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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Lawrence VENASKA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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Jessica Broderick

Marriage and Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

I will work with you to untangle the knot of experiences you've had to better understand how things in your past effect the way you think and feel in the present. I can support you in finding compassion for your younger self and becoming the "good enough" caregiver that they didn't get to have.

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Gemma Baumer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Kristine Zappa (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC Intern, R-DMT

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 a person's present day experience and work towards developing self-compassion.

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Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC-Intern

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 polyvagal theory as I help folks work through trauma.

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Jessica Barnese

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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Celine Redfield

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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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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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Wild Foxgloves Counseling, PLLC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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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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Melinda Norman

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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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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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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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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Amanda Ichihashi Jagerman (She/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a mixed race Jewish/Japanese American, I am the adult child & grandchild of Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to the US as war refugees as well as the niece and granddaughter of Japanese-American Internees who were imprisoned without charge & forced to give up their possessions and citizenship. I dedicated years of my life researching & creating visual art narratives to heal and honor those who could not. If you go back far enough, there is trauma in everyone's bloodline.

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Lisa Langstraat, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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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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Michelle Garfinkel (she/her)

Holistic Sex Coach

VITA certified

Moments of stress, overwhelm, or trauma can haunt us years if not generations later. Because these experiences get stored in the tissues of the body you can still feel the weight of the trauma you carry even if your mind is 'over it.' My coaching is deeply trauma-aware and gets beautiful results. Using embodied/somatic techniques, I help people heal themselves by reconnecting to their own bodies.

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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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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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dare sohei

Professional Counselor

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.

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Alli Blank MA, LPCI

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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