Historical/ Intergenerational Trauma

Historical trauma, or intergenerational trauma, refers to the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding of a person or generation caused by traumatic experiences or events. Historical trauma can be experienced by any group of people that experience a trauma. Examples include genocide, enslavement, or ethnic cleansing. It can affect many generations of a family or an entire community. Historical trauma can lead to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger, violence, suicide, and alcoholism within the afflicted communities. If you are feeling the effects of historical or intergenerational trauma, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today. 

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Some of my clients have a family legacy of trauma, and are on a healing path to protect their children and future generations. Others have single-event or complex trauma that wreaks havoc in their lives. Trauma is stored in the brain-body and cannot truly heal through talk therapy or Hakomi. Methods like EMDR, SE, and Lifespan Integration (LI) are needed. I am LI- and EMDR-trained, and have helped clients finally leave traumatic events behind.

— Greta Reitinger, Psychotherapist in Portland, OR

The body keeps track of not only our own trauma but the trauma of our ancestors. This hurt is tracked and passed down through our DNA. It is incredibly hard to start uncovering and processing our intergenerational trauma but with time and understanding we can begin the healing process together.

— Andrea Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Historical/Intergeneration Trauma is a specialty that is near and dear to my heart! Specifically I am trained in many Trauma focused therapies and utilize a variety of approaches to collaborate with you to recognize triggers, work together to have deep self compassion for your experience, and create intentions and intuitions that support you in healing and being a well ancestor. This is a brave and courageous endeavor and I have dedicated my personal and professional life to the cause.

— Amy Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Centenntial, CO

Trauma - Single event or childhood trauma. Including victims of war, domestic violence, assault, and intergenerational trauma past down from the generations before you.

— Holly Pearlman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in SHERMAN OAKS, CA

I've had training and experience working with passed-down family of origin trauma that can create chronic anxiety, depression, anger, and in some cases C-PTSD (Complex post-traumatic stress disorder). By identifying the traumas and using somatic healing, you can be the one to break the cycle and live a better life.

— Lindsay Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bellaire, TX

I'm Irish-American, and over time I came to realize that the abuse in my family of origin was linked to the colonization of Ireland. Living in the U.S., I can see similar (and sometimes different) patterns among indigenous people impacted by colonization here. I have also heard from African-Americans about the historical traumatic impact of slavery on people descended from slaves. These issues are real, and I support our work toward healing and liberation.

— Caera Gramore, Mental Health Practitioner in Arlington, WA

Years of grappling with trauma has shown me something beautiful. Yes, we inherit post-traumatic stress. But we inherit post-traumatic growth too! We can rewire the ways our wise adaptive minds read information. Soothe the fear. Reeducate the vigilance. Keep potential trauma from becoming embedded. Trauma comes to our bodies through relationship, but healing does too. When we reshape how we safely show up in world, we heal & reveal our full Selves & pave the way for healthy whole-hearted children

— Sarah Kendrick, Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR

Experienced in working with individuals with unresolved historical and intergenerational trauma. I am Certified Clinical Trauma Professional specializing in TF-CBT & EMDR , CBT, DBT, & and more.

— Jennifer Hillier, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

If you have historical trauma/ intergenerational trauma that continues to haunt you and you would like to work through it. Art therapy and energy medicine can be very helpful in addressing and releasing historical trauma. I work with my clients to create a safe space and give them tools so that we can address old traumas in a kind and gentle way that respects your body, mind and spirit.

— Celine Redfield, Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I help client identify the ways they have adapted to intergenerational trauma and family dysfunction in order to gently locate new ways of relating that release engrained patterns of protection.

— Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams, Clinical Social Worker in Hyattsville, MD

I have utilized CBT, DBT and Trauma Focused CBT approach in working with patients experiencing trauma. My family ancestry was shaped by WWII and the Holocaust. Being personally aware of the negative impact of intergenerational cycle of global trauma, has provided me with a unique insight into such trauma and its devastating effects.

— Sandra Nunez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in san diego, CA

Many times our own individual issues are rooted from many generations of trauma that are passed on to our present reality. I work with individuals and families to dive into the trauma that has been passed down from generation to generation. I address the issues pertaining to historical trauma that has impacted our racial/ethnic group and work on connecting to how it impacts our current mental health. My main goal is to help you break those cycles that have carried on for generations.

— Julio Garibay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

Intergenerational Trauma is the kind that transcends your current generation. You might be a victim of your own family's legacy and might be perpetuating certain behaviors and beliefs that no longer fit with your understanding of the world. With the help of IFS and EMDR, I can help you find your own voice so you can live your own life.

— Anna Schäfer Edwards, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Cooper City, FL

I apply the science and intuitive knowledge that we all hold about intergenerational trauma when working with individuals. We all have lineage and ancestors that experienced oppression, war, abuse, displacement, and other traumatic events. We now know that these experiences are coded in our DNA and can effect our nervous systems. I am comfortable with applying this knowledge to therapy sessions and discovering how clients can heal themselves as well as the ancestral trauma they carry.

— Barbara Ferri, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

We do not get to choose the trauma we inherit, but we can choose to work towards healing it so that we do not continue to project that trauma onto ourselves and others. This is some of the most important work we can do. Working through family of origin and generational trauma supports us in understanding ourselves more fully, break out of toxic patterns, living more fully, and make a positive impact on ourselves and this world.

— Erika Nelson (Accepting New Clients), Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Even before I became a therapist, my personal family recovery taught me the power of intervening on cycles of abuse/neglect and misinformation. Brainspotting and Internal Family Systems therapy are powerful healing modalities to address childhood trauma, even if it goes back many generations.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS