a lot of personal work, professional study and persistence to find the  answers. It’s important you begin with knowing the science for all of this is only around 5 years old in the public domain. To gain further clarity for yourself I suggest you read The Body Keeps the Score by Dr Bessel van der Kolk, watch How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime by Dr Nadine Bourke Harris and you can use Janina Fishers workbook Transforming the living legacy of Trauma to gain a greater understanding of the impact in your life.

It’s also vital you take time to wrap your mind around this fact. Toxic stress is stored at an unconscious level in our brain, our body, our nervous system, to the point where until we are conscious of it our life continues to repeat. Psychologists and Psychiatrists, generally speaking are not trauma trained in University GLOBALLY. IF you find one trauma trained it’s because they pursued further education after University. Most have not heard of Complex Trauma for this reason. Talk therapy does not work for Complex Trauma.

On the 1st January, 2022 the IDC-11 will be the first to recognise Complex Trauma as a separate diagnosis. The group running the DSM have refused to adopt complex Trauma for years because there’s no University level training for it – this is from the group of professionals who’ve been trying for many years to get the DSM board to recognise complex trauma. The science is there. Without the DSM on board it will take 17 years for the information to filter through to medical textbooks, to University’s, to your local doctor. For some of us, actually many of us, we don’t have that amount of time to wait for our good health to be returned.

About Linda

Welcome to DownUnder, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia!
My family is my everything. It's my why every single day.

I’m Linda Meredith, mum to 3 amazing adults Joshua, Chloe and Nicholas, Mother in Law to Riki, Mimi (Nanna) to a beautiful new granddaughter Rose who’s nearly a year old and I’ve yet to hold her thanks to Covid restrictions and a rescued Manx, Panda. I’m currently enjoying time being single (over ten years) as I recover from Complex Trauma plus spending enjoyable long hours creating a global business, well, priorities!

I am supported and supportive of a close tribe of besties and friends locally and globally and fortunately I am an avid reader of all things Complex Ptsd, Neuroscience and Personal Development and love a well written fiction story. Oh, and a definite Netflix binger as well.

Chocolate in one hand, coffee in the other and no off switch until the series is complete. Did I mention gym? No? It helps with the sanity factor of life and I also love long distance driving! Road trip anyone?

All my children, just what do you call your adult children, are following through with the intentional changing of the generations. I’ve had to make some super hard choices that impacted them from a young age. However, as adults and having lived through the process, they have a huge appreciation for the decisions I made and believe in the benefits because we have such deep, fun, loving, mutual relationships between all of us. 

Chloe, Riki and Rose currently live in Indonesia, whilst Joshua, Nicholas and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I’m originally born and bred in Sydney, Australia (go the blues!) but all my children were born and raised in Qld. It’s a lifestyle people from overseas just love when they’re here too!

Toxic Stress & Linda's Journey

Toxic Stress: The prolonged activation of the stress response systems in the absence of protective relationships

Today it’s hard to write, to record, the reality of what happened to me. To have reached a space where I now understand all of what happened in my life was driven by toxic stress stored throughout my body, my brain, my nervous system, and to be winning the battle of returning my health, well, there’s tears of relief, and tears of grief. Tears of grief because I left home at 18 absolutely determined to not live the life I’d observed and been subjected to as part of my family of origin.

I had no problem being responsible and making choices. I worked hard, played harder, and enjoyed life. However, the internal niggle that all was not “right” in my life had me seeking answers from 20 years of age.

At 15 I developed epilepsy, and no one could pinpoint why. I was medicated, and still am, but it didn’t stop me from moving between 3 different states in Australia, doing long road trips, partying and marrying at 24. Immediately after our marriage hubby was transferred to Brisbane, Qld. And I’ve stayed here ever since.

At 27 I had Joshua and got post natal depression. Again, seemingly out of nowhere. I never experienced it with Chloe and Nicholas. However, over time, I did develop panic attacks, anxiety, and occasionally depression, but not of it stayed permanently. I was searching at this time for answers not just for my health but because I “knew” there was something not functioning internally for me. 

Externally, I had it all. The handsome husband, the 3 gorgeous kids, my own home business, 3 cars, our own home and friends and family spanning states. And yet, still I knew something was not right.

I spent years pursuing personal growth, learning so much from a variety of sources. I wrote and taught My Authentic Self, saw clients and kept looking for answers. I once saw a Psychologist and said ‘look, there’s something not right, externally all looks functional, but I need answers to why I feel life isn’t working.” His response was “well, you’re doing better than most of my clients, so you’ll be fine.”

The Journey continues

Then, it all began to come to a head. Somewhat like a pimple that had been germinating for decades, the head began to ooze. In pursuit of answers for nearly 2 decades, the memories of childhood sexual abuse emerged. I was fortunate, no, blessed, to find a local counsellor who had resources from America. 

Once I understood the family hand me downs, I had to navigate a divorce because there was no way my children were going to be raised believing what went on behind closed doors was a healthy way of life. It’s normal for sexual abuse memories to surface after having children. 

Believe me, I thought I’d finally popped that pimple! But no, like a bad infomercial, there was “wait, there’s more!” Having navigate a divorce and losing all of my friends, because no one believes what’s happening behind closed doors, I focused on raising my kids in a healthy manner. Determined to never go down the road of divorce was crippling for me, however, I consciously made the decision that my kids didn’t deserve to be raised in a toxic environment. 

I had one friend remaining, and when my ex and her hooked up, loneliness was my friend for awhile. However, I ended up married again, believing this time I had got it “right.” Instead my health went progressively downhill. Experiencing migraines that lasted days on end that 30 mg of morphine every 3 days wasn’t touching, my then gp began to mess with my epilepsy medication. What then followed was over 2 years bedridden, over medicated by the gp and a specialist, I lost all my cognitive functions, couldn’t walk, talk, feed or bathe myself, lost my memory and I had a full time carer.

Eventually I began to have grand mal seizures that I have never had in my life. That’s when I was taken to a neurologist who recognised the overdosing and got me into a psych ward to get me off the overdoses. I don’t have a lot of memory from all of that time. I just know that once I wasn’t overdosed it took me a year to be able to go back to the neurologist and get put back on my original epilepsy medication. Considering I couldn’t talk the year before she immediately agreed to me returning to my original medication, and I’ve had zero medication or seizure problems since then.

And yes, just like that bad infomercial, “but wait, there’s more….”

The Journey continues

Getting out of bed on my own I was terrified if I fell over I’d never get up alone. Every step I took had to be planned ahead to have support i.e. lots of holding walls and furniture. The day I made it up and down the hall way 4 times I knew I’d make it into wellness.

The problem with wellness over the years was this: having spent many years on personal development and internal awareness, I wrote the manual for it, I was still not able to fully function. Incredibly frustrating. Until I began to study the neuroscience. And finally, I began to piece together a multigenerational puzzle of toxic stress. Then I had to develop a way to rid my body, brain and nervous system of toxic stress.

The brain is complex, there’s no denying it. However, there are key parts impacted by Complex Trauma. Once I began to put my Prefrontal Cortex back online, over the last 2 years my actual health has begun to return. Without my Prefrontal Cortex engaged there can be no emotional regulation, no filing away  of unconscious memories, no releasing of the intergenerational trauma, and no increasing health. 

I know this because the build up of toxic stress derailed my entire life. Today, not only do I retrain my brain, I also retrain my nervous system to get used to good things happen and they don’t go away, they don’t get lost never to happen again. And it’s exhausting, but worth it. 

More than anything in this world I want you to know you’re not alone and there are paths to wellness. You do not have to do this journey without information, you do not have to wait for the health care system to catch up, you can take action and build the life you truly want for yourself and your family. It’s complex, but it’s definitely doable. Please feel welcome to join our global family in the facebook group or the Mighty Networks support groups, and begin to take your one next step.

Now I can say with confidence but wait, there’s more, plenty more good things to come, more life to enjoy, and with a bit of luck plenty more grandkids to spoil with a tonne of love. 

Why ACTO and not ICF?

International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches

The ICF is a coaching organization that upholds a set of core competencies, competencies which set a clear path for how accredited programs teach coaches. They are not designed to support any type of coaching that varies from their model and competencies. In that way, their focus is on ensuring conformation to their methods rather than a coaching program’s effectiveness or impact because they believe their way forward is the best way.

If we were to conform to the ICF’s methods and competencies we would be limited in our capacity to help trauma survivors. Doing so would essentially gut our program of it’s most effective and beneficial components. For this reason we have neither sought, nor will seek, ICF accreditation.

The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching does not conform to the ICF’s model of coaching. We are not coaches who work with trauma survivors. We are trauma professionals who use the modality to coach to help trauma survivors build a life they love to live.