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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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

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of healing. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) uses eye movements and other forms of stimulation to activate the brain’s ability to resolve current concerns and past traumas. The ultimate result we feel better, not just think we

— Denise Harlan, Clinical Social Worker in Riverside, CA

I'm trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and EMDR and over the years have worked with multiple clients that dealt with generational trauma. I continue to engage in trainings and consult with supervisors and colleagues for further guidance.

— Nina Caricato, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St Pete Beach, FL

More new information is emerging about the effects of trauma on health & wellbeing. PTSD and CPTSD (complex - PTSD due to years of abuse/neglect) is when we feel hi-jacked by our senses/body connecting us back to past events that were (or seemed) life threatening. These experiences can be from Domestic abuse, events/accidents related to the lifestyle of substance abuse, and from chronic traumatic/neglectful childhood experiences. There is hope for recovery. It is time for you to heal.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Sometimes, as much as we know what we want to shed from our upbringing, from our relationships with our caregivers, we just can't seem to let it go. We learn new ways to do things, to grow, do better, and maybe to forgive or set boundaries, but the "stuff" is still there. I'd love to help you explore what's holding you back, heal what's been hurt, and help you find an authentic way to move forward in a way that works for you.

— Crystalyn Jass Kirkpatrick, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

As a Certified EMDR Therapist, I support individuals who have experienced various types of traumatic events and who are dealing with strong and distressing memories that have an impact on their lives.

— Greg Bodin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

EMDR therapy is an evidenced based practice that supports client who have experienced difficult past events or have experienced traumatic experiences. If you struggle with thinking about past events when you don’t want to, nightmares, or often have triggers in your daily life that remind you of that event, then EMDR could help you work through your past to shift your thinking and reduce the emotional disturbance around these event(s).

— Lisa Stoll, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Reno, NV

I am a trauma-informed EMDR therapist who also incorporates IFS into sessions.

— Eryn Hicker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Dr. Shelby specializes in the treatment of religious and relational trauma.

— Dr. Shelby Reep, Clinical Psychologist in Portland, OR

Life experiences impact all aspects of our being, including our psychology, physiology and how we interact with others and ourselves. Because life experiences can affect us in such layered ways, the impacts of such life experiences can also be passed down in an intergenerational manner through interpersonal learning and biology. At times this may be obvious - like seeing a particular challenge, like violence, running through a family. Other times it’s more subtle, like realizing the different attachment styles that shape the way we react to the world. Sometimes we may even find ourselves afraid of something yet we don’t know why. Or we keep resulting to a coping strategy that does not serve us, yet we feel unable to do otherwise. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome intergenerational trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

As a psychotherapist, I specialize in addressing Historical/Intergenerational Trauma. My approach involves understanding deep-rooted emotional patterns and their impact across generations. I help clients unpack complex family histories, heal past wounds, and break cycles of trauma. Through empathy and evidence-based practices, I guide individuals towards awareness, healing, and resilience, fostering a path to a more empowered and liberated future.

— Justine Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , TX

I often find that new moms struggle the most in their new role when they themselves have experienced a traumatic childhood. I focus on development and relational trauma that leaves a lasting impact. We work together to learn to heal your inner child and re-parent yourself so that you can thrive in your role as a parent to your new little one.

— Jenifer Saaraswath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

Symptoms of historical trauma include denial, depersonalization, isolation, memory loss, nightmares, psychic numbing, hypervigilance, substance abuse, identification with death, and unresolved grief.

— Jon Soileau, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kansas City, MO

Trauma can be inherited with families and cultural origins, which produce unhealthy coping mechanisms and unexpected traumatic responses. I create a collaborative and safe container to process these traumas and co-create spaces where clients can heal and break these cycles and patterns.

— Michelle Jaquish, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, 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, Psychotherapist in Portland, OR

I'm a survivor of intergenerational trauma and am experienced in supporting others in recovering from theirs. I incorporate several approaches including somatic work and reparenting. I am also 12-step recovery fluent.

— Heather Lenox, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

Intergenerational trauma can be from your own childhood when you didn't get the attention and love you needed from your parents. You are not blamed for a dysfunctional family that you had to live in and when you become a parent you don't want to pass down those traits to your own children. You want to love, be present and enjoy the time together with them instead of avoidance, yelling, and punishment to them.

— XiaoRan(Alice) Zhao, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , MD