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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This is the first population I worked with well before my educational background. It was my own life experience and it helped develop my passion to give back and help those who endured an abusive, alcohol-addicted parent, survived childhood sexual abuse, and a parent who suffered a mental illness that was exacerbated by addiction and abuse.

— Patricia "Tristan" Petty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison, TN

I have completed the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist training and I have a working knowledge of how to engage in the process of trauma treatment. Focusing not only on interventions, but how to sequence the interventions to maximize outcomes. I work to improve the quality of treatment for those that have experienced trauma.

— Tina Stoffel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tempe, AZ
 

Genocide, racism, antisemitism, poverty and white supremacy are examples of historical traumas that cause suffering in generations proceeding the initial trauma. Sometimes, the connection is not apparent at face value. I encourage clients to expand their narrative of "what happened to me" to include "what happened to those who came before me." This intergenerational perspective can create space for greater appreciation of how you got here and give you freedom to make alternative choices.

— Stefanie Landau, Psychologist in Somerville, MA

Since 2013, most of my clients would have reported this was an issue in their lives. I provide the space needed for you to share and we can work together to begin healing these wounds!

— Ashley Hilkey, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Bloomington, IN
 

Using a psychodynamic orientation and attachment lens, I help clients discover how low-self-esteem, or maladaptive thoughts/coping skills are linked to dysfunctional family dynamics resulting from intergenerational trauma so healing can begin.

— Sharon Flynn, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

I am able to work on identifying and processing trauma-related challenges that continue to be a barrier to your personal growth and success. I am trained in providing EMDR paired with empathy and mindfulness for additional space for progress. I am also able to provide a Trauma-Informed approach by utilizing additional Cognitive Behavioral Skills and mindfulness, for children and adolescents this would be Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT).

— Christine Schneider, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chattanooga, TN
 

I am most effective with people that really want to explore their past, and how it got them to where they are now. People that have found healing coming to me are usually people that have experienced trauma or difficulties growing up.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA

As a POC, There are embedded representations of emotional, verbal, physical, sexual and financial abuse in our history which have now shown to be based in trauma from slavery. Together, we will work towards using the experienced pain as gratitude for the strength you have deep in your soul.

— Kaycee’ Sara, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

All staff are people of color that participate and have completed training in this area as well.

— NYC AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

Patterns of low-self-esteem, body-image issues, depression, anxiety, boundary-issues are all passed down between generations, often without people meaning to or even being aware that they are passing down their pain. I use Clinical Art Therapy, EMDR, and Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy to help my clients to heal and break the cycle.

— Rachel Del Dosso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Camarillo, CA

Much of the work I do with clients centers around "carried over" trauma and "limiting beliefs". We talk a lot of breaking cycles and saying "it ends with me", while also honoring their ancestors and elders struggles and triumphs. I believe that just as there is "intergenerational trauma" there is also "intergenerational wisdom".

— Leah Constantz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Somerville, MA

I specialize in providing support with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and helping people to find healing after experiencing traumas such as sexual, emotional, or physical abuse. People in minority groups may experience an added layer of stress from navigating life within systems that are not supportive. I have worked with many Asian Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Latinx, as well as immigrants and refugees.

— Cynthia Fong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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
 

I have specialized training in dealing with trauma and PTSD. Trauma and PTSD are treatable and you can find freedom from the pain of it. I use somatic resourcing and release strategies as well as a combination of CBT and EMDR. I also use a lot of trauma education so that you build a better understanding of your symptoms because understanding the trauma and PTSD symptoms is part of the healing from it.

— Marna Cathleen, Counselor in Eugene, OR

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
 

Patterns of low-self-esteem, body-image issues, depression, anxiety, boundary-issues are all passed down between generations, often without people meaning to or even being aware that they are passing down their pain. I use Clinical Art Therapy, EMDR, and Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy to help my clients to heal and break the cycle.

— Rachel Del Dosso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Camarillo, CA

BIPOC especially BIPOC womxn have have been oppressed and marginalized for centuries and the oppression continues at micro and macro level which chips away at emotional, mental and as evident from Adverse Childhood Experiences Longitudinal Study also negatively impact physical health. Historical/ Intergenerational Trauma Focused Therapy helps to integrate these forces into therapeutic conversations with my clientele who can re-direct misplaced blame.

— Jayshree Gandhi, Licensed Professional Counselor in Piscatway, NJ
 

Exploring the co-creation of forms of therapeutic forms of care for wounds associated with complex, intergenerational, race- and oppression-based trauma using a somatic trauma-based modality called Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) and other tools.

— Lissa Edmond, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Ewing, NJ

Are you having conflict with your parents? Or your partner? Find yourself afraid you might repeat patterns from your parents? Or feeling like you are holding pain in you that isn't about your life in the here and now? Historical and intergenerational trauma shows up in many ways that go beyond words. It might be lack of trust, safety in the body, or unexplained moods. However, change can happen in the here and now. My approach supports you to access and transform emotions in mind and body.

— Eveline Wu, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

I use EMDR and Internal Family Systems to work with Trauma.

— Joann Riggio, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redwood City, CA

“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” - Victor Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning" Trauma neither occurs nor transforms in isolation. When I meet with a person or family, we are present with our combined human experience and the forces of nature, spirit, and bigger, intersecting systems of which we're part--whether liberating or oppressive. My work is informed by my ancestors and many, many teachers.

— Rachael Baskind, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern 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

Historical Trauma can be passed down intergenerationally. The best practice to break generational trauma is through healing and processing the pain.

— Marie Vernal, Social Worker in Jacksonville, FL
 

Patterns of low-self-esteem, body-image issues, depression, anxiety, boundary-issues are all passed down between generations, often without people meaning to or even being aware that they are passing down their pain. I use Clinical Art Therapy, EMDR, and Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy to help my clients to heal and break the cycle.

— Rachel Del Dosso, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Camarillo, CA