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
Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group 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.
Many adults today are dealing with challenges that actually stem from traumatic early life experiences. I use trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive techniques to support you in regulating your nervous system and gaining more of a sense of control in your life. We will work together to create a safe environment for you to explore your past trauma, and we will always work at your pace.
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy
Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes and does not only impact veterans of war. Trauma can happen at any time in ones life and the impacts can slowly take over your ability to see the world in a clear and comprehensive way. I am passionate about helping you process the trauma you have experienced so that you can take back control.
We are not only impacted by our own experiences, but also the histories of those who came before us and whose lives shaped our own. It is so brave to choose healing for yourself, especially when there has been a legacy of pain, trauma, or dysfunction. I support clients in unpacking their histories, healing from the impact of intergenerational trauma, and finding empowerment to write a new story.
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.