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Generational Trauma Therapy

Does your family have a history of trauma passed down over generations? You may have experienced symptoms of unresolved trauma yourself, such as anxiety, depression, or self-harm. At the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach, we offer effective and compassionate generational trauma therapy to help you heal generational wounds and feel empowered and confident. Learn more about how trauma therapy can help you achieve peace and fulfillment in life. 

Understanding Generational Trauma

Definition and Causes

Trauma can be physical, mental, or emotional. Generational trauma occurs when trauma effects are passed down through generations, even without the individual directly experiencing the traumatic event.

There are several theories on how trauma is passed down. Trauma does not only occur because of an event or events but also because of the negative beliefs that are adopted after the event. One theory is that generational trauma is these negative beliefs passed down over generations.

Another theory is that trauma can be passed down genetically. Different factors, like whether the mother or father experienced the trauma or the age at which the trauma occurred, can contribute to different effects on the child.

There isn’t much research on how trauma is passed down genetically at this time due to the challenges in doing these types of studies in humans.

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Signs and Symptoms

You can begin to assess on your own if you notice some signs and symptoms of generational trauma in your family. However, it is important to remember that differences among families, as well as cultural and societal factors, need to be taken into account.

While a self-assessment can be a good start, a therapist would need to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your family trauma history and your individual effects.

Some indicators of generational trauma include:

Trauma effects on your mental health are complex and can be difficult to identify within your own family. Family trauma therapy in West Palm Beach can help bring awareness to the specific signs present in your family and create a plan for change. 

The Impact of Generational Trauma

Individual Impact

You may have noticed secrecy around your family history from the time you were a child. As you get older, you may notice your parents exhibiting symptoms of trauma such as emotional dysregulation, substance use, or anxiety.

As you become an adult, you may begin to experience your own mental, emotional, and physical health issues. Feelings of shame and confusion can lead to being disconnected from your family. You may experience consequences such as relationship issues, substance use, and even self-harm.

Family Impact

When your family has experienced trauma throughout the generations, such as war, poverty, or physical or sexual abuse, you may have noticed the fear and uncertainty in your family. Your parents may have fought often, and as a child, you were caught in between them. You begin to experience the difficulty your family has in communicating with each other. They may seem emotionally distant from each other, which continues to propel the cycles of dysfunction.

Healing Generational Trauma

Importance of Therapy

Awareness is the first step in minimizing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from family trauma. Once you seek treatment, you will become aware of the causes and effects your family trauma has on your life and can begin to heal. Cognitive behavioral therapy can improve your mental health by identifying your family patterns, developing coping skills, and decreasing your symptoms of anxiety and depression from trauma.

After working with a trauma therapist, it will be important for you to continue practicing self-care. Your counselor can help you find what works best for you. Establishing structures and routines can help provide stability in your life to minimize the effects of family trauma.

How to Heal Generational Trauma?

Start to Heal Your Generational Trauma

Here is how you can start to heal your generational trauma:

You can heal generational trauma with the support and guidance of your therapist. 

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Therapeutic Approaches

PTSD from generational trauma affects not only the individual but the entire family. That’s why healing the entire family is important. Family involvement can promote improved communication and a more supportive family dynamic. Our mental health services include family sessions with any member of your family who is interested in joining the healing process.

Some options for evidence-based therapeutic approaches for generational trauma include:

If you’d like to learn more about which therapeutic option is right for you, contact us today to speak to a therapist.

Core Components of Family Trauma Treatment

Intergenerational trauma therapy consists of some main components that are vital to your healing. Some of these include:

Effective family therapy addresses the nuances of family trauma and assists the family in fostering resilience and healing across generations.

Find a Good Psychotherapist for Generational Trauma

You can find a good psychologist or therapist in West Palm Beach by making sure your counselor is certified in trauma therapy.

Once you do that, you may want to make sure you have a good rapport with your therapist. This person can be someone you relate to, trust, and who doesn’t judge.

Benefits of Therapy

Therapy is a great option for someone who wants to challenge the cycles of generational trauma, improve their own symptoms, and pass on a healthier way of living to their children.

The benefits of therapy for generational trauma include:

The events that happened to our families or to us in the past are not our fault. But it is our responsibility to improve our own lives and care for ourselves. 

Effectiveness of Family Trauma Therapy

According to research, 77- 100% of patients experienced a reduction in symptoms after participating in trauma therapy. Working with a family therapist has been proven to improve the emotional and mental health of most patients.

At the Trauma Therapy Center, our dedicated team of trauma therapists in West Palm Beach, FL, is committed to helping you heal from generational trauma. With certified clinical trauma expertise and EMDR training, we provide specialized family trauma therapy to address deep-rooted wounds and rebuild connections. Begin your transformative journey today with in-person or online therapy and experience the power of healing with us.

Page Modified on Apr 9, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.