Historical/Intergenerational Trauma

Historical trauma, or intergenerational trauma, refers to the cumulative psychological pain of a person or generation caused by traumatic events or experiences. These experiences, shared by communities can result in emotional and psychological wounds that are carried across generations. Common examples include genocide, forced relocation and destruction of one's cultural practice. People who have experienced and or are living with historical and intergenerational trauma experience higher rates of mental and physical illness, substance abuse and destruction of family and community structures. A mental health professional specializing in historical trauma will help you begin to work through its impact and assist you in learning how to cope and heal.

Local Experts in Historical/Intergenerational Trauma

Rebecca Frank

Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

Behavior and relationship patterns can passed down from generation to generation. Whether that be a family held belief, a belief that your care giver handed down to you, cultural norms in which you operate that are harmful to your health, or other patterns that you learned from your family of origin. Rewiring the brain to believe and change is possible.

Cynthia St Clair

Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy

Traumas lie in our bodies and are often passed down through the matrilineal line. I explore matrilineal lineage with women as we deepen into somatic trauma healing and even mother-daughter counseling.

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