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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As an EMDR trained clinician, 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

What a discovery is has been to confirm what therapists long suspected, that trauma can be passed through the generations and has a biological basis for transmission. I study brain science and the Genome Project, to keep up with this rapidly developing field. There is also a passing down of trauma through codependency, as we unconsciously ask our progeny to carry our pain for us, and to honor what we identify as its source. The methods I use to support the discovery, understanding and healing of this pain include "family tree" genograms, codependency work, inner child work, narrative psychotherapy, depth psychotherapy, and trauma healing. Healing our trauma now provides a safe upbringing for future generations, in which justice and understanding are present, but not the emotional burden. It's the kind of healing that could change society.

— Cindy Noland, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I have extensive training in treating trauma including individuals suffering with symptoms of PTSD. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which is a trauma informed practice that integrates the full experience of body and mind into the processing and integration of traumatic experiences and memory. In addition to my training in SPI I have training in EMDR and Hakomi which also support the processing of trauma and allow for integration so experiences from the past don't continue to impact your life in the present.

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

There is so much new information coming at us about the effects of trauma on health & wellbeing. PTSD 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
 

What a discovery is has been to confirm what therapists long suspected, that trauma can be passed through the generations and has a biological basis for transmission. I study brain science and the Genome Project, to keep up with this rapidly developing field. There is also a passing down of trauma through codependency, as we unconsciously ask our progeny to carry our pain for us, and to honor what we identify as its source. The methods I use to support the discovery, understanding and healing of this pain include "family tree" genograms, codependency work, inner child work, narrative psychotherapy, depth psychotherapy, and trauma healing. Healing our trauma now provides a safe upbringing for future generations, in which justice and understanding are present, but not the emotional burden. It's the kind of healing that could change society.

— Cindy Noland, Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

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

What a discovery is has been to confirm what therapists long suspected, that trauma can be passed through the generations and has a biological basis for transmission. I study brain science and the Genome Project, to keep up with this rapidly developing field. There is also a passing down of trauma through codependency, as we unconsciously ask our progeny to carry our pain for us, and to honor what we identify as its source. The methods I use to support the discovery, understanding and healing of this pain include "family tree" genograms, codependency work, inner child work, narrative psychotherapy, depth psychotherapy, and trauma healing. Healing our trauma now provides a safe upbringing for future generations, in which justice and understanding are present, but not the emotional burden. It's the kind of healing that could change society.

— Cindy Noland, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I listen empathically and reflectively and then collaboratively help the client transform his or her story. I am nurturing, compassionate and non-judgmental. I use a number of therapeutic techniques to help clients tell their story at their own pace, relate what happened and why.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ

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
 

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, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Sexual trauma can really shake us to our core. Living in a sexist world after a trauma can be overwhelming as a woman. Toxic masculinity is prevalent in both work and home life – creating complex triggers in unlikely places. As our awareness of these intersections between trauma and sexism increase, we may feel up in arms, ready to start a revolution! But we need to take exquisite care of ourselves first or else we are left feeling overwhelmed, drained and hopeless. After a sexual trauma we often wonder – can we ever feel beautiful, sexual, and/or feminine again and still feel safe? Can we trust others – or even ourselves – again? The answer is a resounding yes. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

Many parents remark “I never want to parent my child the way I was raised.” Yet, in the nitty gritty of daily life, in the middle of a battle with their child, they have said or done something that was EXACTLY what they experienced growing up. Why is that? Without diving too deeply into the neurobiology of how we were wired in early childhood and what was ingrained in us, it basically breaks down to the fact that we are human, and that’s just what we do. The healing begins when parents seek help from me and I am able to guide them through this by helping them realize the triggers they experienced in the moment, how they reacted, tap into that time they were a child and process the pain they have carried into their own parenting style, and ultimately release that baggage so they can move forward and be there for their child the exact way they want to be. Looking at relationships, we see that the attachment we had directly relates to current relationships- I’ll help you find out why.

— Christy Livingston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Healdsburg, CA