Are You Struggling With Historical and Intergenerational Trauma?

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Historical and intergenerational trauma refers to the passing down of trauma from one generation to another. If someone’s parent had significant trauma that affected the way they handled relationships, that tends to affect the person as they grow up. This type of trauma can trace back many decades through generations.

Available Treatment Options

Therapist interventions for historical and intergenerational trauma may involve family therapy or individual counseling. Addressing the trauma that the family member experienced is ideal, even if that person is no longer living. Processing emotions related to the trauma that family member experienced can give a person clarity and understanding. Understanding trauma is not the same as dismissing abusive behaviors. Instead, it’s accepting the person for their experiences and how those experiences and choices affected their relationship.

Therapists Who Specialize in Helping Those Who Struggle With Historical and Intergenerational Trauma

Sue Folker, LMHC, PMH-BC

Saint Augustine


I love working with all ages of adults who are trying to navigate the transitions of life, and the impact that has on them socially, spiritually, and emotionally. My clients often feel stuck, overwhelmed and anxious about the uncertainty of life's transitions. I'm here to help.

Priscilla Abji, MEd, LCSW

Long Beach


Hello! My name is Priscilla Abji and I provide compassionate and evidence-based therapy for adults. I specialize in trauma, intergenerational trauma, 1st/2nd gen family and cultural issues, attachment, foster/adoption, relationships, PTSD, anxiety, psychodynamic therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
I enjoy working with motivated coaching clients who are devoted to learning the skills, research, and problem-solving strategies that will help them achieve their life goals. Coaching with me tends to be rather fast paced as we actively pursue your life goals. We first look at established habits and patterns of behavior. We then discuss educational information and skills that may be helpful in ...

Kayte Heslet, MS, LMFT

Sherman Oaks


I have specialized areas of experience/in-depth training in healing from trauma of many kinds, including abuse and Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN); working with the kinds of anxiety and depression that seem to be well on the way toward burnout; helping individuals who are struggling within their relationships; and assisting stepmoms/future stepmoms in managing the unique dynamics and stressor...

Deborah Danner, Ph.D., LCPC, CADC, NCC

Rolling Meadows


Deborah Danner has numerous certifications in trauma treatment and focuses sessions on helping you become more empowered in your life. She uses gentleness, honesty, and awareness to help previously ignored parts of you be heard. Patience and self-compassion are the centers of her therapy sessions. Her ultimate goal is to help you regain control of your life and love yourself.