It’s a cycle…
Reflecting on history and the atrocities that have resulted in cross-generational trauma captures the pattern that got us to where we are today. That pattern might look as follows: A traumatic event takes place, there is a reaction to cope with the suffering inflicted, oftentimes more suffering ensues, finally, successive generations absorb the trauma through prejudice, discrimination, and environmental and psychological factors, and so on. So, then we are left questioning: where does the cycle end? And how? There is likely no one answer to this question but a helpful place to start might be with talking about the work required to heal.
From Collective Suffering into Collective Healing
Therapy is healing for more than the one person participating in it. While our intention is to work with the individual (or group, couple, or family), the reach of therapy goes far beyond what happens in the room – or the laptop screen. If trauma has found a way to permeate generations, can resilience too? Can collective joy and healing be as impactful as collective suffering and trauma?
If you feel you may be grappling with generational trauma, reach out to a professional now.