"Trauma Informed Communication"
Hosted by the Citrus Heights Collaborative

Guest Speaker: Leina Hoyt
Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Drive
March 11th, 2016
9am - Noon
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Leina Hoyt started her journey to becoming a therapist back in 1989, when her younger sister graduated from drug rehab instead of high school.  The counseling that the family received was life changing, and in 1999, she began her classes in order to earn a master’s degree in counseling.

Leina Hoyt, Founder of Hope for Healthy Families (HFHF) Counseling Center, had a vision of providing low cost counseling to Elk Grove, the community she grew up in. HFHF is a non-profit counseling center, specializing in children’s and adolescent counseling, family therapy, supervised visitation and co-parenting.

Since 2013, she has worked with HART in Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova through her non-profit counseling center, and has been able to offer counseling services to individuals and families battling homelessness.  Of note is her understanding that the condition of being homeless creates traumatic experiences in the lives of those who are homeless.  Helping these individuals and families through the therapists at HFHF has allowed her to give back to the community in a rewarding manner, while assisting clients to address those life experiences that have kept them stuck in old patterns and old behaviors. 


In the News

March 14, 2016
Sacramento Self-Help Housing Weekly Newsletter

Communication is often thought of more as a tool than a subject worthy of study in itself, yet by 11 on Friday morning the crowd gathered at the Citrus Heights Community Center was wrapped up in a critical examination of the way in which we communicate. With therapist extraordinaire Leina Hoyt’s guidance, five Sacramento Self-Help Housing staff – along with thirty of our closest Citrus Heights-based friends – were taught the relevance of neuroscience with regard to our work – simply put, why doesn’t anyone listen? It turns out that nobody listens because they physically can’t – when a person perceives a threat, their brain physically disconnects from its ability to use reason and instead relies on previously established patterns of behavior. This small revelation proved to have enormous repercussions not only for working with clients who have suffered trauma, but also for our own personal lives – by choosing to communicate the same information in different ways, we can elicit drastically different responses. This fabulous talk, sponsored by Sacramento Self-Help Housing, was the most recent installment in the Citrus Heights Collaborative quarterly seminar series. With representatives from Citrus Heights nonprofits, city officials, religious groups, and residents, the Collaborative invests in local homeless issues through providing a space for cooperation and education. See full newsletter ›