Tom’s journey as a therapist has taken many twists and turns. Beginning as a play therapist working with children and their parents, his early expertise was working with families, school systems and community projects to minimize the impacts of divorce on children. During an extended life crisis, Tom himself detoured into the abyss of drug and alcohol addiction as both of his parents had before him. Difficulties with his own relapse and recovery led him to a deep inquiry into the role that trauma and shame play in addictive and self destructive behavior.
His fortuitous affiliation with John Bradshaw gave Tom an opportunity to broaden his skills as a therapist and to integrate his knowledge of children’s needs with those of adults who have suffered from a wide variety of stress induced learning experiences. In his quest for further understanding, Tom’s scientific curiosity led him to study the science of early trauma and shame and their devastating impact on adult emotional function.
Tom’s triumph over his own difficulties and unwavering commitment to his own growth and recovery has made him a compassionate teacher and therapist. His search for the essential necessities involved in healing body, mind and spirit, along with his personal discovery of the deep intrinsic drive to wholeness in each of us, illuminates not only his own path in recovery, but also the path for others. His openness to many different avenues of healing has provided him with a wide variety of tools and skills for assisting others on their journey.
"Tom is one of the few select group of therapists who thoroughly understands the dynamics of emotional healing. I consider him to be one of the most skilled and compassionate therapists I know."
- John Bradshaw,
Emmy nominated talk show host, 3 time New York Times best
"Tom is a master therapist. He is warm, insightful, and has exceptional skill in original pain work".
JBC, Clinical Director
"Tom, thank you again for your immense capacity for understanding the nature of my anguish. Sincerely, Gretchen"
Quotes from a recent experiential training in the U.K.:
“As a trainer, Tom is inspirational and I very much respected his humility and the courage he showed with regard to self disclosure.”
“Tom has a nice easy manner that seemed to set the tone which for me was respectful, listening and caring.”
“Tom is an inspirational, safe, empathetic and compassionate teacher. I loved his style, insights, beautiful poetry and especially his integrity.”
Famous quotes Tom likes:
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.
- Aart Van Der Leeuw
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.
DVD Lecture Series
Indecent Exposure: The Hijacked Brain's Quest for Wholeness Series
1 x Indecent Exposure: Th Hijacked Brain's Quest for Wholeness Part 1 <+ $0.00
1 x Indecent Exposure: The Hijacked Brain's Quest for Wholeness Part 2 <+ $0.00
1 x Indecent Exposure: The Hijacked Brain's Quest for Wholeness Part 3 <+ $0.00
1 x Indecent Exposure: The Hijacked Brain's Quest for Wholeness Part 4 <+ $0.00
Running Time:240 minutes
Thomas Hedlund, LMFT - 1275 4th Street, PMB #259, Santa Rosa, CA. 95404
Phone (707) 292 2673, Fax (415) 962-4132,