Historical Trauma

The trauma of experiences such as war, slavery, or genocide are shared by entire communities and can have lasting and damaging effects that effect entire families and generations. Practitioners call this concept historical trauma. A mental health professional specializing in historical trauma will specifically focus on facilitating your journey to understanding your historical trauma and its influence on your life.

Local experts in Historical Trauma

Travis Wright (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

Over the last two decades I have worked with combat veterans, veterans who experienced sexual trauma, and family members whose loved ones died in service. Much of this work was in and around trauma and traumatic loss/grief. I have found that most people experience trauma at one point or another in their lives. In fact, people often experience much more trauma than is ever revealed and yet seem to be able to function.

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Lawrence VENASKA (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I keep on the lookout for repetitive patterns of behavior clients have dealt with in life that are providing short term benefits and long term or heavy consequences. I help clients float back and discover earlier memories where similar feelings or dilemmas were involved. When identified we can use mindfulness & insight to effect change or do EMDR to clear old stored emotions and limiting beliefs.

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Alexa Adams (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I have extensive training and experience in working with historic and complex trauma through my time providing mental health services for NARA, NW and Wolf Pack Consulting and Therapeutic Services. As a relationship therapist, I understand how impactful historical trauma can be on a relationship system.

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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

We may have a sense that the challenges we face are either not our own or were accumulated early on. Many traumas and experiences exist in the fiber of our family structures, culture and early experiences. These lodge in our bodies, and exist in our expectations and experiences of the world. Traumatic responses and attachment patterns are, at their core, adaptive, because we have learned to meet the needs of situations beyond our control. Over time, though, we may find they no longer serve us.

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Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHCA (WA)

I work with many folks who have experienced past trauma and we work together to build a sense of safety as they discover who they are underneath their past. I largely employ EMDR and polyvagal theory as I help folks work through trauma.

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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, R-DMT, LMHCA

When working with any kind of trauma, I believe in first helping a client establish both internal and external resources. After establishing resources, we can begin to explore the impact that the trauma has had on present day experience and work towards trauma processing in a safe and contained way using somatic and EMDR informed approaches.

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Melinda Norman (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I specialize in helping others recognize the impact of generational experiences that lead to us experiencing traumatic situations.

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Jeremy McAllister (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

It's rare to find someone not affected by historical trauma, though few recognize it as such. It could be a grandparent's death or alcoholism - something that directly affected a parent's view of the world, which then gets passed to you. It may be a cumulative wounding, or strategies and beliefs passed through generations, either implicitly or explicitly.

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Alli Blank MA, LPCI

Professional Counselor Associate

Having experienced several traumatic events throughout my life and having watched family and friends experience trauma, I have learned what trauma can do to our minds and bodies. I have worked with many adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma and I have completed clinical trauma certification programs.

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Wild Foxgloves Counseling, PLLC (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MHCA.MC.61068879

We live in a broken world and each of us has faced deep harm of some kind. Though the effects linger, I believe healing is possible. I welcome and cherish your stories of heartache, harm, and trauma and seek to hold them with utmost kindness. I consider it a sacred privilege to journey with adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, who seek restoration for what has been stolen.

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Erika Nelson (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

Most of my experience as a therapist has been supporting people in active trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, and confronting historical, generational, and cultural trauma. I am experienced in supporting adults and adolescents on their journey to heal. I have many hours of continuing education in trauma specific treatment, and always practice with a trauma responsive lens.

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Jessica Barnese

Professional Counselor Associate

Trauma experienced during the formative years of childhood and adolescence structures our self-concept in ways that are limiting to our fullest expression and capacity to thrive. I work with a high-level of attunement and compassion to support my client's trauma in a way that promotes titration, slowness, safety, and resiliency.

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Trellis Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

This can also be identified as “complex trauma” which is my primary focus of work and the area where I have the most training in and success with.

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Stuart Malkin

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

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.

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Adam Benjamin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I can provide help understanding the impact of historical or complex trauma, including the vagal and brain systems it often affects, and help you develop ways to manage its effects on your nervous system.

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Deborah Nichols LPC, NCC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

I have completed Parts I & II EMDRIA EMDR training and utilize this intervention in my practice to assist clients in reprocessing trauma memories to be able to move forward in their lives while honoring their experiences.

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Celine Redfield

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT, Certified Havening Practitioner, EFT Master, Practitioner

If you have historical 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.

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Jason Durtschi

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have extensive experience working with various traumas (from sexual assault, military-related, to mental and other forms of abuse), and have completed related trainings. I will soon be certified in EMDR for treating complicated trauma.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked with PTSD and historical trauma since starting in the field. Working to put our trauma in the past and stopping it from controlling our present moments, can help us gain control of horrible things that have happened to us.

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Larissa Kaul

Professional Counselor

I am the child of an immigrant and have lineage from colonized lands, and have personally experienced the manifestations of historical trauma. Historical trauma was also a topic frequently explored during my Masters program, and within many of my community organizing engagements. As a spirit worker, the legacy of historical trauma comes up often with clients as we work toward energetic healing.

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Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PhD, PMH-C, CCTS

Years of grappling with trauma both personally & professionally reminds me that while we inherit traumapost-traumatic growth. When we rewire how we read information & reeducate the hyper-vigilant parts, we can keep potential trauma from becoming embedded & passed on to our children. Our bodies hold the hurts brought through relationship, but it holds the healing too. When we reshape how we safely show up in world, we heal & reveal our full Selves & pave the way for healthy whole-hearted children

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