At the Trauma and Beyond Center ®, we treat all types of trauma including intergenerational trauma in Los Angeles. When you reach out to us, we’ll arrange a time to talk to you about your experiences. From there, our trained professionals will put together a specialized plan to treat your trauma. This plan is unique to you, designed to treat your specific needs. Intergenerational trauma sometimes referred to as “transgenerational trauma” can be difficult to overcome. Our team of experienced professionals will help you to alleviate symptoms and get to the underlying issues that stem from this trauma.
Intergenerational Trauma Defined
Essentially, transgenerational trauma states that trauma can be transferred from one group of trauma survivors to the next. It often refers to trauma passed down in families. To use an example, a father abuses his son. The son grows up, has his own family, and has not dealt with the trauma of being abused by his father. He starts to show similar behaviors to those that his father did, which then cascade down to his children. Those children grow up with trauma, and the cycle continues. One of the worst parts of this is that, over time, families can believe “this is the way things are” and it just feels normal or expected to them.
Another example of intergenerational trauma in Los Angeles would be that which occurs when there is generational tragedy such as with the horrors of the Holocaust. This type of trauma has been shown to continue affecting the next several generations.
Transgenerational Trauma Manifested
Transgenerational trauma can manifest itself in many ways. Some of the symptoms may include addiction to drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, strained or broken parent-child relationships, and difficulties with emotional attachment. At our center, our goal is to treat the “underlying trauma.” This kind of trauma often goes unrecognized because it didn’t start with the patient. Looking at our patient’s through a trauma focused lens helps us to identify and treat those who otherwise might be misdiagnosed.
An End to the Trauma
When you’re dealing with transgenerational trauma, it can feel like events are beyond your control, and that you’re fated to continue the cycle. That’s not the case, however. We can help you to end the cycle so that you don’t pass on this same generational trauma to those that come after you. The future isn’t set in stone. We can help if you give us a call at (818) 651-0725.