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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4+ years addressing interpersonal trauma related to history and systems/family systems

— Lesley Shiver, Licensed Professional Counselor in Knoxville, TN

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
 

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

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 in ,
 

I help clients heal from adverse past emotional, physical, and sexual experiences using trauma resourcing and mindfulness-based, somatic counseling. Working slowly to create collaboration, safety, and resiliency, past traumatic events are processed in mindfulness, reworking the past experience in safety.

— Stuart Malkin, Counselor in Portland, OR

The culture you were born into has a deep impact on who you are and how you interact with the world. These inherited views, values, and understanding of life and relationships can support you, but can also contain harmful patterns from past generations that no longer serve you in the here and now. Through exploring our origin stories we can begin to heal the wounds that have been passed down to us, honoring where we come from while moving forward.

— Al Hoberman, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
 

Together we can explore traumatic events that have marked who you are, and identify beliefs, values, and strengths that have come from those events in order to create and help you live your preferred story.

— Mariana Brunnett-Lazarte, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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 in ,

I specialize in intergenerational trauma or what can also be referred to as relational or complex trauma. In my experience, I have found an unlearning and relearning process to be most successful in client healing. As children, unhealthy connections are made in the brain that can lead to attachment issues, low self-worth, and anxiety. Often times, a combination of Reparenting strategies and EMDR therapy can help to create new and positive core beliefs and break the cycle of pain.

— Lisa Seid, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

In my work with racial trauma, I have seen firsthand how the trauma of parents are passed down to the children. Often, the mental illness or behavioral patterns of adults were formed when they were being raised in their homes of origin. Parents with mental illnesses are often demonized for lacking the tools that they were never given. I would like to help parents re-parent themselves; therefore stopping the cycle of trauma.

— Brittney George, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lynchburg, VA
 

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

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
 

The experience of abuse, rejection, persecution, and serious illness negatively impact one’s sense of self, of others and of humanity. Through the careful exploration of feelings and memories, a person can learn to integrate painful experiences while developing compassion and forgiveness. Learning to live with a painful past can allow someone to hope and trust again.

— Sandra Amador Mora, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Emeryville, CA

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
 

My three points of expertise: family therapy, trauma treatment and creative arts therapy make me uniquely able to uncover, understand and treat intergenerational and historical trauma. Because trauma is often encoded in imagery and felt body sensations more than words, the creative arts therapies are able to access and transform trauma memories into artworks that can be spoken of and reflected upon. While family therapy requires a long view that spans generations and welcomes complexity.

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

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

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 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

I am certified EMDR therapist and have found success using this therapy approach to assist client with past trauma.

— Mehwish Issa, in New Orleans, LA
 

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