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

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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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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Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC (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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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Master's in Counseling

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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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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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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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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Christo Brehm (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate

To a greater or lesser degree, the struggles and challenges we experience in our lives are not only our individual issues. We inherit and our bodies and nervous systems retain the history of what might be called “legacy burdens” from the suffering experienced by previous generations in our families and communities. We all have the burden, but also the privilege, of healing, in our own bodies, the wounds of our own lives as well as those who have come before.

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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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Katherine Kloud (She/They)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA

Transgenerational trauma can have significant impacts on individuals and family systems. It can be hard to see the ways we pass the habits and behaviors of our parents and family systems onto our own children. Fortunately, trauma survivors are highly resilient people, and your strength and resilience is also something you can pass on to your children.

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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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Dr. Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PMH-C, CCTS

I'm a wounded-healer in the business of inter-generational healing. Folx talk about post-traumatic stress without recognizing the powerful potential of post-traumatic growth within families. Affective neuroscience offers an invaluable picture of how trauma was embedded in ourselves & our loved ones and ALSO of how to integrate & heal it rather than pass it on to our children. I help clients rewire how they show up in world to forge a safer path for raising healthy whole-hearted children.

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Julia Chapman (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T1622

I work with trauma survivors to help change the way they feel about themselves by processing shame, rediscovering a sense of power and safety and rewriting their life narratives. I have done training in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) which helps address the impact of stress on the body.

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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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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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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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Courtney Watson (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, Professional Counselor Associate, CHT

Trauma sticks with us and seeps into every part of our lives. Working with trauma is a difficult and delicate process, so you need to feel safe with your therapist. IFS has a gentle and slow approach to trauma that will never ask you to re-experience the memories or event. Instead, IFS uses a trauma-informed, evidence based approach which accesses the trauma through a different method. You are with it, not in it. This is an important distinction when we work to heal trauma. Reach out to start.

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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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Larissa Kaul

Somatic Practitioner

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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Alli Santa (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A, LPCI

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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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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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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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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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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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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