Generational Healing

Generational healing is broadly defined as the process of understanding how the traumas of previous familial generations bleed into their offspring in the form of unresolved issues, unspoken rules, and limiting beliefs about how the world and relationships work. When negative behavioral, emotional, and relational patterns are passed down from generation to generation, it takes courage to recognize those patterns and move toward a healthier way of relating to one another, both internally as a family and to the outside world. The process of becoming aware of these negative patterns and how they became part of your family’s story is what allows for the healing of long-buried trauma and the ultimate rewriting of the family narrative in a more positive, supportive light.

Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery through Psychomagic and the Family Tree

The family tree is not merely vital statistics about your ancestors. It is an embodied sense of self that we inherit from at least four prior generations, constituting both a life-giving treasure and a deadly trap.

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Healing Shared Trauma What can you do when you carry scars not on your body, but within your soul? And what happens when those spiritual wounds exist not just in you, but in everyone in your family, community, and even beyond? Spiritual teacher Thomas Hü...

It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains—but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents.

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

“Racism is a heart disease,” writes Ruth King, “and it’s curable.

Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events—the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields—begin to pass away, Survivor Café addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not ...

Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through

In this honest and searching book, New York Times best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her profoundly human journey and shares her own hard lessons to inspire you to put your personal puzzle back together.

Self-Portrait in Black and White: Family, Fatherhood, and Rethinking Race

The son of a “black” father and a “white” mother, Thomas Chatterton Williams found himself questioning long-held convictions about race upon the birth of his blond-haired, blue-eyed daughter―and came to realize that these categories cannot adequately capture either of them, or anyone else.

Unspoken Legacy: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Addiction within the Family

A far-ranging examination of how the effects of addiction and trauma in the family can reverberate for generations. Trauma and addictive disorders are often a result of psychological injuries experienced as a child.

From Generation to Generation: Healing Intergenerational Trauma Through Storytelling

Most children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors felt the omnipresence of the Holocaust throughout their childhood and for many, the spectre of the Holocaust continues to loom large through the phenomenon of “intergenerational” or “transgenerational” trauma.


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Intergenerational Trauma