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

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 (where I continue to work). As a relationship therapist, I understand how impactful historical trauma can be on a relationship system.

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.

At my internship, I was trained in Control Mastery Theory (CMT), which hypothesizes that self destructive behaviors are related negative pathogenic beliefs that have evolved from historic trauma.

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.

Sometimes in our lives we get surrounded by systems that are supposed to offer us a place of safety, protection and growth become the opposite of these traits. These systems can be organized around family, our beliefs or just general social network. Often we don’t recognize the results of these systems, but instead find ourselves stuck, anxious, unable move forward.

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.

Patterns of response to our current environment and relationships can be adversely impacted by early traumatic experiences . A more expansive and joyful life is possible when there is some understanding and resolution to this historical trauma.

My practice is trauma-informed and I use an existential-integrative model and techniques along with EMDR to help individuals be seen and held in their trauma experiences and process those experiences.

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

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.

If you have unresolved trauma from your past it is definitely going to impact and complicate your current state. We will work together to safely explore your past trauma and shift the way it\'s stored in the subconscious mind so that you can have a different relationship to those experiences, thereby creating a better experience of the present and future.

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.

Experiences of historical trauma include childhood abuse or neglect, abandonment, betrayal, acute traumatic experiences, or any experience that currently impacts your ability to function fully.

Also known as Ancestral, Racialized, Epigenetic or Inherited Trauma Using a hybrid of ancient and modern practices, this pervasive and often ignored set of traumas can be healed.

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.

I specialize in working with adults who were abused as children (all types of abuse).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Historical trauma is pervasive and can show up whether you are from a marginalized or mainstream group. It can manifest as chronic body symptoms, recycling relationship issues, or repetitive mental or emotional experiences. If you have a relentless inner critic, or if something is bugging you that feels bigger than your everyday self, I can help you explore the influence of historical trauma.

Specialized experience and training in treating various types of trauma experiences and PTSD, including Developmental Trauma, Traumatic Loss, and Trauma as a result of violence.

I am continually educating myself on the cutting-edge research showing the impact of historical and generational trauma on the mental health of individuals. As an ethnically Jewish person, I also have personal experience with historical trauma that informs my therapy practice.

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