≜ "Pain travels through families until someone is ready to feel it" ≜
Intergenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down from one generation of survivors to the next generation and perhaps beyond. It lives in our dreams, subconscious and sometimes conscious minds. This trickle down effect deeply impacts lives in a profound way. Some examples of intergenerational trauma are but are not limited to: slavery, the Holocaust, domestic violence, sexual abuse, veterans, racism, and poverty. How is this trauma transferred? Originally it was thought that trauma was transferred through child rearing but now it has been discovered that trauma is passed down epigenetically. Sometimes it can feel like a lot to hold our ancestors stories and our own. In what ways do your ancestors impact you today?
SF Therapist, originally an East Coast native. I lived and worked in NYC for many years in social justice non-profits. My mental health career started on Rape Crisis and Suicide Prevention hotlines. I've now been in the mental health field for 10 years. Check out my stories on Instagram at @therapywithcatharine!